Hustler Bac-Vac, Protero or another vac system for my Super Z?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by CharlieBingo, Feb 24, 2005.

  1. CharlieBingo

    CharlieBingo LawnSite Senior Member
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    I want to buy a collection system but the Bac-Vac only holds 9 bushels for my 60in deck, I don't think it's going to cut it. Protero's vac looks good any suggestions?
     
  2. CharlieBingo

    CharlieBingo LawnSite Senior Member
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    Anyone have any opinions?
     
  3. lawncare4u

    lawncare4u LawnSite Senior Member
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    I DO,I was concerned also,but I came to this conclution--My SUPER Z has the BAC-VAC..and true it only holds 9 bushel!However the way it is designed (dump from seat)and keep rideing.I'v heard people cry because it was not 13 0r 15 bushel and they had been getting off and hand dumping a 3 bagger.It boils down to a 9 bushel system that you do not have to get off and dump,plus the HUSTLER is a fast and smooth machine........go with the BAC-VAC and you will never look back,it is all about convinence!! :waving: :waving:
     
  4. jtkplc

    jtkplc LawnSite Silver Member
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    I am looking for a vac system as well. I like the Protero's vac. You can dump from the seat with it and it has a large capacity. The other thing I like is that there is no separete motor, it runs off of the mower's engine.
     
  5. FERT-TEK

    FERT-TEK LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Just bought a new Protero Pro-vac 215 on E-bay for 1600.00 plus shipping for my 52" Toro Z-500. I think I got a great deal on a better vac system compared to what I was quoted and read about on the Toro two bagger system. The Toro two bagger system will only bag the clippings and has a smaller capacity than the Protero which has a capacity of 15 cu/ft or 12 bushels, and best of all is a 3 in 1 system,
    1) it is a DFS (dumps from the seat)if used without the included rubbermade containers.
    2) it can also have two 35 gallon rubbermade containers put inside to collect leaves and clippings for transfer to a vehicle
    3) and you can also put bags inside the Rubbermade containers and leave the waste at the job.

    I did a lot of research on here on LS about the Protero and called the company many times before deciding to bid on it.
    mostly my questions were about mounting the unit specifically, how this unit would fit on my Toro Z-500 because of the ROPS. They were professional and informative, so far customer service has been top notch. I also found a lot of positive feedback with few negatives here on LS. I was-also lucky enough to be the only guy bidding on it and I got it for the minimum asking price, the buy it now price was 200.00 more. The contact at Protero said that they have many units they will auction off on E-bay and are currently running another auction for the Pro-vac 18 (even larger than the one I bought) starting at 1880.00 with a buy it now of 1995.00 if anyone else is shopping around. Unfortunately the PV-18 doesn't have the 3 in 1 capabilities of the one I bought, strictly DFS.
     
  6. CharlieBingo

    CharlieBingo LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'd love to hear from someone who actually used a Proter vac .
     
  7. lawncare4u

    lawncare4u LawnSite Senior Member
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    BAC-VAC RUNS OFF THE MOWER ENGINE ALSO :waving: :waving:
     
  8. lawncare4u

    lawncare4u LawnSite Senior Member
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    Are you confused--he was asking about the BAC-VAC or pro-vac for a HUSTLER not a TORO :p
     
  9. jtkplc

    jtkplc LawnSite Silver Member
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    The reason I said that is because on Peco's website it shows those vacs with a separete engine on the vac system.
     
  10. FERT-TEK

    FERT-TEK LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Why are you confused? The original thread read...

    "I want to buy a collection system but the Bac-Vac only holds 9 bushels for my 60in deck, I don't think it's going to cut it. Protero's vac looks good any suggestions?"

    I gave him the information I had on the Protero. The only difference is the mounting hardware used for that mower. If my reference to Toro is confusing you that is because I copy and pasted a old thread I started months ago. I didn't have the time to edit it but its content still applies to Charlie Bingo
     

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