What's the best leaf bagger for a John Deere Z-Trak?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Ijustwantausername, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. Ijustwantausername

    Ijustwantausername LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have a pretty large church I will have to bag leaves for in the fall and wanted to go on ahead and purchase a good bagging system. Lots of bumps and holes on the property so it needs to be a good one. Any suggestions?
     
  2. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
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    The system that John Deere offers is about the best one you can get for a Z-trak. You can go aftermarket but its hit and miss for whether people like them or not, the Deere system gets pretty good reviews, I know I like mine.
     
  3. Ijustwantausername

    Ijustwantausername LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Oh ok, would I have to go to an actual dealership to buy it? How much did it run you? Where did you get it?
     
  4. LawnCareNoobie

    LawnCareNoobie LawnSite Senior Member
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    Cyclone rake is your best bet. I got one that I use with a 727A.

    I got the cyclone rake XL (biggest one at the time) which holds something like 40 bushels. Way more than you can hold in any bagging system. It also has a separate engine so you aren't drawing hp from the mower engine and it was cheaper. You talk to someone and tell them what mower you have, they will choose the right setup that you need.

    Works great and it's a huge time saver.


    http://www.cyclonerake.com/index.htm
     
  5. Ijustwantausername

    Ijustwantausername LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yeah, that's what I think I'm going to go with. I just hate that its like 6 ft long. I only have a 12 ft trailer. Either I'm going to have to unhook it when I load it and slide the tongue part under the mower or buy a bigger trailer? Ehh...
     
  6. Ijustwantausername

    Ijustwantausername LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Are PECO baggers any good?
     
  7. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
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    You would actually have to go to a dealership to buy one. There are two models you can get, a 2-bag model or a 3-bag model. They will run you from about $1900 for the 2-bag to $2800 for the 3-bag model. I bought the 3-bag model and wouldn't trade it for anything. It's expensive but well worth the money. It packs the bags nice and even, chops up leaves pretty well and I can take the whole system on and off in a matter of a couple minutes.

    On a previous ztr I had a trac-vac 655pro so it stuck out much farther than the bagger I have now. I hated taking that on properties, especially ones that I would have to go around obsticles because of how much tail swing it had. It also took up too much space on the trailer and was not good on hills. I would never buy a trac-vac again.
     
  8. Ijustwantausername

    Ijustwantausername LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thanks man, for that much though there is a Toro with a built in rear bagger for $2800 on CL. I'd rather have a whole mower for that cost :dizzy:
     
  9. LawnCareNoobie

    LawnCareNoobie LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yeah, that is the only downside with it being long. I have a 16 ' and 12' trailer and on the 12' I have to disconnect it and slide it under the mower a little, just like you said. It turns with the mower too so you got to watch out when mowing next to things. Doesn't take long to get used to though.
     
  10. ixlr8

    ixlr8 LawnSite Member
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    [begin hijack]
    LCN- I also have a 727a and I have been doing the debate between the CR and the JD bagger. Why did you pick the CR over the JD bagger and can you give me some plus/minus of the CR. I like the convienence of the JD bagger, but I find the 727 is a little weak on some of the hills I deal with and I am afraid that the JD bagger will take too much power to drive. Then again.. the CR loaded is going to make the 727 struggle on the hills as well.

    TIA
    [end hijack]
     

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