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mike9497
10-28-2003, 06:06 PM
got it on saturday and installed it myself.took about an hour.i only used it for 10 minutes running double gators and high lifts.so far i like it alot.

Lawn-Scapes
10-28-2003, 06:14 PM
Looks good.......

How far does it stick out beyond the deck?

mike9497
10-28-2003, 06:18 PM
around 12 inches

kickin sum grass
10-28-2003, 06:20 PM
i don't have a vac system, but isn't there wheel wieghts for the front or is that an option?

TRex
10-28-2003, 06:21 PM
Why can't they design it to have a blade under it to fill in that 12". It sounds good but there may be more to it on paper.

Frank2
10-28-2003, 07:23 PM
just got my a couple of weeks ago. one word...awesome. had the dealer install it though...wanted $50...wasn't worth my effort to do it for that price. How much did you get it for? I paid $1800.

Runner
10-28-2003, 09:18 PM
That is sweet.
Frank, that is about what our dealer is charging. It is $1901. out the door installed.

mike9497
10-28-2003, 09:24 PM
1699.99 cash and carry

o-so-n-so
10-28-2003, 10:28 PM
mike9497,

Don't forget to grease that tensioner pully arm under the blower.

GarPA
10-29-2003, 05:31 AM
yep...i forgot about the hard to see grease fitting ...so I shred a belt and then find out this thing was NEVER greased....now no problem with tearing belts

Esby
10-29-2003, 09:34 AM
Is this the grease fitting I can see when I lift up the foot plate? or is this something under the blower unit? I just bought one as well for my 60". Could someone show me a picture...(only if you really want to;) Thanks-Esby

GarPA
10-29-2003, 09:41 AM
its INSIDE the blower unit...your UV onwers manual will try to show you where it is...not ez to see...the head machanic at the dealer didnt even know it existed...hmmmm...that caused me a little concern...I'm eqipment stupid but the more I;m around this stuff, and clueless "mechanics", the more I've realized I'm just going to have to roll up my sleeves and learn most/or all of the maintenance ....hate working on equip because it takes me 3 times longer than most other guys

Esby
10-29-2003, 09:56 AM
hmmmm.......So I must remove blower then? I am getting a better picture of it now anyways. I think I'll wait for the end of the season to get in there. How often does this need to be greased(per hours of use)?

GarPA
10-29-2003, 10:08 AM
if you have a grease gun with an 18" hose you can reach it...believe me when they tell you it need greased every 25 hours they mean it...if you choose not to, I would strongly urge you to go and buy an extra belt in case it binds up and tears your belt. My dealer had none in stock so I had to wait almost a week to get it and the vac was down the whole time...if you have clnups now on your schedule you dont want the vac to go down for something that can be so easily prevented.

lawn perfection
10-29-2003, 10:34 AM
Mike, thats great. I can't wait to get one myself.

TLS
10-29-2003, 10:43 AM
Mike9497,

Don't know, but are you running the Anti-blowout baffle? By the looks of the debris on your deck and foot plate, I'd say no, but sometimes some stuff gets on there when you do have one. In any event, if you DON'T have one, GET ONE!


My only complaint is the size and weight of the hopper. Its a VERY back injury prone single man operation. They need a few handles on it, as its just too hard to reach around the top, and you cant grab either sides bar protectors.

GarPA
10-29-2003, 11:06 AM
Tommy ...man you are dead right about the weight and bulk of the hopper...I swear I got one of hernias from that thing trying to man handle myself...soooo...I got smart back in July and just leave the hopper and bags on ALL the time now...tube and impeller live in the trailer. I use the bags to throw trash in and carry handhelds on properties where theres a long walk out to the trimming areas...its only a little wider and taller than the mower and once you get trained on where it is back there, no problem0. Now I luv it back there and no more risk of more hernias...try it ...you'll like the idea I'll bet...and the bags also work as a stopper in the trailer to hold the 21 in place when I'm carrying it

mike9497
10-29-2003, 11:37 AM
i have the blow out baffle on.those leaves are from the wind we had the other night.i had my garage door open.plus running double blades still kits up alittle bit but not as much as before

TLS
10-29-2003, 02:15 PM
GarPa,

No way in the world is that hopper staying on all year! The thing is HUGE and bangs into everything. Sure if I have 6 lawns to do and 3 of them DON'T need the UV, the only thing thats coming off is the impeller and hose. But leave it on all season? I guess if all you mow is large areas it'd be OK, but I weave in and out of fence lines, trees, bushes, shrubs, houses. No way am I going to let that Hopper get in the way ANY longer than I have to.

