Well folks, I finally figured out how to plug the chute on my ltx 1045. While mowing yesterday afternoon I went across some new sod that I had laid down. It was a bit on the dry side, and needed watering, I figured to mow first then water the lawn after. Well don't yah know if the new sod is a bit dry the high lift (normal) blades on the cub will lift the sod, and I lost about 2 ft or one roll before I was able to swerve off so I didn't lose any more......... The wife said there was a big cloud of dust, and I felt a bit of shaking then she settled down and was OK after that........ I was done with the lawn at that point any way, and was just making a few passes near a maple tree to pick up the whirl y birds that fall........ I have to drop the deck maybe tomorrow to make improvements to the chute for my tag along leaf pickup machine. The chute says it is made to fit about 50+ different tractors you just cut the shape you want. I feel that at this point it is so flimsy that I want to make it stiff enough so it will attach/detach the same as the regular chute of my bagger....... I have a plastic welding kit so if I need to I can add plastic to stiffen it........