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Side discharge removal

Do you remove your side discharge cover?

  • Yes

    Votes: 33 64.7%
  • No

    Votes: 11 21.6%
  • Yes, but replace it with another product

    Votes: 7 13.7%

  • Total voters
    51

FFMED74

LawnSite Member
Location
Indiana
Anyone here remove the side discharge cover? If so why and is it very danagerious to do so?
 

GTLC

LawnSite Senior Member
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.
 

LawnScapers of Dayton

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
Dayton, OH
Mine are always flipped up and held down with rubber bungy cords....
Derek
 

captaingreen

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Missouri
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.
 

tx_angler

LawnSite Senior Member
Originally posted by bastalker
Mine flips up an lays on top of the belt cover. I just flip it down when I need it..
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.
 

Doc Pete

LawnSite Gold Member
Location
New Jersey
Originally posted by n1alx
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.
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.
DP
 
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