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THEGOLDPRO
08-11-2007, 10:42 PM
since mr.priceless posted his bagging system, it got me excited about fall cleanup, and since fall is fastly approacing, lets see your fall clean up equipment.
pics of my tore grounds master with blower on it.
http://www.msprotege.com/members/THEGOLDPRO/toro2.jpg
http://www.msprotege.com/members/THEGOLDPRO/toro.jpg
and 2 vids of the leaf truck,
http://media.putfile.com/leaf-truck
http://media.putfile.com/leaftruck2
we also have 4 shini eb630s and a ton of rakes, lol

zim bob the landscaper
08-12-2007, 12:43 AM
looks good man. i cant wait for fall clean ups. soon soon, and love the leaf truck. thats a really nice truck.

stuffdeer
08-12-2007, 02:34 PM
I hate leaf season. hah

grandview (2006)
08-12-2007, 02:41 PM
.................

Sydenstricker Landscaping
08-12-2007, 03:59 PM
..............

SKAPES
08-12-2007, 04:05 PM
Are you guys serious?

G.M.Landscaping
08-12-2007, 04:13 PM
Another 2 months before pulling out the fall cleanup gear.

srl28
08-12-2007, 04:55 PM
i've got some pics I'll post soon...but I've got a question for those of you who have the truckloaders.....What material do you use for the top of your leaf box?? I've been using a wire mesh/screen and ehh...its ok... any ideas...any pics of leaf setups?

Sydenstricker Landscaping
08-12-2007, 05:11 PM
maybe one of those air tarp things. I bet that would work decently

srl28
08-12-2007, 05:22 PM
Air tarp? never heard of it? got a link or pic?

DBL
08-12-2007, 06:02 PM
Are you guys serious?

yeah i know in our area leaves are almost as bad as snow

SKAPES
08-12-2007, 06:17 PM
I would like to see pics of swing vac with enclosed trailer attached.

Sydenstricker Landscaping
08-12-2007, 06:35 PM
Air tarp? never heard of it? got a link or pic?

My bad, it is called a mesh tarp. Around here we call them air tarps, since it allows air through it. A few guys I know around here use them on the top of their leaf boxes and they have worked great.

srl28
08-12-2007, 06:51 PM
Yeah thats what I'm looking for....You or anybody know where to get one....8x12 is all I'd need

Sydenstricker Landscaping
08-12-2007, 06:57 PM
I dont know off hand where to get one, but I can ask around. My guess would be maybe a landscape supply yard, or something like that.

mkwl
08-12-2007, 08:08 PM
I have a mesh tarp for my trailer- you can get them at northerntool.com.

corey1977
08-12-2007, 08:38 PM
hay gold pro how is the new toyota tundra going for you guys I saw on at the local fair last nite what a nice truck I want one now lol

RedMax Man
08-12-2007, 08:41 PM
I have a mesh tarp for my trailer- you can get them at northerntool.com.

Thats where i got mine, they work well and are durable.

zim bob the landscaper
08-12-2007, 10:01 PM
we use a canvas off of my dads 10 wheel Mack it works great.

Kid With A Mower
08-12-2007, 10:36 PM
yeah i know in our area leaves are almost as bad as snow

Ditto!! In my yard alone (we have like 20 sycamores) we have a pile 8' deep and 20' wide. WOW!

KS_Grasscutter
08-12-2007, 10:40 PM
I will get some pics later on in the fall. I REALLY need to get a BP blower in the next couple months, what should I get? Echo, Stihl or Redmax?

Kid With A Mower
08-12-2007, 10:43 PM
I have a PB-403t (Echo) and I'm having problems with the carb, both echo and Stihl are very good. i don't know much about red-max, though I here that there good.

srl28
08-12-2007, 10:44 PM
Redmax hands down.....No question the 7001 is the best backpack out there

josh1981
08-12-2007, 10:49 PM
haha i beat you guys allready. so dry here leaves are falling. allready had the blower vbac out (stihl sh85)

srl28
08-12-2007, 11:02 PM
Well I'll get pics of the new to us odb vac but heres what we use....

Leaves get blown into this dump via odb vac....they get to the curb or driveway with billy goat force blowers one 13hp and 2 9hps and redmax 7001 backpacks.

