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Old 10-29-2008, 12:16 PM
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Pull Behind Attachments on a Walk Behind Mower?

I have an older 52" walk behind Turf Tracer. I have the mulch kit and am using gator blades. For the past couple of years, I've been trying to mulch the leaves in my yard. It does a great job with most of them, but there is still quite a lot that gets pushed to the side.

This year, I wanted to add one of the pull-behind yard sweeper attachments and use that to clean up the remaining leaves. I also thought that it would be useful to add a pull-behind cart for hauling things around the yard. However, the arm on these are fairly short and I would have to add an extension. I would also have to worry about stepping over the bar when I made turns. Another alternative would be to add a sulky and attach it to a pivot connection on the back of that.

Has anyone done something similar? How did it go? Should I just give up and get my blower out?

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Old 10-29-2008, 01:45 PM
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Try this-

http://www.jrcoinc.com/default.asp


http://www.acceleratorindustries.com...els/Exmark.htm
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Old 10-29-2008, 04:28 PM
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Or you might be able to ride on top of the bar if your talented enough, or you may even be able to weld some type of hitch extension on the mower itself
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youll end up hurting yourself trying that. There are attachments for walk behinds for leaves. The collection barrel and vac goes above the engine. Not sure who makes it but i have seen them around here. Jrco also has wheel barrow attachments that also stays on top and front of the mower. If you lose your footing pullint trailers it could get ugly fast.
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is it REALLY a lot of leaves that it leaving behind? I mean, no matter how good of a job you do cleaning leaves, theres always going to be a few strays that blow onto the lawn from a neighbors yard or from a tree by the time you leave anyway, so whats the difference really? I think you're also asking for an accident and hurting yourself with this thing the way you are talking about doing it.

Now, I'm not engineer (or artist for that matter) but what about something like this, where you have a stand-on style sulky that attaches to the mower in a "hard mount" way so that it does not pivot like a conventional one would, and then have a shaft coming out of it that would pull the leaf picker-upper thing and allow it to pivot off the sulky. I don't think you would want it to pivot in 2 places because it would get too out of control. I also think doing something like this will undoubtedly make your mowing rig a lot longer and really decrease your maneuverability.
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Old 10-29-2008, 05:15 PM
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I think that your best bet would be to get a bagger for it and also in the link i first up is to get the bin from jrco that mounts on to the deck and can be taken off easy. You will do just fine bagging the leaves then the sweeper will do and plus the sweeper is more of a pain because it is so big and it would be hard to use it in tight places. Go to your exmark dealer and ask to see the bagger for walk behinds and get it.
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is it REALLY a lot of leaves that it leaving behind? I mean, no matter how good of a job you do cleaning leaves, theres always going to be a few strays that blow onto the lawn from a neighbors yard or from a tree by the time you leave anyway, so whats the difference really? I think you're also asking for an accident and hurting yourself with this thing the way you are talking about doing it.

Now, I'm not engineer (or artist for that matter) but what about something like this, where you have a stand-on style sulky that attaches to the mower in a "hard mount" way so that it does not pivot like a conventional one would, and then have a shaft coming out of it that would pull the leaf picker-upper thing and allow it to pivot off the sulky. I don't think you would want it to pivot in 2 places because it would get too out of control. I also think doing something like this will undoubtedly make your mowing rig a lot longer and really decrease your maneuverability.


You can't hard mount the sulky to the mower unless you use castors for the wheels. Hard mounting won't allow the unit to turn without casters that act independently.

Hitching something to the back of a sulky may work even if it pivots in two places. I doubt that you will be backing up much anyways.
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get an accelerator. blow everything to the center mulching it as muchas possible.Then use the Accelerator to pick up what's left. Simple.
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There are attachments for walk behinds for leaves. The collection barrel and vac goes above the engine. Not sure who makes it but i have seen them around here.
Here it is...

http://www.trac-vac.com/index_files/Model470.htm
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Old 10-29-2008, 11:57 PM
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Thanks guys for all of the comments and good ideas.

In particular, the trac-vac (as well as a simple bagger) seems to be a relatively low-cost solution that would work well. The only problem is, if there aren't a lot of leaves, the mower tends to blow them away rather than sucking them under. It would also probably have helped if I had mentioned that I had already purchased the lawn sweeper. I probably should have done my research first!

As far as the sulky goes, as FDuce noted, the hard-mount wouldn't work without its wheels being able to pivot since it would otherwise scrape sideways everytime you made a turn. I am an engineer and I don't see a problem with dual pivots until I have to back up. Fortunately, I don't really have any areas where I have to.

I guess the worst-case scenario is that I just resell the yard sweeper and purchase one of the add-on ones made for a walk-behind.

Any other thoughts or options?

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