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Old 07-05-2009, 06:35 PM   #1
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hi,

Recently purchased a LTX1046 from a Cub Dealer to replace my old Snapper LT125. It has a 46" deck and two blades w/ a bagger. I have mowed with it twice and really want to mulch with it instead of bagging everything.

Can anyone give me any advice for doing so? Are the mulching blades from the dealer the way to go, or maybe aftermarket (I think the company is Gator or something like that?) How about a good height when mulching... have tried it with old mower and didn't really work... maybe the grass was too long? Get an attachment to block the chute or let if fly out out the side?

Any advice would be appreciated and save me lots of time over the course of a summer.


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Old 07-05-2009, 07:30 PM   #2
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hi,

Recently purchased a LTX1046 from a Cub Dealer to replace my old Snapper LT125. It has a 46" deck and two blades w/ a bagger. I have mowed with it twice and really want to mulch with it instead of bagging everything.

Can anyone give me any advice for doing so? Are the mulching blades from the dealer the way to go, or maybe aftermarket (I think the company is Gator or something like that?) How about a good height when mulching... have tried it with old mower and didn't really work... maybe the grass was too long? Get an attachment to block the chute or let if fly out out the side?

Any advice would be appreciated and save me lots of time over the course of a summer.


Thanks!

chris
Check the "attachments" detail in yer owner's manual. A mulch plug is available (# 19A30005100) and likely the blades that came with yer mower are 2-in1 types which can be used for either side discharge or mulching with the plug.

If you don't have a manual go to the cub cadet website:

http://www.cubcadet.com/wcsstore/Cub..._769-04637.pdf

Key to mulching is several fold: go slow, don't cut too much in a given pass, only cut when grass is DRY, cut often. As to grass length, that's yer game call - but usually grass left a bit longer will do better.. IMHO.

The same way with Gators - First make sure there are blades avail that will fit that new style 2 blade deck you have - don't just toss something under there and hope for the best. Gators do have unique features, but I've had only mixed results. Mebbe others here can give you better advice on them.

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Old 07-05-2009, 10:35 PM   #3
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Here's a recent thread I posted about my Gator blades and mulching. Note you don't need Gator blades to mulch, but they do seem to me to do the job a little better (although opinions vary).

I'm sure there are many other threads on MTF already covering this topic.. a search on "mulching" would probably turn up more than you could read through in a week.

rcbe makes some good points. I would add that some mulch with a mulch plug and some without. Whether you could actually consider it "mulching" if not using a mulch plug is a philosophical question I suppose (e.g., using mulching blades like Gators without a plug.. is that mulching?)

I use a mulch plug myself because I figure if they went through the trouble of designing one, there must be some benefit to using it.
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Old 07-17-2009, 11:56 PM   #4
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STOP !!! I can save you $$$$$ TSC has the plug and blades for 48.00. My store had to get them from another store but compared to 50 for the plug and 60 for the blades, I waited the week. I also wound up with an extra mulch plug. Cuts and finishes like a dream. Watch the removal of the old blades, use THICK LEATHER GLOVES.
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Old 08-18-2009, 07:52 PM   #5
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Default Re: mulching with a LTX 1046

Anyone come up with a fix to keep the mulching plug snug/closed short of drilling and bolting on the LTX 1046?
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Anyone come up with a fix to keep the mulching plug snug/closed short of drilling and bolting on the LTX 1046?
Bungies work for me. I use one to keep the discharge chute cover raised so I can make it through a few tight spots, and then the other bungie is needed to keep the mulch plug in place because the discharge chute, which normally holds the plug in place when down, won't hold it in place when up.
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Old 08-18-2009, 09:22 PM   #7
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I removed my discharge chute to get it out of the way.
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I removed my discharge chute to get it out of the way.
Yeah, that's one way around the prob, but be careful of what can get thrown out of that deck discharge chute w/o a deflector in place.. a small stone can take out a house/car window.. or worse.
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Old 08-19-2009, 08:03 AM   #9
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True, but the mulch plug is there. The design on the plug is poor as it doesn't fit snug and has openings at the top where grass is shooting up at you or it keeps wanting to slip off.
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Old 08-20-2009, 08:28 PM   #10
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This may be the fix? Another rubber bungee, longer bolt,washer. So far it's on there snug.
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Old 08-21-2009, 09:54 PM   #11
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Try www.agrisupply.com
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Default Re: mulching with a LTX 1046

i did the same bungie trick on the mulch plug for an '09 LTX1045, but i added sticky-back foam insulation strip to the top edge of the plug to perfect the seal.
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Old 04-13-2010, 06:41 PM   #13
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Great idea. I will add that too. Thanks
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