Simple/cheap functional OCDC

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Doc Pete, Oct 24, 2003.

  1. Doc Pete

    Doc Pete LawnSite Gold Member
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    One of you guy's wanted this info. Here ya go. This OCDC works on Hustlers, Exmark Z's and other machines with the factory welded metal extension for a bagger. The clips for holding the chute closed are large size paper holders from any stationary story and metal. Takes about 5 seconds to open or close.
    The hinge is a gate type from Home Depot or any hardware story. I used a piece of aluminum which made sizing to the opening easy. Total price about $10 and works as designed.

  2. Doc Pete

    Doc Pete LawnSite Gold Member
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  3. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
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    WOW thats cheap:dizzy:

    But i guess it works
  4. Doc Pete

    Doc Pete LawnSite Gold Member
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    all it has to do is close the chute exit to work. It opens in a few seconds. Again...... functional/cheap
  5. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    What's it for? I'm sorry, but it just doesn't seem all that functional for what I THINK it would be used for, and that is mowing. By the time you shut your machine down, got off of it, and set that chute down, then got back on again to mow near what ever you are doing, and then do it all over again, it just seems that there would be better ways. If it's for leaf mulching, I can kind of understand it, except that there would be alot of blowout. This of course, is not the true word of mulching, as it will leave streaks as it all clumps up on the right side of the deck, however, it would work for the basic grinding.
  6. imograss

    imograss LawnSite Senior Member
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    200.00 quikchute works for me, not cheap but works well

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  7. Doc Pete

    Doc Pete LawnSite Gold Member
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    Frankly, with being a member since 2000, I gather you haven't explored the possiblities of an OCDC, in which case you should.
    After using it only a week, I've redesigned my way of getting rid of leaves............
    No, it's not a mulch kit, but then, you can also instantly (10seconds) mow with an open chute and blow the dust/leaves (without being locked into a full blown mulcher) and cut grass without leaving mulch clumps every time you turn around to make another pass. I have a mulch kit and they aren't nearly as good as they are cranked up to be.
  8. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
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    I think if you could fashion a way to flip it open/closed on the fly, it'd be much more usefull.

    Try the 3/8" ratchet swivel and rod up to your handlebar area. I think your buddy BHB has that on his. Thats what I'm going to make for my SCAG WB.

    I understand what your using it for, but being able to open and close it on the fly will really amaze you at what it can help you do.

    Sure mine spends 90% of its time OPEN, and 5% closed, but the other 5% its half open or just cracked open a hair.

    You ever try BACKING over a windrow of leaves with it closed? Thats some serious shredding there!

    Good Luck.
  9. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    That's kind of what I was getting at. Also, for going over the stuff forward, these work best if the chute is open just a little bit to let the deck breathe. This allows suction to bring the leaves in. When it's fully closed, there is just too much blowout, - especially when the deck gets rather full of material. I've had one of these on my Lazer for a couple of years now, and wouldn't trade it for anything. It's the only way to go. And like Tom said (which you probably already do, anyway), when you have your material somewhat gathered, go over it backwards, and it grinds it right up into dust. I always attributed this to the theory of it kicking all the material to the left side of the deck first, then it has to kick it back to the left. It's the way to go.
    One other thing I was thinking, Pete. Since you have the actual plate and hinge assembly, have you looked into exactly what it would take to put an actuator on there like what the Masterchute uses? Didn't someone say that this was merely a powerwindow actuator available at most autostores? Man, for the price you have into it so far, (which certainly can't be beat), that would be awesome to see just what one of these type of units could be built for. Just an idea.;)
  10. Doc Pete

    Doc Pete LawnSite Gold Member
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    I realize what you are saying, but this is supposed to be the cheap/simple version;), and that it is.
    As far as blowout, I don't have a problem, but then again, it's on a Hustler. It works fine for doing spots that don't allow throwing the grass, plus mulching leaves and if it was to be used for "open/close la de da" operation, then it would be a "different design", of which you can use BHB's idea.

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