Our Toro grounds master 3500 D ( sidewinder)tends to leave lots of clippings . We use it primarily to cut green surrounding areas and some tee surrounds . I seen a post on one of our Tech sites that they had installed the baffles in their sidewinder and were very impressed with the cut . I ordered a set and they arrived today . We just missed out on trying them after the jump in growth on the course . But that's OK it's a long week-end and by Tuesday they should be long enough for a good testing . After installing them I tried it around the shop and noticed less clippings left behind .
The self tapping bolts can be ordered seperate .
You will have to clean up the lip on the rear-side of deck . I used a pair of vise grips to straighten any bends .
Just slides up in place and bolts in .
All done . There was enough self tapper to install a lock washer and nut . This will keep the clippings inside the deck mulching them up longer . It won't be discharging out the rear. I'm hoping it doesn't rob to much horse power in wet long conditions . But with the turbo it should keep up if the operator slows down a little .
Had it out for a quick test today May 21 2013.
This area behind 9 green always leaves noticeable clippings . I cut it early morning with dew still present and fairly long . NO noticeable clippings .
Another picture of green surround area .
The area above got way away from us . It happens sometimes . A really good test area .
The grass was so deep ( as in above boot pic's )There was no place for the extra clippings to go so they piled on top as per usual . Still at least 50% less of a mess .
Only took a quick pass with the Toro Pro Force Blower to take care of the clippings left . Over all a great improvement . The really deep grass it did rob a lot of power but it would have anyway and the clippings dispersed better with the baffles installed . For the price it was well worth it . Our Toro Groundsmaster 4300D seem to cut pretty clean in the wet . Might be because of the smaller decks ? I don't think they will need baffles . Hmmm. Wondering if it would make a difference on the 4500 D. They tend to cut messy like our sidewinder ( same deck too).
I was really impressed with the areas that were not mowed for 3 days especially in the wet conditions . The last few picks is in an area that grows rapidly and had not been cut in a week .
Sorry about the pictures . New phone I'll have to remember take pictures horizontally now .