For me it comes down to the area where you will be dumping the debris. My dump pile is a challenge to get a tow behind sweeper into and out. With a bagger on the tractor I can back up to the dump pile and pull the bags of and toss the stuff where I want it. With the sweeper I can drive up and dump but then have to back up 25-30' or take the sweeper off and reposition the whole rig. So I think you need to consider the dumpsite as a driving factor in your decision. The extra $$ spent on a bagger may pay off insaved aggravation in the long run.