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Side discharge removal

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by FFMED74, Feb 18, 2004.


Do you remove your side discharge cover?

  1. Yes

    33 vote(s)
  2. No

    11 vote(s)
  3. Yes, but replace it with another product

    7 vote(s)
  1. FFMED74

    FFMED74 LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 242

    Anyone here remove the side discharge cover? If so why and is it very danagerious to do so?
  2. GTLC

    GTLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 700

    Well, I decided to take mine off my 44" deck b/c most of the lawns I mow have really thick grass and I would have big clumping problems. Also, my residential Timecutter doesn't have as high a blade tip speed as the commercial mowers, so I think it helps the clippings fly easier. I don't really worry about the danger b/c the only time I ever shot something was a golf ball and it flew straight for about 200 feet. And that was with the shield on!

    By the way FFMED74, fellow firefighter here.
  3. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
    Messages: 1,557

    I keep them on. Im not taking any chances by taking off a safety feature on the mower.
  4. bastalker

    bastalker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 965

    Mine flips up an lays on top of the belt cover. I just flip it down when I need it..
  5. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Messages: 2,572

    Mine are always flipped up and held down with rubber bungy cords....
  6. dobehap

    dobehap LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 292

    It was replaced by an OCDC.
  7. floridalawncare

    floridalawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 98

    goverment requires me to run mine. but i flip it up when i'm working else where. helps to spread the grass better, and vastly improves wet grass cutting when removed.
  8. captaingreen

    captaingreen LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 471

    I agree with most of the posts above. I flip it up most of the time and just lower it down when there is a safety issue. I would like to put an OCDC on my mowers this year.
  9. tx_angler

    tx_angler LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 278

    Yup me, too. I have a bungee cord that will hold it up when I want it to stay up and the mfg. springs hold it down when needed.

    Before the end of this season I'll probably have OCDCs installed on both my big machines.
  10. Doc Pete

    Doc Pete LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,469

    For what it's worth, take a look at the gear/pulley ratio of your timecutter. The ratio is 1 to 1.25. where the blades are spining 25% faster than the motor. Your speed on the blades is actually up there. My Timecutter 44" actually cuts pretty well. You might try the factory high lift blades for a better cut.

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