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Mowing with a bagger - but turn off vacuum?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by primeomega, Oct 6, 2013.

  1. primeomega

    primeomega LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    Kind of a odd question I think - About half of my customers will need there lawns bagged going forward. Other have don't. I have a Gravely 52 and just got my power bagger put on.

    As it going to suck to always take off the vacuum on the discharge from lawns that want bag to the ones that don't.

    Do you think if I just take the belt off the vacuum and run it that way, would there be a issue? I feel at that time it would just mulch everything up?

    Anyone else do this, or have any other ideas?

  2. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,335

    Is the bagger on the Gravely not easy to remove? The blower on our Grasshopper can be removed or put back on in like 15 seconds.
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  3. newguy123

    newguy123 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,096

    We take the trac vac shute off the mower and the hose from the deck to the peco box; and then slap it back on when we need to bag.
  4. primeomega

    primeomega LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    No, guess it's a 10 min job or so. Lots of screws and crap I was told.

    I was thinking of maybe just running it with the bags removed. Figure it was no real difference then shooting the grass out the side.
  5. greengiant9963

    greengiant9963 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 762

    I have the gravely with the power flo vac. The vac and flexible tube take 15 seconds off and 15 seconds back on. The hopper itself with three bags stays on at all times. That is about a 5 minute job with the nuts and bolts.
  6. Hawkshot99

    Hawkshot99 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,431

    GMLC has a 452 with full bagging system. He has a smaller trailer and must remove/install the blower housing on every lawn. Take a look at your system to see how quick it really is.
  7. primeomega

    primeomega LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    Thanks for passing along the info on this. It was easy to take off and back on, about 3-5 min depending on how cold it was, lol.

    Ended up not even needing to use it as it sucks so bad, it has turned into a $800 paper weight. :(

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