Electric one-touch MulchControl™ attachment for 48-in. (122-cm) Accel Deep™ (48A) Mower Deck
MulchControl advantages and benefits
 
Mower equipped with electric one-touch MulchControl

Mower equipped with electric one-touch MulchControl

MulchControl switch

MulchControl switch

The 48-­in. (122­-cm) electric one-touch MulchControl attachment enhances versatility and productivity. A mower deck equipped with electric one-touch MulchControl not only does an excellent job of mowing and mulching, but it can also be quickly converted to side discharge or mulch mode with the touch of a switch:
  • Easily converts while mowing from side discharge mode to mulch mode or vice versa
  • In mulch mode, controls clippings dispersion in unwanted areas (driveways, landscape beds, near buildings, windows, parking lots, etc.)
  • Reduces cleanup time needed to dispose of clippings
  • Will reduce the amount of material entering a material collection system because, even in the side discharge mode, MulchControl will mulch about one third of the material because of the additional baffles under the mower deck
How electric one-touch MulchControl works
 
A tractor equipped with the electric one-touch MulchControl attachment delivers unprecedented levels of productivity and versatility. A convenient, dash-mounted switch provides operators the ability to change between side discharging and mulching. A heavy-duty baffle opens and closes easily with the touch of the dash-mounted switch.
MulchControl electric switch

MulchControl electric switch

MulchControl electric actuator

MulchControl electric actuator

A dependable electric actuator is used to close and open the discharge baffle. The mower deck can easily be converted from side discharge mode to mulch mode or vice versa in a few seconds by activating the switch.
MulchControl baffle open (similar mower deck shown)

MulchControl baffle open (similar mower deck shown)

MulchControl baffle closed (similar mower deck shown)

MulchControl baffle closed (similar mower deck shown)

MulchControl is an innovative, simple design that is easy to use and maintain:
  • The MulchControl attachment includes baffles to control the flow of material under the deck.
    • The MulchControl baffle, or divider, between the left and middle spindles is about halfway down. The height is designed to balance the mulch and side discharge modes.
    • When the MulchControl baffle is open, the divider between the left and middle spindles passes a portion of the material to the discharge opening, along with the material from the middle and right spindle areas.
    • When the MulchControl baffle is closed, this material stays within the deck and gets chopped into mulch and deposited in the turf.
  • The MulchControl electric switch is located on the tractor dash to open and close the discharge baffle.
    • The operator is not required to get off of the machine in order to engage or disengage mulch mode.
MulchControl is well suited to the following mowing situations:
  • For operators who usually mulch, but side discharge when grass gets too long
  • For operators who usually side discharge, but would like to be able to close the chute to control clippings
  • For operators who always mulch a main lawn, but often side discharge secondary lawns
  • For operators who bag clippings, but want to go farther before emptying bags (48A and 54A Mower Decks only)
MulchControl puts the operator in control of the clippings. The operator can have all the benefits of mulching with the ability to easily change to side discharging or bagging when desired.
With electric one-touch MulchControl, operators can convert between modes without interrupting the mowing process, making it practical to change between modes as conditions require:
  • When approaching clean areas like driveways or flowerbeds where clippings would be undesirable
  • When a breeze might blow clippings back onto the operator
  • For side discharge mowing only the areas of the property where grass is too tall or thick for mulching
  • With 48A and 54A Mower Decks, for collecting only the areas of the property where grass is too tall or thick for mulching
    • With 48A and 54A Mower Decks, the MulchControl baffle can be opened or closed with the Power Flow™ blower installed. The Power Flow blower will run without material when the baffle is closed.
    • Models equipped with a 42A Mower Deck require a MulchControl baffle be removed to install the bagger chute; see 42A versatility explanation for more information.
Advantages of MulchControl include:
  • Performance is improved.
    • Mulching is beneficial because it returns the clippings to the ground as fertilizer, which promotes lawn growth.
    • Clippings are much smaller, which allows them to fall into the grass and be removed from view.
    • Unsightly grass clippings are not blown onto driveways or into flower beds.
    • Fertilizer use is reduced and provides associated environmental benefits.
  • Uptime is increased.
    • Operators can convert quickly between modes, making it possible to change between mulching and side discharging as conditions require.
    • Mulching heavy, thick material can significantly reduce mower productivity. The ability to switch from mulch to side discharge mode ensures productivity, especially in grass too tall or thick to mulch effectively.
  • Cost of operation is reduced.
    • Controlling clipping dispersion reduces cleanup time.
MulchControl limitations
 
While in the side discharge mode, MulchControl will still mulch about one third of the material. Therefore, the side discharge mode is essentially a partial mulch mode. This can be an advantage when side discharging or bagging, as it helps to reduce the amount of material being discharged. Other times this could work as a disadvantage:
  • When cutting strong southern grasses, such as Zoysia and Bermuda
  • When cutting in wet, high growth conditions, such as those found in the Pacific Northwest United States
  • When optimum bagging and lawn clean­up is desired
Compatibility
 
This electric one-touch MulchControl attachment is field installed and compatible with any 48A Mower installed on an X300 or X500 Select Series Tractor.

NOTE: Model year 2016-2017 X300 and X500 Series Tractors (X300 serial number 10,001-50,000 and X500 serial number 110,001-130,000) require replacing the tractor wiring harness and dash panel to use an electric MulchControl attachment.
 
CodeAttachmentDescription
 BUC10165

Electric one-touch MulchControl attachment for 48-­in. (122­-cm) Accel Deep Mower Deck

 
Last Updated : 24-May-2019