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Lesco

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Crewcutlawncare, Dec 29, 2006.

  1. Crewcutlawncare

    Crewcutlawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 40

    Anyone here use a Lesco mower on commercial properties? I have one and I am thinking about selling it. What are your opinions on it? As far as the bagging system? Also, this is going to be my second year, and I dont know if I can afford an Exmark, so please let me know what you think would be the best route to take.
     
  2. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,062

    I have a newer Lesco Ztwo.
    Great machine.
    I don't bag with it though... sorry.
    I know some people who do though.

    I like mine a lot better than the eXmark overall.
    Not as sharp looking, but a better overall tool.
     
  3. Crewcutlawncare

    Crewcutlawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 40

    Have you ever had any issues with scalping the lawns? Do you know if you can also put a striping kit on it? One last question. Can you ask people that you know if I can get the exmark type bagging system. Where you can lock the back end so it doesnt bounce up and down, and get the hard plastic bags. Also a bigger impeller setup.

    Thanks.
     
  4. DUSTYCEDAR

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 5,137

    WHERE in pa r u ?
     
  5. Crewcutlawncare

    Crewcutlawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 40

    I'm in Northeastern PA
     
  6. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,062

    I have the 60" unit and I have had ZERO issues with scalping. I've owned mowers 48" and under that scalped more than this thing does. The reason is because this mower is set up sooo well. If you notice, the tires are nice and tight up on the deck. No big gaps in between like pretty much all the other brands have now. Plus it has 4 anti-scalp wheels out on the edges of the deck, plus a nose roller in the middle..... and it also has a row of rollers right on the back of the deck between the rear tires.... which also doubles as a striping roller when set in the lower position.

    Yes, you can get an eXmark type bagger for it, regardless of which type you mean.
    Peco and Protero make "Dump-from-seat" collection systems for it.
    Peco uses a pony motor and aluminum bin ($2,675)
    Protero gives you the choice of pony motor, spindle drive or PTO drive and a plastic bin ($2,450)

    Trac-Vac has the trash can and tow behind types.
    Cyclone Rake and DR also make tow behinds.

    Lesco offers a 3-bagger system that is far less expensive.
    The catcher system is $504.
    The induction blower system to make it 'powered' is $546.
    Out the door for $1,050 + tax.

    This system differs from all other 3-baggers in that the induction blower is not "in-line' where the material flows through the fan housing and then up the tube. It has a spindle driven blower that is 'piped into' (induction) the lower front of the discharge boot.... as seen here....

    [​IMG]

    This is the bag setup.

    [​IMG]

    I have no idea how well it all works though....

    I'm sure if you really wanted the solid plastic buckets for it, you could probably find some for something else that would fit it. I'm also sure that if you really wanted a big 'in-line' propeller system, you could fit the Universal Blower Kit ($870) from Protero in place of the stock boot.


    Also, here is a link to a thread of mine on the bagging subject.
    Don't know if it will help at all or not.
    http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=162817

    Personally, I couldn't make an informed decision, so I just bought RedMax 8001 Blowers for what I was going to do with it. I might try either the Lesco 3-bagger or a jumbo side catcher from Accelerator sometime in the future. I just have too-too LITTLE use for a collection system to pay $2,450-$2,675 for one.
     
  7. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,062

    I have the 60" unit and I have had ZERO issues with scalping. I've owned mowers 48" and under that scalped more than this thing does. The reason is because this mower is set up sooo well. If you notice, the tires are nice and tight up on the deck. No big gaps in between like pretty much all the other brands have now. Plus it has 4 anti-scalp wheels out on the edges of the deck, plus a nose roller in the middle..... and it also has a row of rollers right on the back of the deck between the rear tires.... which also doubles as a striping roller when set in the lower position.

    Yes, you can get an eXmark type bagger for it, regardless of which type you mean.
    Peco and Protero make "Dump-from-seat" collection systems for it.
    Peco uses a pony motor and aluminum bin ($2,675)

    [​IMG]

    Or a pony motor and a single bin... or double bin on trailing castors ($ ?,???)

    [​IMG]

    Or a pony motor and 3 bagger ($ ?,???)

    [​IMG]

    Protero gives you the choice of pony motor, spindle drive or PTO drive and a plastic bin ($2,450)



    Trac-Vac has the trash can and tow behind types.
    Cyclone Rake and DR also make tow behinds.

    Lesco offers a 3-bagger system that is far less expensive.
    The catcher system is $504.
    The induction blower system to make it 'powered' is $546.
    Out the door for $1,050 + tax.

    This system differs from all other 3-baggers in that the induction blower is not "in-line' where the material flows through the fan housing and then up the tube. It has a spindle driven blower that is 'piped into' (induction) the lower front of the discharge boot.... as seen here....

    [​IMG]

    This is the bag setup.

    [​IMG]

    I have no idea how well it all works though....

    I'm sure if you really wanted the solid plastic buckets for it, you could probably find some for something else that would fit it. I'm also sure that if you really wanted a big 'in-line' propeller system, you could fit the Universal Blower Kit ($870) from Protero in place of the stock boot.


    Also, here is a link to a thread of mine on the bagging subject.
    Don't know if it will help at all or not.
    http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=162817

    Personally, I couldn't make an informed decision, so I just bought RedMax 8001 Blowers for what I was going to do with it. I might try either the Lesco 3-bagger or a jumbo side catcher from Accelerator sometime in the future. I just have too-too LITTLE use for a collection system to pay $2,450-$2,675 for one.
     
  8. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,062

    ******** oops

    I ended up with two posts when I edited the first one
     
  9. Uranus

    Uranus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Posts: 1,624

    Envy- in the first pic is that the blower style instead of a sucsion style bagging unit? If so how do you like it?
     
  10. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,062

    Yes, the blower is not 'in' the bagger tube, but rather it blows are into the tube via that pipe going into the front of the discharge boot... which blows the debris on up the tube into the bags.

    Sorry, I don't own this bagger and induction blower, else I would gladly share a review.

    My personal assumption is that this setup is mechanically trouble free and lasts forever without expensive replacement impellers and such.... but the trade off would be that since the debris does not pass through the impeller, there is no additional reduction..... which is not at all a huge downfall so long as it's mounted to a Ztwo. (it has the finest chopped discharge I've seen).

    But the million dollar question is...
    "How well does this unorthodox configuration prevent clogging?"

    I have no idea how it compares to a conventional setup.
    I guess it would cost me $1,050 to find out.
     

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