Heres the truck...my baby :) Sorry gotta get better pics and leaf box isnt on in these

bjlawnman
08-12-2007, 11:28 PM
That is one sweet truck... How many yards of mulch can it hold?

srl28
08-12-2007, 11:41 PM
Ha Ha thanks alot I love it thats my toy i guess, thats why its got more lettering and all lol....Well for fun the guys and I name all the trucks trailers idk why but its fun:
This dump- "Debt Propelled"
Our open trailers- "Flight Decks"
Enclosed Trailers- "Toy Boxes"
95 ford 350 dump-POS...take a guess lol


Mulch--about 15-18 yards of mulch heaped. Does well has a cat 3126 diesel and auto trans...love it

THEGOLDPRO
08-12-2007, 11:45 PM
the tundra is great, i love it, and my leaf box is a steel frame with painted ply wood. wooks great i replace the plywood every copuple years as needed.

srl28
08-12-2007, 11:54 PM
Got pics?? Nice setup Btw goldpro...like that toro with the blower

zim bob the landscaper
08-13-2007, 02:25 AM
lakeview there is a company out here with the same name. there a huge company but i dont know whats so great about them. truck looks good though

RedMax Man
08-13-2007, 08:05 AM
Redmax hands down.....No question the 7001 is the best backpack out there

Yep, they sure are. I have the EBZ7001 and EBZ8000... The leaves don't stand a chance.

KS_Grasscutter
08-13-2007, 09:39 AM
Yep, they sure are. I have the EBZ7001 and EBZ8000... The leaves don't stand a chance.

Which one would you recommend of the two? Is there even a noticeable difference between the 7001 and 8000? How much did you have to give for each of them?

srl28
08-13-2007, 11:28 AM
I've stuck with the 7001 cause they are lighter than the 8 cheaper and well...they've never failed us...The 8000 is close to 500 and last I checked the 7001 is just north of 400 but I may be a little off

RedMax Man
08-13-2007, 08:21 PM
Which one would you recommend of the two? Is there even a noticeable difference between the 7001 and 8000? How much did you have to give for each of them?

I'd get the EBZ7001 - best for all-around cleanup with plenty of power and a good engine. 8000 is a bit large for everyday use but has killer power.
If i remember right i paid $499 for the 7001 and $599 for the 8000. I could check my record but i'm almost positive. RedMax also has an EBZ8001 thats similar to the 8000.

Yeah there is a noticable differance but i don't think its huge. Haven't done much testing side by side because i use the 7001 mostly during the summer for the light stuff. Will see this fall.

srl28
08-13-2007, 08:23 PM
Yeah redmaxmans got a good point a 8000 or 8001 is gonna sit during the summer cause it is a lot heavier than a 7001 and really a 7001 is plenty powerful for year round use...save some bucks and stick with the tried and true 7001

BTW....who here has a tow behind leaf vac?? Got pics of it and the setup?

Kid With A Mower
08-13-2007, 09:04 PM
Lakeview, sweet Freightliner dump. I bet that really comes in handy. That's funny u named your truck ''debt propelled" hahaha.

RedMax Man
08-13-2007, 10:11 PM
Yeah redmaxmans got a good point a 8000 or 8001 is gonna sit during the summer cause it is a lot heavier than a 7001 and really a 7001 is plenty powerful for year round use...save some bucks and stick with the tried and true 7001

I would just have the 7001 and a Walk behind blower like the Little Wonder or Billy Goat but all my properties are under 1/2 acre so they aren't large and there are quite a few hills. With the larger 8000 for leaves its more versatile and can be used on more jobs while move large piles of leave just like a walk behind blower. The 8000 is just sitting right now while the 7001 is on the trailer everyday but when i have large cleanups, 2 guys blowing or fall cleanups it gets used.

RedMax Man
08-13-2007, 10:29 PM
A few pics from last season.

This is my buddies International Landscape Dump with the leaf body on top and Billy Goat Loader. That was my helper on the side. The truck will have a tow behind loader this year. I will have a 16HP Billy Goat on my truck. Thats my Walker. I was still sucking leaves in early December!

srl28
08-13-2007, 11:14 PM
Kid with a mower-- Thanks, yeah I like to have a little fun with em so... and it does really come in handy...one of the best decisions for my company.

Redmax man...hes got a beautiful truck there. Wow...any chance you would have pics of inside the truck body?? and if you dont mind my asking...did he just suck up the leaves for you? If so what did he charge ya? if you dont mind my asking---Pm me

THEGOLDPRO
08-13-2007, 11:53 PM
thats why i like my setup with the sucker on the front of the truck, when i dump it all i have to do it pull the tube down, and dump, its wicked easy. how deos your buddy dump with the sucker on the back does he have to take it off when he does??

srl28
08-14-2007, 12:07 AM
Looks like it might swing out with the door...All i do is unhook the trailer, used to have a tailgate one but that was a pain too... trailered one is great

RedMax Man
08-14-2007, 08:01 AM
thats why i like my setup with the sucker on the front of the truck, when i dump it all i have to do it pull the tube down, and dump, its wicked easy. how deos your buddy dump with the sucker on the back does he have to take it off when he does??

