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Old 04-21-2009, 05:31 PM   #1
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"recycling" mowers

So i'm a bit bummed'. One year ago, I bought a new Toro 6.5HP recycling, self propelled mower. I have to cut the grass every 4-5 days, any longer than that and the mower will choke itself to death on the clippings. Multiple times while cutting the lawn, I have to use plastic blade and scrape out the grass clippings. The mower mulchs, but it appears that most of the mulch simple sticks to the insides of the mower, so much so that it dies until cleaned out. Question: is this normal for mulching mowers? I don't think I can justify another mower purchase to the wife just yet.


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Old 04-21-2009, 05:38 PM   #2
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mine does it too, i just try to mow when it's as dry out as possible to minimize it.



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Old 04-21-2009, 08:47 PM   #3
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You can try cleaning the deck as good as possible & try spraying with something like WD-40 or, even better Fluid-Film. The FF isn't as easy to find, but they have a distributer locator on their website. The stuff is eco-friendly, & stickier than any other spray lube I've ever used. Be prepared tho, it's not very cheap.
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My guess is your mowing when it's still damp. Try cutting in the later afternoon and this should cease to be a problem. Let us know if that does not work. You've got very solid mower.

Just thinking. You do have a mulching blade on it and it is installed correctly, right?
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Old 05-02-2009, 07:11 AM   #5
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rather than sharpening last years blade, i put on a new Toro mulching blade $17, also changed the oil and air filter........scraped out all the old grass stuck under the deck and re-adjusted the height of the mower. I made one pass of the lawn at about 3.5", and still bogged down, this was around 7pm. Next morning I lowered the mower to 2.5" and made another pass. My thinking was that if I cut at 3.5", by the time i'm able to cut again 4-5 days later, the grass is at 4.5" and too long for the mower to handle. I stilll bogged down mulching at 2.5", which i think was due to the left over surface grass from the day before. By the time the rain is done on the east coast, I may be able to cut the grass again next week sometime, which will be about 7 days.......and instead of enjoying mowing the lawn (i like the walk), i'm dreading it.
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although I'm not happy with how it will look, the times when the grass gets to high, I open the chute and instead of mulching, just let it fly out, course some times it will still clog but not as much as when chute is closed mulching, of course this is assuming you can do this with your mower.


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