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Accelerator Catcher

Mr DanO

LawnSite Member
Location
forest lake mn
:confused: I looked at an accelerator catcher the other day at a dealer, are they all that badly welded and bent up. It looked like they had 8 year old kids doing the fabracation and welding. For the price they where asking i would expect some nicer welds and smoother bends.
 

Tony Clifton

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
North Carolina
I have to admit that when I got my accelerator I was less than impressed with the appearance of it's construction. However we have used it for about 6 months now, and it has held up fine. I hate to admit it but my mowing guys are pretty tough on equipment so I guess its construction is fine.
 

Fareway Lawncare

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
Canada
Some of the welds are a little sloppy but none have broken & the catchers have held up to heavy abuse including smashing against solid objects while mowing.
 

JohnsonLawn

LawnSite Senior Member
For you guys using them, how do they pack grass and do you find them better than cloth catchers for sucking up leaves(with high lift blades)
 

workaholic

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Charleroi P.a
Has anyone used the accelerator xxl 6.2 c.u f.t size on ztr mowers? do they pack well? how expensive are they?
 

locutus

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
NC
Do you want a catcher that looks beautiful or performs beautifully? Form follows function. I have an Accelerator and it was one of my best purchases....Period.

For those of you asking how they pack or perform with grass/ leaves, I use mine for both. It packs tight due to exceptional airflow. That is either with grass or leaves. It was a huge time saver during leaf season. I used double blades during leaf season.Shreads the leaves better. I have the XL Accelerator.
 

DJL

LawnSite Member
Spoke to one of the local landscape supply company's about the accelerator for my 48" hydro WB Scag. First thing he asked was "do you have employees?" I looked at him funny and said no, why? In a nutshell he says if you take care of them they will work great, if you have employees that beat the crapola out of your equipment it's not worth the 300 bucks.

My only other concern would be quality of cut. If I can actually load that thing up the brim with grass clippings, that's a lot of weight on one side of the mower. Does it affect the quality of the cut, like when you hit a bump in the lawn does the side with the bag dive in and scalp it? Just curious if anyone has had this happen to them.
 

locutus

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
NC
"My only other concern would be quality of cut. If I can actually load that thing up the brim with grass clippings, that's a lot of weight on one side of the mower. Does it affect the quality of the cut, like when you hit a bump in the lawn does the side with the bag dive in and scalp it? Just curious if anyone has had this happen to them"


I use my XL on a 36" Exmark floating deck mower and no matter how full the catcher gets, it never tilts the deck or mower. I had this same concern myself initially. Peter at Accelerator assured me that this would not be a problem and he was correct.
 

DJL

LawnSite Member
Thanks!! My concern wouldn't be the quality of build, but rather the quality of cut. I'm assuming with a 48" I'd be even better off due to a wider stance. I might be looking into one of these in the near future.
 

LawnScapers of Dayton

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
Dayton, OH
the XL's around here run $499.00
 
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