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Old 09-24-2017, 12:41 PM   #1
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Using a bagged push mower w/out bag


While I deal with figuring out how to replace my ride on mower's deck (see other thread started today for details), I dug out this old push mower I got with the house.
The thing I don't like about this one (aside from all the walking), is that it gets heavier and harder to push up an incline as the bag fills with clippings. I was wondering if I just remove the bag, would it be safe to push? I know some mowers have a "bagless" attachment if you want to mulch it up and shoot off to the side or something, but I obviously don't have that (otherwise I wouldn't be asking). The back isn't "open" without the bag... there's a spring-loaded door flap that covers the hole when I take out the bag. So I'm guessing (hoping?) it would just bounce off that door and leave the clippings on the ground as I walk. Or is that not how this works?
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Old 09-24-2017, 01:03 PM   #2
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If it helps, the product model number is 961360003, its a Poulan Pro Quantum XNP 6.5 HP, and it says mulcher on the front of the unit. Not sure if that means it will work as a bagless mulcher or not.
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Without the bag it is a mulcher, and safe to use without the bag. If it doesn't already have one, you may want to consider buying a mulching blade for it to make it more effective.
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Unless you have the mulching blade on it it's mostly going to form large clumps. The reality is that the mowers not gonna do a great job of mulching either and less you're only cutting a little bit off the top and certainly not when it's wet.
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I know these won't fit yours, but I use Gator Blades on my ZTR. It keeps the grass lifted up and recuts it to a fine powder. For reference: http://www.ebay.com/itm/3-Oregon-Gat...EAAOSwzhVWsnt8
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The reason is has a spring loaded door is so that it can be used without the bag.
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I have a similar mower and hate the bag, still almost new buried in the garage. As a mulcher it doesn't like tall grass so if I let it get too long I adjust the wheels to full height, rake, and mow it again. My bad for letting it get too long.

As stated, check your blade.

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I thought the spring loaded door doohickie sticking out thing was to challenge my enjinnneeering skills of how to tie it in the up position with a bungee cord.

They gotta do better than they have in the past because I've succeeded in every instance so far.

If rocks and sticks are hitting the house I'm going the wrong way.
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While it's ok to open up the side discharge on a mulching mower you do not want to do the same with a rear discharge as it will send all the cut debris at your feet!
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While it's ok to open up the side discharge on a mulching mower you do not want to do the same with a rear discharge as it will send all the cut debris at your feet!
Right- this was my initial fear, as I've heard some bagged mowers need some sort of bagless adapter kit so that you don't end up kicking rocks and sticks into yourself. I wasn't sure if the spring-loaded door was enough, but thanks to this forum I took care of the lawn yesterday and it looks great now, and I didn't have to deal with a full bag weighing me down as I push up the hill.
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I sold one like that this spring. With bag it collects and without it mulched.

The real secret to mulching is to not let the grass get too tall you before you mow.

I replaced it with a 3-n-1. I am storing the side chute and bag on the top shelf in the garage as I always prefer mulching. Early in the spring when the grass is wetter I use the discharge on the rider. Always mulch with the trim mower.
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