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caseysmowing
09-14-2012, 12:39 PM
Thinking about getting one for a ZTR to push volume to the leaf loader or curb. Would a 52in stander have enough power to push leafs without hurting it??? I already searched this topic and didn't find much.

kawakx125
09-14-2012, 01:06 PM
leaves don't weigh much at all, i guess it'd depend on how much the plow weighed? Jrco makes quite a few attachments for the front of standers so i would guess it'd be ok

TriCountyLawn
09-14-2012, 01:25 PM
Yeah id say it would be okay as well. FWIW while I have used a leaf plow, a mower will act like a leaf plow by itself.

weis1
09-14-2012, 03:28 PM
I have a jrco leaf plow and use it all fall. Works great on my zturn and would work great on a stand on. Just like plowing snow

bln
09-14-2012, 09:01 PM
I have 1, never been used and I am kinda out of the business paid 525, will take 400. Call me at @48--982-5263
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wilsonsground
09-14-2012, 10:41 PM
buddy of mine had the jrco plow on a 52 stander with 19hp motor...worked just fine. if theyre wet and heavy the tires will spin...but its more than plenty to more volume of leaves.

orangemower
09-15-2012, 09:51 AM
Yeah id say it would be okay as well. FWIW while I have used a leaf plow, a mower will act like a leaf plow by itself.

I have a place that it turns into a foot deep of leaves. I just start plowing them. They do billow up onto your lap after a ways. After having two fires at the muffler from leaves burning, I try to limit how deep I go. It's more from backing up then anything but still, when you smell smoke and turn around to see flames, you kinda jump. LOL

caseysmowing
09-15-2012, 11:45 AM
I have 1, never been used and I am kinda out of the business paid 525, will take 400. Call me at @48--982-5263
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If you are the guy from up north ny or nj that has it in the equipment I was interested but you won't ship.
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caseysmowing
09-15-2012, 11:46 AM
buddy of mine had the jrco plow on a 52 stander with 19hp motor...worked just fine. if theyre wet and heavy the tires will spin...but its more than plenty to more volume of leaves.

That is what I have wright stander eh 19 hp that's good to know it will work.
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caseysmowing
09-15-2012, 11:47 AM
I have a place that it turns into a foot deep of leaves. I just start plowing them. They do billow up onto your lap after a ways. After having two fires at the muffler from leaves burning, I try to limit how deep I go. It's more from backing up then anything but still, when you smell smoke and turn around to see flames, you kinda jump. LOL

Never thought of that!!
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LandFakers
09-15-2012, 01:25 PM
There is a guy around here that uses plows on his two grandstands. So im guessing it works, dont see why not

bln
09-15-2012, 07:08 PM
hey casey, call me. I am not the guy in equipment section.
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Watkins
09-23-2012, 01:40 AM
3 mowers with leaf plows managed to move about 8 cu yards of leaves from a back yard in a matter of minutes last year.
In 2009 it took me over an hour to move all the leaves with tarps on the same property.

BFuller
09-23-2012, 07:41 AM
Wow! In my 20+ years doing landscaping I've never thought of plowing the leaves! I consider myself quite innovative but feel a little short-sighted on this one!

I've got a large strata property where I'll be bombarded with leaves in the fall, both from front end pavement areas to back area turf. I'm going to use my 2 bobcats with broom attachments to push into piles and then load into bins. When the bins are full they'll go to my property for leave mulching.

I like the plow idea, though, for the turf. I'm assuming the plow attachment's tines wouldn't agree with paved areas. Any thoughts on that?

wilsonsground
09-23-2012, 09:21 AM
Wow! In my 20+ years doing landscaping I've never thought of plowing the leaves! I consider myself quite innovative but feel a little short-sighted on this one!

I've got a large strata property where I'll be bombarded with leaves in the fall, both from front end pavement areas to back area turf. I'm going to use my 2 bobcats with broom attachments to push into piles and then load into bins. When the bins are full they'll go to my property for leave mulching.

I like the plow idea, though, for the turf. I'm assuming the plow attachment's tines wouldn't agree with paved areas. Any thoughts on that?

They have adjustable wheel heights just like you're jrco dethatchers, they are fine across pavement
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Kelly's Landscaping
09-24-2012, 12:11 AM
I own 2 been using them for the 10 years iv been in business and about 5 years before that. They are not used nor needed on every lawn some days when were doing fall clean ups they are not needed at all. But when they are needed these things can do an hours work in 5 mins. We mount ours to the lazers they have 27hps the one weakness of the design has always been the mounting hardware. Iv had to make much stronger straps they will bend when you push heavy loads and lets face it that's the reason you want them. I always have a heavy rope tied to the top rail of the plow and I am holding the other end of it in a free hand while I steer the mower with the other hand this keeps it from buckling. When you have a pile or wall of leaves over a foot they become very useful. More so when the wall of leaves hits a yard in height then you will start having 8-10 yards of leaves per push and that can weigh in 500-1000 pounds. Always nice to do a 20 min 3 man tarp job in 2 or 3 45 second pushes.

