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    I'm trying to figure out the best way to deal with leaves. I have about 2 acres around the house with nearly 50, gorgeous leafy sassafras, ash, cherry, river birch, and pine that shed leafs and needles this time of year. In the past, I used my x324 + powerflow + a custom leaf hopper (400+ gallon) (very similar to a cyclone rake in appearance). Now, with a 1025R, I'm wondering what I should do.

    With my 400 Gallon leaf hopper, I would get a few minutes of mowing time before it filled up and then had to dump. I'm wondering if anybody has any thoughts about a better method. I know the cyclone rake is about the same size as this, and the MCS20, although half the capacity, has auto dump. I've also considered a 3PH blower (Agrimetal BW 1600-TP Tractor PTO 3 point Hitch Blower). I used to run a mulch kit on the x324, but even at WOT it would stall out; it was also a 4 pass exercise to mow. I know that the 1025r has much more torque, so maybe this won't be an issue?

    I'm really just looking to leverage the 1025r to try and get my leafing down from almost 20 hours each year to something more reasonable. Any thoughts?
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    I also have 2 acres with a lot of large oaks. Over the years ive found that a blower is the best, most effecient, way to deal with them. I use a Stihl BR600 backpack blower. If you have woods to blow them into then a blower is the way to go. Ive seen a kubota with a 3pt blower doing a large retirement home but a guy always followed behind it with a backpack blower.


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    I have 5-6 acres of leafy trees, just mow over them. They will decompose and add nutrients to your soil. No need to bag or collect them.


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    They do make 3-point blowers that utilize the PTO for their power. Everything Attachments carries a variety of them. They aren't cheap, but they look powerful enough to easily get all of the leaves well into your neighbor's yard. Check out the video on the EA site.
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    If you want to pick them up, then you have to deal with the dumping them. Of course the larger the container on your MCS, the less you have to dump it.

    Now for dumping. If you have to manually dump them, this can get very tiring after about the 3rd dump. I prefer something that has a power dump system so you do not have to work to hard!!

    Now, do you have a place to dump them on your property or do you have to put them in a trailer and haul them away? If you have a place to dump them, then any one of the pull behind units that have power dump will work.

    If you have to put the leaves in a trailer and haul them away, then you may want to look at something like the older style JD Hydraulic lift and dump MCS that were used on the older 855, 955, 400's, etc. This is what I use since I have to haul mine away. I collect them in the MCS, dump them in my dump trailer and then haul them to the local township recycle center. I can do all of this with minimal work with this MCS. I should say, this MCS does not hold any more leaves than a 3 bag MCS, although, it is really easy to dump them, just be sure to not dump the leaves when it is windy.
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    I've got a small piece of property, an acre and a quarter, with trees/woods on 3 sides plus about 10 trees throughout the lawn itself. I've got a TracVac with a 33 gal can on the back...LOTS of dumping. I put my 46 deck on my 322 and the TracVac doesn't mount! So, I put a piece of sheet metal over the deck discharge opening and installed a set of Predator blades. Grass clippings, leaves, twigs under 1/2" GONE! NO visible signs of anything on the lawn. Bob
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    I keep coming back to the mulch kit because I'd rather let the nutrients back into the ground, but the leaves on my property are too thick to leave them on top, they pack down and kill the grass if I leave them there. I know that timmarks had a video with leaves being mulched, and they get pulverized nicely. I'm wondering if anybody with a mulch kit on the 60" deck could comment on how bogged down this will get? Especially since the mulch kit requires so much effort to install / remove.
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    I bought Gator mulching blades and the mulch kit for my zero turn mower. I can make almost all the leaves disappear in a single pass. No more leaf blowers for me.
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    I don't have the mulching kit on my 46 deck, just mulching blades and a blocked discharge. Also, I NEVER cut when things are wet, even wet with dew. I wait til things dry out.

    As far as bogging/stalling, slow your ground speed down. If I "charge into" tall grass, my 18hp will bog down. If I go into it slowly, the engine labors but rpm stays up there.
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