MulchControl™ system for 42-in. (107-cm) Accel Deep™ (42A) Mower Deck
ZTrak™ Z335E with 42A Mower Deck

ZTrak™ Z335E with 42A Mower Deck

X350 Tractor with 42A Mower Deck

X350 Tractor with 42A Mower Deck

The MulchControl system makes mulching more practical for many mowing situations. It does an excellent job of mulching and allows the mower to be easily converted for times when it is more desirable to side discharge or collect the lawn material. Advantages of mulching grass clippings include:
  • Creates a beautiful looking lawn
  • Smaller grass clippings disappear into the lawn canopy
  • Reduces fertilizer needs
  • Grass clippings are not blown onto the operator, driveways, or flower beds
  • No need to dispose of bags of clippings
How MulchControl works
 
MulchControl baffle open

MulchControl baffle open

MulchControl baffle closed

MulchControl baffle closed

MulchControl is an innovative, simple design that is easy to use and maintain:
  • The MulchControl system includes an adjustable MulchControl baffle near the discharge chute and fixed baffles to control the flow of material under the deck.
MulchControl handle

MulchControl handle

  • The MulchControl handle is on top of the mower deck and is used to open and close the MulchControl baffle.
  • When the MulchControl baffle is open, most of the material flows freely out of the discharge deflector or into a material collection system.
  • When the MulchControl baffle is closed, material stays within the deck and gets chopped into mulch and deposited in the turf.
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 close the chute to control clippings in some areas
  • For operators who always mulch a main lawn, but often side discharge secondary lawns
  • For operators who collect clippings, but want to go farther before emptying the material collection system
MulchControl puts the operator in control of the clippings.
MulchControl limitations
 
While in the side discharge mode, MulchControl still mulches 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
Rear baffle (A) must be removed for bagging with MulchControl with 42A Mower Decks

Rear baffle (A) must be removed for bagging with MulchControl with 42A Mower Decks

When bagging with MulchControl on a 42A Mower Deck, the cut-and-throw rear bagger can be used with the MulchControl blades. However, the rear MulchControl baffle (A) needs to be removed to install the bagger chute. The baffle is held in place with two carriage bolts. To return to mulching, the chute needs to be removed and the baffle replaced.
Compatibility
 
This MulchControl system is an optional field-installed attachment and includes everything needed for handle actuation: baffles, handle, and mulch blades. It’s compatible with model year 2016 and newer X300 Series Tractors and Z300 Series ZTrak Mowers equipped with a 42-in. (107-cm) Accel Deep (42A) Mower Deck.
 
CodeAttachmentDescription
 BUC10704

MulchControl attachment for 42-in. (107-cm) Accel Deep Mower Deck

 
Last Updated : 13-Sep-2021