When I bagged with my Walkers I charged quite a bit extra. Then as I got more acreage to mow I sold my Walkers and double cut everything. On the acreage I can do it much faster than bagging. But I aggree on the smaller lawns that are over watered and fertilized I like bagging better because it is more difficult to hide the clippings. But now I mulch everything and have only had a few jobs ask me about bagging and when I give them the price difference for me hauling the clippings off using a dumptruck in some cases they like the mulching idea better and better. There are very few circumstances where it pays better now to haul off clippings in my area. The time to haul them to the dump or the country is time I don't have so I made the switch. I hated having to sharpen my blades daily with Walkers too don't miss that little windrow I would get at certain times of the season with it either. If something is a little off on the Walker they won't cut clean in certain situations and double cutting while bagging is not good. But they have their niche in the market I used them for 10 yrs before I switched to Exmark and GHopper, and Hustler all mulching.I only mulch or SD wide area's, the rest of my commercial & residential accounts are collected. I mulched for 2 years, their will always be "blow out" and "dumping" regardless of how sharp the blades are kept: blah, blah, blah:sleeping:
If you have the equipment Walker GHS, truck, and trailer to carry the equipment and grass clippings, then you decrease your total time spent at each account vs mulching: no double cutting, less blower time, and superior manicured look.
Some areas of the country charge to dispose of grass clippings; however here its free no matter the volume.
Weekly or biweekly accounts: with irrigation, and heavy fertilizer the rest of the country can be in a drought, and my customers yards are growing like crazy.
Biweekly customers: realized i can service those Customers who don't want their yards mowed every week, and while I was mulching required double cutting, added blower time etc. Those "long" biweekly" accounts require no extra time, and I keep my schedule on track.
Grass collection is not economical for all lawn care operators; furthermore grass collection ZTR sales remains a strong segment of the industry:laugh: