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Need to find equipment to help me deal with a lot of leaves on our property. Considering purchase of a used PTO trac-vac unit for my 1026R. Anyone have experience with this type of unit or other makes of leaf vacs ?
 

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I used to use an old trac vac in a 1975 wheel horse. The blower was powered by a 5 HP Brigs and blew the leaves into a JD 80 cart. It worked quite well. We ran the blower at 1/2 throttle cause it was only a 42 inch deck. I think mowing 2.5 acres of wooded lawn I'd have to empty it about 6-7 times. It sure beat raking them I know that.
Somewhere around here I might have a pick of it. I'll see if j can find it.
 

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G, welcome to GTT!

I have a TracVac 854 on my 4110 they are VERY hard to find used! My biggest complaints are the hookup, and that it packs the trailer so tightly that unloading it is a super PITA. Limited on time now, I can get more detailed later if needed.

Some pictures here: https://picasaweb.google.com/113966569709555812037/TracVac854
 

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G, welcome to GTT!

I have a TracVac 854 on my 4110 they are VERY hard to find used! My biggest complaints are the hookup, and that it packs the trailer so tightly that unloading it is a super PITA. Limited on time now, I can get more detailed later if needed.

Some pictures here: https://picasaweb.google.com/113966569709555812037/TracVac854
Ken - thanks for the information and the great photos - am considering a unit just like this, that is in very good condition. Like the idea of not having to maintain another motor that is used a few times a year. Interested in the comment about being hard to find - if they are a good idea and work well - wouldn't there be more around? Since I have independent lift, should not have the same problem with 3 pt that I saw that you had in the photos.

I think I saw somewhere that the 854 units go for ~$2500 new?
 

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Yeah, $2500+ new. I found mine for $1000 used two states away. They are rare because of the price, the gas engine powered ones are about $1000 less new and even cheaper used. Why are they so much? I guess because they sell a lot less of them, and the gearbox is expensive (it must take 540 rpm in and make it about 3600 rpm out)

Yoa are correct that since you have the IL kit it would be easier to hook up.
 

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In anticipaton of needing to handle leaves soon - pulled the trigger and bought a used Trac-Vac 854. (Will need to post pictures later.) Trailer is in very good shape, but a fair amount of surface rust on the vacuum blower, but all is very functional. In hooking it up, found that the PTO was 4"+ short, someone had cut it quite short for some very close setup. Looked at TSC for an extender, put didn't see a good option, so spent a little more and bought a new PTO half shaft. Measured it up and cut it to length and it works good, and is safe....as a PTO can be. The airflow with the 8" hoses and full 540RPM speed should work well!

Still have to work through an issue with the chute (boot?) attachment to my 60D deck. The chute that came with it is not a fit. Is stamped on it "539". Found a website that had some Trac-Vac info - with a very long list of chute codes - looks like I need a "598". Guess I need to find out how to get the right one now. Anyone have any experience in dealing with Trac-Vac?
 

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Nice, sounds like you have a good start. I have not needed to call then as I was able to make my boot fit. Do yourself a favor and change the gearbox oil and check the belt carefully.
 

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I got the boot or deck adapter for my 2305 from john deere. trac vac only deals with dealers. It was a very nice peice though!
 

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Talked to Trac-Vac, and the area distributor - both very helpful. Have a new chute on order from a local dealer. A bit pricey, so have expectations of a great fit!
 

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Looks nice.:thumbup1gif: I need to get something like that, maybe next year.:unknown:
 

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Those things really suck don't they :laugh:

Nice find, it look in better shape then mine does, what did you give for it?
 

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There is some surface rust I need to take care of, but overall good condition. New cost is ~ $2900. Paid less than $1000 for unit. With new mower specific chute, and minor items, will have less than $1300 into it. Could have bought an Agri-Fab leaf vac (or similar) with dedicated motor for less - am expecting the 854 to be a better option.....
 

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You got a great deal!

I paid 1k for mine and had to drive 400 mile round-trip for it. I have looked at the Agri-fab's, they are pretty cheesy looking if you ask me.
 

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Adding to an old thread... if anyone is interested, there is a PTO driven Trac Vac at a Kubota dealer in Ayer, MA for cheap ($500).
The catch is that it is a model 856 which is meant for the Kubota's higher rear PTO speed. There was a thread in another forum that
talked about someone changing out the pulleys to attain the correct impeller speed, so it can be made to work with a JD.
The other issue would be reworking the deck boot or buying another from Trac Vac. I looked at it, but found a used
Trac Vac 662 from a 2305 which will work better for me.

If your'e interested check out TOREKU TRACTOR AND EQUIPMENT and scroll down to lawn and garden
attachement. It's an older unit, brown blower and red trailer, but in good shape with the extra hose to get leaves out of
planting beds. I have no affiliation with them, just passing along the deal.

Here's a link to the thread about modifying it - Trac-Vac 854 PTO Powered Leaf Vacuum - Page 5
 

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Photos of new to me Trac-Vac 854. Bought a new chute (boot) that fits great. Bring on the leaves!

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Any feedback on the 854? I'm trying to put some $ aside for a 60D and would love to get a quality setup like the Trac-Vac for my 1026. What has been your experience with it so far? I know the Cyclone Rake is supposed to be a good setup, but I like the PTO driven design of the Trac-Vac. Now, the only down-side to a PTO driven setup that I can think of is that you are taking away power from the overall machine when spinning the MMM and the PTO for the vac, but with the strong diesel engine of the 1026, I would think that it should be able to power through just about anything that it could come up again on a regularly maintained lawn?
 

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I have this one I don't know if it would fit your tractor? They are great people to deal with. I have to take my imatch off and it can be a PITA to connect up but it uses the PTO and you can see over the top of it when backing and it lets you get into very tight places.

Doug
 

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I have this one I don't know if it would fit your tractor? They are great people to deal with. I have to take my imatch off and it can be a PITA to connect up but it uses the PTO and you can see over the top of it when backing and it lets you get into very tight places.

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Doug,

Thank you for sharing, that setup looks pretty nice! It doesn't have the capacity of a trailer type system, but I bet that works great for weekly mowings due to it being so compact. I checked out the Humboldt website and it looks like it'll pretty much fit any category 1 3PH. Do you remember what the approx. cost was on that setup? Also, do you know if it mulches leaves or does the PTO driven blower unit just act as that, a blower to help create suction?
 

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This is a JD hydraulic material collection system I 1st retrofitted to my Kubota BX1500 utilizing the PTO driven blower. Now I went simple and am using the power flow. The BX had a similiar bagger that hung off 3pt. With hyd dump you don't have to leave the seat :yahoo:
 

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Green Man, I have blades on the deck that look like gator blades but are called some thing else got them at the Deere dealership. The blower mulches the leaves too with adding suction.
I think the cost was around $2300.00. I did have a added cost that you need to have the independent lift for the MMM, but I wanted that cause I felt it would work good between the FEL and MMM.

Doug
 
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