I have a new yo me John Deere x540. It came with the 54 inch deck. I had an older deck, a 48 inch mulch compatible deck from my previous machine an LX188, that I was able to mount to the x540 by modified extra front draft arm I had. That 48 inch deck always worked great for mulching, especially leaves, and I have a massive amount in fall time. My 54 inch deck I recently installed the mulching kit, but unlike my older 48 inch as the 48 inch has a rubber flange that bolts to the front edge of deck,band that eliminates any blow out. The 54 inch does not have that. I read on these forums, that you need to remove the blow out if installing the mulch kit, and others say you need to install the blow out with the mulch kit. Makes me question what is proper? I was thinking of rigging up a similar rubber flange on the 54 like what John Deere had for the older 48, or possibly putting a garage door seal and bolt that to the leading edge, or is that not necessary once the mulch kit is installed on the 54 inch. Anyone here use the 54 with mulch that can comment??
I do not use the power flow as I had that with older John Deere, and too many leaves, as ever couple passes, bags were full and needed dumped, and mulching was so much easier, just to grind them up and leave them there.