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Hey guys I'm looking for a little advise.

I just acquired a John Deere Z435 from an estate sale. There are no records/manuals etc so I don't have much to reference and I have zero experience with JD products so I am missing a baseline of knowing what to expect. What I am experiencing is that while mowing I am getting filthy. What I mean by that is there is a lot of debris being blown out from under the deck in front of the mower and blowing back up onto me while I am operating it. I bought this mower to replace my old Cub Cadet RZT50 which has been great, but the hydraulics are getting weak and whining a lot. Not wanting to dump a bunch of money into a very used machine, I came across this JD with only 39hrs on it and got it for what I felt was a steal. Now, I am hoping that there is a simple fix for this mess it is creating. My Cub didn't do this at all.

Is something wrong with this mower, or is this the norm for JD zero turns?

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In general, zero turns do kick up a lot of debris from under the deck.

Sometimes it has to do with the cutting conditions and the height you are cutting at.

HOWEVER, I would check with your dealer to see if a "blowout baffle" is available (it may be part of a bagging kit).

I bought a Scag Patriot last year, was cutting at 4" and me and the machine was COVERED with dust and clippings. Found out there was a blowout baffle for the left front as part of a bagger kit and now literally not one blade of grass comes out from under the front of the deck - just out the discharge.
 

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Unless you're mowing an area where the grass is thin your ZTR shouldn't kick up any more dust than a rider.

If the grass is thin then yeah it would kick up a lot because of the high blade tip speed of a ZTR.
 
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