Zero turn for mulching

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by Grampoll, Oct 16, 2017.

  1. Grampoll

    Grampoll LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    Im in the process of shopping for a new zero turn. I will be using a mulch kit 100% of the time. Do certain decks mulch better than others or is deck design negated with a proper mulch kit and blades installed.
    I'm coming off a 1996 laser z with 60" trivantage and exmark mulch kit with wavy blades. This mower I felt gave a real nice cut for me. I thought qoc was actually better mulching than side discharge with high lift blades. I wouldn't be replacing it if I didn't have to.
    I'm just a home owner and only put on 50-60hrs/yr. Looking at lower end commercial. I have husqvarna, exmark and hustler to chose from locally in Saskatchewan.
     
  2. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Messages: 17,469

    IME, kit and blade design is more important than deck design for dedicated mulching.
     
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  3. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    It's kind of a combination deal. Some so-called kits are nothing more than a curve block off plate. Some decks just won't mulch at all regardless of kit. It would help to know what kind of grass your cutting how to make a recommendation on ZTR.
     
  4. JLSLLC

    JLSLLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    @dishboy has a lot of good info about mulching, maybe he will see this and chime in
     
  5. Grampoll

    Grampoll LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    Cutting mainly bluegrass, rye and fescue. Cut quality is most important to me as I doubt I'll wear out another mower. Have lots of dough terrain and some hill so semi commercial would probably be best for me (radius or mz/mz-t) Just seems like they'll all cut the same if im mulching.
     
  6. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
    from zone 6
    Messages: 6,057

    What decks are those.
     
  7. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
    from zone 6
    Messages: 6,057

    Well......no. What are your cut heights?
     
  8. Grampoll

    Grampoll LawnSite Member
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  9. Grampoll

    Grampoll LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    Cut at three inches usually. Are deeper decks better for mulching? That's about the only difference I can tell after the baffles are bolted in. Or no
     
  10. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Wright's can be problematic leaving stringers. Ferris have occasional issues. There's been many threads over the years. Some kits are an after thought and require considerable fiddling.
     

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