Fall cleanup with a 21?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by unkownfl, Jul 21, 2010.

  1. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
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    Would it be possible to do a clean up with a 21? I mean I know it would take ten times longer but a lot of my yard couldn't handle a big machine with a bagger with them only being 80x100 lots with 3000 sqft homes. Mostly oaks and its next to impossible to blow the leaves even with my br600 and bt125 working together.
  2. ShooterK2

    ShooterK2 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 815

    If it'll put grass in the bag, it should put leaves in the bag.
  3. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,716

    snapper 21 hi vac with gator blade is the only tool you need
  4. Jimslawncareservice

    Jimslawncareservice LawnSite Platinum Member
    from mn
    Messages: 4,143

    if it were me, i would mulch the leaves first then put you bagger on. otherwise you would go about 2ft and have to empty the bag. not sure how leaves you are talking about. i do this with z's 1 mulch 1 bag. cut way down on debris size.
  5. K-OS

    K-OS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 115

    The best mulching 21" is by far the Honda. I have never seen something mulch leaves so well, the dual blades really do work well.
  6. Heintooga

    Heintooga LawnSite Member
    Messages: 149

    I've been using a Snapper mulcher for cleanups and it does great. Rarely is bagging necessary. I also have Honda and eXmark commercial 21's and they're more expensive than Snapper but no better at cleanups.
  7. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,837

    I can mulch everything up but I don't like the looks of it because there is a lot of leaves when the live oaks drop. Plus I would have to adjust the soil if I mulch.
  8. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,463

    i agree with mulching first then bagging. this is how i do all but the properties i have to use the 21 incher on. those few don't have to many trees or leaves i can mow them up with the bagger in a single pass.

    i don't how the guys that strictly mulch the leaves get away with it. my clients wouldn't stand for the look it leaves. while the leaves are gone, you can still see all the mulched up pieces all over the lawn. my clients want there turf looking just as clean as it does in the spring and summer.

    i throw the catcher on and just start mowing. let the bag fill up and keep going mulching up things. then make a second pass and i'm done.
  9. clean_cut

    clean_cut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,327

    Yeah, I would mulch and then bag if I were you, maybe it's just my OLD Toro, but it picks up some of the leaves, but it doesn't remove them all, especially the smaller leaves. And the bag fills up pretty quick

    Why don't the blowers work? Too many leaves, or are the lots too small? It might work to blow the bulk of the leaves to the curb and then either mulch or bag the rest.

    How about a 36" with a bagger, would that be too big for the lots? If you have a lot of these small lots it might be worth the investment.
  10. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,837

    I have a Wright stander thats my 36 and I don't think it picks up the leaves very good to call it a clean up if you know what I mean. I used my br600 and my helper with the 150bt and it just doesn't do as good of a job as the old rake. The leaf size here is about 1 square inch max.

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