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Mulching plates

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by EMJ, Jul 7, 2007.

  1. EMJ

    EMJ LawnSite Member
    Messages: 200

    Do you all use mulching (block off) plates on your equipment. I have two scags and with the plates on they leave strips of uncut grass. With them off I get a beautiful cut. Maybe I am doing something wrong. I am just wondering if anyone one else ever had this problem??? Anyone want to buy a mulch plate for a Scag????
  2. Scagguy

    Scagguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,522

    I have a Z-Cat. Does the same thing unless the grass is somewhat dry.
  3. Audrey

    Audrey LawnSite Senior Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 570

    I do the same thing.
    On the Tiger with the older Advantage deck, the block-off works great.
    With the new Tiger and Velocity+, the block-off alone won't work. The new design moves too much air/clippings. You need the whole mulch kit.

    If you're just doing leaves you might be able to live with it. Take a few clean up passes, then go back over with the backpack and disperse what's left.

  4. befnme

    befnme LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,413

    i agree. but have you tried hi lifts to keep the clippings suspended longer to cut them smaller before the blades drop them ?
  5. Audrey

    Audrey LawnSite Senior Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 570

    No I haven't.
    I had thought the hi-lifts would move even more air as they create more vacuum, thereby making the "problem" worse.
    It's worth a try though. :)

  6. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,449

    I but high lifts on and took them off 30 minutes later....it pulled our Scag Tiger down to the extent that couldn't cut practically anything. I cut a lot of tall wet grass (with outlet blocked)...and sometimes double cut but usually don't have to.
  7. Audrey

    Audrey LawnSite Senior Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 570

    35HP. :weightlifter:

    Cures all ills! :laugh:

    My older Tiger is a pooch, 23/52. I have to be selective as to what I do with it.
    The new 35/61 does it all. I'm very happy with it.

    On the older machine, I tried to gain more tip speed by changing the outbox pulley. Well, it did spin the blades faster, but holy cow, the torque was GONE. I understand completely when you say it pulls it down. Even when in stock form, 23hp isn't enough. Slow and steady...


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