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lawn
01-19-2008, 03:06 PM
I am looking to buy one this season, any recommendations?

Thanks

CLARK LAWN
01-19-2008, 03:21 PM
get one with the highest horse power you can find/afford. thats the biggest issue people by little underpowered loaders than overwork them and they dont last as long as the should.

brownsallseasonlandscape
01-19-2008, 06:51 PM
I have a little wonder 27hp leaf loader its is the biggest baddest money can buy. It can drag two full grown men with a plug hose. Oh yea that almost never happens, only wet wet leaves like in a rain storm.:weightlifter:

nathaniellawnwv
01-19-2008, 06:51 PM
My dad works for the city and they have one with a 6 cylinder 300 Ford and another with a 4 cylinder Perkins diesel.

Now those are some REAL leaf loaders - governor broke on the Ford and it started sucking up street bricks!:eek:

(These suckers are obviously too big for any pickup.)

lawn
01-20-2008, 12:10 PM
What about the giant vac? is it good?

srl28
01-20-2008, 12:27 PM
ODB makes, in my opinion the best leaf loaders I have ever seen pr used. The Little wonder is a close second with the talon impeller. I have the odb and wow its great! 27hp liquid cooled Kawisaki, 16 inch intake and 12 exhaust i think. Mounted on its own little trailer. Great machine!

kps2389
01-20-2008, 01:28 PM
I run a 11 hp Giant Vac. It works great. I have it mounted on the front of my dump trailer. It has enough power for dry leaves but the wet leaves will give it a bit of a workout. I would go with atleast a 16 hp.

Landrus2
01-20-2008, 01:31 PM
We are happy with our giant vac 30hp Wisconsin works pretty good:drinkup:

lawn
01-23-2008, 06:09 PM
Thank you so much for your help!
Today I bought a Giant Vac 30 HP Wisconsin.
I hope that will do the job. I decided to go with the 30 HP b/c the 20 HP required more maintenance, so after doing the math ( cost of parts, labor, time and hassle) I decided to go with the big one.

Greybeard
01-23-2008, 07:15 PM
We've got an old Giant Vac with the 30 HP Wisconsin. It's a leaf-munching monster! Make sure your shoe laces are tied and your terriers are locked up. We run a mesh tarp on the top of a 14' dump body, as you need to let all that air escape once the leaves get into the truck.

J&R Landscaping
01-23-2008, 08:08 PM
What type of truck are you going to be using it with? How big are the properties you service?

lawn
01-23-2008, 09:26 PM
I will be using a 2007 Ford LCF L55 12" dump.
I have residential customers.

MowJo
01-23-2008, 10:40 PM
I've got a Giant Vac unit with a 65 hp Wisconsin. It was a municipal unit that I picked up at auction for around $500 bucks, had it sandblasted, painted, reconditioned the engine and got a new 18" intake hose from ODB... love it!! We pull it with a 14' F700.
Auctions can be tricky... but if its a solid industrial grade piece (like a leaf loader) you can save a ton of money, which is super important especially when you consider how short leaf season is.

Kickin Your Grass
01-29-2008, 08:05 PM
I run a 11 hp Giant Vac. It works great. I have it mounted on the front of my dump trailer. It has enough power for dry leaves but the wet leaves will give it a bit of a workout. I would go with atleast a 16 hp.

Can you post some pics of this setup please?