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adforester
11-15-2011, 04:46 PM
This is my first season doing leaf cleanup with a vacuum. Its looking like rain tomorrow so wasnt sure how many of you do big leaf cleanups in the rain? I've raked before in the rain, but never blow and suck. Anyone?

nightshutter
11-15-2011, 07:04 PM
wet leaves = waste of time. Better when dry

DEPENDABLE LANDSCAPING
11-15-2011, 07:38 PM
Better off when dry. You can do it but may be a headache. Depending on your vac.
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mbigred
11-15-2011, 07:50 PM
wait for a DRY day they will pick up better!!!! === better job:)

ed2hess
11-15-2011, 08:22 PM
Wet leaves mulch real easy, no dust no blow out.

2stroked
11-15-2011, 08:37 PM
Well, there is no dust, but if you're bagging it will clog a lot and if your mulching it will tear the yard up. You better have a powerful blower to.

mag360
11-15-2011, 09:06 PM
Wet better than windy

32vld
11-16-2011, 12:19 PM
This is my first season doing leaf cleanup with a vacuum. Its looking like rain tomorrow so wasnt sure how many of you do big leaf cleanups in the rain? I've raked before in the rain, but never blow and suck. Anyone?

I don't have a vac yet but if I did I would not work in the rain but I would give it a try once the rain stops.

Thing is to go slow to prevent plug/jam ups.

For me being I work solo or with a retired friend I could afford to get 4 hr work done in 8 hr. Someone running a big truck and crew could wind up losing money.

But my incentive is that instead of being a day behind, my schedule would only be a half day behind. And, the thing is at the end of leaf season total money is based on the number of jobs done.

Sitting home hurts the bottom line.

Glenn Lawn Care
11-16-2011, 03:35 PM
I won't even bother trying! Wet leaves will just clog your machine and it will be a hassle. Dry leaves will be better.

Darryl G
11-16-2011, 06:00 PM
I will use the blowers when it's wet/raining but not the mower/bagger.

I was out today in light rain blowing leaves to the woods and it was fine until it really started to come down. I did manage to get the lawn I was on done though. I specifically picked that lawn to work on today knowing it would be wet...it's not very big and is surrounded by woods so I didn't have to blow far. It helps to have powerfull blowers or you won't get anywhere. It actually seemed to go quicker than usual because controling the leaves was no problem.

supercuts
11-16-2011, 06:16 PM
The bigger the blower or vac, the less the rain matters

Ijustwantausername
11-16-2011, 06:38 PM
Ahh, I hate wet leaves.

digsahole
11-16-2011, 07:03 PM
I find that silver maples leaves are the easyist to move and vac when wet but norway maple and red oak :cry:

KeystoneLawn&Landscaping
11-16-2011, 08:59 PM
Wet better than windy

I agree. However, wet is much harder. Can't blow as far which means more dragging. Weigh a lot more. As for loading, my HTR1600 loads just fine when wet. Can get almost twice as many in the truck, the wet leaves smash down. At least you can get lawns done though. When the wind is blowing much more than 10mph I won't do anything much larger than a postage stamp.

Darryl G
11-16-2011, 09:12 PM
I agree. However, wet is much harder. Can't blow as far which means more dragging. Weigh a lot more. As for loading, my HTR1600 loads just fine when wet. Can get almost twice as many in the truck, the wet leaves smash down. At least you can get lawns done though. When the wind is blowing much more than 10mph I won't do anything much larger than a postage stamp.

Hmmm...I do my larger lawns when it's windy but they are mostly "blow to woods" jobs where you can use the wind to your advantage, unless it keeps chaning directions of course. I find doing the small lawns difficult when it's windy...keeping the leaves confined in a small area and escaping next door, across the road, etc.

But wet leaves will definitely wear you out, get you dirty and plain make you look and feel like you busted your tail all day.

KeystoneLawn&Landscaping
11-16-2011, 09:37 PM
I don't get to do any of the blow to woods jobs. In postage stamp yards, you don't have much to go back over after the wind swirls your leaves around. :dizzy: Ya, I did forget to mention the coal mine look of doing wet leaves.

Darryl G
11-16-2011, 10:18 PM
I've got the "blow to woods" thing down pretty well. I generally don't make any piles. I just winrow the leaves toward the edge of the woods and stuff them back behind the brush and knock down any berms so you don't even see them. I try to get them in places where they won't blow back onto the lawn. The fact is that there are leaves all over the place in the woods anyway and some are going to make it back onto the lawn, but that's just how it is with heavily wooded properties.

93Chevy
11-16-2011, 10:50 PM
Wet leaves mulch real easy, no dust no blow out.

Wet better than windy

The bigger the blower or vac, the less the rain matters

Yes yes yes

SDLandscapes VT
11-17-2011, 01:17 AM
leaf plow....great equalizer for the wet leaves. allow more time for sucking into truck

Kelly's Landscaping
11-17-2011, 10:28 AM
I agree. However, wet is much harder. Can't blow as far which means more dragging. Weigh a lot more. As for loading, my HTR1600 loads just fine when wet. Can get almost twice as many in the truck, the wet leaves smash down. At least you can get lawns done though. When the wind is blowing much more than 10mph I won't do anything much larger than a postage stamp.

God I wish I could afford to be that selective but those days are very rare here. Winds that are 0-5 mph are as good as it gets and I tend to get perhaps 5 of them in a fall season and just to spite me one its almost always Thanks Giving. Now 5-10 mph winds are still decent but also quite rare fewer then 8 of them per fall season. Then comes 10-20 mph days that's our norm we get 2 solid weeks of them. Now over 20 mph is insanely difficult but doable on the right lawns. Over 30 mph and we get 5 or so of those days every fall and those are total write offs.

Kelly's Landscaping
11-17-2011, 10:34 AM
The real issue with the wet leaves is you can seriously over load your truck. Also the vac hole location becomes an issue my swing away loads about 10 inches in from the passenger side in the back. Which is no problem at all when the leaves are dry I get pretty equal disbursement. But when they are really wet and heavy they all tend to land on that side against the front wall and the box can sag to that one side as much as a foot. Which means we have to be very careful how much goes in and take far more frequent trips to the dump also when it gets really heavy like 5 tons worth iv had the truck refuse to lift and you then get the pleasure of taking a ton or so of leaves out by hand to lighten the load.

lawnprosteveo
11-17-2011, 12:05 PM
When the wind is blowing much more than 10mph I won't do anything much larger than a postage stamp.If I waited until the wind was 10mph or less, I would work about 2 days per month. I'm happy when its under 20mph!