Buy a bagger or not

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Smitty58, Aug 9, 2003.

  1. Smitty58

    Smitty58 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have a Exmark 36 wb Metro and I'm thinking about getting a bagger for it. I currently have the mulch kit on it and it works great. Would a bagger be the better choice for leaf removal? I also have a 21 Toro that has a bagger ,so would it be just as good to leave the 36 alone and mulch the leaves ,then bag them with the Toro. The Toro is an older model and not a commercial mower. If it makes sense to get a bag for the 36 wb ,how much of a pain is it to go back and forth between mulching and bagging?
  2. Movinfr8

    Movinfr8 LawnSite Member
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    good question, and one I have too! kick it over to lawn care forum, and let's see the answers. Also suggestions on type of bagger? Grass gobbler looks good to me..
  3. GLAN

    GLAN Banned
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    Yes collecting the leaves is best down with a catcher or bag.

    You may also have need to collect when the grass is to tall for mulching
  4. Smitty58

    Smitty58 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I bought a exmark bagger after checking out a couple others. I pick it up Thursday so I'll give it a test run then. The dealer tells me I can leave the mulch kit on and bag while mulching. If this is true it should do leaves real well. I'll let you know how good it works.
  5. stevo22

    stevo22 LawnSite Senior Member
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    wrong, or at least i am very confident that you cannot bag w/ mulch kit installed...both bafles are completely is the grass going to discharge???i could be wrong...from what i have heard, it only takes 5-10 minutes to swap back and forth..
  6. AuburnGuy

    AuburnGuy LawnSite Senior Member
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    Steve - How did the bagging work for ya? I've been wondering if my mulching Toro would bag well.
  7. rkbrown

    rkbrown LawnSite Senior Member
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    I am interested in this, too. I have an Exmark Viking 32 with the mulch kit and although the leaves in my area are not as numerous as in New England or even North Houston, I might look into a bagger.

    In a lot of leaf threads, Hoss has touted using gators on the Exmarks with the mulching kit to chew up the leaves. (Sorry, Hoss if I am butchering what you have said...please correct me if I am wrong). I wonder how this setup would work on Oak leaves ?
  8. Smitty58

    Smitty58 LawnSite Senior Member
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    AuburnGuy- I had the bagger put on ,but the salesman was wrong. The mulch kit has to come completely off to use the bagger ,so I'm probably going to wait another month to try the bagger. The mechanic showed me how to take the mulch off and it looks like a 10 minute job ,so I might take it off to try it. You know how it is when you buy a new tool ,you want to try it out. Everything I've read and heard says this will be great at picking up leaves and bagging grass at the beginning of the season. I'll let you know how it works.
  9. AuburnGuy

    AuburnGuy LawnSite Senior Member
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    My deck mulches, but all i have to do to discharge is take of a plate and pust on the side discharge and i think open up a baffle. It discarges well. I have been debating on a grass gobbler or a billy goat. Not sure what will work best. the grass gobbler with the leaf extension is a lot cheaper. When you do get around to trying this let me know how it works.

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