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wegomow
01-09-2013, 08:59 AM
When do you remove the leaf collection system from your mower? All the leaves have fallen, for the most part. Should I leave it on for Spring clean ups on potential new accounts? This is my first season in this business and I have a blower attachment along with the triple bagger that was installed for the first time this Fall. I should ad, it isn't the type of bagger system you can remove quickly and easily.

pseudosun
01-09-2013, 10:47 AM
Well, i never got into bagging with a mower. If there are concentrated leaves, i'll get them in a tarp, and then mulch the rest. Never had a complaint. I just don't like the extra steps, and you can't see anything on the lawn when i'm done.

Darryl G
01-09-2013, 10:56 AM
I would leave it on for spring cleanups.

I'm a bit puzzled by your statement that it isn't easily taken off/put on. I leave the rear hopper on my mower all of the time and put on/take off the blower and tube to the rear hopper on a regular basis. Usually the original installation takes some time but after that putting it on and taking it off is pretty simple and easy. What make/model is your mower.

Schrock Lawns
01-09-2013, 11:17 AM
leave the back part on and take off the blower and tubes and if its the 3 part bag part take those off

KS_Grasscutter
01-09-2013, 11:31 AM
Leave mine on almost all the time except when I'm mowing empty lots. My entire bagger setup comes on or off in a couple minutes.
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weeze
01-09-2013, 09:33 PM
i never use a bagger system.

Jimslawncareservice
01-09-2013, 09:52 PM
Just leave the thing on. Why take it off to put it back on in a few months.
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orangemower
01-10-2013, 08:24 AM
I leave it on until the beginning of the next season. Do some spring cleanups and after the second week or so of regular service, I convert back over to side discharge.

LandFakers
01-10-2013, 08:35 AM
I leave mine on for spring cleanups and dethatching

wegomow
01-10-2013, 08:51 AM
I would leave it on for spring cleanups.

I'm a bit puzzled by your statement that it isn't easily taken off/put on. I leave the rear hopper on my mower all of the time and put on/take off the blower and tube to the rear hopper on a regular basis. Usually the original installation takes some time but after that putting it on and taking it off is pretty simple and easy. What make/model is your mower.

It is a bolt on blower, I can remove the tube and hopper pretty easily. Then the discharge chute cover and the mulch plates need to be put back on. Not hard per say but not something I want to do more than once a season. The whole system adds length and width which takes up valuable real estate on my trailer also.

wegomow
01-10-2013, 08:57 AM
Thanks guys for the advice, leave it on till spring cleanups are through will work for me. Just anxious to take it off. With it on I can't see much while backing up to objects like trees and shrubs, not to mention it takes up much more space on the trailer.

Darryl G
01-10-2013, 09:47 AM
You don't need to put the discharge cover and mulch plates back on, do you? Can't you just discharge? On my Exmark the blower and tube only take a minute to take off. I discharge most of the time and if I need to bag I just put the blower and tube on. Like I said earlier I leave the hopper on, but space on my trailer isn't an issue and I like the extra weight for better traction actually.

wegomow
01-11-2013, 08:24 AM
You don't need to put the discharge cover and mulch plates back on, do you? Can't you just discharge? On my Exmark the blower and tube only take a minute to take off. I discharge most of the time and if I need to bag I just put the blower and tube on. Like I said earlier I leave the hopper on, but space on my trailer isn't an issue and I like the extra weight for better traction actually.

Yes Daryl, I do, my client base is residential course communities. Side discharge wouldn't be an option.

orangemower
01-11-2013, 08:49 AM
Yes Daryl, I do, my client base is residential course communities. Side discharge wouldn't be an option.

Why do you want it off if you bag the grass anyway?

Jimslawncareservice
01-11-2013, 08:57 AM
Why do you want it off if you bag the grass anyway?

He mulches and bags for spring and fall clean ups
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wegomow
01-11-2013, 09:52 AM
I don't bag, I mulch.

Darryl G
01-11-2013, 09:58 AM
I don't bag, I mulch.

OK...I'm confused...why do you have a bagger then if you don't bag? And why do you want to take it off? :dizzy:

Nevermind....I'm just gonna bite my tongue and unsubscribe, lol.

Jimslawncareservice
01-11-2013, 10:23 AM
OK...I'm confused...why do you have a bagger then if you don't bag? And why do you want to take it off? :dizzy:

Nevermind....I'm just gonna bite my tongue and unsubscribe, lol.

I don't think your confused, you just have a comprehention problem.


He bags for spring and fall clean ups as stated before, and mulches after spring clean ups are done until its time to do fall clean ups. Not hard to understand at all.
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Darryl G
01-11-2013, 10:45 AM
Look dude....you said, "He mulches and bags for spring and fall clean ups."

And he replies "I don't bag, I mulch."

That's not confusing? Personally I don't think he knows wtf he's doing, lol.

Jimslawncareservice
01-11-2013, 10:48 AM
No its not, in the least
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Darryl G
01-11-2013, 10:58 AM
Well I mulch but with an open dishcarge, lol.

wegomow
01-11-2013, 11:40 AM
Look dude....you said, "He mulches and bags for spring and fall clean ups."

And he replies "I don't bag, I mulch."

That's not confusing? Personally I don't think he knows wtf he's doing, lol.

I pretty much ended the thread on post # 11. I try to will clarify for you now.
I collect leaves In the fall. I don't bag them, they are put at curbside for city pick up. I don't collect and bag grass at all, unless it's thatch or growth during leaf pick up. I collect leaves in the fall and mulch lawns throughout the growing season.

Thank you Jim for explaining my reply. Thank you everyone for your input.

wegomow
01-11-2013, 11:42 AM
"Like I said earlier I leave the hopper on, but space on my trailer isn't an issue and I like the extra weight for better traction actually".
Must be one extra heavy hopper if you leave it on for traction.

orangemower
01-11-2013, 04:00 PM
Well I mulch but with an open discharge, lol.

I have a side discharge deck on my mower but I use the bagger to rear discharge the clippings. I just ride around with the bags off. :laugh: