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Trac-Vac 652?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Doogiegh, Mar 2, 2003.

  1. Doogiegh

    Doogiegh LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    Does anyone use a Trac-Vac model 652 for a ZTR machine?

    I'm looking at getting a ZTR (Maybe) and considering my leaf cleanup choices.

    Still considering the benefits of a WB like a TTHP with a Trac-Vac 470 vs a ZTR with a trac-vac or Exmarks own ultra-vac...

    How would those three price options price out?

  2. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,183

    I have the single bucket Trac-Vac..........model 450 sumthin, maybe 452. It's been a very good investment for me and works well.
  3. dmc456

    dmc456 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 384

    Does anyone have any history using a 652 trac-vac?

    I'm looking at purchasing one but would like to hear some feedback from some owners. How well does it follow a ZTR?

  4. YLC1

    YLC1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 72

    I have used the Trac-Vac 652 for 3 seasons and it does a great job with leaves.You will lose the Zero turn ability with this unit.You can do a Z-turn but it tears the lawn.The biggest problem I've had is the height of the 652 under low limbs.The only other complaint is the bonnets(filters?) don't last very long.I've started making my own out of aluminum window screen.By the way it has a 5hp B&S engine.I hope this helps,Richard
  5. dmc456

    dmc456 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 384

    What size deck do you have? Do you ever have problems with it clogging? Does it mulch and pack the leaves well? I was thinking about putting liners in the bins to package the leave in trash bags and charge by the amount of leaves collected. Something like regular mowing cost plus $5 per bag.

    What do you think?
  6. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,296

    This summer i ran one for a day when we were doing storm cleanup. I am notsure what model exactly it was but it was pulled behind a exmark 27/60. Worked well...ground was spotless. BUT-you cant really just make like your still mowing when you turn. You have to turn very easy and cant just whip around....because you will leave torn turf.

    Otherwise...from what I saw it was a great unit.
  7. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501


    We have 6 of the 470 Trac Vacs for our WB's (52 and 61 inch Ferris's) Been using them for both spring and fall clean ups now for about 7 or 8 years. We like them alot.
  8. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
    Messages: 3,256

    Doogieh, have you given any thought to the Cyclone Rake? I ordered the free video, and was pretty impressed by it.

    It mounts rigid, so you would still have zero turn capability. It holds A LOT! Easy dumping rather then lifting out and emptying cans/bins. Fold away easily for storage, and reasonably priced compared to some of the other units out there.

    Incase you need the link:

  9. Albemarle Lawn

    Albemarle Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,544

    Mine is 3 years old and better than new!!!


    I have had a professional welder fix all the weak points.

    The machine cleans spotlessly. I have a 6 HP Kohler command on mine...its a NICE little motor. Kohlers just run so stong and consitently, and always start compared to Briggs.

    The frame and steering linkage had a lot of weak points, as well as the tube support arm. We had everything re-welded, reinforced, and gusseted.

    The 652 is great on mid-sized yards. It's too big for tiny yards, and doesn't hold enough bushels for big yards.

    Other problem, the bonnets, as YLC1 mentioned, is the bonnets wear out. They are expensive at $17 each. The whole machine is expensive, I think mine was $2100 or so with tax.

  10. thisismurph

    thisismurph LawnSite Member
    Messages: 38

    PECO lawn vac is the way to go

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