Hustler Super Z Bac-Vac or mulching kit

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by greenkeeper, Jan 3, 2007.

  1. greenkeeper

    greenkeeper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22


    First post but I have read for awhile.

    I have a Super Z 60/27 and I am trying to decide on the Bac-Vac or just getting the mulching kit. My question is what would you guys suggest. I live in North East Tennessee and really just mow around 6 yards per week but thinking of picking up more. I have a daily job and just mow on the side. I would really like to get the bac-vac due to the amount of leaves in my yard in the fall and the pain it is to get up each year...I just can't decide whether to bac-vac it or mulch. By the way I can get a used 1 year old bac-vac for $1,400.00. Any suggestions would be helpful. Also would be interested in the best blade set up also, I just use the stock blades pre-fusion.

  2. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,904

    i have a vaccum system for one and we mulch more than anything else, block off the chute and grind the leaves to nothing, the vaccum works good, but we don't use it much.
  3. nmez21

    nmez21 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 712

    I was thinking about a bac-vac a couple months ago. I did some research and ended up going with an Accelerator XL catcher w/ extender. Haven't had the chance to use it yet, but it would seem that the Accelerator is a much better value. For a bac-vac, installation requires quite a bit more time, rather than just drilling 1 hole on your deck lip with the Accl. Although you cannot dump from the seat w/ an Accelerator, the capacity of the bac-vac is almost equaled with the extender. And it's a bit cheaper to get an Accelerator as well. JMO
  4. Accu-cut Lawn Care

    Accu-cut Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,206

    Just mulch it up. We live in similar areas...And with mulching, I've seen that even the leafiest of lawns can be cleaned up with the mulch kit alone if you stay on top of it.
  5. Accu-cut Lawn Care

    Accu-cut Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,206

    p.s. Use a Hustler mulch kit and standard non fusion mulching blades or gators. The wavy blades that are to be used with the newer style Hustler decks are very weak at the lift points, are hard to sharpen, and imo do not cut very well.
  6. LawnTamer

    LawnTamer LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,986

    Are you double or triple cutting to mulch up leaves? I've been looking at a Super Z. I would love if I could get away with mulching spring, summer, fall.
  7. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,213

    Thats a good price, perviding its not beat up. Some opperators forget its back there when they turn. The Bac-Vac units work very well. Make sure you keep your blower belts lined up with the pulleys. There has been changes to the deck openings so you may need an adopter kit. Hustler has the best vac unit on the market, in my opinion. It can be put on and off in minuets by one person, dump from the seat for on site dumping.
  8. HenryB

    HenryB LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,853

    The capacity is only 9 bushels, just not enough for a 60 inch deck.Once you try one you'll see it's a real problem.
  9. Accu-cut Lawn Care

    Accu-cut Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,206

    During the fall, when cutting frequency drops, I usually double cut leafy accounts to make the leaves disappear. If the area is extremely leaf covered(8-12") I'll cut once with the deck raised all the way up... then twice at normal hoc. On smaller accounts, I do use the mulch kits year round. On my parks and ballfields(25+acre areas), I'm only able to mulch during the winter-spring transition and during the fall. In my experience, Hustlers have the best mulching performance around...and I've riden everything.
  10. captken

    captken LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,704

    And it works.

    Humbolt specialties.

    That is the exact thing I use....Holds 14 bushels and is what I run on my Hustler Z. Better than backvac IMOP. you the option of easily bagging leaves or if the customer has a compost heap or the city vaccums up leaves, just dump the bagger's bags...

    works for me.


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