Mulch Kit ? Doubles? or..?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by yz250fpilot, Feb 29, 2004.

  1. yz250fpilot

    yz250fpilot LawnSite Member
    Messages: 168

    What is everyone's opinion on the best method for mulching? A mulch kit for my Toro 36" wb will run me ~$130. Would running doubles do as good of a job regarding getting the grass clipping size reduced. It would be much cheaper. Can anyone give any input or possibly suggest other alternatives? I have searched this info, but couldn't find a direct "comparison." BTW, I mow 95% bermuda.

  2. Meg-Mo

    Meg-Mo Inactive
    Messages: 1,020

    Check MEG MO system
  3. MOturkey

    MOturkey LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,781

    I'm new on here, and still learning a lot, but I ordered a mulch kit for my Gravely last fall thinking I could use it primarily as a way to get rid of leaves in my own yard, and perhaps use it outside of the peak growing season on customer's yards as well. I ended up returning it, because it was not a simple "add on", but basically a complete refit of the deck, which would require substantial time in the shop to install/remove. I haven't a clue how the Toro WB's are set up, but if it is anything like the Gravely Z's system, you would want to be sure you are going to use the mulching system all the time. Neill
  4. allstar

    allstar LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 282

    I have two JD's and a Wright Stander with mulch kits that were installed when I purchased the mowers.They all cut great;leaves virtually disappear and there's little if any cut grass showing(unless it's really thick)when I finish mowing.I read alot of posts from people who recommend "doubles",Meg-Mo blades",etc. to increase the mulching ability.Does this do a better job than the mulch kits installed by Wright and JD?
  5. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,925

    I have the 36" toro with the mulch kit on. I have only used it since january but the little cutting I have don with it is very nice. No clumping as of yet and I have used it on all wet grass. I plan on using some gator magnum high lift mulchers ontop of high lifts as soon as I can find some.
    as for the price of the mulch kit I dont know. I had them throw it in with the mower.
  6. imograss

    imograss LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 796

    I use doubles with the Quikchute.
  7. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,386


    I had the same problem with my m,ulch kit for the JD 7iron deck. I could only get mine to work good in the summer in drier grass. If I installed it in the spring, the grass was too wet and lush, I would get clumps everywhere. Putting the thing on was a pita too. I went with the Meg Mo blades towards the end of last summer, they do a much better job of mulching than the JD mulch kits.
  8. LawnPerfect

    LawnPerfect LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 318

    I am more than happy with the JD mulch kit on my JD 7 iron. I did find that running gators increased mowing speed. The JD mulching blades are great, dont get me wrong. But the gators with the JD mulch kit are just about perfect. In fact if they could sharpen themselves then I would call them perfect.
  9. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,386

    Maybe cutting warm season grasses the JD kit does better? But, up here I can't run the JD mulch kit in the spring, grass grows to fast. You have to double cut all the time and you still get clumps.
  10. NickN

    NickN LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 1,009

    Go with the mulch kit.It does just fine in our area with bermuda.

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