How well does the 21" mower deal with sweet gum balls?

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How well does the 21" mower deal with sweet gum balls?
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It'll power up (spin faster) as you run over them and handle them without a problem.  I recommend using a high lift blade and bagging them.  That's what I do.
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My 21" non-SP model tends to shoot them out from under the mower. It will pick some of them up, but not all. I mow at setting #2 so maybe that's why. I also don't have the HL blade so that's probably another reason. I generally use the collection bag and do see some in the bag after mowing but probably more are getting shot out or not picked up at all.
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When it's warmer it seems to get gummy under the deck. When it is colder, it's fine.
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So for real. What are these sweet gum balls? Are they similar to black walnuts? They sound like a hassle. I see online they are from a sweet gum tree. Enlighten me please.
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They look like this. 
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Those look evil....
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Definitely some evolutionary defence mechanisms going on there. Survival of the fittest!
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more like survival of the horrendous
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They suck to step on.  I make sure to weed out any sweet gum trees when possible.