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Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by christinefos John Deere Rear Bagger Disappointment
I agree with the majority of the other responses. I have been the "chief lawn care person" in our family and live on half an acre. When we purchased your tractor, we were allowed to pick one attachment . Since we live in a tree covered lot, we thought it was best to go with the bagger attachment. What a mistake!! I too, tried everything to get that thing to work properly. It is useless!! I have your spreader which works fine. Yes, I would not recommend this attach,ment at all. Sorry John Deere
February 18, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by AmyV Don't buy!
We purchased the bagger, it is the biggest waste of money. We have tried EVERYTHING to get the bagger to work, always cutting dry grass. We lifted the mower height, lowered the height... to no avail. Husband sharpened blades, changed blades...to no avail. We have a large yard, I tried only picking up the grass just outside the front door...even one pass clogged. Truly, this is a very expensive attachment and it DOES NOT WORK. I have been searching the computer for some way to improve the bagging...to no avail. DO NOT BUY!!!! I would love to see some response from John Deere regarding this product. Our previous lawn tractor was one of the big competitor's. Their grass catcher worked FINE. Come on, John Deere, you need to step up with this one. I still can't believe we wasted so much money on this thing.
September 28, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Dave60 Does a great job!
The bagger attachment works best when used with Hi-lift blades. Do not try to mow when grass is wet. Any mower will clog with wet grass. I would not hire any lawn service that would mow when the grass is wet. My neighbors all tell me I have the nicest looking lawn around our neighborhood. The bagger attachment and Hi-lift blades are a big reason why! John Deere products are a very good buy and with proper care will last a lifetime.
June 3, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Giant1 Don't waste your money
This system has several problems. With any moisture on grass (even light evening dew) the chute will clog and leave the grass clumped on the lawn. Tapping the chute steadily will help with this but it will still clog. The chute is secured to the mower deck with a heavy duty rubber strap. This strap will rot and weaken with exposure to sunlight and over time. Replacing the strap on the chute is a chore that requires at least three hands since the end must fit over a rivet with a large head.
A company with the reputation of John Deere should be ashamed to produce such an inferior attachment for their mowers. many of the reviews that I have read on this at other locations talk about the clogging problem, i am sure that if you live in a desert climate and mow often there is no clogging. Also most of the reviews are from short time owners. They have not had the joy of replacing the rubber strap.
September 19, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by unhappycamper HORRIBLE PRODUCT!
I agree with the other two reviewers - a company with a reputation like JD should be ashamed to offer such a horrible product.
I live on a 1 acre lot in the middle of the woods. Prior years involved raking and blowing - very tedious and time consuming. I purchased this and it worked fairly well the first season (say picked up 80% of the leaves). This is my 3rd season and I have absolutely no suction whatsoever. The leaves are just being chopped and dropped on the lawn. I have followed all recommendations and troubleshooting tips - nothing has helped. I feel this product was a waste of my money.
You also need to know that you need to remove the entire rear attachment whenever you need to add fuel, since you can't lift the rear seat (gas cap located underneath this seat# when it's attached. Not sure what brilliant engineer thought that was a good design decision or why QC didn't axe it before production, but it was not a good idea!
As it is right now, I'm looking for an aftermarket product that is compatible with JD #hoping one exists). If that doesn't pan out, I'm considering selling my JD and going with the competition.
November 27, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by tonyd322 Always clogging up
I bought a gator blade and it still clogs unless grass is completely dry. Poor design. Can't beleive John Deere would sell something that works so poorly.
November 2, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by msgs dont replace with symplicity turbo bagger
I am having problems with my turbo bagger attachment on a Symplicity Regent 44" model. Doesnt plug up but keeps breaking down. Initially improper mount at dealer resulting in belt failure, then pulley failures on deck due to increased load, now tension pulley bracket on turbo not holding up. Poor design on weld on bracket.
Came to this site to check out how JD baggers fair. I dont think I will replace what I have with a JD mower bagger combo.
Throwing my situation out here to let people know Symplicity has problems as well.
Believe one needs the turbo attachment to keep tube clean, just need a mfg somewhere to build one that stands up.
June 28, 2014