2015 - Volume #39, Issue #1, Page #19[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Foot Pedal Controls Zero-Turn Discharge
“I’ve had people who’ve tried it tell me they won’t cut grass without it now,” says Luking. “Guys who’ve used it mowing cemeteries say it is great for keeping grass off memorial stones. Landscapers like how it helps them avoid hitting sidewalks, walls, flower beds and even parked cars with grass or stones.”
Luking got the idea for the GrassFlap when he upgraded to a zero-turn mower. He had previously made a hand-operated one for his walk-behind. Initially he modified the hand-operated unit for the zero-turn. After a season, he decided he needed a way to open and close the flap on the chute with his feet while steering in close quarters. Over the summer he refined the concept. It worked so well that he decided to start offering it for use on other zero-turn mowers.
The 10-ga. steel flap mounts to the grass chute. The foot pedal mounts to the foot deck where it can be operated with the heel of the foot.
“We’ve tried to keep it simple. At first we tried to make a universal model that could fit any zero-turn or stand-on mower without drilling holes,” says Luking. “However, there are too many different designs. While the foot pedal is standard, discharge openings and chutes can vary.”
Luking now has different versions for different brands. Some fit existing holes in the mower deck, while others require holes to be drilled to mount the pedal and the flap. However, he only has one price.
“We keep it simple with a $275 price plus $20 shipping for all models,” says Luking. “We do offer volume discounts.”
Generic instructions make it easy to install the units, adds Luking. “The first time you install one, it can take an hour or more,” he says. “Once you have some experience, it will take 45 min. or less.”
To see the GrassFlap in action, go to FARMSHOW.COM.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, GrassFlap, 1910 Brentmoor Lane, Louisville, Ky. 40223 (ph 502 594-3546; www.grassflap.com).
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