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Agri-Fab Mow-N-Vac Tow Behind Lawn Vacuum

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Briggs & Stratton 163cc 4-Cycle Engine
Creates 80 mph suction power
Enough power for leaves, pine needles and grass clippings

Large 26-Bushel/32 Cu. Ft. Capacity
Holds more yard debris - meaning fewer stops
Durable, vented hard-top design reduces dust
Hopper tilts back for easy dumping of yard debris

Versatile Design
Fits over 40 different tractor decks up to 54" wide
Deck adaptor comes with templates to customize installation
Only fits right side discharge mower decks
Requires #65640 extension kit for use with zero turn mowers

Safety Shutoff
Prevents accidental engine startups
Shuts the engine down if the impeller blades are exposed

Optional #45-0253 Hose Kit (sold separately)
Vacuum debris around shrubs, on patios and under decks
Allows you to vacuum alll those hard-to-reach areas

Some Assembly Required
Shipped 75% assembled - making it quick and easy to put together

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  Model Number:55188
 Made in USAYes
 Engine BrandBriggs & Stratton
 Starting SystemRecoil Start
 HP/CC163 cc
 Fuel Tank Size0.40 Gallon
 Consumer Warranty2 Years
 Weight315.0 Lbs. (142.88 kilograms)
 Dimensions96.0L x 33.0W x 62.0H
(243.84 x 83.82 x 157.48 cm)
 Consumer Warranty3 Years
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Q: I have a 60 inch cut swisher zero turn lawn mower and was wondering if this would work and why does it specify up to 54 inch mower deck?
by Tim from Wisconsin on November 02, 2015

A: There should not be an issue with this fitting on your 60" Swisher ZTR with the extension kit. You would want to maintain a reasonable speed since the amount of discharge coming from a 60" deck can be quite a bit, so you don't want to overwhelm the vac. The reason for the 54" remark really applies to 54" tractors, not zero turns. Since you need to purchase the extension hose kit as well if you are going to use this with a ZTR, there really is no issue, but since the extension kit is for ZTR's or was made with the intention of using with ZTR's, 60" tractors then become a question mark because the extension kit is not mentioned when using a tractor. I provided the link to the extension kit as well, if you have any other questions, please don't hesitate in calling.

Mow-N-Vac Extension Kit For ZTR
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: What type of blades would I use on my lawn tractor with the Model 55188 lawn vacuum?
by Loyd Uzzell from Texas on November 22, 2013

A: Loyd,

I wouldn't suggest running out and getting mulching blades, as your standard blades would work fine.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: Is there a way to add collection bins inside the unit so they could be dumped into a pick up truck and hauled away?
by Mary Marshall from South Carolina on November 18, 2013

A: Mary,

That would be the first time I have ever been asked that. I do get what you mean though. If the bins were in the right place I can see that working, but I cannot say we carry a product that would fit inside.

You can test it if you would like, but unfortunately I have never been witness to that application.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: I have a John Deere X304 with a 42" mowing deck. Will this fit?
by Steven Ahlmer from Utah on November 03, 2013

A: Steven,

Agri-Fab equips the 55188 with a universal deck adapter that would fit many tractors up to 54" wide, so I feel it would work for your Deere.

To make sure you could call Agri-Fab at (800) 448-9282 and have iron confirmation.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: Re: item #55188, I understand tax issues preventing you from shipping to Calif., but why does Home Depot only offer a 1year warranty, when you offer three?
by Cathy from California on November 02, 2013

A: Cathy,

The reason the 55188 from Agri-Fab cannot be shipped to California is because the engine does not meet the environmental standards set forth by the CARB act.

