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Accelerator Bagger Questoin

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by clean_cut, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. clean_cut

    clean_cut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,327

    I've found an accelerator bagger for what I think is a good price, we called the guy today and he says that it has been used only twice because he didn't like how bulky it was. He is asking $250 for the bagger and the extender.

    So my questions are...

    1. What would be a fair price for both (I do have to drive an hour to see them)?

    2. Will it fit on a Scag 52" advantage deck (how does the accelerator work in general, are they all the same bagger just different mounts or are there different size openings for each mower)?

    3. Approx. how much does a mounting bracket cost if needed?

    And in your opinion, would it be better to...

    1. Buy a new bagger and stick with a cheap handheld blower for leaf cleanups?

    2. Forget the bagger and buy a nice top of the line (br 600 power) blower and use a tarp for leaves?

    3. Buy this bagger and buy a used less powerful (br 380, 420, 500, 550,etc) blower?

    I just don't want to buy the bagger then find out that I'd rather have a nicer blower, or vice versa, my current blower is a handheld "weedeater" blower that is old but still works.

    Thanks so much guys, and God Bless you all big time! :)

    bagger mount.jpg

    bagger seperated 1.jpg

    bagger seperated 2.jpg

    bagger seperated 3.jpg

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    i dont use my bagger for leaves but thats because i have a BR600 and a leafloader. i would probably get a BR600 and then save up for the bagger if you still want it
  3. dwost

    dwost LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,667

    That's a great price for that setup. The bagger alone is $500 and I think the extender runs about $200. They are universal for the most part but have different capacity sizes. From the looks of what you have there it's one of the smaller ones. I have the XL model and without the extender its about as big as that one. You may want to call them directly and verify it will fit your machine. As for the mount, it's universal and nothing more than "L" channel with a hole in the front which a pin on the bagger fits in. Very simply design. I absolutely love mine and would suggest you snag it at that price if it fits.
  4. jbell36

    jbell36 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from KANSAS
    Messages: 1,398

    i would probably say get the br600...the accelerator doesn't hold much although the one you are looking at is a very very good price...we have an accelerator, probably the mid size without the extender, and it doesn't hold many leaves and even with the extender it would get very bulky and really annoying making that many trips back to the truck, i know they are aluminum but they are heavier than you would expect...getting a machine to chop up the leaves is the best route whether it's blowing them into a pile then sucking them up or mowing them with a mower that has a bagging system that chops them up as well

    that being said buying an accelerator isn't a bad choice, we use ours all the time but for leaf clean-ups it's not the best, still doable though...
  5. jbell36

    jbell36 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from KANSAS
    Messages: 1,398

    after looking at dwost's post i might have to agree, accelerators are expensive, he's right that setup is probably around 700 so at that price it might just be worth buying even if you ended up not using it as much...do call accelerator tho and make sure it will fit, when we bought ours they asked what machine it will be going on, so yes it does matter but as dwost said they are mostly universal
  6. clean_cut

    clean_cut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,327

    I don't think the opening is big enough for the mower deck, it looks like a simple removable plate though, can I just buy a replacement plate for the discharge mount?

    One that came off a advantage deck (61" Turf Tiger) looks like this...

    scag catcher.jpg
  7. dwost

    dwost LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,667

    Yup, that looks like mine but a bit shorter in length. I think you are correct, the one you are looking at probably won't fit as the opening is way too small. As for buying a replacement mount bar I'm sure you can get one direct from Accelerator.
  8. clean_cut

    clean_cut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,327

    I'm not talking about the mount bar as much as the opening for the grass to go in the bag (or is that called the mount bar?). Anyway, I sent accelerator an email, but I hope they could understand it, any more opinions on the bagger vs. the leaf blower, or either one in general?

    Thanks again guys, God Bless.
  9. dwost

    dwost LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,667

    My bad, no the mount bar is what mounts on the mower. You are talking about replacing the opening. I'm sure you can do it if you can weld aluminum.
  10. clean_cut

    clean_cut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,327

    I just found out that this is not a accelerator bagger. No wonder it was so cheap

    Thanks anyway guys, God Bless

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