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I was hoping to get my bagger set up going for my 260, but I'm having a hard time finding the assembly that attaches to the deck (BM18345) and the chute without either buying an entire system, or paying out the nose for either option.
Would a used yard sweeper be a good option?
 

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IMO a sweeper and a bagger have different functions. The bagger is for lawn clipping and mulched leaves. The sweeper is more for acorns, pine cones, etc.... That is just how I have had best success. I am not a parts guru but many folks on here will be able to answer your questions. You can also call the folks at Green Farm Parts. They will tell you your options.

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Deere doesn't list a 260.Are you sure that's what it is,any letters with it.
 

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Consider a trac-vac or other 3rd party vacuum. You can get a chute to fit your tractor. I bought an old craftsman two-trash can unit 25 years ago for $50. Still using it. I have replaced the motor and bought new hoses for it. In the last 5 years I put it on a carry-all attached to a 3PH. This means it never touches the ground; hence won't ever tear the grass.

But for grass, I would not collect the cuttings. It's best to leave them in the lawn. I use my vacuum most for leaves or if dethatching.
 

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I use a vacuum-bagger

I bought the Cyclone Rake Commander 12 years ago and never regretted spending the money. In retrospect, i should have bought the larger model. I use it for the lawn and leaves. I also use it at both of my neighbors. I have only had to replace the tires on it because I wore them out.

They sell a connector for the John Deere decks, but you have to cut out the portion that meets the deck chute opening to the correct dimensions.

USA's #1 Lawn and Leaf Vacuum | Cyclone Rake
 

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What deck is it?
 

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I had given thought to one or the other and just last week purchased the JD 44" sweeper. I like it far better than a bagger, and I like it because my first use gave me the results I wanted. I am rebuilding the front lawn, 1/2 acre, and this is the first spring. When I pulled the sweeper I had set it to just kiss the driveway. I pulled it around the yard and was pleasantly surprised to find it was picking up pine needles, leaves, all the pea stone on top of the dirt, etc. What a great job it did at "cleaning" the ground making it ready for the aerator, fertilizer, and overseed.

The half acre filled the bin twice, but dumping was a snap while sitting on my 580, and my guess is that there was close to 150lbs of crap in the bin. Nope, no bagger or other crap like that hanging on the machine making my life miserable. Just this well made bagger that I can adjust for any use, do what I need to do, then put it away in it's folded position.

PS - It picks up Labrador sized land mines without a problem. Luckily they weren't fresh pies.

At lastly, I don't want all of the clippings pulled up. I use Oregon high lift mulching blades, but if I feel the need to pull up the clippings all I need do is hook the sweeper up to the tractor, drive around for about 30 minutes and done. But, to each his or her own. :thumbup1gif:
 

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I had an MC519 powerflow, but was completely unimpressed and got rid of it after just one season. I went back to using my old AgriFab sweeper. It works better, is lighter, easier to store, as is faaaar less of an investment. Even if it ever breaks, (at 7 years old it is still like new) I can just throw it away, buy another one, and still be money ahead.

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