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Old 04-21-2018, 06:10 AM
 
Location: Deep 13
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I have a 2010 Toro Recycler. I bag my clippings because with three oak trees, I'd have more mulch than grass.

Is there a way to increase the suction of the blade to remove more of the leaves? The deck height is probably one setting above where it needs to be, but that is because of the unevenness of the lawn. I've tried lowering it and ended up with scalped parts.
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Old 04-21-2018, 08:07 AM
 
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Add 2.23 more HP.
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Old 04-21-2018, 02:00 PM
 
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change the blade to a standard blade. tradeoff is not much mulching. You can also get high lift blades for some mowers.

Note though that these things may not solve your problem - no guarantees.

Note too that Mulched leaves can be great for your grass, even though they may look like a bit much at first. The pieces should be small enough to filter through the grass leaves over time and help the soil. They don't contribute to thatch build-up either. Thatch is mostly dead grass stems.
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Old 04-21-2018, 06:56 PM
 
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High lift. Thanks.

Found one on Amazon. Sounds like I'll need to sharpen it first, but I'm just about due for a summer tune-up.
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Old 04-21-2018, 07:05 PM
 
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Deck lifted as far up as it goes.
There are high lift mulching blades, they sort of horizontal S shaped. But you have to have mulching deck for them.
Btw, I do not bag leaves. I let them fall then mulch over them. It's a bit time taking, you have to keep circling in same place, but beats heck out of racking and bagging. Leaves large dark stain on grass but next year - can't tell. Grass LUVS added nutrients.
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Old 04-22-2018, 07:21 AM
 
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My push mower SUCKS big time.

It won't start unless warmed in the sun, has to be primed multiple times before it will start. You've got to pull the started cord about 10 times.

It was bought brand new a couple years ago and has been the bane of my lawn mowing since.

I don't how I could make my mower SUCK more.

It's got a b&s engine but it must have been built on a Monday or Friday.

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Old 04-22-2018, 07:31 AM
 
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Thought of doing this myself - attach some flexible rubber to the sides of the mower to create less air flow under the mower. Potentially, this would create more suction to get the leaves and grass into the bag.
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Old 04-22-2018, 08:33 AM
 
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Take it out for dinner?
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Old 04-22-2018, 10:30 AM
 
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I must of loaded 30 bags of thatch after I ran the de-thatcher over the backyard a couple of years ago. The main issue was I was hoping to cut down on the six varieties of mushroom I have growing back there. It did seem to help some. Oak leaves tend to get caught in the grass, so I'm not worried about not providing mulch. I tend to mulch the front yard because it gets a good amount of sun.
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Old 04-22-2018, 10:33 AM
 
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You could run the mulch blade over them to chop them up and then buy yourself a lawn sweeper to gather them up.
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