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Reference: Friend with a 7014 Garden Tractor ID1690723 001772, 42Inch Deck 1690501 012920.

9/1/1999 To the Simplicity Club Experts-- What advice would you give to my friend with his BEAUTIFUL 7014? We do not know anything about Simplicity-- yet. Question: What Simplicity products-- or brand X products-- would work on my friend's 7014-- to vacuum leaves on his 1 acre lot, with numerous trees across it? Would you recommend a pull-behind unit that runs under its own power? Is an attachment available that is powered directly by the tractor? What about a non-powered unit that just works with the output of the 42" mower deck? What is the proper description-- or Model numbers-- he should refer to in obtaining any of these products? How would he go about seeking used equipment from a source in the neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri? How much "should" the equipment cost him? The online Simplicity attachment description info at http://www.simplicitymfg.com/Attachments/Collection_Att.html has me stumped-- since I have no idea how to translate the model descriptions from that info-- into whatever would fit with my friend's 7014. Please provide as much info that will establish at least a beginner's level of understanding, and an ability to know what should be purchased. Thanks VERY Much and Bless You. David A. Sohn david.a.sohn@juno.com
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Reference: Friend with a 7114 Simplicity. ID1690723 001772, 42Inch Deck 1690501 012920.

9/1/1999 My Apologies-- This is a 7114 Simplicity with Hydrostatic transmission. I have much to learn about Leaf/Grass Collection Methods. All advice welcome. Thanks Again. David A. Sohn
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David:
(1) Click on Return to Simple Tractors (above)
(2) Click on Simplicity (left column)
(3) Click on New in 1983
(4) Click on 7100 Features - There are several views of the
vacuum collection attachment.
Enjoy,
Ford
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Hi,
There was a vac system sold for these tractors that hung on the back and was driven from the PTO, had a hose from the deck to the blower and a hose that blew the grass into a covered trailer. No longer available new. Can look up the 169 model numbers if you need them. They worked very well. The engine vacs work very well also. If the mower deck is new enough to have the "gull wing" blades the turbo for the Sovereign should work, but it won't fit the older 1690501 and 502 decks with straight blades. You cannot believe how much material these units can pack in a trailer and how well they clean a yard. You can also add a roving nozzle and clean around bushes and window wells. Make a J out of 3 or 4" pvc pipe for the nozzle and clean your eves out standing on the ground.. Good luck, AL
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Besides trying to locate an older Simplicity setup a company called Trac Vac makes new universal tow behind systems with self contained engines. They are good quality and easy to connect and disconnect but are quite large (will double tractor length) and I believe cost around $1500. Used ones can run $200 - $1000. One of my concerns with these wagon type setups is manuverability – you need wide open space to turn these things around in and being you said he had a lot of trees and is only on an acre this may be a concern. There is no smaller system that I know of except for another non-current one that Simplicity had made by a company called Peco that hung about 3 feet out the back and used one long vertical bag. If anyone one finds one of these Kent may be interested also.

Three blade mowers do not create enough “wind throw” by themselves for catching. A secondary source is needed by use of a fan for either throwing or sucking the grass/leaves. It can be either PTO or engine driven, the later being easier to design for universal applications. I can’t say one is better than the other. Simplicity does make a “turbo” fan that sits on the discharge opening. It runs a belt off the blade arbor to get its power but they are not made for the older mowers. I think they are available for the newer Sovereign 48” left hand discharge mowers but I am not sure how far back they will fit.

For numbers it is good to have them all – hood (7014), tractor (1690337?) and mower (1690271?)
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