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Any of you have a problem with the clamp that holds the suction hose on the mower boot end have a problem with it coming off? I have 0 issues on the tkv end, but 2-3 times a mowing session/week it works itself off. In fact, I put it on so tight, I have to carry a socket wrench to tighten and untighten the nut on the clamp itself. It did it starting half way through last year, so this year I tried a different type of clamp and still nothing. Just wondering if anyone else has experienced it and what the solution was.
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Yep, I had that issue, it really pissed me off because the hose slid off while I was mowing and went under my rear tire, crushing it. I called Terra King/Superior Tech, and their answer was that due to manufacturing tolerances, that was how it was designed, and gave me 10% off a new hose. So 200 dollar boot, purpose designed by them for their unique system, and they can't even get it to function correctly, so their solution is to continually charge their customer for replacement parts due to their crappy design.

The thing that really blows my mind is, it's not like people buying the TKV-20 are going to shy away from it if they have to charge 100 bucks more for the boot, but they'd rather deliver a crappy piece that affects the performance of their entire system.

I've spoken with others about this, some have used duct tape to build up the boot, which for a system they're charging well north of 4k for, and I believe it's now over 5k, that is absolutely ridiculous.

I will admit that I was supposed to send them these videos, but their handling of it initially left a bad taste in my mouth, and as I bought their MCS prior to them having a boot designed, I swapped back to the John Deere boot, which I've never had an issue with.

Note that this clamp was so tight on the hose, it actually striped the threaded rod on the clamp and jammed. I got to pay them for that due to this issue as well. Terra King Boot:

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When I got the new updated boot, I noticed this too. We wrapped duct tape around the boot and haven't had a problem. I agree, with the price of the unit, this shouldn't be a issue.
 

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Same here. The original booth that they supplied when they were first out was fine. I bought a new upgraded boot and could not keep it on. I ended up wrapping tape around it to build it up and have not had a problem since. Without the tape it is impossible to tighten enough to stay.
 
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Same here. The original booth that they supplied when they were first out was fine. I bought a new upgraded boot and could not keep it on. I ended up wrapping tape around it to build it up and have not had a problem since. Without the tape it is impossible to tighten enough to stay.
Just curious, what was the motivation to upgrade to the new boot as from the comments, that one seemed OK while the new one is causing issues. As usual, Thanks for the reply.........
 

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The original one was all plastic which was not an issue but would clog sometimes. The new one has a steel insert that wraps around the curve and has 3 air inlets that are behind the steel that draw air in to help pull material around the curve. It does plug far less. The only time it has is in very large maple leaves that get to deep.
 
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Good topic.
I think I have had it happen once or twice, I just figured I didn’t get it on tight enough.
The duct tape solution, has given me an idea. I just jumped on Amazon and ordered some of this anti slip tape.
‘This stuff should give the boot some extra grip . It was just under 10 bucks, figured it was worth a shot.



 
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I have had a similar problem on my trac vac boot solved it by using an endless ratchet strap the narrow one about one inch wide can make it very tight and don't need a wrench
 

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Being an injection molder in the past and now a blow molder ( we make 50% of all the shock covers on your vehicles produced in North America), all they would have to do is increase the size of the 2 ribs on the boot to depth of the bellows on the hose. This wouldn't be expensive because they would remove material from the mold and not have to add to it. Pull the tube over the 2 ribs and clamp between the 2 ribs. Problem solved. You welcome Superior Tech.
 

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Being an injection molder in the past and now a blow molder ( we make 50% of all the shock covers on your vehicles produced in North America), all they would have to do is increase the size of the 2 ribs on the boot to depth of the bellows on the hose. This wouldn't be expensive because they would remove material from the mold and not have to add to it. Pull the tube over the 2 ribs and clamp between the 2 ribs. Problem solved. You welcome Superior Tech.
Wish they would take note and fix it. I sent this thread to them Tuesday with a request that they comment, not surprised that they are choosing not to.
 
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