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    Default Mower - mulch or not mulch

    My 20 year-old Masport mover has decided to call it a day. Not worth repairing, I think.

    Am now looking for a new mower. Should I get a much mower or stick to the good old bag mower with catcher?

    Your views, please.

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    Default Re: Mower - mulch or not mulch

    Personal preference. I don't like dealing with grass clippings so I have been mulching year round for about 3 years now and my lawn looks fine to me. You do need to keep it reasonably short, but it makes the mow quicker and easier and as a bonus reduces the amount of flies around your property.
    Most decent mowers are combo mowers these days aren't they? Mine has a catcher I never use but I have the option if I want it. I initially thought I'd have to switch to the catcher in winter but it's never been an issue.

    I notice my lawn doesn't seem to brown off as badly as other peoples in summer, but that could also be because I don't mow it as short as they do.
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    Default Re: Mower - mulch or not mulch

    Mulcher .
    Many of the mulchers arnt dedicated mulcher mowers now , sort of a bastardized do everything & do nothing very well.

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    Default Re: Mower - mulch or not mulch

    I don't have a lawn at my whare. It's sad because I used to enjoy mowing the grass and the 7 beers afterwards.

    Now I just have the beers.

    Best I find a support group.

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    Default Re: Mower - mulch or not mulch

    Mulchers work fine if you cut the lawn often enough and only when reasonably dry. Too tall or too wet they don't work very well.

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    Default Re: Mower - mulch or not mulch

    most mowers are mulching mowers. the difference between non-mulch and mulch mowers is if they come with the mulch plug or not.

    i would go with mulching mower because it is useful. however there is other features thats more important.
    big one for me is side chute. very few have a real side chute and the old style seamed to have disappeared. i think masport has its little red built in chute on all its models now. i find that its ok except for long wet grass.
    Tweak it till it breaks

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    Default Re: Mower - mulch or not mulch

    OK. Thanks folks for the inputs.

    Looks, most mowers have mulching capabilities - how do they work?

    Next question is, 2-stroke or 4-stroke engine?

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    Default Re: Mower - mulch or not mulch

    They just have a shaped plastic plug that goes in where the catcher is and causes the grass to circulate back into the blades instead of going into the catcher. The plugs can be a bit of a ***** to put back in on some models though, on my masport I used to sit on the ground and kick it into place with my foot

    I went crazy this time though and went battery electric and the mulching plug has never been removed. If your section is under ~800 sq/m I thoroughly recommend a battery mower. Otherwise mixing 2 stroke eventually annoys me so I always had a 4 stroke.
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    Default Re: Mower - mulch or not mulch

    We don't like mulchers. They don't throw it back in as well as they claim, and in any case, we compost.
    We do like the ones with the chipper though.
    Ex-pctek

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    Default Re: Mower - mulch or not mulch

    Quote Originally Posted by bk T View Post
    Next question is, 2-stroke or 4-stroke engine?
    4.

    4 is bigger than 2 and bigger is always better.

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