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Mulcher mowers, any good?


 
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 1:33 pm    Post subject: Mulcher mowers, any good? Reply with quote

Has any here been using a mulcher mower like this one
http://www.buyandsell.ie/garden/lawnmowers-tools/waterford/massport-lawnmower-mulcher

I cut about an acre and am sick of all the clippings and disposing of them
what are these like
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mulchers are good in that there is no cuttings to get rid of...

But; if you use a mulcher you need to cut regularly, because they're not able for tall grass

Also the grass needs to be bone dry otherwise it clogs under the blades.

Mulching will, in the long term lead to faster grass growth, as the cuttings will fertilize your lawn.

I don't know this model, but for 220 i think you could do better.
Briggs & Stratton is a quality engine
5 Hp is about standard, but i can't tell if its self propelled or not?
1 acre is big, almost ride on sized!

Consider a mower that has the option of both Mulch and Collect, this way you can alternate between the two and reduce disposing of cuttings by half

It sounds like your garden is quite large, maybe you should consider a composting area for the grass cuttings and other garden waste?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is not the machine for you!

The Garden Shop has more or less said what I was going to say. Mulchers can be great, I am a big fan, but there are things to think about.

The main good point is not having to empty the box, probably the hardest part of mowing.

However, you will be cutting that little bit more often

There is no drive on this mower, so you will be getting serious "exercise" pushing that around an acre. But I don't think that will be your biggest worry.

This does not look like a machine with a good deck or wheels. The engine is good but that is about all. This particular mower would be fine for a small front garden but you will need to look for something much better for your ground.

Look at the proven machines like the very good Stihl Viking range or a Honda. They do cost more but its for a reason. Most will give the option of collect or mulch and they will last.

If I were you I'd be looking out for a good second hand ride-on and gather the grass into a nice big compost region to make use of the cuttings for next year or year after.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I dsont care what anyone else says for mulching you must buy A Kobota 20hp machine everything else is useless I know from loads of Exp.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kubota are a quality ride-on alright. You will need a fairly nice balance in your bank account though!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

im not familiar with the brand of mower shown but i have a mulcher and if you use it regularly it is great but a mower with a mulcher/collect system is the way to go.if you constantly cut with a mulcher there will be a build up of thatch on the lawn but alternating with collecting and mulching eliminates this and also feeds the lawn
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

here's a point to consider and maybe those more tune in can advise you better, mulching is great but in my case i feel that it helps the spread of weeds.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

with an acre of grass expect to be cutting for 2 1/2 hours plus maybe twice a week dependant on growth, Now you might say to youself, sur that will be great exercise, but trust me if we get some extremly hot weather it will be worse than running a marathon. also take into account with the present wet weather you might not be able to cut for a week or two at a time. Disastreous, it will break you heart, clogging up if the grass is too long or not bone dry.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mulching lawn mowers are good machines as they are better for the environment. However, they do not provide as neat a cut as other mowers do. They are also suited to shorter types of grass and would have some difficulty trying to cut longer grass.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sgmgarden wrote:
Mulching lawn mowers are good machines as they are better for the environment.

is the saving on fertilising your lawn good for the environment if you're burning more petrol with more frequent mowings, and higher fuel consumption per mow (which i assume is the case if there's an extra load on the engine)?
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