Rated 3.1 out of 5 by 7
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Trade It works. However,
This bagger would probably be easy to install however, I had a tow hitch, for my de-thatcher and aerator, mounted on my mower. This required modification of support braces and some additional hardware. I estimate it took an additional 2-3 hours to make these modifications, in order to use the tow hitch with this bagger. The assembly instructions are poor but adequate if you are mechanically inclined.
The system works well, as advertised, but the mower is a bit sluggish with the additional 150 lbs load. I am concerned about the added stress on the 13 hp Briggs and Stratton and the Ariens drive system (belts, shafts, pulleys, etc.).
I am wondering if I would have been better off, purchasing the side bagger for this model?
April 11, 2011
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by jl12 Dry Grass Works Great, Wet Grass You Are Out of Luck
The non-powered bagger does a great job if your lawn is very dry. If you have damp grass or wetter, the chute jams up, and you will have to repeatedly empty the chute by hand which is a messy and inefficient use of time.
Installation of the bagger is more complex than it should be. There must be a simpler process to install what is a pretty basic component.
June 18, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Philmer Bagger for Zoom 34
This is a heavy duty Commercial grade product, I installed it myself but it is not for the faint at heart. The thing is not designed to allow the use of the acessory hitch (it can be modified to work). It is really in the way when you are using it for other reasons than mowing. The bag assembly needs to be modified for easy removal otherwise a really quality product.
May 1, 2010
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Galen Does what it is designed for. Cover needs to stay open farther.
Bagger was reasonably easy to install if you have basic mechanical skills. Does a great job.
July 30, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by DJwithaRake Buy a rake
This product has been a disappointment from the first use. It was not too difficult to install, though not all the parts were shipped in the container. Once installed, the tube clogs very very easily, regardless of the length or moisture of the grass.
November 17, 2011
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by jerryg99 Grass bagger or spreader?
I was very excited to get this bagger to stop raking my entire yard. After installing I had to modify mower deck bracket to keep blades from hitting it. I was not very happy about the small amount of clearance or lack of. Bending the vertical section of bracket about 1/2" did the trick. While mowing the first time I noticed that the collector lid has gaps in the inlet chute and around the hinges of lid. These gaps caused the grass clippings to blow all over my back and on top of the mower collecting on top of the engine. I was not about to send it back because I require a bagging feature on a mower that can fit between my fence gate. To fix this issue I cut a rubber strip to cover gaps in hinges and duct taped around inlet chute. This being said I am not excited about product fit or function from brand new equipment. With pricing of this bagger higher then a larger mower only added to my frustration. After fixing these issues I am very happy with the performance of system. It doesn't clogg and has a large amount of grass clipping capacity. Other information I could not get while purchasing was the assembled width. For everyones information it is 47" which just fits thru my 48" gate.
August 21, 2010
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by BrickPilot Excellent addition to a great mower
Certain members of my family despise having grass clippings in the lawn so mulching was not an option if I want to keep the peace around here. The bagging attachment was a must-have from the get-go. The setup is a bit time consuming and you definitely need two people to get it done in a reasonable time (especially for lifting the heavy counterweight that replaces the front 'bumper'.) The tube only got clogged once so far, and that was because I was overly agressive in plowing through some rather tall grass. A good rule of thumb is that if the mower is starting to noticeably chug a bit, slow down a bit and all will be well. As reported by another owner, there are 3 or 4 spots on the front of the unit by the hinges and tube entry where air can blast out and potentially dust you with grass clippings. I had some very tough 'pond liner repair' tape lying around and patched those holes before I even started the first cut, and haven't had any trouble with blowback. I recommend you do the same - cover those holes while the plastic is still clean and unspoiled. IMO, Ariens should do a minor redesign and fix this issue. Otherwise, the bagger is very nice! Capacity is good, and removing and dumping the (nylon?) bags is a breeze; no more bending and stooping to deal with a push mower bagger. I and my lower back thank Ariens!
May 3, 2011