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post #1 of 13 Old 05-13-2019, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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Removing power flow bagger on 48C

I'm picking up a GT235 tomorrow with a power flow setup installed. Debating whether or not I should rent a mini trailer to tow it home or if I can fit it all in the bed of my F-150 after removing the bagger. I've never experienced the bagger before (haven't physically seen the machine) so I'm not sure if it's an easy process to remove. Any insight? I know at 59" wide (with the bagger) that will be too wide for my truck.
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I would get the trailer that’s a lot of tractor to get in the back of a truck.


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I would agree. Unless you have ramps that is not a light unit to put in a pickup bed.

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Re: Removing power flow bagger on 48C

I have a set of the TSC aluminum ramps. They make loading GT’s a breeze. I have brought home a 214, 318 and 425 in the bed of my F350. Each had Pflows that I took off and put in the bed next to the tractor. I own two trailers plenty big enough for little tractors and I wouldn’t have even bothered hooking them up. Even If you have a 6’ bed a GT should fit fine.


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Re: Removing power flow bagger on 48C

Remove the deck and it will fit on the side of the tractor.

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Re: Removing power flow bagger on 48C

Yeah, I have ramps. I'm just going to spend the $18 on a 5x8 Uhaul trailer. Worth it versus dealing with detaching it all and pushing up ramps into my truck bed. My F150 is lifted a couple inches thanks to the added Leaf I did to increase hauling capacity so that wouldn't help loading it.
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Out of curiosity, where did you find this 235? What state

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Re: Removing power flow bagger on 48C

There were a few listed in NC around the Charlotte area. This one happened to be just an hour outside of Charlotte just over the SC border.
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There were a few listed in NC around the Charlotte area. This one happened to be just an hour outside of Charlotte just over the SC border.
Thats too funny, cant remember the guys name but he lived around Gafney maybe? I had talked to him and thought about buying that unit, but I already have a 235 and really just wanted to try that bagger.

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Thats too funny, cant remember the guys name but he lived around Gafney maybe? I had talked to him and thought about buying that unit, but I already have a 235 and really just wanted to try that bagger.
Ironic! Yup, that's probably the guy. He said he had another fellow interested first and gave him the opportunity but never heard back or something. So I was next in line. I haven't seen it but he sounds genuine. If I show up and it's a POS, I won't buy it, but I can't imagine that's the case. There's another 235 available that I was interested in but doesn't have the bagging setup. Would save me $200, but I think the bagger is worth the extra bucks for leaf season.
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Ironic! Yup, that's probably the guy. He said he had another fellow interested first and gave him the opportunity but never heard back or something. So I was next in line. I haven't seen it but he sounds genuine. If I show up and it's a POS, I won't buy it, but I can't imagine that's the case. There's another 235 available that I was interested in but doesn't have the bagging setup. Would save me $200, but I think the bagger is worth the extra bucks for leaf season.
So did you end up grabbing the 235? What was he like? Hows the tractor/bagger?

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Yup, I bought it. Nice guy overall. The engine was surging badly and I knew why - but he has no mechanical wherewithal. His “mechanic” who did whatever he claimed to the engine was either an idiot or didn’t do a thing. So nonetheless, I knew what needed to be done (carb clean). The blower had some cracking and wasn’t as nice as I expected but plenty of life and was ultimately fine. I balked a bit (intentionally) and ultimately got it for $200 less than agreed ($1200) and made him replace the bags with close to new ones because the original ones were dry rotted as well. So I’m very happy. I cleaned the carb immediately and that solved everything. Long story short, he doesn’t know anything much about these things or mechanically. I was digging in deep to the machine with him there and he was quite shocked with what I was coming up with and seeing. But overall a clean machine and was as he stated. I’m just OCD and look deeply at everything - and from New York so negotiating is always fun for me.. Needed the carb cleaned (it was horrible. Pics to come if I can).
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Re: Removing power flow bagger on 48C

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Yup, I bought it. The blower had some cracking and wasn’t as nice as I expected but plenty of life and was ultimately fine. I balked a bit (intentionally) and ultimately got it for $200 less than agreed ($1200).
Wow, if you bought a GT235 with a PowerFlow for $1200 and it even runs, you stole it. I've had one (just the GT, no bagger) since 2002 and it is a helluva machine. I gave $4K for mine brand new (year end sale, they retailed for $5100).

I wore a hole in the bottom of my PowerFlow blower housing (use one on my X7) from many years of use. It easily repairs with aluminum flashing and pop rivets, or more temporarily with Gorilla tape or duct tape. It's difficult to economically repair a PowerFlow head by replacing the housing. I checked into ordering a new housing and it was within $150 of buying an entirely new complete assembly.

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