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Rear discharge

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by DaveVB, Apr 23, 2004.

  1. DaveVB

    DaveVB LawnSite Member
    Messages: 95

    After reading the post below about the new Toro deck and how well it throws grass, I wondered why a rear discharge isn't the answer to all decks and getting rid of the grass.
    I know the engineers work these things out, but how could it be a good idea to make the grass change directions as it discharges from the left side of a 72" deck to the right. I guess this is the best they can come up with as most decks have this angle change. Part of having a large deck? Thanks for your replies. DaveVB
  2. Steve9

    Steve9 LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 228

    Ugh.. I was afraid to open this post after reading the Subject Line. I was going to give you a link to www.webmd.com :eek:
  3. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 4,205

    ever see what a bush hog leaves behind?
    that's what the lawns would look like.
  4. Tonyr

    Tonyr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,973

    our local council has a toro groundsmaster with a rear discharge deck, I saw it the first time a few days ago....safety wise around buildings and traffic and afle to overgrown grass, this deck would be ideal, as far as a finishing mower, forget it! These decks leave big windrows behind the machine, yuck! Only a council can get away with that type of finish, we couldn't!
  5. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,087

    Hey, doesn't Ferris have a new rear discharge ZTR for '04?
  6. mowingmachine

    mowingmachine LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 253

    Rear discharge decks are notorius for windrows. There really isn't a good way to get a nice even spread of the clippings unless it is side discharge. Rear discharge mowers don't look too bad when there isn't much grass being cut off but forget it in wet spring grass.

  7. grillonz

    grillonz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 79

    To avoid the windrows a flail deck is needed. Front mounted is better than the rear mount tractor powered type. See the deck on the John Deere F1445.
    Hapy mowing
  8. Tbarchaser

    Tbarchaser LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 449

    Um...mulching. Works for me
  9. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    It would work on riders but walk behinds are an absolute no-no. They used to make push mowers with rear discharge "back in the day". They got so many impalements and other injuries from objects being discharged they had to discharge away from the operator. Forward won't work because you would constantly be recutting clippings. Left hand would work but that requires the clippings to go all the way around a deck before discharge. Right hand discharge was the only option left.
  10. PMLAWN

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,534

    Left discharge would work if you reversed the blades.

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