Looks like it might swing out with the door...All i do is unhook the trailer, used to have a tailgate one but that was a pain too... trailered one is great

The Body has barn doors so you can swing them all the way to the side and then he just straps the door to one of the bars on the side. He leaves the blower on as far as I know most of the time.

srl28
08-14-2007, 11:50 AM
Looks like a really great setup..Thanks redmax man... So anybody else got some pics for us?

RedMax Man
08-14-2007, 03:03 PM
Looks like a really great setup..Thanks redmax man... So anybody else got some pics for us?

I sent you a PM this morning just wanted to make sure you received it.

srl28
08-14-2007, 03:26 PM
Yep, got it Thank You very much, very helpful...Thanks

zim bob the landscaper
08-14-2007, 03:51 PM
it looks like u can just swing it with the tailgate of the body because on landscape dumps they have a pin so its just barn doors. im not sure but thats what it looks like.

zim bob the landscaper
08-14-2007, 03:51 PM
it looks like u can just swing it with the tailgate of the body because on landscape dumps they have a pin so its just barn doors. im not sure but thats what it looks like.

haha woops didnt realize there was a fourth page sorry.

Kid With A Mower
08-14-2007, 09:24 PM
Nice setup RedMax. Just a Q, where do you dump such a big load of leaves?

syzer
08-14-2007, 10:51 PM
Here is a bad evening shot. Will try to get some better ones this year.

http://www.precision-aquatics.com/gallery/albums/album04/leaf_collection1.jpg

Here is another leaf collector, its currently getting clean up and painted to match the fleet:

http://www.precision-aquatics.com/gallery/albums/album04/100_0023.jpg

srl28
08-14-2007, 11:09 PM
Nice setup syzer! Those odb vacs are really great quality machines.

Buthow do you like the billy goat force? I've got one of their 13hp ones and we all hate it cause its very heavy and we ve got tons of hills here. The 13hp 1 also tips way too easily and floods the engine and plugs with oil and all... what a PITA

Otherwise we love it cause they are so powerful... but...

Supper Grassy
08-14-2007, 11:40 PM
Nice set ups

RedMax Man
08-15-2007, 08:58 PM
Nice setup RedMax. Just a Q, where do you dump such a big load of leaves?
He dumps them where he keeps his trucks and equipment. He has a compost pile that he just turns over every once in a while.
Here is a bad evening shot. Will try to get some better ones this year.

Here is another leaf collector, its currently getting clean up and painted to match the fleet:

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That truck is really clean considering how dirty the work usually is. What is your dump body canopy made of? Also was curious on some of the specs of those leaf loaders like HP, gas or diesel etc. What do they run as far as cost new? like around 10k.

THEGOLDPRO
08-15-2007, 09:06 PM
those suckers are BIG as hell nice pics.

srl28
08-19-2007, 10:00 PM
Ok so I finnaly got the box on the top and everything all hooked up, i know its early and I too it all off already (I built it so one guy can remove the entire box in about 5 minutes). Just built this box and I kinda like the natural look of the wood, was gonna stain it but. So Heres some pics- Freightliner fl50 and odb xtreme leaf vac 27hp kawi

SKAPES
08-19-2007, 10:10 PM
Real Nice Setup!

srl28
08-19-2007, 10:17 PM
Thanks it serves us well.. I just added that tow behind a few weeks ago...before i used a tailgate loader....now having this...never again will i use a tailgate one, only if we need to get into tight spots. Thanks

New Heights
08-27-2007, 06:23 PM
srl....Where did you pick up that fl60?

srl28
08-27-2007, 06:30 PM
I purchased this truck from Truck Smart in Fairless Hills PA. Their wwebiste is trucksmartsales.com They do great work great guys to deal with.. If your interested pm me. If you call tell em Will from Lakevew Landscapes sent ya, george is who i dealt with. I actually never went there, they drove it up here, I test drove it they drove it back and about 5 days later I made a decision and had them drive it back here and deliver it to my home where we did the paperwork and that was that. Great place, and I'm already working with them on another truck.

New Heights
08-27-2007, 06:36 PM
I heard of them...I think they list trucks in the truck shopper mag. Did you buy it new or used? Did it come with the body?

srl28
08-27-2007, 06:45 PM
Yeah they do list there, actually I think thats how I found em... Nope not new, the truck is a 2000 with about 118k on it now, Cat 3126B diesel power. Came with the body on it, I put the tarp on, but the 12ft grain body with barn doors and hitch, wiring, and brake controller in cab came with it, and they are new...only used thing is the truck itself. If they dont have it in stock, give em about 1-2 weeks and they get/build whatever you want!

