Mulching while mowing can be one way to restore nitrogen to your lawn and reduce yard waste, but sometimes you just want to pick up those clippings. If your lawn is prone to thatch or picking up what’s leftover from winter is the first thing on the spring agenda, you’ll want to grab what you’ve cut. Home lawn mowers can vary a bit in design, but your baggers fit in the same way.
While installing a collection bag may seem straightforward, the mistakes that can occur can have embarrassing or dangerous consequences if overlooked. Improper installation of a grass bagger (grass bag or mulch bag) in your mower can result in a clogged blade that can hamper your mower’s ability to mow. Also, if you do not place it correctly in the side vent of the mower, it can create a dangerous situation. Properly installing a bag of grass on your mower means you have to position the accessories correctly, but you also have to match the mulching or ventilation capabilities of your mower with your bag.
Before repairing any electrical equipment, follow the safety guidelines in the owner’s manual. Make sure the equipment is completely shut down, cooled down, and that no parts are moving before attempting to repair your equipment.
Benefits of using a grass catcher
Whether you have a zero-turn mower or a self-propelled model, you will find a grass catcher to be incredibly useful. Here are some ways you can help:
Mow the lawn clean
While mowing, the grass catcher or bagger collects most of the clippings that fly off the deck. Although it does not collect everything, you will not have the same amount of mowing in the grass.
This helps to achieve a cleaner, level lawn after mowing. So you won’t have to clean it manually or wait for the debris to break down.
If you are building a new garden or composting, you may want to store grass clippings for reuse.
You may want to use them elsewhere, and the grass catcher is the perfect accessory to store them, no need to buy clippings and other compost material afterward.
Finally, you can prevent tons of disease and other types of lawn damage by trapping debris. We know that cuts can create fungus and grow all kinds of unwanted things.
A grass bagger helps you reduce the amount of debris that falls onto your lawn, reducing disease and other side effects from this dead material.
Connecting a grass catcher to a lawnmower is a very straightforward and simple process. Let’s take a look at the necessary tools that will make the task more convenient for you.
Now follow the steps outlined below to complete the whole task.
Steps to follow:
Step 1: prepare the mower
Place the mower on a level surface and remove the key from the ignition switch.
Step # 2: Secure the bracket screws
Now take the bolts and use a socket wrench to secure the bolts with the pruner. These screws basically hold the bracket to the mower. After fixing the screws, attach the bracket to the rear of your lawnmower.
Step # 3: tighten the cotter pin
The bag accessory has a cotter pin and you must remove the pin. Place the bracket in the middle of the bracket and insert the large bolts that hold the bracket to the bracket.
When the accessory is aligned, simply return the key to its previous position. The grass catcher base is now ready. Put the bags in the accessory bag.
Step 4: set up the tube
Time to put the tube in place. The tube has two parts. You must put one part with the mower side discharge and another part with the grass collection bag.
Take the bottom of the tube and secure it with the mower side discharge. There are two hooks to help you hold the workpiece to the cutting deck.
Take another piece and insert the edge of the end of the tube into the hole in the grass catcher and secure the leading edge with the first tube.
Your riding mower is now ready for a clean cut.
Attaching a rear grass catcher to your push mower:
Follow the step-by-step guide to connect a rear grass catcher to your push mower.
Step 1: preparation:
Park your mower on level ground and turn it off.
Step 2: Locate the installation area:
Locate the area where the receiver assembly will be placed. You can refer to the manufacturer’s manual to locate the correct area, but a visual inspection is usually sufficient. The installation area will have hooks, bolts, or hinges to hold the assembly together. Clean this area with a cloth.
Step 3: assemble the grass catcher:
The grass catcher will have two main parts, a bag, and a frame to hold the bag. You need to put these two parts together. The hard part, that is, the frame should be at the bottom, holding the bag, and the handle of the bag should point up so you can easily grab it.
For the clearest and most accurate information on how to assemble the grass catcher, see the instructions that come with the grass catcher. If you don’t have it, try searching the internet for it.
Step 4: install the grass catcher:
Unclog the rear discharge from your push mower and secure the receiver by holding it in place with hooks, bolts, or pliers.
Make sure the receiver does not fall when force is applied. With the catcher firmly in place, your mower is ready for action again.
How to Attach the Grass Catcher to the Troy Bilt Lawn Mower
Follow these steps if your Troy-Bilt lawn mower came with a bagger:
Take the rod frame, supplied with the receiver, and insert it into the opening of the bag. The rods should be pushed in until the square end (of the frame) touches the bag.
Next, slide the bag’s plastic channel latch onto the metal frame until fully seated.
Go to the rear of the mower and expose the blade by lifting the plastic flap.
Now hold the metal latch (located at the end of the metal bag assembly) and slide it over the mower pivot rod (located under the plastic flap).
Finally, release the plastic flap so that it rests on the bag.
While the instructions above may vary slightly depending on the model of lawnmower and grass catcher you own, they will give you a head start when trying to get the job done.
But as stated above, the best place to start is the user manuals; most have step-by-step instructions.
Remember to observe all recommended safety precautions when doing so….