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If you use mulching blades on a ZTR mower without a deflector that mounts underneath the deck, what would happen? I had thought about getting mulching blades, but the deflector piece made of plastic cost three times the cost of all the blades combined.enter image description here

  • This is exactly how I use my zero-turn Cub Cadet because the plug won't stay in the discharge. It discharges the grass just like normal blades and I find I like the result of the lawn without the plug more than with it. – Ron Beyer Jun 17 '18 at 22:28
  • Ok. I have two questions. The plug on yours would be equivalent to plastic deflector on mine. Is that correct. Also, if you are cutting thick area of grass where it tends to leave grass laying on the ground, should I cut it high first and then lower it? ( I cut once a week, so it doesn’t ever get too high, but I do tend to have places where grass piles up) – georgia-guy Jun 17 '18 at 23:30
  • I believe that is correct. My grass grows quick so there is always grass on the ground, I only mow once but try to mow so that it isn't a significant amount, or if I mow a day or so before rain the rain seems to clean a lot of that up. I haven't had good experience cutting it twice, it just seems to move the pile rather than "re-mulch" it. – Ron Beyer Jun 18 '18 at 0:04
  • How much difference did you see with regular blades vs mulching blades without plug? – georgia-guy Jun 18 '18 at 1:48
  • I'm not sure that it made a lot of difference, the bigger difference for me was fixing the deflector so that it was up and would distribute the grass more. You'll probably need to play around with your particular set up to get it how you want it. – Ron Beyer Jun 18 '18 at 1:57

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