March 30, 2013
Not exactly side discharge. Unlike last years model, this one, if it is like the one I just purchased, has a selector switch toward the right side rear, that has Mulch, Clip, & Bag positions. It does not ":lock": in the Clip position as it does with Mulch & Bag. If you look underneath toward the rear, while moving the selector switch back & forth, you will see a "flapper vane" that opens & closes when the switch is moved. It has no side discharge, but discharges toward the rear in a direction determined by the position of the flapper door in the Clip mode. With the bag off, the bag "door" (that holds the bag in place) is also in the down position, & keeps the grass from being thrown back on your feet. If your mower does not come with the selector switch, then I don't believe you have a "Clip" discharge option at all. I have not seen any Hondas with a "side discharge", but I may not have seen all available models.
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