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mulch kits- how good is yours?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Agape, Mar 28, 2012.

  1. Agape

    Agape LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Had someone ask me about the mulch kit for my exmark TT36S so I decided to start a thread for more fun.

    The first pic is a side view showing how thick the grass is having snowed last week, there is 2 weeks of good growth on the lawn. It was not raining, but has been raining so the grass is damp...very light clumping but clean cut.

    The biggest problem with the exmark kit is that the blades are not high lift so when the wheels mash the wet grass down, it doesn't always get sucked back up for a cut. this rarely happens, however, with weekly cutting. same with clumping....usually only drops some when the blade is first turned off.

    all in all, the best couple hundred (or less, can't remember how much) bucks I've spent.


  2. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 40,085

    Seems about comparable to what we're experiencing with out exmark mulch kits
  3. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,161

    Good to know I just ordered one for mine yesterday. I'm going to need to do something about traction or the lack of. Have you done anything other than the weights on the front. Mine isn't bad about popping up but just does't have the traction to move me and the mower. It should be noted that I also have a large frame turftracer about 850lbs that is much smoother and has much better traction.
  4. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
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    Also how is the clumping when you double cut with it?
  5. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,104

    Timely thread.

    I just picked up a Ferris 36" walk behind and ordered a mulch kit for it. (hasn't arrived yet)

    I've never used a walk behind, so the whole thing is new to me.
    I used it on a client's lawn for the first time yesterday and found it to be more trouble than it's worth for the size lawn it was. Side discharge left me with nowhere to go without throwing clippings where they shouldn't be. I'm hoping the mulch kit actually WORKS so I can use my new mower more often.

    Noob question: Will a mower still side discharge with the mulch kit installed?

    Let's say I get a lawn that wasn't cut yet and the grass is simply too tall to mulch. Could the "plug" be removed to allow side discharge that particular lawn?

    I assume that the "discharge effectiveness" would be greatly diminished, but would it still work well enough for a temporary cut as described in order to not clog up the deck by attempting to mulch grass that's too high?
  6. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 40,085

    Sometimes they disperse, but it's better to allow them to dry out for a couple hours and then double cut, if feasible, depending on the size of the property.
  7. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,161

    Depends on the kit, most full mulch kits have baffels that get bolted to the bottom of the deck so it would be a semi permanent setup. You could also get a OCDC for a situation like yours where you can side shoot most of the time but then close the chute when in tight areas.
  8. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 40,085

    Depending on the mower, you'll get different blades, possibly different baffles, and a metal plate cover for the discharge chute.

    So if you feel like uninstalling that every couple lawns, good for you :)
  9. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,104

    Well I assumed you could just take off the plate cover. I dunno... never seen one before. That's why I asked.
    I guess I'll see what I'm working with when it arrives.
  10. fatboynormmie

    fatboynormmie LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,293

    Hey agape

    Thats about the same performance my unit is doing with the ocdc closed and running the exmark high lifts.Then on the second pass I can flip the ocdc open and spread the clumps better or pop the bagger on.Thanks for the pics .Are you runnig the wavy mulch blades and a single or double setup?Maybe I will try the wavy mulchers that I have with my ocdc to see if theres a performance difference.Will have to get some pics and post.

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