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New guy with questions

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by GonHuntin, May 9, 2010.

  1. GonHuntin

    GonHuntin LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    I have been mowing for 19 years with an International 234 (mitsubishi) diesel tractor and a 5 foot finishing mower.......I put siding on my house 2 summers ago and, despite being as careful as I possibly can, I have managed to put several holes through it from small rocks/ sticks thrown by the mower. Yesterday, I put another hole in the siding and I've had enough!

    Today I went to look at Hustler and BadBoy mowers, next week, I'll look at other dealers in the area )Tulsa, OK) and see what Kubota, Dixie Chopper, Ferris and a few other have to offer. Whatever I buy will be diesel powered and, from what I saw today, the BadBoy compact diesel will be tough to beat for features, toughness and price.

    I need something that will stop the damage to the siding.......I thought about a rear discharge mower, but the dealer suggested a mulching set up??? He admitted he has never done the mulching set-up on the BadBoy, but was certain it would do what I wanted.......I prefer first hand experience over speculation, so I thought I'd ask here! What is your opinion of a mulching set-up for normal use??? I mow about 3 acres and it is mostly flat with lots of trees.......the grass/weeds are whatever feels like growing :rolleyes: and it would be a HUGE bonus if the mulching set-up would take care of the leaf problem I deal with each fall too???

    So, how good are the mulchers these days??? Do they really mulch well enough to take care of dead oak leaves?

    Any other suggestions/advice/comments??

    Thanks, Mark
  2. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    Your problem isn't the mower that you have now. Spending over 10 thousand dollars on a new mower won't get rid of the rocks and sticks that you continue to run over week after week, year after year.
  3. Nosmo

    Nosmo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,216

    Until you decide on a new mower and maybe even afterwards try making a few passes with the discharge away from the house.

  4. Merkava_4

    Merkava_4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,441

    Yeah, it might be cheaper to tear out the turf and remove all the rocks and sticks - then hydroseed it maybe.
  5. GonHuntin

    GonHuntin LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    Well, since I have 50 or so oak trees on the front 5 acres (I don't mow all of it), and a gravel driveway, it would be a bit difficult to remove all the sticks and rocks!:laugh:

    Turn the discharge away from the house??? Wow, wish I'd thought of that one!:laugh: The majority of the discharge exits the left side, but some also exits the right........until you back up, then the discharge reverses. When I am close to the house, I turn the rpms down to 1500 to slow the blades and lessen the chance of damage, but it doesn't always work.

    I figure a rear discharge or a mulching set-up should help with projectiles exiting the sides??

    Any input on the mulching question??

    Thanks, Mark
  6. Cboy7

    Cboy7 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Fl
    Messages: 386

    also you can install a kit with a handle to close over the chute while you pass by the house.
  7. jhawk60

    jhawk60 LawnSite Member
    from VA
    Messages: 241

    Today's mulchers work very well, however... they are probably not going to do a satisfactory job of making the leaves from fifty large trees disappear.

    Were I you, I would plan on purchasing a bagger attachment for in the fall.
  8. LarryF

    LarryF LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,179

    I never a problem like yours shooting stones and sticks. I would expect a deflector, if installed, should minimize that hazard. But you mentioned a rear discharge mower, and if it had a collector system such as what comes with the Exmark Navigator (http://www.exmark.com/Navigator.htm), it seems to me that would eliminate the risk completely. Or you could use a Cyclone rake (http://www.cyclonerake.com/order.htm), which would set you back less than a couple of thousand. Both would also be handy in the fall for leaf pickup.

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