reel mower

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Frontstreetlawns, Apr 2, 2008.

  1. Frontstreetlawns

    Frontstreetlawns LawnSite Member
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    does anyone know if there is a company that makes a riding reel mower that bags also?
     
  2. JimmyStew

    JimmyStew LawnSite Senior Member
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    I know John Deere does - on their website its under Golf & Turf products. I think you're looking at some serious cash, though.
     
  3. MJS

    MJS LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Pretty sure Toro does too. . . but yeah $$$
     
  4. dave k

    dave k LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Correct on both, why would you want to bag it? Let the clippings fly!
     
  5. txgrassguy

    txgrassguy LawnSite Gold Member
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    Most manufacturers of golf course and athletic field reel mowers offers some sort of basket arrangement. Without more info from you and the conditions you will be operating in I cannot be more specific.
     
  6. Frontstreetlawns

    Frontstreetlawns LawnSite Member
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    my conditions are usually wet in spring. i have about 18 reel account rangeing from small lawns to 3/4 acre just seeing what my possibilities are, and no i cant let it fly untill summer, it doesnt compost fast enough here and the big accounts can be picky
     
  7. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
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    Egads, 18 reel customers? nobody uses reel mowers here except on courses. I think that the only way to bag with a reel is the basket that follows it. They do make a beautiful cut, but maintenance and anything ( sticks, rocks, trash, stumps,roots) that is in the lawn can break them quickly. good luck.
     
  8. Frontstreetlawns

    Frontstreetlawns LawnSite Member
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    around here its slowly dieing, probably 10 yrs ago 2/3 of the lawns were reel lawns, now no one wants to pay the extra money. tells you what kind of town i live in
     
  9. dave k

    dave k LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If you want a riding reel like you said, you will need a tri plex, I just bought a Toro Sidewinder that needed work, but I don't and won't bag, you may check with National Mowers they have small reels but I don't think they bag, only way to bag is with walk behinds, I also have a Locke C125, you can add a basket to that. Also Trimmer brand if they are still in business and Tru Cut has a bag on their walk behinds.
     
  10. txgrassguy

    txgrassguy LawnSite Gold Member
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    If I were you, I would mow with a utility tri-plex like a Toro 216-G.
    Seven feet wide, each reel is on it's own yoke, the unit is a sit down, three wheel, highly maneuverable mower. Pull a piece of carpet or light chain link fence behind the mower to disperse the clippings. I have done this for years on athletic grounds and have had no undecomposed matter build up as I aerified twice per year.
    If you are interested, pm me for photos of a nice 216-G I have for sale - all set up and ready to go.
    One thing to remember about the commercial reel mowers verse residential units - the bed knives and reels are meant to cut all year long with minimal maintenance and will take the insult of minor debris with out harming the cutting units.
     

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