Have an old 21" Snapper pusher. For the first time in several years
I've decided to start bagging the grass instead of mulching it.
Problem is, I'm now finding that the grass clogs the chute in short
order. Very little actually makes it into the bag. The last time I
bagged the grass this wasn't a problem.
I tried cleaning the bag thinking maybe a lack of air flow was somehow
an issue - gave it a good scrubbing in the tub with lots of detergent.
Sharpened the blade. I found the bottom lip of the chute was splitting
so I formed some sheet aluminum to fit over the lip and pop-riveted it
in place to give the grass a smooth entry point. None of this has
Why would this now be an issue when it hasn't been in the past? Same
mower, same blade.
Spring grass is juicy and sticks to the duct blocking it. Wet grass is
similar as well as damp grass. If the grass is too long and damp to pick up,
I have found that doing a quick mow without picking it up is best. If the
sun is shining, even an hour later, remow it and it will be dry enough to
pick up easily without any clogging.
even though this technique takes a bit more effort the end result
is a cleaner better looking job...
I've got two Snapper self propelled run behind mowers and the only
problem I've ever encountered with them is they don't bag wet or damp
grass very well.
I never pick up now, mostly out of need. Big lawns are tough, and sometimes
it gets too long. That would really clog things. I don't even have a mulching
or blades I should say. Feed the earth worms. Most Chem lawn yards
don't have earth worms.
In the old neighborhood, nobody had earth worms afer all the chemical treatments
mostly in the 70's and 80's. I actually started to replant earth worms in the old
yard after the parents stopped using Chem Lawn for many years.
Check to see if the bottom of the bag (usually formed by a stiff sheet
of flat plastic) is angled up or down (in terms of direction away from
the chute). The bottom should be at least flat (parallel with the
ground) or even angled down at the far end of the bag. This allows the
grass to fly out the chute and go as far as possible into the bag. Bend
the wire bag support frame if necessary.
Is your lawn flat, or does it slope? Mowing in the downhill direction
will also tend to clog the chute vs mowing uphill.
Also check the underside of the deck and remove any grass buildup that
usually cakes up there.
On Mon, 6 Jul 2009 17:56:30 -0700 (PDT), muzician21
I just got a new used electric lawnmower, with three options**
I tried shooting the grass out but it was long and I knew it would
turn yellow lying on the other grass. I put the mulcher on and then
could see no cut-off grass where I mowed. So I redid the first area
and the cut grass disappeared.
**except I don't own the bag and earlier, when I borrowed my
neighbor's once, it filled up every ten minutes. It was going to
double the time it took me to mow the lawn. But I'm glad I tried it
once. For one thing, now I know why neighbor is constantly mowing,
then stopping, then mowing.... I thought he was doing it just to drive
me crazy, because I could never tell when he was done so I could go
back to the quiet end of the house.
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