John Deere TriCycler Mulch Kit 54-inch Deck - BG20304

Part Number: BG20304
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John Deere TriCycler Mulch Kit 54-inch Deck - BG20304
John Deere TriCycler Mulch Kit 54-inch Deck - BG20304
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John Deere TriCycler Mulch Kit 54-inch Deck - BG20304
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John Deere TriCycler Mulch Kit 54-inch Deck

The Tricycler system gets its name from the ability of a John Deere mower to bag, side discharge, or mulch to meet the three phases of lawn care that are associated with the changing seasons (spring, summer, or fall).
 
The Tricycler mulching attachment allows converting the mower so it can be used to perform the mulching function (grass or leaves) of this system.
 
The attachment consists of special mulching blades and deflector ramps to direct the clippings into the blade for re-cutting and a discharge closure with adjustable baffle.
 
Operating tips:
Mulching:
  • Adjust baffle to the proper opening; the adjustable baffle can be moved to one of five positions to match conditions using the convenient wing nuts.
    • When mulching grass, the operator should start with the baffle set in the highest position (greatest opening).
    • In drier conditions or when mulching leaves, the baffle can be moved down to reduce the amount of material that is discharged.
    • The holes in the adjustable baffle are intended for leaf mulching. When mulching dry leaves, the holes will allow some air and leaf particles to escape, reducing blowout in other areas of the mower. However, when mulching grass, these holes can be expected to plug.
  • Mow when grass is dry.
  • Observe the 1/3 rule.
    • No more than 1/3 of the grass blade should be cut off at one time. This allows more efficient mulching and will promote the continued good health of the grass. If the desired cut height can't be achieved by cutting off 1/3, or there is clumping of the clippings, it may be required to cut higher. Wait a day, then lower the mower and make a second pass.
  • Mow at proper intervals - approximately every 4 to 5 days.
  • Always mow with sharp blades.
  • When using the mulch kit, clippings are held in suspension under the mower until the power take-off (PTO) is shut off or the engine speed is reduced to slow the mower blades. When ready to stop mulching, slowing the engine speed while continuing to drive over the cut area will allow the suspended clippings to fall and disperse more evenly over the lawn.


Tips for special situations:

  • If mulching performance is not satisfactory, raising the mower to increase cut height, even a little bit, will often make a big difference.
  • If excessive clippings appear at the left edge of the mower, the left rear mower lip should be removed (if the mower is so equipped). This will promote better distribution of clippings.

Side-discharging and using Power Flow material collection system (MCS):

  • For side-discharging and using the 54C Power Flow MCS, remove the mulching attachment.
  • The special mulching blades may be used if satisfactory results are achieved. If not, remove and replace with standard blades.
  • Rubber front edges can be left on if side discharging, however, cut quality may be reduced slightly when mowing lush grass.

Bagging:

  • Remove mulching attachment and install the appropriate medium or high lift blade(s).
Installation and removal:
 
The 54-in. Tricycler kit can be easily removed while the mower is mounted on the tractor. Only two cap screws and nuts, located at the front and right side of the mower, need to be removed.

Fits models:
  • 190C
  • LA150
  • LA175
  • D170
  • E180*
  • G110

*There have been some changes to the deck that are not covered in the instructions. The front baffles that were previously bolted to the deck are now welded in place. The hole to mount the “mulching assembly” (labeled A in the instructions) is stamped in the lip of the deck, but the baffles cover the hole. It will be necessary to drill a hole in the baffle to install the “mulching assembly”. The holes for the Front Lip Guards will also need to be drilled through the welded baffles.
The instructions are in the process of being updated with new pictures.
 
Factory direct shipping. Please allow up to 7 days for factory processing plus shipping time.

Features

  • California use info:

    ⚠ Warning: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

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Customer Reviews

54 Inch Mulch Kit
Installation was not that easy, installation instructions leave much room for improvment, a bit of trial and error needed to get it attached properly. End results are good, mulcher works as advertised, lawn looks good.
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Reviewed by:  from Houston, TX. on 6/14/2012
4
Wayne
This item is hard to install but nothing that a hammer does not cure. The adjustment feature for the amount of mulch is not easily used and the mower deck collects a lot of debris with the kit install. But, it does work; the lawn looks good.
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Reviewed by:  from Manvel, Texas. on 3/23/2011
4
NA
Had no idea that this accessory even exsisted for my mower. Need better instructions for installation. Once I figured it out...very simple. JD LA 175 54" deck. Works fine so far.
Did you find this helpful?  3 of 5 Found Helpful
Reviewed by:  from North Carolina. on 4/30/2013
5

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