Mulching Decks on ZTRs

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Bobalong, Apr 13, 2002.

  1. Bobalong

    Bobalong LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    I am looking to buy a zero-turning-radius (ztr) mower. I would like to get a mulching deck (kit) with it. Do all mulching decks perform about the same? Do they work well at high speeds, like above 4 or 5 m.p.h.?

    Bobalong :cool:
  2. northeast

    northeast LawnSite Member
    from maine
    Messages: 64

    Bobalong,I run an eXmark lazer hp with the mulch kit only during
    the drier months.If you are only mowing your own lawn and can wait till afternoon to mow,the exmark mulching system will work
    great for you.We mow commercialy so we start early when the
    grass is still wet,undesirable for mulching full time.If you mulch
    when grass is wet,you will have a clumpy ,mushy mess.Major
    green duky where you disengage the blades. northeast:cool:
  3. Catcher

    Catcher LawnSite Member
    Messages: 166

    And if you don't want to mulch, the Gator blades do a fine job of hacking stuff up ................
  4. Bobalong

    Bobalong LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    Thanks for the helpful information.

    I am considering a muching deck for two reasons. One is that to reduce allergy problems, I need to reduce the amount of grass, etc. blowing around me. The other is to reduce the discharge onto my long paved driveway.

    Northeast, have you had a chance to compare different mowers with mulching decks? Do you have to cut more slowly with the muching kit installed than without it? If so, how fast can you go?

    I assume that the GatorBlades still require discharging cuttings from the deck.

    Any further information would be appreciated.
  5. northeast

    northeast LawnSite Member
    from maine
    Messages: 64

    bobalong,I Havent tried any other brand mower for mulching,I am brand loyal. Anyways you can run full bore with the exmark
    mulching with no problems-----unless the grass is wet.
    If the clippings on the drive bother you,just invest in an echo
    hand held blower and blow them off when your done:cool:

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