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Mountfield M28M - How to disconnect grass catcher still run so that my roller can be fitted ?

sujsuj
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I have this Mountfield M28M which will not start if I disconnect grass catcher (as design). But I want to connect my heavy lawn roller after removing catcher and run around my lawn.

At the moment if I disconnect grass catcher my ride-on will not start! It looks like some sensor/safety mechanism is making sure catcher bag is fitted before start. Even if I connect MULCHING PLUG need to put grass catcher though no grass will be coming to the bag.

So looks like only option is to tie heavy roller behind grass catcher..? Is there any clever way to override this mechanism and tie roller directly behind ride-on mower without grass catcher bag..? Thanks

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  • Woolsery
    Woolsery Posts: 1,535 Forumite
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    edited 4 May 2022 at 11:09AM
    There is a sensor strip thing that I used to fix down with a heavy duty  clamp. It's silver and just visible on the right of the picture parallel with the chute..
    That was my attempt to get the thing to shoot grass straight out the back, but it still tended to jam up at the slightest provocation. Had it been more successful I'd have made a permanent change to the wiring. Maybe your chute is larger and won't jam?
    In the end I gave up on this pile of Italian 'engineering.' It was a pity because the machine was  satisfactory in most respects and thousands were made, but it wouldn't handle anything very rough or wet. Even my garage had serious trouble fitting a new belt.
    I bought a secondhand Countax instead. Lovely mower and all the moving/service parts etc are easily accessible.

  • Section62
    Section62 Posts: 7,727 Forumite
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    sujsuj said:
    I have this Mountfield M28M which will not start if I disconnect grass catcher (as design). But I want to connect my heavy lawn roller after removing catcher and run around my lawn.

    At the moment if I disconnect grass catcher my ride-on will not start! It looks like some sensor/safety mechanism is making sure catcher bag is fitted before start. Even if I connect MULCHING PLUG need to put grass catcher though no grass will be coming to the bag.

    So looks like only option is to tie heavy roller behind grass catcher..? Is there any clever way to override this mechanism and tie roller directly behind ride-on mower without grass catcher bag..? Thanks

    The mechanism is a safety system to prevent the mower blades turning when the catcher is not in place. This is to prevent things (like hands and arms) being put in the discharge chute and/or to stop objects (like stones) being shot out of the discharge chute and causing damage or injury.

    There is no "clever way" of overriding a safety mechanism because doing so is dangerous and inherently unwise.

    You mower isn't designed to tow things, therefore there is no towing point, and why the safety system doesn't have an override to facilitate towing.

    Towing things with a mower which isn't designed for that purpose is inherently dangerous, and risks such things as the mower overturning - potentially causing fatal injuries. If you want to tow a heavy roller then you need to buy a mower which doubles up as a lawn tractor suitable for towing a roller of that size and weight.
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