I think all it needs is a handle on TOP of the hopper. This way, you walk up to the back, grab handle and lift up with the back against your waist. Problem is without the handle, you have to REACH all the way down and around the top to grab it.

I may be on to something here!

Mark P
10-29-2003, 11:00 PM
:) Esby how wide is your trailor? Ive got two and there both 6-1/2' that's a tight fit, just wanted to know if anyone with a 6-1/2 use's one with a 60" deck.....Marks Mowing Service

mike9497
10-29-2003, 11:27 PM
60 inch deck and UV with a 12x6 1/2 ft trailer.doesn't work tried it.even my 16x7 trailer is a no go.u can leave the UV blower on the mower on the 16x7 but its a tight fit.the blower has to come off if your using it on a 12x6 1/2

TLS
10-29-2003, 11:45 PM
UV on a 60" deck is 75" wide.

UV on a 72" deck is 87" wide.

So, a 60" with UV "should" fit tight on a 6 1/2' wide trailer with 1 1/2" on each side.

If not, its a 13 second removal procedure.

mike9497
10-29-2003, 11:57 PM
13 seconds?? more like 3 seconds...lol

oleo
10-30-2003, 12:52 PM
I only paid $1183 for my ultra vac double bagger brand new last week. Also purchased a new exmark hp. I got a hell of a deal on the set up i think. I got the mower for $7100 with a 52" 23 HP kawasaki. Machine is great and never will regret getting rid of my toro z master.

TLS
10-30-2003, 01:12 PM
oleo,

The Smaller UV is cheaper. Not that you didn't get a GREAT deal, but your 2 bagger unit is:

* ~100 lbs lighter

* 1 bag or 5.4 bushels less capacity

* 1 3/4" smaller diameter tube

* 1 1/2" smaller diameter impeller


There is considerably less "stuff" hence the lesser price.

And the fact that you bought $9K worth of equipment in one day allows a better price point as a package.

Good Luck with it.

Did you get the Anti-Blowout baffle? If not, its worth it for leaf season anyway.

Blessed 1
10-30-2003, 02:08 PM
Originally posted by kickin sum grass
i don't have a vac system, but isn't there wheel wieghts for the front or is that an option?

Those weights are not a option when you are bagging. I tried it and it almost flipped on me. I have a 6.5 ft trailer and it is a tight fit, but it fits. Just be careful backing out. I love mines. I am 6'6" and 290 lbs. Handling the hopper alone is a job!!!. I definately pull right next to the truck before removal and installation. I don't like to cut large props with the bagger on and not bagging. I try to cut all of my bagging props behind one another if possible. I love this bagger especially this time of year:D I just cleaned it up last night. Amour All the tires and everything. I am in a parade Sat. and going to have a little fun with it!!!!!!!!

Davo
10-30-2003, 03:17 PM
How does the double blade work? I've used gators on the left 2 spindles,and a high lift on the right for leaves, but never doubled them up. Any info would be helpful.

TLS
10-30-2003, 03:21 PM
Davo,

Welcome to LS.

Go here http://www.lawnsite.com/search.php?s=&action=showresults&searchid=202254&sortby=lastpost&sortorder=descending

It has 1125 DIFFERENT threads and that was JUST using the word "double" !!!


It is called SEARCH and it is at the top of the page between STORE and LOG IN.


Anyway,

Double blades mean stacking two blades in a + pattern and tightening them up. Some mowers do well with this combo, others not as good. Do some reading of the early posts as they are probably more descriptive, and may even contain photos.

Davo
10-30-2003, 03:25 PM
Geez,
did it bother you that i asked a question on this thread? You wasted almost as much time with your rant, as i did by not searching.
Anyway,
Thanks for the welcome.

TLS
10-30-2003, 03:29 PM
Davo,

I was NOT ranting. I was being VERY helpful. Others would have just wrote the word SEARCH. I went to the trouble of doing a simple search FOR you. AND I also gave you the answer!!! And you come off THAT way to ME?? :rolleyes:

I was being NICE :D

Maybe you took my post differently?

I'll excuse you this time.

Enjoy the site.

mike9497
10-30-2003, 05:14 PM
jerk

Potchkins
11-07-2003, 01:55 AM
my dealer instaled mine for free
because i bought it from him

Live4Mowin'
11-07-2003, 01:59 AM
:realmad:

allstar
11-07-2003, 06:39 AM
Back to the trailer question,my Exmark(60 in) w/Ultravac fits onto my 16X7 trailer with a few inches to spare on each side.If you have a 61/2' wide trailer that's truly that wide(measuring from the inside) the same Exmark might JUST squeeze in.