pros and cons about baggers for me

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by wowmowwow, Jan 5, 2007.

  1. wowmowwow

    wowmowwow LawnSite Member
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    what are the advantages and disadvantages of having a new/used big ol bagger on my zero turn?
     
  2. NMS0219

    NMS0219 LawnSite Senior Member
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    They block your view behind you, they are clumsy. I would rather have a grass catcher on the walkbehind
     
  3. wowmowwow

    wowmowwow LawnSite Member
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    i dont tell my customers i even have the grass catcher. i use it at home...my grass area is half of a half acre. it has to be dumped at least 6-8 times and thats just to trim it. i searched around this site and i dont think i want a bagger. i have no where to put the clippings...what do you do if you take the clippings home? raise nightcrallers in the debrise?
     
  4. NMS0219

    NMS0219 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I can't agree more. The only time my guys use the bagers is in the fall to pick up leaves. And thats only after they mow it with out. I end up with enough junk at the shop i don't need the clippings too
     
  5. greengiant9963

    greengiant9963 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have 3 bagging units. It is night and day compared to a side catcher. Saves alot of time weather you are bagging grass or leaves. I will admitt they are not cheap. Most start new at 2 grand plus.
     
  6. Uranus

    Uranus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
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    I own 2 zrts with bagger. Not cheap but saves a ton of time over those tiny little catchers on the side of your walk behinds. I have the accelarator xl for my 36 wb and oh my god how slow can we go. From 3 weeks after the second round of fert till mid october I can cut just as fast as anyone who is muclhing or throwing. Also I'm willing to say my lawns are alot cleaner that guys not bagging. I bag 95% of the time. In the past I've been assigned to or in charge of 7 different zrts and only 1 did not have a bagger on it.
     
  7. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
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    not really needed, except for fall cleanup, some people you just cant explain things to, i bag one lawn every other week, and i charge double for bagging, and the disposal is there problem...

    the bagger for my tank is awsome, really holds alot of grass....
     
  8. wowmowwow

    wowmowwow LawnSite Member
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    yah thats another Q i had....how easy/hard is it to take it on and off?
     
  9. greengiant9963

    greengiant9963 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Some are easier than others. The more you take it on and off the better you will get. I can take off the Ulta Vacs for the exmarks in about 45 sec. takes about a minute to put back on. If you do go with a spindle driven vac make sure you have the horsepower to run it. Alot of guys seem to like the vacs with a seperate engines. Like peco or trac vac.
     
  10. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Wow U Lucky Mow Guy!

    I wish I did not have to bag, but it is a must at 90% of my lawns in Southern Ma. Any clippings in the beds afterwards or clumping on the lawn that showes up at the following weeks mowing in dead rotted/wilted spots would not be tolerated at my prices charged. You got it made.....
     

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