I installed this item on a 54" Craftsman Pro Turn Tight Riding Mower and it works fine without any clogging. The last bag on your left will fill first and then the overflow begins to fill the other 2 bags. Just follow the included instructions to a T and everything will work just perfect.
Awkward/Bulky to remove and reinstall this heavy assembly onto the back of lawn tractor. No spinning wheel indicator on discharge chute to show good air flow or not. To me that is essential because it can indicate if you bags are full or if the discharge chute is clogged. When cover is closed to many gaps so grass clippings and leaves fly out twhen your purpose is to bag them. This is a triple bagger which really over stuffs (over fills) the left most bag first then struggles to fill the second and third bag. The bracketry is solid and heavy but some of the other plastic parts seem cheap for which I believe will break after some use. You would think for the money I spent on this bagger that craftsman could have come up with a better design. Terrible....Overall very disappointed.
So this product does fit and it does collect clippings. But for the quality, it should cost $300, not $600. I think Craftsman just doesn't sell as much as they used to so they need to charge more per attachment. I am glad that I finally bought this for my 54" mower, because those 26 horses will shove the bags full. Obviously the leftmost bag gets filled first, that's just physics and if you don't understand that, you're probably not safe riding your mower. Get off.
My previous tractor is a smaller 917-series, with a bagger that has rigid bins, so I can make a back-to-back comparison. Well, the real test will come in Spring when the grass grows like crazy, is always wet from rains, and clogs my old bagger all the time. But so far the new one wins. I've mowed down a patch of lilies that are done flowering, that also usually clogged the old bagger, the new one didn't even hiccup. The pipe on the new bagger is probably twice thicker and starts with the horizontal section where the grass can gain some speed before going up. Also the deck on the new tractor is higher, less restrictive to the air flow. Soft vs hard bags: I like soft better because they're easier to dump, and because they don't get pushed out of the rack when they hit the ground when entering a sharp incline. Spinning wheel: absent but doesn't matter much, it only tells you that the whole pipe got clogged and the bagger turned into the mulcher, better dump the clippings before that. Unclogging the pipe on this bagger will be harder because it's harder to disassemble, but so far it didn't get clogged. 3 bins better than 2. Yes, they fill starting with the leftmost bin but all the baggers do that. A downside is that not only the deck is a foot wider but also the bagger pipe sticks out by another foot on the right, so it doesn't fit in the tight spots where the old tractor fits. And you can only mow close to the fence with your left side turned to the fence. The bagger itself is as wide as the deck and hangs symmetrically, so when you maneuver very close to the fence, the bagger also tends to hit the fence. I wish it hanged offset to the right, like the smaller one does. The parts quality seems to be the same as the old bagger or better, and the old one has been in use for probably 15 years and is still doing fine.
Absolutely terrible. I should’ve stuck with my gut feeling on this after reading other reviews, but being I’ve always stuck with craftsman products, I figured people were over exaggerating. After 1 use of this super over priced bagger, I wore more dirt and grass then this stupid bagger took in. It makes absolutely no sense to me that it overfills the 1st bin, halfway fills the second bin, and barley puts anything in the 3rd bin. SO WHATS THE POINT OF HAVING A 3 BIN BAGGER????
Super disappointed, and calling sears to see what if anything I can do to get my money back. Don’t waste your time or money people!!!!!
It fills the first bag so full before filling the others, I figured I must have installed it wrong, but I did not. As someone else commented, when you get a clogged chute, it's a real hassle to take apart and get back together, not something you want when in the middle of cutting. I am very disappointed, and now prefer to cut without the bagger.
This bagger was easy to assemble and works great. It has never clogged up and I didn't need to order special "high lift" blades.