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Talked to my dealer today regarding the 3-bag material collection system for the 1025R. I want to get the "dump-from-seat" option for the MCS that's designed, I believe, for the x-700 series. He said it would fit fine, but there would be a problem with reaching the "dump" arm from the 1025R seat. He called the manufacturer who makes these (Deere part #LP47170), and was told they are waiting on approval from Deere on a design with an electric actuator, to be used on the 1025R and 1023R (or, I could modify something myself). Just wanted to pass this information along.......They're priced around $600.00. I think I'll get one, and just get off the tractor to dump, for now.
 

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TO be clear, this will also fit the 3 bag system on the 1025/1026? I'm very interested! :thumbup1gif:
 

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Talked to my dealer today regarding the 3-bag material collection system for the 1025R. I want to get the "dump-from-seat" option for the MCS that's designed, I believe, for the x-700 series. He said it would fit fine, but there would be a problem with reaching the "dump" arm from the 1025R seat. He called the manufacturer who makes these (Deere part #LP47170), and was told they are waiting on approval from Deere on a design with an electric actuator, to be used on the 1025R and 1023R (or, I could modify something myself). Just wanted to pass this information along.......They're priced around $600.00. I think I'll get one, and just get off the tractor to dump, for now.
I had a guy last year put one on his 1 Series. It is a bit of a reach, but not too bad. I know that manufacturer has been waiting quite a while to get approval from Deere for that electric hook-up. Deere can be painfully slow when it comes to new product approval. Take it from me!!
 

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TO be clear, this will also fit the 3 bag system on the 1025/1026? I'm very interested! :thumbup1gif:
Hi Troutsniffer! Yes, the stainless hopper is just an add-on to your existing MCS Hopper. Slide the bags off, slide the metal hopper on, insert 2 pins and it is good to go. As I said in the previous post, the electric actuator could be a ways out knowing Deere. That unit will likely be more than $600.00, though.

Good news for you, it already works with the your MCS I-Match Adaptor Bracket you bought from me a couple years back! Bonus for you! :bigthumb:
 

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That is pretty cool! And like beef said, I can just get off and pull the lever by it's side. Beats dragging those bags around in the sticky humidity. I think I'd pass on the electric motor but I will come up with some sort of extension.
Thanks for posting those pics, Randy. I'm still loving the iMatch bracket!

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That is pretty cool! And like beef said, I can just get off and pull the lever by it's side. Beats dragging those bags around in the sticky humidity. I think I'd pass on the electric motor but I will come up with some sort of extension.
Thanks for posting those pics, Randy. I'm still loving the iMatch bracket!

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How much does the stainless steel dump box cost to add??
 

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~$600

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This is a big part of why I didn't buy a 1-Series. I was looking to replace my X585 but didn't want to go from my cart to bags. Bags are fine for some people but in my case I collect mainly leaves in the fall and dump them in the back yard where I have a compost pile. While it is a pain to get off the machine to dump it would me much more of a pain to dump 3 bags on the ground. Now if I had to put my leaves into a bags or a trailer to haul them off property then the 3 bag collection system would be more attractive to me but that isn't the case.

There is an aftermarket option that I saw but since it isn't John Deere there was no way to roll it into the package for financing. I didn't want a solution that required a pony motor but there is Protero which makes one that is PTO powered. I also didn't want a trailer as it is a pain when going around the trees.

In the end I went with the Z950R with the DFS Collection System. I would like to take a look at it and see if I can convert the manual dump lever to an electric one. For what little I have used it so far it works fine and I can reach it from the seat but I am a Disabled Vet and my left shoulder is one of the areas where I have sustained injuries while in service so it can be hard physically for me lift the arm fully. From what I have read the Z997 has a power dump in the MCS. I have never seen one in person though so not sure on the details for that.
 

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I think the dump from seat hopper is a good idea, but it has to be right for your situation. You are going to need some area to dump and clear the hopper. It sits pretty low to the ground, so I don't think you are going to be able to pile it very well. I imagine it will work the best in situations where you may have some tree rows or a field to dump in different areas each time. If you want to compost, you are going to end up piling it up by hand anyway.