Iv done a few monster clean ups with 4-5 guys on ground blowers and back packs where I sat on the mower plowing leaves for an entire hour. And when the plowing was done id have a pile behind the vac truck 6 feet tall 12 feet wide and 200 feet long the entire length of the property. Not bad for an hours work hope that info helps.

JLSLLC
09-24-2012, 02:14 AM
This is an awesome thread!!! Ive been doing leaves for about 3 or so seasons now. Ive done them all the usual ways, blowers, rakes, tarps, cans, etc.. Im very curious about a leaf plow:drinkup: I have an older walk behind and im going to try to make one for it. I searched for homemade leaf plow didnt see a lot. Anybody have pics of leaf plows?? Homemade ones and purchased? I can see where a plow would really come in handy:clapping:

caseysmowing
09-24-2012, 06:55 AM
Thanks for the info Kelly!! I have a account that takes two guys around 80 hours to complete it's about 5 acres of woods with curbside pick up. I have not done this property but I got it with the business I bought. He used bp blowers, 13hp billygoat blower, 16hp trac vac leaf loader and another trac vac on a ztr. I think with 6in deep leafs everywhere a plow would come in handy to get the bulk to the road or leaf loader. Was it a Jrco leaf plow that you were referring too??

sven1277
09-24-2012, 01:53 PM
Very useful for moving leaves to curb for the vac. We use one. I do beef up the mounting frame and add diagonal braces for additional support. We push a lot of leaves with it. When the leaves are wet, they will tend to stack together in the pile. We will have an extra guy on the vac crew using a steel rake to break up the pile.

SECTLANDSCAPING
09-24-2012, 06:41 PM
The width of the deck would have nothing to do with it being able to push leaves. Now the engine and hydro pumps would.

SDLandscapes VT
09-24-2012, 10:44 PM
We have had one for the last 3 seasons and it is a game changer--we use 3 to 4 guys on backpack blowers and then one on the plow mounted to a TTHP--you can move mountains of leaves

I would go with the JRCO rather than making one for yourself--considering the time and materials you would have in it--just make it easy

SDLandscapes VT
09-24-2012, 10:52 PM
We have had one for the last 3 seasons and it is a game changer--we use 3 to 4 guys on backpack blowers and then one on the plow mounted to a TTHP--you can move mountains of leaves

I would go with the JRCO rather than making one for yourself--considering the time and materials you would have in it--just make it easy

Bighead38
09-24-2012, 11:25 PM
We use a home made plow. Made it out of wood and has ratchet strap that drops over the front wheels of the walk behind bobcat. Been using it for years and it works great.

caseysmowing
10-17-2012, 08:05 AM
Since we are a little closer to the season I'll give this a bump to the top. Still havn't made up my mine on one yet just because of the money for something so simple. Dealer wanted 642 out the door with the mount bar. Found one on the net for 565 to my door with the bar. Anyone find any better prices for the jrco 480 plow??

caseysmowing
10-19-2012, 08:24 AM
Well I bit the bullet and went ahead and got one off the net for 548. So now I'm up to a little over a 1000 into leaf equipment this week. I have leaf jobs lined up for about 5500 total so I hope I made a good investment.

bobbycat02
01-30-2013, 08:24 PM
Leaf plow awesome to move large volume of leaves only thing when you get to the leaf loader there all balled up and have to spread them out a little in order to suck them up. But worth the money especially if your by yourself or just want to move faster:usflag:

Southern Elegance
02-11-2013, 08:29 PM
they work great, hadmine on toro grandstands

BckYrdLmbrJk
02-14-2013, 12:17 AM
Go to home depot and get a rubbermaid barrel. Cut it in half. Get some bolts, nuts, and washers. mount it to the front of your ZTR. Leaf plow, $20 and you'll have a backup.

It doesn't need to go all the way to the ground, set it to whatever your deck height is for mowing, you're gonna need to clean up with a blower afterwards but this is a GREAT way to cut down fall cleanup time on larger properties.

Armsden&Son
02-14-2013, 10:47 PM
That's a great idea there BckYrdLmbrJk, if I could be sold bold as to suggest?..... Why not buy a couple of those barrels and make it a lilttle wider? Prob wouldn't work so good with wet but you could do some damage with that puppy! How about using a 4-5 ft. diameter piece of PVC or something similar? Great ingenuity here guys.... We have to remember..... these ARE tractors that we are running here, let's put them to work! The more versatile your machine, the more money it is making.....

BckYrdLmbrJk
02-15-2013, 10:08 AM
Thanks man^. Two barrels would work, hell why not! I got the idea from tryin to chop up too many leaves at once and instead of them getting sucked under the deck, it would just push them. I said, "hey this kind of works better than sucking them up" I tried it for a little while and it worked great but I didn't wanna be putting all that force on my deck obviously so went to home depot and rigged it up. Didn't know they made leaf plows, but I figured my chevy with the blade on it in 4x4 would f*** up their lawn...not to mention mess up my stripes:laugh:

I feel ya, gotta work yer tractors. That's what they're for. And hell, when you play in dirt all day, you gotta be creative