Originally Posted by psparaco
Ok i have to ask. When the chute is up. Isnt thwe chute not only there to direct the grasss but also as a safety precaution? If you use a bungee to keep the chute like its not even on. Does it pose a risk to injury and also does the grass rain down on the lawn instead of leaving a clumping trail? I think i may have to try this on my lawn first before doing it on someone elses lawn. We are professionals and if we do something considered not safe. how do we look to our customers? Omg he doesnt have his chute down. what if the blade it a stone and the chute wasnt there to deflect it towards the ground verses flying up and taking our that huge bay window. Just a thought scott. Not targeting you. just trying to be efficient and safe at the same time.
Very good question. The chute is a deflector - though in all seriousness, I've run over just about everything possible on purpose (lazyness) and nothing bad has happened.
I don't believe the lawn mower has enough power to really launch anything hard enough to make even the slightest dent.
There are no cons that I notice by tying the chute upwards. You will have NO clumping... and you would think the lawn was bagged - as it looks so clean and the clippings scatter so well into the lawn you couldn't even rake them up if you tried.
I noticed that most objects heavier then a blade of grass always tend to shoot downwards.
Damage to anything but your blades is extremely rare.
As for the scattering of grass, if it ends up on the street or any random part of a property grass shouldn't be - a blower will finish the job.
I've done lawns like this for awhile and I'll never lower the shoot again.
A chute is always on the right side of your mower, which means you will only be facing it away from a house if you need to do the perimeter. The only time you're closest to the house is when you do the next pass/line/stripe
over, which will give you enough room to be certain the majority of objects will not fly far.
Even without the chute, objects that fly out tend to aim downwards, which give them less airtime.
In other words.... raise your chute to get rid of one big problem.
I highly recommend it... It will save you loads of time if.
When I used the chute, the look after cutting lawns was as if clippings were just floating on top of the lawn - awful... Id try to blow them to scatter them around, but doing that doesn't even come close to raising my chute.. The customer wont notice if you bagged or not.
Give it a try on your lawn, its addictive.