Leaf removal with 21"SP Mower-Learned somethings today

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I have been one of the more vocal critics of the mower blade design and the lack of vacuuming power on this forum. Tried something new today and am quite please with the results. My grass is about 9000 SF and raking it every fall is a chore. Plus hauling the leaves compounds the pleasure.
This morning my wife said that she wanted the leaves as cover for her plants this winter and it would be nice if they were mulched. So first I lowered the mower to the lowest height, "1" and tried to bag the leaves. Did't work so well as they were not shreaded very fine and not useful as cover. Then I decided to try to mulch with the the plug in place. Ran over the whole lawn in mulch mode. Excellent result. Then I attached the bag, yes I did remove the mulch plug-thank you, and ran over the lawn again still at height "1". This produced excellent mulch for the plants and generated MUCH LESS volume of leaves since they were chopped up very fine. I filled three bags with all the leaves from the lawn. In the past this would have required 10+ bags.
Now the leaves were extremely dry which I'm sure helped. But I was amazed at how fine the leaves were mulched and how well the mower picked them up. Of course this was a height 1 which would never work when the grass is actively growing. Usually I cut between 4-5 height setting.
So the blade works if it's low enough and the leaves are dry enough. Still cannot wait for the high lift blade. It had better solve the vacuuming issue.
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Harry, do you normally cut your lawn that low in the fall?
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I cut it down a couple weeks ago anticipating having to rake the leaves. Now that the leaves are mostly up, I'll get another 1/2" of growth before it stops. Mild winters in SE Virginia. Otherwise I cut to 3+" in the hot season. All fescue.
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Great advice Harry,    now can you go buy the snow blower and let me know how it works :)
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No need for a snowblower. Very little snow and we just let it melt. Usually gone in a couple days. Unlike Northern MN where I grew up.
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I already know that the vacuuming efficacy  increases with a decrease in mower height--problem being I don't mow at #1.  I'm hoping the HL blade we have been promised for early next year improves vacuuming substantially.  Here's hoping EGO makes it quite clear on this page, that the blade is available the day it goes up for sale in the US.
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The other big impact is blade speed. Would be nice if there was a switch to speed up the blade. I'd gladly sacrifice run time for higher blade rate when I need the vacuuming.
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I worked on mulching "kit" this past summer to help keep the cut material suspended and alleviate the grass clippings dropping into nice neat rows when you mow heavier grass or mulch leaves.
I was hoping the new high lift blade would be available before mowing season ends but the testing I did with the stock blade produced very good results using the heavy cardboard prototype I designed.
When I have time I will take some photos and explain how I attached this to the deck without modifying or drilling the deck. Over the winter I will be creating these extensions out of plastic to make a more permanent mulching kit.

Can't wait to test this with the high lift blade. :)
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