New Heights
08-27-2007, 07:06 PM
Sweet....If you dont min me asking but what did you pay for the set-up?

srl28
08-27-2007, 07:13 PM
Tax and all licensing kinda crap came to a little under 24k, and they threw in some extras

tsmiff1
10-09-2007, 11:57 PM
Spent a few precious hours on this setup but it was well worth it....

Grasman
10-10-2007, 12:19 AM
tsmiff1,
Looks good. Thats going to hold alot of leaves. How are you going to unload it?

S3Scooter
10-10-2007, 09:13 AM
It does look good, But I'm really intrested in the unloading process too!

S3

S3Scooter
10-10-2007, 09:35 AM
Here is my set up this year. Just a couple mods from last year. Trial and error you might say.:laughing:

Supper Grassy
10-10-2007, 05:47 PM
nice trailer boxes

deere615
10-10-2007, 08:09 PM
Spent a few precious hours on this setup but it was well worth it....

That is a very nice looking setup, that thing can hold alot of leaves!

PlatinumLandCon
10-10-2007, 08:25 PM
tsmiff1, nice setup but I'm also curious of the unload process.....

I can't wait to do leaves next fall

tsmiff1
10-10-2007, 10:39 PM
Thanks guys!
I knew someone would ask that question. Well actually it's quite simple and two guys can hop out the truck and be back rolling in less than five minutes.
I didn't get any pics last year but I will this fall. Try to follow me here and I'll explain the simple set up. I have a railroad tie cut to the exact width of the inside of the trailer with maybe an inch to spare on both sides. I have two chains, one looped around each end of the railroad tie, the lay stretched across the length of the trailer floor and hooked together at the end of the rear of the trailer. (picture the chains forming a v-shape). Mounted to the back of the railroad tie is a 6' tall chain link gate. The chain link gate is there to keep any debris that might come over the top of the railroad tie (this wasn't needed when dragging off the trailer with only 4' sides but I had a problem with spillage over the top when we went to the 8' tall box) To keep the chain link gate from just simply laying back when the railroad tie is pulled I used two smaller chains coming from the top ends of the gate down to the bigger floor chains. They are connected about 6' from the railroad tie.

So that's the inside setup...now here's the procedure.

1) open the swinging back gate and locate the floor chains (which will be right at the edge of the trailer were they were laid for easy retrieval under the debris)

2) take another chain or tow strap and hook it to the two chains that are clasped together in the v-shape (so picture a Y-shape now)

3) hook the other end of the tow strap to any fixed object (ie tree, truck, etc) and pull away! At the city compost we just hook to the front end loader and he backs up and pulls everything off.

4) Unhook the tow strap and unhook the two floor chains from each other. Free the two floor chains by pulling them out to the side of the pile.

5) Grab the chain link gate...which is attached to the railroad tie...which has the two chains looped around each end, and pull everything back into the trailer. Set the floor chains back into the v-shape, close the door and we're off!!

Any questions??:)

corey4671
10-10-2007, 10:56 PM
Thanks guys!
I knew someone would ask that question. Well actually it's quite simple and two guys can hop out the truck and be back rolling in less than five minutes.
I didn't get any pics last year but I will this fall. Try to follow me here and I'll explain the simple set up. I have a railroad tie cut to the exact width of the inside of the trailer with maybe an inch to spare on both sides. I have two chains, one looped around each end of the railroad tie, the lay stretched across the length of the trailer floor and hooked together at the end of the rear of the trailer. (picture the chains forming a v-shape). Mounted to the back of the railroad tie is a 6' tall chain link gate. The chain link gate is there to keep any debris that might come over the top of the railroad tie (this wasn't needed when dragging off the trailer with only 4' sides but I had a problem with spillage over the top when we went to the 8' tall box) To keep the chain link gate from just simply laying back when the railroad tie is pulled I used two smaller chains coming from the top ends of the gate down to the bigger floor chains. They are connected about 6' from the railroad tie.

So that's the inside setup...now here's the procedure.

1) open the swinging back gate and locate the floor chains (which will be right at the edge of the trailer were they were laid for easy retrieval under the debris)

2) take another chain or tow strap and hook it to the two chains that are clasped together in the v-shape (so picture a Y-shape now)

3) hook the other end of the tow strap to any fixed object (ie tree, truck, etc) and pull away! At the city compost we just hook to the front end loader and he backs up and pulls everything off.

