Rated 3.3 out of 5 by 66
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Jlw Blades are good, discharge blocker, not so much
The plastic discharge piece easily pops off every time I mow. Plastic ties are necessary to hold it in place. Not a very good design.
August 10, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Charlie47 Adequate
Easy to install. Mulch plug retainer strap is hard to stretch onto retainer post. Blades are painted so cutting edge isn't particularly sharp. At least with tall grass you have go over twice; there doesn't seem to be enough lift for the grass in the wheel tracks.
It's a little hard to tell how good the mulching is. A lot of material gets stuck under the deck and for really green (albeit somewhat long) grass it leaves an occasional lump on the lawn. I don't believe the deck is well designed for mulching. The blades are only partially shrouded (the front edge or the deck is flat) so the mulching airflow will not be uniform.
This is the only riding mulcher I've had experience with so maybe this is as good as it gets but I can certainly imagine better.
If you already have a Cub Cadet mower like this (2013 LTX1040), I'd recommend this mulching kit. If not and mulching is important to you I'd do more research before buying this mower and mulching kit.
July 20, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Wally Works as advertised
You will need an impact wrench or a long handle on your ratchet
July 19, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by agentorange 42" mulch kit
i ordered a mulch kit and received the wrong plug, i also had to purchase a breakaway bar and torque wrench to take off the old blades and put on the new ones, had i known i would have ordered the mower with the mulch installed the mtd people were very helpful and took care of the problem i just had to wait for the proper plug to be sent. the mower works great and now leves the lawn very nice instead of cuttings all over the yard
June 7, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Rob Better than expected
Guessing the product was modified after feedback since the latch system to hold the plug in place did not mirror the comments I had read......it's better. It fits snuggly in place and appears to have a strong strap to hold it there. Took only minutes to install. Works as I expected it would, appears to be strong in quality (though only time will tell) and was competitively priced. Shipping was fast.
May 27, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by jhack67 Works For Me
I bought this mulch kit for the discharge cover not for the mulching blades, even though some day I might put them on. (The mulching works pretty well with the normal blades, even though it would probably be better with the mulching blades on.) I have areas in my lawn where the discharging of the grass out the chute goes in places I don't want it to, like gardens and shrubs. By using the mulch cover, this solves that problem nicely. I don't use it on 90% of my lawn, because I like the distribution of the grass using the chute. The mulching cover goes on fairly easily, with the exception of hooking the rubber strap over the pin. It is quite a stretch, but holds it firmly once it is on. Time will tell how long the rubber strap will last! I am glad I bought it; it solves my problem!
April 28, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by AceDIY Works Great + Plug Tip
This mulch kit works awesome. We have almost 2 acres of heavily leafy area and this is so much easier than raking! Mow just like usual and it chops up the leaves and makes them biodegrade much more quickly than leaving them whole. Plus it's great fertilizer for your lawn!
Plug Tip: Like other reviewers have said, the plug likely wont stay on. Spend a few bucks and get some zip ties. I used 5 zip ties to hold the plug on by drilling some small holes in the plastic plug (see image). So far so good. A few broke, just check and replace before mowing if you need to. I really doubt the plug would stay on without the zip ties. Avoid problems and use the ties or something similar.
Other than needing to make the plug modification and check your zip ties, this mulching kit is awesome!
November 10, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Jim Poorly designed, installed, delivered
No problem with mower other than mulch kit poorly designed. Mulch plug either improperly installed or damaged/disturbed during delivery. First time in reverse mulch plug pulled under mower deck and destroyed. Home Depot contacted issued me a $50 gift cert. to cover cost of new mulch plug. It will not install because discharge chute cover also damaged.
April 19, 2016