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Grass build up on top of deck

Posted by coho z8/9 N. Calif (My Page) on
Wed, Sep 21, 11 at 23:13

Craftsman 917.272060 LT with Kohler 16 hp
Does anyone have a sucessful solution to prevent grass build up around the drive pulleys and belt from grass clipings blowing up around the blade spindles? This is especially bad when using the mulching cover.
Thank you,
coho


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RE: Grass build up on top of deck

Hopefully someone has a solution, but I think that it is a given with this deck. I suppose you could do an experiment and build a baffle that would cover the vents around the spindle and see what that does in respect to keeping the grass down. Hopefully it won't affect the quality of cut. Envision using a thin plastic can lid, sliced through to the center-with an 1 7/8" hole that will fit over the mandrel. If you've not ever been told before, don't use water to clean the grass off.


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RE: Grass build up on top of deck

  • Posted by coho z8/9 N. Calif (My Page) on
    Thu, Sep 22, 11 at 17:07

Air for the top and a plastic putty knife for the under side is the way I do it. Thought about stuffing a piece of toweling around the mandrel but concerened about loss of cooling air to mandrel.


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RE: Grass build up on top of deck

I have the same problem with my Craftsman so you're not alone. I just take the airhose to it once I'm done cutting.


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RE: Grass build up on top of deck

I wouldn't thing cooling is an issue. Most other makes don't have holes through near the spindle. If the toweling made it to the blade, that would be bad.


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RE: Grass build up on top of deck

  • Posted by coho z8/9 N. Calif (My Page) on
    Tue, Sep 27, 11 at 22:59

I looked at a Snapper at a local fair last Friday and there was just enough room for the mandrel to pass thru. Toweling? Not nearly as bad as 20 ft of 1/4 polly or a piece of chicken wire in tall grass and weeds. I will work something out when I have time and see how it goes. For now, no mulching.
Thanks.


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RE: Grass build up on top of deck

  • Posted by coho z8/9 N. Calif (My Page) on
    Tue, Sep 27, 11 at 23:00

I looked at a Snapper at a local fair last Friday and there was just enough room for the mandrel to pass thru. Toweling? Not nearly as bad as 20 ft of 1/4 polly or a piece of chicken wire in tall grass and weeds. I will work something out when I have time and see how it goes. For now, no mulching.
Thanks.


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