Can you cut without the side insert, mulch insert, or bag?

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I started cutting out of the box without the mulch insert or bag, is this going to hurt my mower? I have the 21" SP. It did a great job in my test run (no stalls at all in 10" grass on highest setting), and the grass was a bit high so it was too tall for mulching and bagging would be full after 3 minutes.
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Posted 2 years ago

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Karen Crosby

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I've mowed all last season with no bag, and no mulch insert and mower still running great. I mow an hour and a half every week spring summer and autumn. If grass is wet, I do clean underneath so it runs well, and clean under it before storing. One side of my yard grows faster and higher than the other, so often 10 inches tall.
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I had to do the same thing in my side lot. Grass must have been 2' tall. Buffalo grass. It just threw the grass out like a fire hose.
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Not a bad idea at all, wish I would have thought of this for that first mow of the season
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Good to know Karen, thanks! Yeah bloomz I plan on doing a run at the lowest (or 2nd lowest) setting this weekend since I knocked a good 6 inches off it today (down to 4). I'll see how it handles that. Then the time after that will be a mulch or bag.
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charlie hepler

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I do it often. It leaves alittle longer shreds of grass behind but not too bad.
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I Know this thread is about the 21", but on my 20" if I mow without the mulch plug, the rear discharge passage to the bagging area just fills up with grass, so I either run it bagging or with the mulch plug.
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With the rear door propped up slightly this would be a great way of tackling an overgrown lot.  It would just puke the grass out the back, little or no restriction.

I believe Jacob was using his 20" like this to deal with longer grass, standing to the side to keep from getting blasted by the grass discharge.
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Yup fire hose of grass.
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Nice, any idea of how I could keep the back chute open on the 21"?
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Bungee cord
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Rob, you can absolutely cut without using the inserts or bag without damaging your mower. Also, great idea!
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Jacob

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Amber. Your supposed to look down on this kind of stuff lol. Cuz projectiles on shins.
Hehehehehe
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Karen Crosby

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I could make myself homemade shin guards, the neighbors would be amused as well.
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I like it.

Duct tape and 2 cooking pot lids
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Well I tried it again last night (night mowing is amazing btw) in 10+ inch tall grass/weeds in the backyard and it destroyed it. My neighbors were sitting outside and said they were waiting for it to stall out and were shocked it never did. In comparison, my old gas mulching mower would've died after 5 feet of pushing it. Really liking this method to cut (no bag, mulcher) if you've let your grass get too high. This is an amazing mower. A coworker stopped by to check it out and said he may return his Toro mulcher because he liked how light it was + no gas to mess with.
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Nice! Thanks for the feedback!