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Anyone else have blowout problems when using a Vac besides us Exmark owners?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by TreffertLawnWrx, Nov 12, 2004.

  1. TreffertLawnWrx

    TreffertLawnWrx LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 277

    Seems like we are always discussing the blowout from the Ultra-Vac on Exmarks but no one else. I tell you I would defineatly look at another brand for next year If I didn't have to deal with blowout when using the Vac. (I have a baffle kit, so please, no reminders, :) )

    I would like to hear from the Dixie, Husltler, JD, or anyone else fighting the leaf season using a Pico or other factory Vac.

  2. Metro Lawn

    Metro Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,112

    We run Hustler Super Zs with BacVac systems and a couple Exmarks with Trac Vacs Little to no blow out on the Hustlers, slightly more with the Exmarks but nothing major
  3. moremowing4me

    moremowing4me LawnSite Member
    from S.C.
    Posts: 148

    I use a John Deere and it has a little but its not bad enough to where it causes me any problems. If I had my way I would not do any leaf clean-up. I would rather just cut the grass. It is so much easier and alot less messy in my opinion
  4. Kev's Lawncare

    Kev's Lawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 14

    Toro Z255 - 52"SFS - DFS Bagger. Xtreme blow out as the dealer puts it. 12 hours in shop, different baffle systems/different blades. In shop now, Guru's from Toro were to be in yesterday afternoon to check it out.
  5. GreenQuest Lawn

    GreenQuest Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 822

    Try to cut back your rpm's a ways, this seems to work for me, also, as the hoppers get filled (I have a Bluebird vac) there is less suction, therefore more blow out.
  6. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    Running double Gators with Trac Vacs on my Wb's we get it. We just deal with it.
  7. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    Just about any comm'l mower I've ever seen has blowout problems. With the exception of the dedicated collection mowers. Walkers and that style mower usually will suck everything up with no blowout.
  8. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Posts: 4,739

    i have blowout with my Ferris, new in May. The deck is lined out perfectly on it. I use the triple bag Fast-Vac (Ultra Vac equivalent from Ferris). It works great but i do get blowout. With standard blades i get a little bit, but i can deal with it. With gators i get the least but with all the rain i need more suction. The 3" wide high lifts work great for suction but they have blowout too. I'm trying to get suction and mulching here. Tried double gators, that didn't do too bad but looking for a little more lift. Currently using Meg-Mo blades (surprisingly it has enough power for this and the bagger) they have good vacuum and good chopping, especially if you go over the leaves once without baggin then go over them suck them up the second time it really mulches them good and packs a whole lot in, better than with any other blades. But they have alot of blowout especially when dry, a ton of blowout. It just rained all day yesterday so i picked up the garage, now i can work in there today its sunny but it won't dry enough to do much if any work, so i will pull the Ferris in and make an anti-blowout baffle for it. Last fall i built one for my 52" eXmark TTHP and it worked really well actually, using it with gator over standard lift, with a home made Trac-vac system on it (self powered 5hp vac). that worked pretty good, hopefully it'll work on my Ferris as well. I just used the thick stiff plastic semi-truck mud flaps cut into strips bolted to the deck baffling, made it stick down below the baffling the whole width of the deck about an inch or inch and a half i cannot remember exactly. I do like the Meg-Mo blades for mulching and vacuuming. Other blades either didn't mulch enough or didn't have enough vacuum, no perfect combination. Now the Meg-Mo's work good but gotta solve the blowout issue. On my 36" walk behind (eXmark) I like to run gators over standard lift. They have alot of blowout also so i will make a baffle for it too, and will be building a homemade Trac-Vac for it similar to what i had on 52" TTHP last year.

    Ok to summarize, yes any mower has blowout as far as i know.
  9. Jackman

    Jackman LawnSite Member
    from Zone
    Posts: 231

    I have the Exmark 60 Z with Utra vac when it was new I had minimal blowout, nothing that concerned me ,however now it is well used and the plastic debris shoot is distorted upward which allows the leaves to escape... A 2nd pass is needed to pick up the blowout, maybe your shoot is also distorted...
  10. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Posts: 4,739

    oh also i forgot to mention, blowout is greater when hoppers are getting full and also at least on my Fast-Vac, i get a little debris buildup in the corners of the rectangle vac intake, on the front edge of the intake it gets debris buildup mostly from grass that sticks there in "clumps" like deck buildup. This also increases blowout by adding another obstacle for the debris to pass by and work around... gotta keep it all cleaned out. oh keep deck real clean too, any debris buildup in there gives less room for airflow so it escapes under front of deck.

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