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Accelerator bagger with extension

tiedeman

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
earth
I personally have never used the extension before, just the regular bagger part. But I have talked with others that have said they didn't care for it
 

Runner

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Flint, Michigan
They say that by the time it's getting full, you are leaving bad streaks in the lawn from the mower cutting too low on the right side. If you try to counter it, then it's cutting crooked when the hopper is empty.
 

Thirdpete

LawnSite Member
Location
Chicago
I've seen people attach burlap bags to the back of their regular grass catchers and drag them around, saves you twenty pounds from the regular catcher extension.
 

tiedeman

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
earth
Runner said:
They say that by the time it's getting full, you are leaving bad streaks in the lawn from the mower cutting too low on the right side. If you try to counter it, then it's cutting crooked when the hopper is empty.
That is the problem I had just with the main bagger unit
 

PeterA

Sponsor
Location
Bellevue, WA
Tiedeman,
If you are having trouble with deck tilt there are a couple of things you can do to minimize it. One clever way is to weld or attach a nut to the left deck support (I am assuming you have a floating deck mower), with a long screw that touches the top of the mower deck. This prevents the opposite side of the deck from rising if the catcher weight pulls it down on the other side. When you are not using the catcher, just back out the screw a bit for a full float on the deck. Deck tilt seems to be quite variable between users. We have some people who use our jumbo on 36 inch mowers and have no problem at all. I think it has to do with deck weight as well as how the geometry of the deck suspension is worked out. If the suspension arms are towards the edge, it is harder to tilt up the other side. If the deck arms are more towards the center, it tilts more. At any rate, if anyone has a problem with our catchers, we will do our best to help out with a solution.
 

Runner

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Flint, Michigan
here's an idea...How about some sort of real lightweight caster for the bottom. It can be adjusted so it glides along JUST above the ground (touch alot of times) and only allows a slight bit of dip. This could bare a great amount of the weight as the catcher gets full....just a thought :)
 

tiedeman

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
earth
PeterA said:
Tiedeman,
If you are having trouble with deck tilt there are a couple of things you can do to minimize it. One clever way is to weld or attach a nut to the left deck support (I am assuming you have a floating deck mower), with a long screw that touches the top of the mower deck. This prevents the opposite side of the deck from rising if the catcher weight pulls it down on the other side. When you are not using the catcher, just back out the screw a bit for a full float on the deck. Deck tilt seems to be quite variable between users. We have some people who use our jumbo on 36 inch mowers and have no problem at all. I think it has to do with deck weight as well as how the geometry of the deck suspension is worked out. If the suspension arms are towards the edge, it is harder to tilt up the other side. If the deck arms are more towards the center, it tilts more. At any rate, if anyone has a problem with our catchers, we will do our best to help out with a solution.
I appreciate the info. Don't get me wrong, its a great bagger unit, it just seems that when it does get heavy it leans and pulls to that side. I do appreciate that you would take the time as well to help solve the problem. THanks again.
 

PeterA

Sponsor
Location
Bellevue, WA
Thanks for the nice remarks. I've thought about the caster idea a bit, but I am worried that the catcher would tend to come off the mower when the caster hit the ground. I might try a couple of prototypes next year with this and see how it works. We could also supply a small folding arm that could support the catcher at the rear and would bolt to the main mower chassis. The simplest solution seems to be the welded nut with long bolt.
 
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