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Raymond S.
10-04-2010, 04:28 PM
Thought some of you may enjoy this. Measures 5' tall off the rails, 6' wide, 8.5' long. Used 1" tubing and galvanized metal. expanded metal 12" wide down the middle on top for vent. I painted it this past weekend and it's getting lettered later this week. We'll see how it works. Sorry in advance for the sideways pics. My Iphone is a pain in the arse.

http://www.lawnsite.com/picture.php?albumid=597&pictureid=3953

http://www.lawnsite.com/picture.php?albumid=597&pictureid=3952

MLAWCARE
10-04-2010, 04:36 PM
Looks really good. Is that a 250 or a 350 and where are you gonna mount the loader.

KE-llc
10-04-2010, 04:45 PM
looks good...put a tarp or plywood against the front of the box to keep rocks from shooting through the metal. looks like you forgot to cut a hole for you vac.

scagrider22
10-04-2010, 06:04 PM
looks good...put a tarp or plywood against the front of the box to keep rocks from shooting through the metal. looks like you forgot to cut a hole for you vac.

If a tarp is going to stop the rocks I think the metal will be just fine without it!

KE-llc
10-04-2010, 06:38 PM
If a tarp is going to stop the rocks I think the metal will be just fine without it!

the tarp would be folded so its 2-4 sheets thick and nailed to the roof about 1-2' before the front of the leaf box by the cab. the tarp would absorb most of the impact of any rocks before it hits the wall. think of it as a crappy kevlar vest

honestly plywood nailed/bolted to the front of the box would be best.

thanks for the smart alack response though Thumbs Up

scagrider22
10-04-2010, 07:20 PM
the tarp would be folded so its 2-4 sheets thick and nailed to the roof about 1-2' before the front of the leaf box by the cab. the tarp would absorb most of the impact of any rocks before it hits the wall. think of it as a crappy kevlar vest

honestly plywood nailed/bolted to the front of the box would be best.

thanks for the smart alack response though Thumbs Up

Your welcome!:waving:

Raymond S.
10-04-2010, 07:22 PM
Truck is a F250 though I run Timbrens front and back. I had 2.5tons of landscaping stone in it Fri. and there was about 1/2 the space between the wheel wells and tires as there is in the pic you see here. I don't make a habit of loading that much but the truck handles 4 yds of mulch no problem. I'm anxious to see what this box weighs loaded w/ packed leaves.

That's good advice on the rock guard. Not sure about the tarp, but I'll definitely put something up front to act as a rock guard. Possibly just another piece of steel on the inside if nothing else.

I haven't cut a hole for the vac yet just in case I had a change of heart where I was mounting the vac. I have a spot framed out 12"x12" at the top of the rear door where it will go, just haven't done it yet.

KE-llc
10-04-2010, 07:40 PM
Are you mounting the vac on your truck or trailer?
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knox gsl
10-04-2010, 07:54 PM
That's a nice leaf box, how much does it weight in addition to the dump insert.

bobcat48
10-04-2010, 07:57 PM
Nice man.kool.that is a noice one.sweet man..good luck to you this fall.

Raymond S.
10-04-2010, 08:07 PM
Vac will be mounted on the trailer. Weight, not exactly sure. We originally loaded it with a guy on each corner but I have an eyebolt on the top now for a hoist or forklift. Didn't move the suspension when we set it down so I'm guessing around 400-500 pounds.
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sweetland
10-05-2010, 03:16 PM
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Raymond S.
10-20-2010, 09:40 PM
Updated pics after paint and lettering

http://www.lawnsite.com/picture.php?albumid=597&pictureid=3976

http://www.lawnsite.com/picture.php?albumid=597&pictureid=3975

http://www.lawnsite.com/picture.php?albumid=597&pictureid=3974

jbell36
10-20-2010, 09:49 PM
damn man that's a nice setup, i like what you have done with it, paint/lettering look good

mtchockey30
10-20-2010, 09:51 PM
Looks great

jbell36
10-20-2010, 09:54 PM
have any better pictures of your leaf loader on the trailer?

bobcat48
10-20-2010, 09:58 PM
looks good.

