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RonHatch

B10 Vacuum pickup system

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RonHatch
I noticed in the vacuum manual there is a baffle that bolts to the inside lead edge of the mower deck. Of course I don't have that piece, but it looks like a plain length flat iron, so I can just make a new one. My question is; How far does the baffle extend below the front lip of the deck? I'm thinking it is even with the sides and the back lips of the deck. Now I wish I would of located a good used 12 HP Briggs instead of spending a lot on rebuilding the original 10 HP. Driving a 42" deck, a blower and pulling a trailer full of chopped up leaves is going to make that 10 HP really work. For the last 10 years, I've been using a 1989 4016 Ingersoll that has a 48" deck and a hydraulically driven blower. The 16 HP Owen handles it with ease and it does a good job. Unfortunately, I'm tired of installing new "O" rings in the blower motor every year. I just want a simple belt driven system. Does anyone have experience using a vacuum on a B10? Can the engine handle it?

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RayS
Even with sides. I have it for my 42" deck but not on my 48" deck. Works just as good without it in my opinion. The engine will handle it just fine.

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Willy
The baffle is sheet metal bent in a 45 deg angle and it fits flush with the front of the deck, the lower bend is about 1 inch. They are very easy to make. I use my vac with my Big-10 and it works fine. In heavy stuff you may have to use first gear,but normally I can run in second.

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