bagging leaves

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by boxman, Sep 4, 2004.

  1. boxman

    boxman LawnSite Member
    from fl
    Messages: 5

    I'm thinking about getting an Exmark bagging system for a 52inch lazer z and was wondering if anyone who uses one could tell me how well they work for leaves. thanks
  2. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,569

    It works fine for us
  3. locutus

    locutus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Messages: 1,266

    Dont waste your time. Get an Accelerator xl aluminum bagger. Strong, light, easy to dump, no brackets or extra drilling neccessary. My XL is plenty large enough for my leaf jobs, however Accelerator now offers a leaf extender for their catchers that greatly increases the capacity of the catcher.
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  4. khutch

    khutch LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 497

    I am a big fan of the Accelerator! Strong, very well built. Just got the XL extender for leaf season! Should save you some $$$ too...
  5. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    When you're talking about baging leaves with a Lazer, there's really ne sense in evevn considering a sidebagger. It will fill up every 20 ft, and you have to shut everything down get off the machine and empty it. Just go with the Ultravac. The sidebaggers, including the Accelerator, are ok for wb applications, but for serious leaves, and with a rider, it's just not a practicle application. I use my sidebagger occasionally on my Lazer to bag clippings in some certain cases (if it gets sticky and doesn't disperse well, or if the people are having a party or something - this helps avoid the tracking in of clippings) and it works ok for that, but you're not going to do whole yards of leaves - even with the capacity of the Accelerator, and do them practically.
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  6. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,724

    Could not agree any more with runner the side baggers are not in the same league as a bagging system. I have tried the old style plastic side baggers the cloth side baggers snapper, lesco, exmark, and I own an Accelerator. None of which can even compete with the ultra vac, trac vac, or other similar systems like blue bird. Iv used them all and nothing is more annoying then stopping every half a pass. Something I don't understand is do you intend to bag the leaves as the clean up or as they fall leading up to fall. Bagging leaves is fine when there are very few of them but when you show up and the oaks have just dropped all there leaves your wasting your time blowing off the lawn will almost always be faster.

    Now if price is the deciding factor then side baggers win every time 250-350 dollars is a lot cheaper then 2000.
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  7. I agee with runner ,i use the ultra vac on my lazer hp only for leaves .

    Ive found it be an excellent vac system the blower packs the leaves in tight .

    Does well on wet leaves to .
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  8. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    The accelerator's XL is five bushels. The extension is four bushels. Thats a total of NINE BUSHELS.

    The ultravac for the hp is EIGHT BUSHELS. It cost about 1,500 dollars. The accelerator's XL and extension is about 750 Dollars. The accelerator bagger comes off in three seconds Totally. The ultravac takes a minute or two.

    You decide
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  9. Fareway Lawncare

    Fareway Lawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 2,222

    Don't Forget about Reduction, Suction & Dumping J.G. !

    Not to Mention Nothing Hanging Off the Side....
  10. locutus

    locutus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Messages: 1,266

    Thank you John, for responding to what the thread was about, side baggers. If he had said anything else, I would not have responded. Again, if you are looking for the absolute best side bagger for your mower, it is the Accelerator xl with the leaf extender. If your budget permits, perhaps one of the others mentioned here will do. Correct me if I am wrong John, but dont you run the big Exmark ztrs with the Accelerator catcher?

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