Trac Vac

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by metro36, Sep 25, 2006.

  1. metro36

    metro36 LawnSite Silver Member
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    As said in another thread I may be getting a metro hp walk 48 behind. I was wondering whether or not a trac vac will fit this mower. I have seen other guys using them but I have never used one.
    These are my about them questions...:confused:
    • How do they work
    • How much can you cut in 1-2 '' leaves before emptying
    • How hard to install/ remove
    • How much does a barrel full of leaves weigh :weightlifter:
    • How much do they cost
    Also would i be better off with a accelerator catcher. If anyone can answer any of these questions I would appreciate it. Thanks in advance.:usflag: :usflag:
     
  2. metro36

    metro36 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Somebodys gotta have one. *trucewhiteflag* *trucewhiteflag* Bump
     
  3. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
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    I had one... Its a waste of time and money, plus its very dusty and dirty. All comming up in your face. There is too much weight on the walk behind when its all installed. Its hard to control, steering, going on a slope, or on hills. Get a Walker GHS unit or another dedicated collector machine. You will be spending the money anyway after you experance these conditions.
     
  4. pugs

    pugs LawnSite Gold Member
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    I would go with a normal catcher that clips on the side for a walkbehind. I think they work well on Riders, but the ones I have seen for walkbehinds put everything in front of you...visibility has to be horrible.
     
  5. metro36

    metro36 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Thanks for the input. I noticed the dust when the other guy was using one next store to one of my lawns. I am leaning toward an accelerator catcher anyways. I think I will get their 6.2 cubic foot model. I have to check them out first.
     
  6. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
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    Do you think your mower is going to handle any better with 6+ cubic feet of material hanging off the side. I got rid of my side catcher the first day I used the machine.
     
  7. pugs

    pugs LawnSite Gold Member
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    I think I would try a cheaper steel catcher first. Especially if you are just using it for leaves and not year round.
     
  8. metro36

    metro36 LawnSite Silver Member
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    How much do the accelerators run. My mower will be a 02 metro hp with 15 horse kawi. I think but am not sure it will handle it. The reason I do not want a steel catcher is because they are to heavy when full and that I do not think it will last long enough. I will use it all season and in the spring and fall for cleanups.
     
  9. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
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    Like I said, I got rid of my steel side catcher on the first day because it didn't work worth beans. You go 20' and had to empty it. Then you had a bunch of little piles to pick up. The accelerators are much biger and may work to some extent with "dry" leaves, but you will waste a lot of time back and forth to empty it.
     
  10. metro36

    metro36 LawnSite Silver Member
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    So what are you suggesting I use for picking up leaves?
     

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