Agri-Fab would be the one responsible for all warranty questions and I have no clue why they would offer less of a warranty with Home Depot. Hopefully you are seeing a typo. I would either call Home Depot or ask Agri-Fab by calling (800) 448-9282.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: I'm finding the pattern for the 2000 Series Cub Cadet 54" deck does not match my Cub which has the heavy duty cub deck. The shape of the deck is different from the "stamped" out decks and the deck adapter does not fit over the deck. If you do try to mount it making sure the adapter is flush with the bottom of the deck, there is about an inch of the adapter sticking up past the top of the deck. There is also a different type of stabilizer bar that is bolted under the opening unlike the stamped decks. Can this still be modified somehow to fit the heavy duty deck? Thanks for your time.
by Robin Fischer from Pennsylvania on October 20, 2013

A: Robin,

I would want you to contact Agri-Fab with this inquiry for the simple fact that they will know any adapter updates or accommodations not yet published.

Please contact them at (800) 448-9282 with your mower year and model number so they will be prepared to assist you in the fullest.
by Jose, Product Expert
by LARRY EAGLIN from Arkansas on October 06, 2013

A: Larry,

I feel you will have no problems towing this unit with your tractor, and I know you will be pleased with the durability and quality of this machine.

You will have to make sure you purchase the Zero-Turn attachment hose that is sold as an attachment with this unit or else it will not work.

Zero Turn Attachment Hose

This will give you the length you need to fit to your zero-turn.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: how does the Agri Vac get moved from property to property? Will it hook up to a ball hitch & if so what are the tires rated for mph?
by Rocco Martino from Ohio on October 04, 2013

A: Rocco,

The Mow and Vac is not designed for long distance higher speed towing. It would have to be transported in a highway safe cart. The machine was not designed for highway transport, so it does not come equipped with a light kit.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: How much does it hold? (Bushels- gallons cubic yards?)
by Hank Shadwell from South Carolina on October 02, 2013

A: Thanks for your inquiry. This item has a large 26-Bushel/32 Cu. Ft. Capacity

by Jose, Product Expert
Q: Hi. How do we empty this? Does it dump or you just reach in? Thanks
by Mike Batt from Illinois on August 26, 2013

A: Mike - the Agri-Fab Mow-N-Vac has a dump lever that allows you to tip the entire hopper back at about a 25 degree angle and dump it out.
by Jose, Product Expert
Agri-Fab 55188 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
4.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 5
Easy To Use (10)
I'd Buy It Again (7)
Price (6)
Fast (5)
Reliable (3)
Heavy (3)
Durability (2)
Low Quality (2)
Expensive (1)
Difficult To Use (1)
89% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Jake Wilson
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Agri-fab Mow-n-vac Tow Behind Lawn Vacuum
The Agri-Fab Mow N Vac is the ultimate time saver when it comes to picking up leaves in the fall. The Mow N Vac connects to your riding mower or zero turn mower using the universal hitch. Once hooked up, the Mow N Vac hose connects to the mower deck with an adapter you cut to size, now you are ready to get started. All of the debris that you mow over gets sucked into the hose and then reduced again by the impellers inside of the Vac. When the large 26 bushel cart gets full, simply release the... more
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Terry E.
Gdrafton, ND
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 10/4/15
Most Helpful Positive Review
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Should Have Gotten It A Long Time Ago
I thought it was great. Easy to assemble, the template for the mower deck was right on the money. And the performance was great. It actually made yard work fun.
Terry Recommends This Agri-Fab Product
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Ryan H.
Independence, KS
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/24/15
Most Helpful Critical Review
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Cheap Plastic Deck Adapter
I was super happy with the ease of assembly, and suction of the machine itself. I feel that the collection box may not hold up over time, however, I can reinforce that structure pretty easily. Now...on to the deck adapter piece.... I have a zero turn mower and had to buy the extension hose which I didn't mind.

The deck opening that I have doesn't match any of the templates so I made the proper cuts, bolted it on and strapped it to the deck using the hardware provided. I was in business! The... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Price, Light Weight
Cons: Low Quality, Durability
Ryan Does Not Recommend This Product
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Sorry to hear that your deck adaptor tore off. If you want to give Agri-Fab a call and explain the situation to our customer service I am sure we can help you with getting another one.

I am glad you are happy with the vac unit itself.
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Frederick T.
Summersville, WV
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 11/5/15
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Leaf Vac.
Unit does what it is expected and designed to do. Please note when units are shipped that they should be placed on a more sturdy pallet.

