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10-08-2005, 10:18 AM
If you had a trailer or truck you used for leaf removal and didn't dump but had a leaf vac on it, would you, or has anyone used the vac to empty it instead of raking it out?
Just a thought.

Jerry and Sons
10-08-2005, 11:11 AM
Not a bad idea but will the place that you dump aLLow this activity. Where i dump they are pretty anal about things.

10-08-2005, 11:24 AM
Thats a good point for people that would have to use dump sites. If not I sure think it would be easier than raking that out.

10-08-2005, 12:27 PM
Alright. Posted this last year on time savings to non dumping trailers or trucks.

Take a solid pallet. tie 6 feet rope or chain to each corner. take 2 of the ropes from the corners and tie to a rope 2-3x the length of the overall trailer. now do this to the other side also.
now put the pallet at the front of your truck or trailer. lay the rope along the side. put extra rope where you can access it when trailer is full. I put 2 bags one each back corner that the rope rides in.

Now when you go to dump you hook onto an immovable object and drive forward. I can unload a 5x10 with 4' sides in about 1 minute.

Good luck.

10-10-2005, 11:23 PM
I came across a company with a 24 ft. enclosed trailer with a 24hp vac on wheels strapped to the ramp tailgate door (while it was down). They had caster wheels on the door. and were blowing leaves from the median in the middle of the road. To unload he said that he turned the vacuum around and sucked the leaves out of the trailer. I wish I took a picture !!!

10-11-2005, 12:12 AM
Sub out. There are lots of guys with truck loaders that will come suck up your piles.

Metro Lawn
10-11-2005, 01:08 AM
We have loaders and dumps, but I thought you may like this. I bought one of those goofy roller tarp things off eBay. I think it was called a "Load Handler 3000" or something like that. It is basically a fiber tarp on a roller that mounts to your p/u tailgate. You unroll it into the bed of the truck and then load on top of it. When you put the gate down, it has a crank handle that you turn to roll it back up. As it rolls in, it brings the load to the back and off the tailgate. It leaves a little behind, but you can use a blower and have it out in about 15 seconds. The thing cost about $150. I put it on my own pick up. It works awesome for mulch and leaves. It will move up to 3000 lbs, but the lighter stuff is better. We put 8' high sides on that pick up for leaves. Can get almost 15 cubic yards in there... lol good thing they are light..lol :)

10-11-2005, 04:57 PM
I have a truck vac to load the truck and also use it to unload. A dump would be great but that is not going to happen this year. One person uses the hose and the other uses a pitch fork to move the leaves. I dump on my own property and it eventually becomes compost. Matt

10-11-2005, 05:18 PM

I know exactly what your talking about.

My neighbor had one of those awhile back and he swore by it, he even unloaded some crushed stone with it one time.

10-11-2005, 06:05 PM
I built 2ft sides on my 3/4 ton truck. And when ever I am hauling material, I layer it with 8x10ft tarps. That way when im dumping off grass, sod, dirt, leaves, mulch, etc. it takes me less than a minute, and sometimes its faster that way then having a dump. Several times while Ive been at the dump site, ive seen guys with the dump trucks struggle if they have to much stuff in because it wil get caught on thetailgate part that flaps open (hard to explain)....

but the tarp way works best for leaves and grass IMO, and keeping the bed clean too.

10-12-2005, 12:36 AM
I have to second the pallet trick. As long as you go slow it works every time.

12-23-2005, 08:16 PM
I never thought of driving out. I've always tied it to the mower but I don't always have a mower with me. Thats an awesome tip. Thanks!

12-23-2005, 08:32 PM
How much weight can you do this with if it's in the trailer. I know it must depend on the ground and traction, but on dirt with a 4x4 how much do you think you could pull out? How much with a 4x2?

10-06-2006, 09:49 PM
I know this is an old thread, but I have the 20 hp Billy Goat trailer mount loader, and it packs those leaves in their so tight that I dont think any of those options would work. I tried turning the loader around, and the leaves were so tight, that it could not budge them.

I did it last year like that, and I am trying to outfit my dump trailer this year.


gammon landscaping
10-07-2006, 12:30 AM
you guys might make fun but when i was in high school me and a buddy took a job building a retaining wall. i excavated the back and hauled of the extra dirt and he built the wall
well it was a driveway from hell, about 300 feet long stright up hill (really steep). well i didn't have a dump truck so i took a sheet of 3/4 plywood and screwed 3 landscape timbers to the bottom of it and made a sled. i drilled holes in the end of the timbers and hooked a chain in there. well when we got it loaded i would take it to a friends house(on a farm) and i would back down a hill and hook the chain to a hill and pull up ontill the sled was touching the ground but still had the front on the back bumper of the truck then i would back up and it would flip the sled over the pile so i didn't have to dig it out. worked really well i think we hauled 15-20 loads like that.
oh the good ole days when i could pull stuff like that and didn't get weird looks from customers

10-12-2006, 12:35 AM
I have seen those Loadhandler things before and seriously considered buying one. I was just afraid they were one of those As Seen ON TV Gimmicks. May need to rethink that one now that I've actually heard from someone who has used one!

LawnScapers of Dayton
10-12-2006, 07:49 AM
I have a Load Handler......I bought it to bring topsoil home for filling in along my new driveway. I have unloaded 6-7, 3000lbs+, loads of dirt without any issues. It works great..... It is not a tool I will use alot, but it very functional....

My next load will be firewood....

Ebay ...$136.00