Question on bagger type

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by primeomega, Oct 29, 2013.

  1. primeomega

    primeomega LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    I have a Gravely HD 52, and just bought a bagger system for it. Well, it sucks (not in good way) very bad. Lots of issues.

    Was looking forward to not having to blow/rake leaves during the fall. Was told by dealer this would work great...

    Was looking at aftermarket baggers, and none seem to fit for my mower.

    I did fine accelerator bagger. Seems to be very easy to use, and would seem to work very well. As its just a straight shot into the catch.

    Would something like that effect the deck on how it will lay on the grass. I could see it getting full, and the extra weight tip the deck to one side? Sorry if this sounds like a dumb question.

  2. The Captain

    The Captain LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 607

    I run all Scag equipment. Zero turns and walk behinds. Never noticed a problem like that. Does a great job on leaves and grass. Just don't over load it, because you won't be able to lift it.
  3. primeomega

    primeomega LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    very nice, glad to hear it. Sure will beat pulling the toro push mower out to bag all the time. Can I ask on what size you have for the bagger? I run a 52" deck, so was thinking the 6.2 cubic feet one. Seems to be right in the middle for size.
  4. The Captain

    The Captain LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 607

    I'd start with that one and if you think you need more capacity, consider getting an extender. I think you'll be happy with the Accelerator units.
  5. Jaybrown

    Jaybrown LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Cyclone power rake z10
  6. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,289

    Word of wise if you are thinking of using a side catcher to do leaves. It will fill up VERY fast. You will be doing constant running and dumping to clear a leaf infested lawn. Too much work really for what you make on the job. I found out the hard way after having used a grass gobbler side catcher on my Z to try leaves. Ended up buying a Toro EZ vac for it in lieu, and it works MUCH better.
  7. FdLLawnMan

    FdLLawnMan LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,251

    I do not mow much anymore, mostly applications but when I did do cleanups I would remove the blower, plug the discharge and mulch the leaves until they were pretty fine and then bag them up. Now you are not bagging air and returning a quite a bit back the the soil.
    I have a friend who runs all 60 inch Gravely's with the baggers and loves them.
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  8. portchop

    portchop LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    i have a gravely 52 hd power bagger it does ok but it blows leaves and dirt out the front which ends up on me badly. The dealer is looking into a baffle to put on the front of it ....any comments
  9. portchop

    portchop LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    i have a gravely 52 hd just put powerbagger on and it blows leaves/debris out the front badly any way to fix that?
  10. primeomega

    primeomega LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    They called me after I went down and told them the bagger unit is crap. They called me a few hours ago and told me they will order in the baffle unit also. Said they would not charge me for it, guess they called Gravely and they advised them to get me one.

    So that might fix the blow out. But the jams from the blades, the belt rubbing, and easy clog will not see a easy fix.

    I will post if they get the baffle in over the next week and I can use it. Have 2 weeks left of cleanup, so will see. As of now, they told me they did not have them in stock, so who knows.

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