4) Unhook the tow strap and unhook the two floor chains from each other. Free the two floor chains by pulling them out to the side of the pile.

5) Grab the chain link gate...which is attached to the railroad tie...which has the two chains looped around each end, and pull everything back into the trailer. Set the floor chains back into the v-shape, close the door and we're off!!

Any questions??:)

AWESOME!!!

PlatinumLandCon
10-10-2007, 11:00 PM
agree with above. pure genius

verant
10-10-2007, 11:33 PM
did ya think of that yourself, that's clever man

Runner
10-11-2007, 12:07 AM
Geez, that is so cool. WHAT a nice setup! One neat thing about that also, is that with two boards, for the first half of the trailer (entire bottom length or so), you cold just use a couple of ramps and back the cyclone up in there and just dump it - save a step! Pretty neat setup!

S3Scooter
10-11-2007, 08:40 AM
WOW!!!:drinkup: :drinkup: So crack open an ice cold Bud Light Mr. Leaf trailer creator type person. I can here it now...... "Real Men of Genious!"

I was trying to figure something like that out before I did the dump trailer thing. Hats off.

S3

J&R Landscaping
10-11-2007, 09:38 AM
I purchased this truck from Truck Smart in Fairless Hills PA. Their wwebiste is trucksmartsales.com They do great work great guys to deal with.. If your interested pm me. If you call tell em Will from Lakevew Landscapes sent ya, george is who i dealt with. I actually never went there, they drove it up here, I test drove it they drove it back and about 5 days later I made a decision and had them drive it back here and deliver it to my home where we did the paperwork and that was that. Great place, and I'm already working with them on another truck.

I have been there several times looking but can't seem to find just the right truck. Royal truck and equipment is another good place up there off route 309 in Coppersburg PA.

RedMax Man
10-11-2007, 09:42 AM
That trailer is a moster but aleast you can get more jobs done without emptying so often.

AbsoluteH&L
10-11-2007, 10:21 AM
WOW!!!:drinkup: :drinkup: So crack open an ice cold Bud Light Mr. Leaf trailer creator type person. I can here it now...... "Real Men of Genius!"

I was trying to figure something like that out before I did the dump trailer thing. Hats off.

S3
I have to agree that is quite resourceful. You gotta do what you gotta do if you don't have a dump. I may steal a simplified version for my truck bed (non dump):cry:

naturalimage
10-11-2007, 01:35 PM
40 hp vac

with dump trailer

tsmiff1
10-11-2007, 03:14 PM
did ya think of that yourself, that's clever man

Well lets just say when a man spends a few hours pitching forking he will go home and think to himself "there's got to be a better way".

I first started off with just one chain looped around the center of the cross tie. I was literally jumping up and down watching it work until the pile was nearly halfway off and suddenly stopped moving. The railroad tie had pivoted in the middle and came out straight the rest of the way instead of cross ways. So, it was back to the drawing board...thats when I thought of putting two chains on, one on each each end, and using the v-shape technique. Walah! It was a clean sweep! I stuck to this method for three years with my standard 4' sides.

But there was still a problem...we couldn't keep up with all the leaf jobs and I decided "bigger would be better". Our city compost is only open on Tues and Thurs from 8 to 3 (very narrow window indeed) and that meant I needed more space in order to make it with out shutting down. So, I found the 20hp billy goat and enclosed 16' of the 18' trailer with 8'x4' plywood. On the first load we had a problem. Due to the additional 4' in height and the friction of the walls, nearly half of the load just spilled over the top as the railroad tie was pulled out. At this point it was trial and error until coming up with the chain link gate idea. The first time with the gate it just laid back and the same thing happened. That's when I came up with running the two small lightweight chains from the top up the gate to about 6' out and connecting to the floor chains.

This setup has saved me from running two trucks and trailers. Our production is actually faster now than when we were using the two trailers. The billy goat adds another step to the leaf reduction (after gator blades, deck impeller, and cyclone impeller) and packs it in good and tight. The leaves look almost like dirt by the time it hits the box. Here's some pictures of what we were doing the fall of '05 before my pride and joy was created. :laugh:

Oh yeah...thanks to those that referred to my idea as "genius". That made my day!

P.S. The green trailer is actually the trailer we used for the leaf box setup...just with a fresh coat of hand brushed black paint from Lowes. Not bad, huh?

tsmiff1
10-11-2007, 03:19 PM
Geez, that is so cool. WHAT a nice setup! One neat thing about that also, is that with two boards, for the first half of the trailer (entire bottom length or so), you cold just use a couple of ramps and back the cyclone up in there and just dump it - save a step! Pretty neat setup!


