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Mower Choice for Grass Collection

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by MBDiagMan, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. MBDiagMan

    MBDiagMan LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 852

    I am starting this thread as a spin off from the Mower Advice thread.

    I am looking to get a mower with a GOOD collection system. It seems that the common ones for this are Grasshopper and Walker. I have been eyeballing a couple of 1,000 hour or so Grasshoppers, but they seemed to get a bad report in the Mower Advice thread.

    I would like at least a 52" deck, but would prefer a 60" and enough power to mow AND operate the grass collection system reliably. I would like to buy used, but not worn out, but I might be willing to buy a new unit a little smaller if necessary.

    So what options do I have when it comes to a mower with a grass collection system that actually works and dumps from the seat?

    You guys always provide great information so I thank you in advance for it.
  2. MBDiagMan

    MBDiagMan LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 852

    One more question; does anyone have any experience with any of the aftermarket grass collection systems that can be adapted?

    Since there have been over 20 reads and no responses, I might have hit on a sore subject or something. Maybe just because I don't think many folks use a grass collection system.
  3. 9ball1018

    9ball1018 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    All I ever see round here is walkers and the exmark navigators. I see walkers for sale used all the time on craiglist.
  4. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
    Messages: 5,281

    My vote would be a grasshopper. Parts are cheap and the leave a beautiful cut. Now with walker and ventrac they make lift system for the bagger will go up and out at the touch of a button and dump into your truck. Peco makes a lot of oerm baggers and pelitor or peletor is a good bagger to. Trac vac is another company that is used for oem.
  5. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,903

    grasshopper, very good collection system.
  6. kawakx125

    kawakx125 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,130

    walkers are excellent for dedicated grass collection, they do require some maintenance though
  7. windflower

    windflower LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,093

    52 inch is the largest vacuum deck walker lists.
  8. MBDiagMan

    MBDiagMan LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 852

    Thanks for the responses guys. I saw several negative feedback posts on another thread regarding Grasshopper. Walkers are not at all common in this area. I have my eyes on a few different used Grasshoppers and a line on some older ones without grass collection that I might can add a Grasshopper collection system to if I can find a used system.

    In another thread someone encouraged me about finding a used Grasshopper collection system, but I haven't had much luck with my online search.
  9. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
    Messages: 5,281

    If you can find one with the T drive
  10. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,270

    And they are slow as molasses in january.

    Gravely has a dump from the seat bagger but they only fit the new proturn 200 and 400 series mowers with the xfactor II deck.


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