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#1 Reverend Blair OFFLINE  

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Posted January 21, 2011 - 11:50 AM

Mrs. Rev is getting after me to get a collection system for my LA105. I'm resistant to the idea because first of all it's an LA105 and second of all I have no real objection to grass clippings staying on the grass. When it comes to grass collection, my apathy knows no bounds. Also, I really don't like these bulky collection systems, not least because they are machine-specific. If I do get something, I'd prefer to be able to use it behind the 420 and whatever else I end up with in the future.

So I was flipping through the Westward Parts catalogue and came across the mechanical sweepers. I'm not familiar with them at all, but apparently the wheels drive a broom as they turn and the broom picks up grass clippings, leaves and "lawn debris" (I hope that's a euphemism for dog doo-doo...that would lessen my objections considerably).

So my first question is if these things actually work or not. We get some pretty heavy grass in my yard and it's often damp. Would one of these pick that up?

My second question would be if they tend to break a lot. They seem to cost between $350 and $500 (CDN), but they also seem to have plastic wheels. I have no idea what the gears/collection mechanisms are made from.

Does anybody know anything about these?

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Posted January 21, 2011 - 11:53 AM

Something like this?

YouTube - Bolens1000's Channel

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Posted January 21, 2011 - 11:58 AM

Yes, pretty much exactly like that. How do they do in heavy, damp grass?

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Posted January 21, 2011 - 12:12 PM

They work pretty well. There is an adjustment that you can raise or lower the "brooms" . It works well in heavy leaves/grass but it sure fills up fast LOL

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Posted January 21, 2011 - 12:25 PM

Well, emptying one would arguably give me more tractor time. I'll run the idea by the wife and see if it fits her composting needs. Maybe I can find a used one before spring.

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Posted January 21, 2011 - 03:10 PM

Good little video Brian.:thumbs:

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Posted January 21, 2011 - 03:29 PM

The drive teeth on the wheels sometimes strips, but other than that, they last a long time. They will pick up the doggy-doo for sure. They will pick up fairly large sticks even. Dumping is easy. You back up the dump area, turn in your tractor seat, then pull a rope, & the bag raises up, dumping the load.

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Posted January 21, 2011 - 04:42 PM

Rev, here's an article for you...
Toilet train your Dog

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Posted January 24, 2011 - 09:25 AM

Rev they work pretty good for me. I got both of these used one for free and one for $50

I have a tow bar and pull 2 at once.
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Posted January 27, 2011 - 11:04 PM

I bought a AgraFab unit, 46" I think, back in 2004. I used the heck out of that thing for grass, sticks, leaves. I had 2.5 acres with a lot of trees and also got all of my neighbors leaves. I loved that piece of equipmet. Was force to down size back in 2008 and subsequently sold it, but it was worth every penny. It held up fine to the abuse I gave it.

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Posted February 15, 2011 - 06:39 AM

Yeah, I would say if your gonna get one shoot for an agrifab or brinly.

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Posted February 15, 2011 - 07:16 AM

Rev they work pretty good for me. I got both of these used one for free and one for $50

I have a tow bar and pull 2 at once.
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That's a cool set up Chuck.
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Posted February 15, 2011 - 08:00 AM

That's a cool set up Chuck.


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Posted February 16, 2011 - 08:20 AM

Geez Chuck, only two? HAHA...Just kidding, I like that setup too.




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