DAMN!! Why did't I think of that?! LOL. You are absolutely right. Thanks for the tip. I have ramps in the gargage that I knew would come in handy one day.

Guzman Properties
10-11-2007, 03:32 PM
Really nice set up guys!!! Good luck with all of them. I would like to see some pics of the inside of the trailer empty with the railroad tie and chains.

Thanks for the great ideas!!!

deere615
10-11-2007, 05:00 PM
Well lets just say when a man spends a few hours pitching forking he will go home and think to himself "there's got to be a better way".

I first started off with just one chain looped around the center of the cross tie. I was literally jumping up and down watching it work until the pile was nearly halfway off and suddenly stopped moving. The railroad tie had pivoted in the middle and came out straight the rest of the way instead of cross ways. So, it was back to the drawing board...thats when I thought of putting two chains on, one on each each end, and using the v-shape technique. Walah! It was a clean sweep! I stuck to this method for three years with my standard 4' sides.

But there was still a problem...we couldn't keep up with all the leaf jobs and I decided "bigger would be better". Our city compost is only open on Tues and Thurs from 8 to 3 (very narrow window indeed) and that meant I needed more space in order to make it with out shutting down. So, I found the 20hp billy goat and enclosed 16' of the 18' trailer with 8'x4' plywood. On the first load we had a problem. Due to the additional 4' in height and the friction of the walls, nearly half of the load just spilled over the top as the railroad tie was pulled out. At this point it was trial and error until coming up with the chain link gate idea. The first time with the gate it just laid back and the same thing happened. That's when I came up with running the two small lightweight chains from the top up the gate to about 6' out and connecting to the floor chains.

This setup has saved me from running two trucks and trailers. Our production is actually faster now than when we were using the two trailers. The billy goat adds another step to the leaf reduction (after gator blades, deck impeller, and cyclone impeller) and packs it in good and tight. The leaves look almost like dirt by the time it hits the box. Here's some pictures of what we were doing the fall of '05 before my pride and joy was created. :laugh:

Oh yeah...thanks to those that referred to my idea as "genius". That made my day!

P.S. The green trailer is actually the trailer we used for the leaf box setup...just with a fresh coat of hand brushed black paint from Lowes. Not bad, huh?

Very nice setup. Thats alot of leaves!

Supper Grassy
10-11-2007, 06:04 PM
Well lets just say when a man spends a few hours pitching forking he will go home and think to himself "there's got to be a better way".

I first started off with just one chain looped around the center of the cross tie. I was literally jumping up and down watching it work until the pile was nearly halfway off and suddenly stopped moving. The railroad tie had pivoted in the middle and came out straight the rest of the way instead of cross ways. So, it was back to the drawing board...thats when I thought of putting two chains on, one on each each end, and using the v-shape technique. Walah! It was a clean sweep! I stuck to this method for three years with my standard 4' sides.

But there was still a problem...we couldn't keep up with all the leaf jobs and I decided "bigger would be better". Our city compost is only open on Tues and Thurs from 8 to 3 (very narrow window indeed) and that meant I needed more space in order to make it with out shutting down. So, I found the 20hp billy goat and enclosed 16' of the 18' trailer with 8'x4' plywood. On the first load we had a problem. Due to the additional 4' in height and the friction of the walls, nearly half of the load just spilled over the top as the railroad tie was pulled out. At this point it was trial and error until coming up with the chain link gate idea. The first time with the gate it just laid back and the same thing happened. That's when I came up with running the two small lightweight chains from the top up the gate to about 6' out and connecting to the floor chains.

This setup has saved me from running two trucks and trailers. Our production is actually faster now than when we were using the two trailers. The billy goat adds another step to the leaf reduction (after gator blades, deck impeller, and cyclone impeller) and packs it in good and tight. The leaves look almost like dirt by the time it hits the box. Here's some pictures of what we were doing the fall of '05 before my pride and joy was created. :laugh:

Oh yeah...thanks to those that referred to my idea as "genius". That made my day!

P.S. The green trailer is actually the trailer we used for the leaf box setup...just with a fresh coat of hand brushed black paint from Lowes. Not bad, huh?

sweet idea. can we get some pics when the trailer is empty?

tsmiff1
10-11-2007, 09:54 PM
sweet idea. can we get some pics when the trailer is empty?

I willl get some pics of the inside the first chance I get.

whoopassonthebluegrass
10-11-2007, 10:21 PM
Actually, not really. But I thought it'd be funny.

