Cloth or metal grass catcher for walk-behinds

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by AB Lawn Care, Feb 10, 2000.

  1. AB Lawn Care

    AB Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Posts: 585

    We own a 36'' 14hp scag walk-behind.And this year we are going to buy a bagger for it.I have heard that the metal grass catchers will last longer than cloth,but I have also heard that the cloth bags won't plug up as much.Also what is better,a catcher from the maker of the mower,or are catchers like the grass gobbeler that are made by other companys?<p>from:Adam<br>AB Lawn Care
  2. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Posts: 3,010

    I don't have any experience with a cloth bagger, however, I use a metal catcher on my 48 lesco WHEN I HAVE TO and it does a good job. I emphasize WHEN I HAVE TO because it fills up too quickly with that width cut. time is money and you aren't mowing and making money when you're dumping the bagger.<p>also, you should get lots of comments on the fact that you ought to be mulching instead. I'll let someone else take over now. good luck.<p>GEO
  3. AB Lawn Care

    AB Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Posts: 585

    Geogunn<p>Thanks for your reply.Yes I know that multching is better for the lawn,I use to bag all the time a couple of years ago and I have switched to side-discharge decks.I won't be useing the bagger on my scag often.The only time I will be using it is in the fall(for leaves)and when a client asks for bagging(most of my clients like side discharge but one of my clients likes bagging).<p>form:Adam<br>AB Lawn Care
  4. lawnman

    lawnman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 39

    Stay away from the cloth bagger from Scag. My experience is the only time they fill completely is in the Fall and mine only lasted one season before the cloth wore out. The metal catcher from Scag works great, but is very heavy. I am going to try the aluminum catcher from Accelerator this Spring. Another bagger that I would stay away from is the plastic grass packer, good idea, but bad design. Never fills. Hope this helps you.

    MRPLOW LawnSite Member
    Posts: 88

    I currently have 2 scag's, I used to use the cloth bag from scag, but the plate sucks big time and adds about 2 inches width to the amchine. I bought an accelerator and loved it, no plate, very lightweight, and it has a hinged back door for fast and easy dumping. It costs about $100.00 more than the other bags though.
  6. ashlandscaping

    ashlandscaping Banned
    Posts: 113

    I to hate bagging but if have to no more cloth use Grasss Gobblers. Have them for any mowwer work great. Plus they make a jumbo Gobbler which holds more. The mount is on top of the deck by the discharge. So nothing hangs over the edge. Rans around $ 100 to $ 130

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