The same unit can be purchased at Tractor Supply for $1,100.00, so the statement regarding free shipping is not true. be wise it is actually added back to the selling price.
Frederick Recommends This Agri-Fab Product
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William K.
Indian Head, MD
Total Reviews
4 Reviews
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Worked Fine, But
Bought My Model 501887 in April 2008. Worked fine till this year. My Snap Mount Switch Harness (Pt # 629-0241A) has been chewed in half by one of my Dogs.

I searched for that part and the Harness adapter (Pt # 629-0923) in the owners manual in the IPB section. Manual refers needed parts to

Response from them in the harness is no longer carried and the Harness adapter in an unlisted part. Guess Ill have to "Jury-Rig" a part my self.
William Does Not Recommend This Product
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Please give us a call at 217-728-8388 and we will be able to get you the right part for your Mow-n-Vac.
I am sorry you weren't able to find the part online, but we will help you out.
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Rex W.
Lowell, MI
Total Helpful Votes
26 Helpful Votes
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Not Bad, I Expected Better Quality
The rivets were coming off, the screen came out, the hose breaks all the time, the back door comes off when in use, the chute to the trailer rips, the chute where the blades are broke. So we had to replace a lot parts.?! When you pay that kind of money for that in a short time, you should not have to replace them that soon.?!
Pros: Easy To Use, Price, Light Weight
Cons: Low Quality, Durability, We Had To Modifi It
Rex Recommends This Agri-Fab Product
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Glenn P.
Castle Rock, WA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 11/5/13
Total Helpful Votes
22 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Works Great! But Needs A Few Improvements.
I like the unit a lot. These are the improvements I made, first thing I found, the intake hose at unit came off all the time, no mater how tight the hose clamp was! I drilled three equally spaced holes around plastic intake at unit, installed three stove bolts, added a wire around each one, then under hose clamp, then back to stove bolt, make sure you use flat washers on both sides with a Nilock nut, do not tighten to much, could crack housing. A brace is needed, for latching of trailer hopper... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Price, Reliable, I'd Buy It Again
Glenn Recommends This Agri-Fab Product
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Robert G.
Hopewell, VA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 10/8/13
Total Helpful Votes
20 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Time Saver
My driveway is 100 yards long and Oak trees down both sides. In the past I would spend all weekend raking leaves and making many trips to the back yard woods to dump. With this Agri-Fab leaf vacuum I spent two hours after work one day and accomplished this task. Great time and Back Saver.
Pros: Durable, Easy To Use, Exceeded Expectations, Fast
Robert Recommends This Agri-Fab Product
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Carol C.
Silver Springs, FL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 11/4/13
Total Helpful Votes
17 Helpful Votes
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Leaf Vac Number Two
There's a few problems with it. The flexible boot lets dust & stuff blow on the back of your neck. The back door needs reinforcement. When the leaves get built up in the trailer the back door comes loose at the bottom. Then you have a mess. The door never came loose on the one I had for fifteen years. The last thing is..after it has run for a while, it is very hard starting. Otherwise everything else works good. I hope this lasts for fifteen too.
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast, Quiet, I'd Buy It Again
Carol Recommends This Agri-Fab Product
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Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/3/13
Total Helpful Votes
23 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Lawn Vac
I am very happy with the performance of this unit. It has a lot of power and does a great job sucking up the leaves and mulching them. The system dumps very easily. I would highly recommend it.
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Total Helpful Votes
16 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
This One Sucks!!!! That's A Good Thing.
I have about 1-1/2 acre property w/ about 30 Hickory, Oak, and Walnut trees. Yes, there are lots of BIG leaves, and also acorns and nuts. I've found it's best to pre-mow the lawn to reduce the size of the leaves, then go back over it w/ the Mow-N-Vac and it really packs the trailer full - and heavy. I can usually collect the entire lawn in 4 to 5 loads with this method, but if I don't pre-mow it will be as many as 15 loads - that's a lot of dumping. The one thing about my use - it is VERY noisy... more
Pros: I'd Buy It Again
Richard Recommends This Agri-Fab Product
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