riding mower very loud exhaust

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Old 09-26-17, 04:45 PM
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riding mower very loud exhaust

I have a Craftsman Mid-Engine Rider
13.5 HP Electric Start
Hydrostatic Drive
Model 536.270320

Since day one this machine is very loud. I must wear ear protection as I use it. The nature of the beast. I'm told these machines are known to be loud.

My question... is there anything I can do to quiet it down? The unit is in good shape. The muffler is not worn or rusted and the gasket is good. There is nothing wrong with the machine. Just very loud. Are there any after market mufflers that might make it quieter without compromising the performance?

It seems every mower has it's own distinct sound and as a neighborhood we know who is cutting their grass just by the sound of the mower. But mine tell the whole town when I'm cutting. It's almost embarrassing. Several neighbors have commented.
 
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Old 09-26-17, 06:14 PM
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I'd suggest you do something similar to what this guy did...

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bmLpx4ooQFI

You can skip the first 4 minutes... from 4:00-7:00 it shows how he just hooked 2 mufflers together inline. As long as you don't reduce the size of pipe I'm sure it will be fine.
 
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Old 09-26-17, 06:22 PM
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Have you looked at the exhaust? Maybe it became separated during shipping? My Zero turn had that issue.

I always wear ear plugs when using any outdoor power equipment.
 
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Old 09-26-17, 06:39 PM
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I'd suggest you do something similar to what this guy did...
I'm going to look see if I can do a simple retro like this guy did. Thanks for the lead.

Toyln,

Muffle is in good shape and properly installed. It's just this machine is loud.
 
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Old 09-26-17, 06:43 PM
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I'm picturing two 4" chrome stacks coming up either side of the back of your seat... lol

 
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