93Chevy
10-20-2010, 09:59 PM
That's one of the nicest leaf boxes on this site.

I like your truck also, what year is it? Looks like a '95 or '96.

MLAWCARE
10-20-2010, 10:07 PM
that looks really good and great advertising

Raymond S.
10-20-2010, 10:22 PM
Thanks for the compliments guys. I have had quite a few calls while out and about with this. Pretty much at the point where I'm full for cleanups. I have a buddy who does lettering so all my stuff is pretty well lettered up, almost to the point of too much. I give him something to letter (truck, trailer, etc) and just tell him to do whatever, and it comes back full of vinyl.
Anyway, truck is a 96 7.3 diesel w/ 300k. Great truck. I literally beat the hell out of it. I also have a 94 along with this and a new addition just recently still sitting in the drive, a 2011 F350 single cab, yet to be lettered. I'll continue to use the 96 and 94 until it's time to sell or put the new truck into service full time. All three trucks will be used for plowing but I don't need three for lawncare.

Here's a pic of the back of the truck w/ the blower mounted. I elected to use my smaller trailer instead of the larger one used mostly for the mowing. This trailer is nice to pull and get into spots, but I definitely don't have enough room. I can fit my ZTR, a 21 along side and a 52 WB sideways in the back. I'd like to have a 2nd ZTR w/ my leaf plow but right now it's just not working. I wish I had a nice light 16' trailer instead of this 12' but don't really have time to swap it over, maybe next year.
You can't see the mount that great in the pic but you get the idea of how it's mounted.

http://www.lawnsite.com/picture.php?albumid=597&pictureid=3977

knox gsl
10-20-2010, 10:29 PM
I love that setup great job on the box.

STIHL GUY
10-21-2010, 10:26 AM
that lettering looks really nice

eatonpcat
10-21-2010, 01:45 PM
that lettering looks really nice

Ditto... Really looks great!!

JerseyGreen
10-21-2010, 04:11 PM
what kind of hose did you use between the loader and the

Raymond S.
10-21-2010, 07:22 PM
I'm not sure what that hose is to be honest. Best guess would be to call a local farm supply company or a John Deere dealer and see what they use for their grain chutes or combines. The stuff I have is very similar to that. It's smooth on the inside corrugated on the outside.
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J&R Landscaping
10-21-2010, 10:12 PM
Nice truck and set-up!

knox gsl
10-21-2010, 11:14 PM
ADS pipe makes a drain pipe that has a smooth inside wall and corrugated on the outside.

kc2006
10-22-2010, 12:14 AM
That's the same dimensions as mine, just I went with wood cus I'm cheap. She's like a brick in the wind though isn't it! Looks really good and will last you alot of years.

THEGOLDPRO
10-22-2010, 12:37 AM
looks pretty dope

Doug Price
11-26-2010, 09:19 PM
Updated pics after paint and lettering

http://www.lawnsite.com/picture.php?albumid=597&pictureid=3976

http://www.lawnsite.com/picture.php?albumid=597&pictureid=3975

http://www.lawnsite.com/picture.php?albumid=597&pictureid=3974




Thats by far the nicest looking leaf box i have ever seen. good work man.

JayD
11-26-2010, 10:28 PM
Thats by far the nicest looking leaf box i have ever seen. good work man.

X2..........Does those things shred up the leaves as the go through?

How much does it cost to dump a load like that, I know it looks like your dumping in a field this time, but if you were to go to the dumps?

LR3
11-26-2010, 10:38 PM
awesome leaf box and lettering

grass guys
11-28-2010, 01:00 AM
Awesome Leaf Box buddy... Had a few questions for you... If you don't mind me askin how much did it end up costin you materials and labor? And is that a bed insert that you used for the dumping mechanism or is that too something you designed?

Keith Gordon
11-28-2010, 10:05 PM
Come make me one! :)