As with every option on any machine, you have to choose what works best for you. Definitely a back-saver!
 

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I would think I would dump it in 2 or 3 successive piles then push them back with my FEL.

Randy, just a thought: You could design and fabricate for market an extension handle. I'd be first in line again!
 
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I think the dump from seat hopper is a good idea, but it has to be right for your situation. You are going to need some area to dump and clear the hopper. It sits pretty low to the ground, so I don't think you are going to be able to pile it very well. I imagine it will work the best in situations where you may have some tree rows or a field to dump in different areas each time. If you want to compost, you are going to end up piling it up by hand anyway.

As with every option on any machine, you have to choose what works best for you. Definitely a back-saver!
In my case I dump in the back of our lot. Like I mentioned I usually did this in the fall as I only collect leaves and the cart on my X585 isn't very high either so I had to dump over a large area. However when I do this it is the end of the mowing season so I typically would wait till pretty much all the leaves are down before picking them up. Once done the collection system and deck comes off the X585 and I am switching over for winter and putting stuff away. So I put the FEL on and use that to pick up the mowing deck to clean it up for winter storage, put all the patio furniture away then run to the back yard and push all the leaves into a big pile. Once this is all done I store the FEL for the winter and put on the blade.

When talking to some people about the Z950R most of the people I spoke to are commercial mowers and they all pretty much said not to get the DFS but their situation is different. They are trying to cut as much grass/leaves as possible and having to deal with collecting stuff takes more of their time. To make things worse with a DFS they would have to dump it on the ground and pick it up to haul it away so a 3 bag system would make more sense if they had to do it which they still preferred not to. When I explained that I just run to the back of the lot and dump there and I turn that into dirt then it started to make more sense to them. I agree that it would be a PITA if the only machine I had was a Ztrak with collection as I wouldn't have a way to make piles and turn the compost but I have a FEL on my X585. In the case of this thread we are talking 1 Series which is pretty common to also have a FEL so that takes care of the clean up work. It also could take care of loading up a trailer as well. I have found that if you just pile it you will be looking at a couple seasons before it breaks down. If you rotate it once a month or so and have a means to keep it damp it really speeds up the process of breaking down.

The first couple years I lived at my place I didn't have a FEL and would borrow one of my neighbor's bobcats to load up the dump trailer and take it to the black dirt company down the road. They would charge to dump. Then I would come back in the spring and buy dirt from them. After a couple years of this I realized that I could just make dirt at my house rather than pay to dump and later pay to pick it back up. At first I borrowed the bobcat to pile it up and rotate every now and then but that became a hassle. It is one thing to borrow one for an hour in the fall. He used them for his business so there were times where he didn't have one at his house as they were on a job site. So I looked harder at FELs for the X and went that route. Even if I never break even on savings from dumping leaves and picking up dirt, I still gain the use of a FEL for around the yard.

Like you said though, every situation is different. What works great for one person, isn't the best for the next.
 
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I would think I would dump it in 2 or 3 successive piles then push them back with my FEL.

Randy, just a thought: You could design and fabricate for market an extension handle. I'd be first in line again!
I'm sure that dump method would work just fine.

You were first in line for my bracket, weren't you! I'm glad to hear you still like it! If I recall, you did not get the storage cart. If you get the stainless hopper, I think you should really think about it for mounting. My neighbor has that setup on his X700. It gets to be a big, bulky thing with the hopper top and stainless bin all together.

The handle extension would be an easy fix. Maybe something to think about.:bigthumb:
 

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2017 X738 with DFS option issues

New here all, I would be happy to post photos when allowed. I have this option and while backing up on a slope I bent up the handle and arm system that has made this a P_I_T_A device. You really have to be careful, if you mow over dips in the yard or make sudden elevation changes.

I tried to remove the handle assembly from the bar that runs through the entire unit, no luck. It would seem that it is a pressed on unit, I dont know if I need some sort of puller or to bring it back to the dealer to have them repair it.

Any advice would be helpful. Also if anyone is aware of a PDF of the assembly, maybe I could figure out how to disassemble...?

Thanks in advance.
 
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