It's probably past leaf collection time for most people, but I thought I'd share the quick modification I made to my MCS last week.
On the 1026r, the MCS bagger attaches via a large bracket that bolts onto the drawbar. It works fine, but considering how easy it is to remove all of the other attachments on the tractor, the MCS setup leaves a lot to be desired.
I've seen others complain about the setup in the past, and I even heard someone mention converting the bagger to attach via a trailer hitch receiver.
At first I tried to come up with a way to attach the bagger to the 3-point hitch, which is the way the older versions of the MCS attached. Unfortunately, when accounting for my quick hitch, the bagger would have been moved back around 8" - which means there would be no quick and easy way to make the change.
So I came up with a simpler solution - I removed the stock drawbar plate and drilled four holes to mount a bolt-on "bumper" receiver. I then measured the distance for the MCS mount, marked, and then cut the bracket off. I welded a small steel plate on the end of the remaining bracket, and then welded on a cut-off hunk of 2" square tube I had laying around. I drilled the tube for the retaining pin before welding everything up.
The end result is a much easier to install system. With the old setup I had to remove my quick hitch, install the drawbar bracket with the bolts, connect the top link, and then muscle the top of the bagger onto the bracket. Mounting the top of the bagger was a pain, because you can't really see what you're doing and the thing is fairly heavy. With the modification I still have to remove the quick hitch and connect the top link, but I don't have to split the bagger into two parts. Basically I just slide the mount into the receiver, pop the pin in, and then connect the top link.
I'll try to get a few pictures tonight if anyone is interested.
Btw - the receiver hitch trick wasn't my idea - someone else suggested doing this - I just don't recall who...