G.M.Landscaping
10-28-2007, 06:48 PM
Simple setup that works for now. I can still pull my trailer with this setup, since I made a double hitch setup.
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deere615
10-28-2007, 08:37 PM
Nice setup, pretty neat sides on the bed.

PLOWMAN45
10-29-2007, 01:03 PM
anybody in ct ie fairfield county want a leaf job pm me

jimmyburg
10-29-2007, 01:21 PM
nice set up.

GLS
10-29-2007, 03:25 PM
Here is our new setup for this year...

More pictures at the end of this thread: http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=59396&page=24

MysticLandscape
11-01-2007, 03:39 PM
New truck with the box on it. Will get action pictures and post once clean-ups are done.

LawnBoy89
11-01-2007, 03:51 PM
Hey GLS, I've never used a vac setup yet just wondering after sucking up that pile of leaves that you have posted how much room will you have left...if any?

GLS
11-01-2007, 04:58 PM
That pile barely made a dent in the trailer. To give you some perspective, it did not even fill up the metal sides of the trailer.

RedMax Man
11-02-2007, 09:14 PM
Tim (MysticLandscape) Your truck is freakin sweet. I need some of those tir6's.

Here's Mine. I still have some finishing things to do on it but it use-able. 10' high and this thing can hold a ton of leaves. We did a massive cleanup today and it wasn't even filled to the mesh side openings.

THEGOLDPRO
11-03-2007, 11:07 AM
looking good guys!!

deere615
11-03-2007, 08:28 PM
New truck with the box on it. Will get action pictures and post once clean-ups are done.

Wow that new box looks great on it.

SKAPES
11-10-2007, 09:13 PM
How About A Pictures With The Trailer Hooked-up!!

rogdogg
01-02-2008, 10:11 AM
Got the used trac-vac leaf vac this year. Anybody know a good place or way to replace the 8" exhaust hose,it's breking up inside which causes some occasional clogging. Would the plastic hose like on the intake work up there. Thanks.-Still working out a few kinks with my set up. I set up a mesh tarp roof,so that at the end of the day, I could roll it up and have a somewhat regular truck to drive around. It leaks a little, but works pretty well.

MysticLandscape
01-02-2008, 11:39 AM
Since this was bumped back to the top ill throw a few up here..

MysticLandscape
01-02-2008, 11:52 AM
A few more pics, One from the summer.

RedMax Man
01-02-2008, 01:03 PM
Great pics. I like the one with the 4 guys on the front steps of a house and the 2 guys on Walkers. I miss those leaves. LOL J/K

rogdogg
01-02-2008, 04:40 PM
Lookin great! I'm hopin my question in my post doesn't get lost. Anyone have any good/thrifty ideas for a good exhaust hose (8")replacement for a trac vac 11hp truck vac thats dying? Thanks!

rogdogg
01-02-2008, 05:34 PM
The exhaust hose is dying/breaking up inside,not the engine,haha.

deere615
01-02-2008, 08:07 PM
Great pics, that blue ford pickup is a nice looking truck

MysticLandscape
01-03-2008, 08:55 AM
Great pics, that blue ford pickup is a nice looking truck

Thats my baby, nobody touchs her anymore.

ch973934
01-03-2008, 06:51 PM
Hey Mystic, gotta question...what's with portable's? no offense...nice set-up too, been meaning to say that...

Those Fords are sick! :weightlifter:

Good luck, and keep up the good work!

CH

RedMax Man
01-03-2008, 10:05 PM
Hey Mystic, gotta question...what's with portable's? no offense...nice set-up too, been meaning to say that...

Those Fords are sick! :weightlifter:

Good luck, and keep up the good work!

CH


LOL i asked him about that too. Do they work well? I find we are always trying to communicate by waving our hands and pointing when we have ear protection on, mowers running, blowers and loader going full throttle. Like total caos.
Its a good idea except those properties don't seem that big where you can't see eachother. Does every guy have one?

Tough guys drive Fords:weightlifter::cool2:

mkwl
01-03-2008, 10:11 PM
LOL i asked him about that too. Do they work well? I find we are always trying to communicate by waving our hands and pointing when we have ear protection on, mowers running, blowers and loader going full throttle. Like total caos.
Its a good idea except those properties don't seem that big where you can't see eachother. Does every guy have one?

Tough guys drive Fords:weightlifter::cool2:

Yeah maybe, but Real Men drive GMC's!:cool2::weightlifter::usflag:

MysticLandscape
01-04-2008, 11:59 AM
We use them to talk truck to truck person to person. An our guys come in the same car as a few other guys from a different company. So at the end of the day we just get them on the radios to figure out what time to meet everyone back at the yard. Comes in handy for plowing.. We have a repeater on the highest point in the city and everything. We just rent space.

