View Full Version : Best way to do leaf removal

10-06-2010, 12:35 PM
I understand that the absolulte best way to do a leaf removal is with a walker and a Billy Goat Leaf vac with an F 350 leaf box. BUT ive just started looking into leaf removal. i currently have a Husqvarna 150BT that serves me well and is pretty strong. My main question is would one of those 3-in-1 mulcher/chipper/shredder things work for small jobs and stuff? I would love to have a billy goat walk behind leaf vac but in no way can afford one. I want to advertise leaf cleanup this year but was wondering if a leaf vac like that would work.

10-06-2010, 12:42 PM
A lot of people including myself use gator type blades to mulch the hell out of leaves by going over them multiple times. Then using a side bagger or powered bagger go back and pick up what hasnt disappeared into the grass.

4 seasons lawn&land
10-06-2010, 12:45 PM
Billy goat walk behind vac? Arent those 30" wide? That would not be fast. Fastest way is bag em with your mower. Either through a regular bager or pony motor collection system of some sort

10-06-2010, 12:46 PM
I have been looking at the Troy built Chipper, Shredder Vacs as well. Maybe someone can give us a run down on them.

This one isnt exactly cheap, but seems to be much less than the upper line of the Billy Goats. It looks like the John Deere line up is exactly like the Billy Goat line up. Maybe Billy Goat builds them for JD??

I wish this one had the hose with it for tight places.


10-06-2010, 05:13 PM
Buy a Echo BP 770

10-06-2010, 06:08 PM
Can't go wrong with a tarp and back pack blower.

10-06-2010, 06:35 PM
back pack blower into long windrow, then drive the truck to it and suck em up with the leaf vac. If there is a gate in the back yard, tarp and drag it as close to the gate as possible and run the loader hose through the gate and suck off the tarp. That's how I do it for really big end of fall jobs.

For the pre-fall jobs with all my current customers I go over every 2-3 weeks with the walkbehind and highlift blades with the grass catcher and just pick them up. That way they don't need to pay me a ridiculous amount of money at the end of the year.

10-07-2010, 12:10 PM
I need a bagger for my Toro 36"

10-07-2010, 01:20 PM
baggers are cheap, go to mowtownusa.com and get one I got mine from there, or check on ebay.

11-04-2010, 10:26 PM
i discovered this method 2 days ago. blow the beds and away from the house, then mulch the leaves, then lower the deck accordingly and bag them,you'll make 100.00 an hour.

Puddle of Oil
11-05-2010, 01:58 AM
Can't go wrong with a tarp and back pack blower.

yes you can! that's starting to be a big pain in the butt for me. switching to a trailer vac next year.

11-07-2010, 04:16 PM
2 guys....2 backpack blowers......2 rakes.....1 tarp=$$$$$$$$

04-16-2011, 12:55 AM
Got a snow Blower? And no this isnt me.