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Re: Mulching blades?

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I am not aware of front blow-out. I leave the discharge flapper off because of the circling around and through about 100 trees and bushes. The JD folks claim that might be the cause of the right bank plugging and melting the last engine. It might make lofting of dry grass (last mowing) a bit more prevalent but I think after mowing this way for many years with the 200 series (Kohler engines) I never had engine overheating due to sucking in grass debris.

I cannot cut this grass in a timely manner, partly due to at 30+ inches rainfall, dewy grass not clearing until about noon and my ridiculous schedule (full retirement, but constant doctoring for my wife and I and grandchild care, all 35 miles away.

So the grass is usually 5-6 inches tall, the JD deck handles it easily, even much taller grass is no problem. And the place looks like a durn hayfield a lot of the time. But the next mowing is always on windy days and therefore some of the time I have dry grass flying in my eyes. The Kawasaki engine pulls air in through the top which is under a sculpted plastic hood (ugly IMO) that has side and front vents.

The JD manual is very specific about plugging or screening the hood vents especially when snow blowing, otherwise I would put some window screen on the right side. As the engine pulls its air in centered on itself and distributes the air to both cylinder banks, I don't see how the right bank should be more susceptible due to the right hand discharge of the mower, but that is what the dealer folks say they have seen.
I think Kawasaki and Deere have screwed up the engineering by not having larger exit vents on the shroud to avoid trapping debris and that the hood vent system should favor the left side away from the standard RH mower deck discharge. The H with the ugly modern design not being symmetrical.

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