PORTER 05
01-04-2008, 12:26 PM
how many walkers do you own???

i was just at Dons a few days ago, looking into buying a 08 Exmark lazer Z 52"--and a bunch of echo 2-cycle crap-

i drove alitte further down the rd toward lynnfield i think it is and i saw youre dump parked on the left there at a house...

you going to the Mascon and Ne grows shows in jan , and feb -ive been the last 2 winters, there nice.

LET IT SNOW!

MysticLandscape
01-05-2008, 10:21 AM
how many walkers do you own???

i was just at Dons a few days ago, looking into buying a 08 Exmark lazer Z 52"--and a bunch of echo 2-cycle crap-

i drove alitte further down the rd toward lynnfield i think it is and i saw youre dump parked on the left there at a house...

you going to the Mascon and Ne grows shows in jan , and feb -ive been the last 2 winters, there nice.

LET IT SNOW!

I got one walker, the other is my buddies. Yup thats my truck and my house, If you went a little further my trailer like four houses down on the right.

Dstosh
01-05-2008, 12:33 PM
Couple Pictures. Didnt get to get all the leaves on the big tree cleaned up due to snow.

LawnMowerKing10
01-05-2008, 02:47 PM
dstosh how do you like your lesco ztr?

MysticLandscape
01-05-2008, 05:53 PM
dstosh how do you like your lesco ztr?

Kinda looks like a bobcat to me..

Signature Landscaping1
01-05-2008, 09:15 PM
Thats a lesco, dstosh i love the 97'

Dstosh
01-05-2008, 10:13 PM
It is a lesco. I like it I've never run another z to compare it to. I will probably buy another. On a scale of 1-10 I'd give it a 8. Reasonably priced blades are hard to find. Very Few with a 3/4" center hole. Thanks for all the Comments.


Actually its a '96 I have two '96 Psd's One is a dump. The dodge is my brother's we used it when we needed it in the fall.

RedMax Man
01-05-2008, 11:29 PM
We use them to talk truck to truck person to person. An our guys come in the same car as a few other guys from a different company. So at the end of the day we just get them on the radios to figure out what time to meet everyone back at the yard. Comes in handy for plowing.. We have a repeater on the highest point in the city and everything. We just rent space.

Thats sweet. We're so old school up here trying to get connected by cell phones. I need to get the locals here connected like that so we're more productive.





Dstosh -Very nice leaf trailer setup.

teamgreendude
08-31-2008, 06:03 PM
i thought you only had one walker

PlatinumLandCon
08-31-2008, 06:19 PM
Get ready gents, fall is just around the corner.


P.S. Grease up the plows, they'll be active soon enough too

DBL
08-31-2008, 09:23 PM
Get ready gents, fall is just around the corner.


P.S. Grease up the plows, they'll be active soon enough too

aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Riley Lawn Service
09-01-2008, 12:19 AM
wat year is that grounds master oh and by the way nice truck i have a blue dodge as well but mines a 2002.

KS_Grasscutter
09-01-2008, 12:27 AM
Wow, can't believe cleanups are right around the corner already. Hope to have a bigger Walker by then... maybe a highdump?

dutchman
09-01-2008, 08:31 AM
If I will put the leaf loader on the front of my truck than I need a long pipe about 8 feet to the box. What kind of pipe is best and will they clog up fast.

kevinpmoody
09-01-2008, 09:12 AM
we use a breahtable tarp from delta tent and awning

dutchman
09-01-2008, 09:22 AM
Do you have pictures of your set up,so I can get a idea for my truck.

STIHL GUY
09-02-2008, 10:09 PM
im excited for leaves and i just bought a new bagger for the 48"". i dont really want the mowing season to end tho

DBL
09-02-2008, 10:38 PM
im excited for leaves and i just bought a new bagger for the 48"". i dont really want the mowing season to end tho

that excitement will last about 1 job

mag360
09-03-2008, 01:11 AM
that excitement will last about 1 job

Got that right.
Leaf season brings out the worst in equipment. If it can break, it will.
Good luck this season to all the northeast guys---we'll need it.

zim bob the landscaper
09-03-2008, 06:24 PM
i cant wait for leaf cleanups! first year for us with a ztr. my brother is going to fab. up a leaf plow and we are making a leaf box for our
international S1900 dump now all i need to realy do is buy a new leaf loader if anyone has one please PM me thanks and good luck to everyone this fall