need help with windrow

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by whitleys, Sep 27, 2001.

  1. whitleys

    whitleys LawnSite Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 55

    Just picked up a near new Snapper 48"wb. has mulcher kit with the quad (ninja) blades. I keep getting a windrow on the right side of the deck. Any suggestions as to how to eliminate it. btw, grass isn't too tall, only cutting about 1/3 of blade at 3 - 4 inches cutting height.
  2. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,700

    Check and make sure all 3 blades are cutting within their own cutting chamber. It sounds like the mower is passing grass from the left hand blades to the right hand side like a discharge deck does. If this is the case then you don't have a mulching deck or the kit is not a true mulching kit.
  3. Double D

    Double D LawnSite Member
    Messages: 142

    The Snapper mulching kit is a plate to cover the discharge opening and the ninja blades. Nothing else.
  4. Premo Services

    Premo Services LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,516

    What Richard said is correct. You need to have the three blades enclosed seperatlely. I tried this before I bought the mulch kit for my exmark. With just the plate at the discharge, all the cuttings go to the discharge area, and it is blocked, and the pile of grass,leaves is left at the discharge. when I used the micro mulch kit, all the blades are enclosed seperately, a much better job. I do not know if snapper has a kit to enclose each blade, but that is what you need.
  5. Newbie

    Newbie LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    I hate to ask but what's a windrow, and what does it look like?
  6. Jerrys Lawn Service

    Jerrys Lawn Service LawnSite Member
    Messages: 155

    Whitles, We ran Ninja blades on our Snappers when we first started, we hated them! Take those blades off and remove the mulching plate and put some doubles on there and you'll be very happy.
  7. Albemarle Lawn

    Albemarle Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,544


    That's better than needing VIAGRA.

  8. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Actually, windrowing is more of a verb than an actual thing, as it is most commonly used, but a windrow is the product of windrowing. Windrowing is the act of moving material row by row, build up as you go. Much the way you can use your mower to push leaves, or grass. In this case, he was getting a streak of piled grass out the one side of the mower, so this technically, is a form of windrow.;)
  9. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    By not having a true mulching kit you will always experience this. A block off plate is just that. The airflow is not the same to get rid of clippings. You probably would be better off with double blades and put the plate back on to chop up leaves.
  10. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,183

    I tend to windrow my family after consuming certain foods:blush:

    I had the same problem with my Scag......their version of a mulch kit was a plate that closed off the chute......shoot man...........that thing just piled grass up at and left a row of grass as I rolled along (hint hint.........wind.........row.........)

    I did try double gators with the plate on and it was much better but until you enclose each cutting chamber you'll never really have a true mulcher................just more rows......windrows that is.

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