You know it's getting to be the right time of the yr when talk gets to these kinds of topics
re. the CR. I've done some reviews but I don't mind touching on some brief notes.
Picks up everything you run over with the exception of the larger heavier debris (limbs, walnuts, large pine cones etc).
Stows easily. I normally just leave it intact but it'll fold up and hang on a wall.
I'm going on my 5th season and the fabric hopper is still surprisingly very servicable. The zippers and velcro fastners still do their job and show no signs of failure (knock on wood).
Somewhat easy to unload. The dryer the clippings the easier they will dump out. It's not unusual to have to "help" them out with a gloved hand.
So far the 6hp B&S Intek engine has been trouble free. Thus far I do a yearly oil change & plug cleaning and a bi-yearly air filter change and thats about it.
The CR hitches ridgedly to the tractor with no pivot point. This is good for backing as theres no pivot point but makes it VERY LONG in turns.
It is VERY LOUD! The exhaust points towards the operator station and coupled w/the air noise I've got to wear ear protection (which is an AM/FM headset). They include a pr
of ear plugs with it.
It producs ALOT OF DUST out the back. Normally this isn't a con as it blows it back and away from the tractor but, in those cases where you've got to back up you'll sometimes back right back into the dust cloud. I wear safety glasses when I operate it and a pr
comes with it.
All in all I like it. There are two or three other models I feel like I'd like more and I'll mention them.
1) The DR tow behind vaccum. This unit has a hard plastic hopper and it supposedly uses a turbo exhaust system that cuts down on the dust cloud.
I'd like it for the turboi exhaust. It cost's a couple 100 more over the CR
Like the CR it has it's own small powerplant.
The following two models are made by Kubota, in GA but are not available to the N. American market. Why? Who knows but they would sell like hotcakes if they were available. They're for the European market.....
1) Low lift clam shell bagger. Made of hard plastic. It mounts on the 3ph and is driven by the rear pto. When the BX is equipped w/aux hydro valves, the clamshell can be opened/closed via hydro, one doesn't have to leave the seat to dump.
2) Hi Lift Clamshell bagger.Similar to the low lift except the hydraulics can raise it high enough to dump into the bed of a small pickup truck and/or tall pile. VERY NICE! I REALLY would like this one!......
If you google Kubota in England or France you can see these units, theres a dealer or two that have vid's of them in action. Unfortunately I don't have the links here at work.