Mulcher Blade - Tractors & Mowers - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum
Advertisement


Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Landscaping & Lawn Care > Tractors & Mowers

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes
Old 09-22-2016, 02:20 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 101
Rewards Points: 168
Default

Mulcher Blade


Will simply putting a mulching blade on a standard walk-behind mower make it a "mulching mower" and eliminate my need for a bag if mowed properly?
giddyap is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 09-22-2016, 03:59 PM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Sarasota,Florida
Posts: 4,070
Rewards Points: 1,042
Default

Re: Mulcher Blade


I don't know what "mowed properly" means,but when a mower has a mulching blade on, there's usually a baffle covering the discharge chute.
Canarywood1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 09-22-2016, 07:44 PM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: far sw sub chicago
Posts: 6,668
Rewards Points: 996
Default

Re: Mulcher Blade


if you use a bag, then the side discharge should already be blocked.

i recently put a GATOR BLADE on my toro (that had the factory mulching blade).
it made a large difference in how well it mulched the grasss. i used to get "rows" of cut grass. pretty much not any more. if you have leaves that are not made of leather, like mine, then it will mulch those a lot better also.

only thing with the GATOR = you have to be very carefull installing it.
Fix'n it is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 09-28-2016, 12:09 PM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 101
Rewards Points: 168
Default

Re: Mulcher Blade


Quote:
Originally Posted by Canarywood1 View Post
I don't know what "mowed properly" means,but when a mower has a mulching blade on, there's usually a baffle covering the discharge chute.
By properly I mean frequently enough and at the right height. Otherwise, even a great mulcher wont do a very good job if the grass is too long.
giddyap is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2016, 12:10 PM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 101
Rewards Points: 168
Default

Re: Mulcher Blade


With my bag off the rear door is closed.
On the side, there is a door that can come off, although Ive never removed it.
giddyap is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2016, 12:16 PM   #6
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Upper mid-west
Posts: 2,843
Rewards Points: 4,170
Default

Re: Mulcher Blade


Yes, it sounds like your mower will mulch with the proper blade if you do not attach the bag to the rear.
stick\shift is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2016, 03:54 PM   #7
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 2,275
Rewards Points: 202
Default

Re: Mulcher Blade


I agree, sounds like it is designed with the option of mulching, and I doubt that there is much difference in the cost of the blade, so I would definitely give it a shot. I've seen mixed results, some mulching mowers do a good job and some not so impressive, but my personal experience has been very good. I bought my Toro rider in the spring of 1995, bought their recycling kit, which included different blades and a few shrouds, a couple of years later, and it has taken care of the clippings as well as the leaves ever since. In fact I had intended to buy a new Ferris this past spring, but put it off, deciding to baby this one along as far as it will go, primarily because of the quality job it still does, both cutting and mulching. And as far as what you might hear about mulching leaves (I've heard some say that it's not good for the lawn), that's what I have been doing, and have not seen any negative effect.
DexterII is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2016, 08:02 AM   #8
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Central Kentucky
Posts: 3,543
Rewards Points: 7,009
Default

Re: Mulcher Blade


Engine size, height of grass and the water content of the grass all factor into it.

My 9 HP rider always loafed along mowing the yard. Spring grass, a day or two late mowing and it works the snot out of that engine.
__________________
Colbyt
Retired drapery and home furnishings installer.
Colbyt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2016, 10:13 PM   #9
A Little Of Everything
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Omaha, NE
Posts: 2,369
Rewards Points: 1,418
Default

Re: Mulcher Blade


An aggressive mulching blade will make a big difference, and it sounds like your mower is designed for that option.

What I found in my years of lawn-care was that mulching "properly" was extremely difficult. The conditions have to be ideal (dry) and you can only cut about 1/2 inch of grass - otherwise it just bunches up.
DrHicks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2016, 02:49 PM   #10
Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Sarasota,Florida
Posts: 4,070
Rewards Points: 1,042
Default

Re: Mulcher Blade


If i could only cut a 1/2 inch, i'd have to mow every other day.
Canarywood1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2016, 10:51 PM   #11
A Little Of Everything
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Omaha, NE
Posts: 2,369
Rewards Points: 1,418
Default

Re: Mulcher Blade


Quote:
Originally Posted by Canarywood1 View Post
If i could only cut a 1/2 inch, i'd have to mow every other day.
Right. And that's exactly the problem we ran into. It's a nice idea, but it's only feasible for a select few people.

Now I did exaggerate that half-inch a little bit. But note that, in order to cut more than that, all the other conditions would have to be ideal And usually they're not - especially if you're mowing commercially.
DrHicks is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Miter saw issues - cracked blade? LanterDan Tools 10 04-17-2015 07:06 PM
Circular Saw - Blade Plug Problem ejseidman Tools 7 10-01-2012 01:04 PM
How many Tooth Saw Blade for Trim? HandyFrank Carpentry 11 12-28-2011 07:11 PM
most efficient way to cut poured concrete floor Allthunbs Plumbing 10 12-16-2010 04:55 AM
Should I attempt to bring back my blade? Piedmont Carpentry 5 09-09-2010 04:26 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts