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recycledsole
11-22-2012, 08:23 PM
Hey guys,
i realised this year loading leaves is quite hard.
what i want to do is have a tow behind debris loader. it would need to be 36" wide at most to fit through gate.
could i buy a trailer this small and mount the loader on it with a professionals help?
thanks

Darryl G
11-22-2012, 08:27 PM
Not quite understanding. You want a debris loader to be able to get through gates on customer's properties? Or it has to be that narrow for your personal storage needs or what? Or are you wanting something like a Cyclone Rake? Is this to load your truck or to collect debris directly off of lawns?

recycledsole
11-22-2012, 09:02 PM
Not quite understanding. You want a debris loader to be able to get through gates on customer's properties? Or it has to be that narrow for your personal storage needs or what? Or are you wanting something like a Cyclone Rake? Is this to load your truck or to collect debris directly off of lawns?

sorry for the lack of clarity
this is to get the leaves onto the truck
and this has to be 36" to get through my gate for storage
thank you

Darryl G
11-22-2012, 09:10 PM
You can buy a tow-behind leaf loader that will fit in your gate. I know the Billy Goat ones are only 32 inches wide. The smallest they make is a 25HP model though. Other ones may meet your requirements too.

recycledsole
11-22-2012, 10:01 PM
do you know the trailer model?

Darryl G
11-23-2012, 04:26 AM
Here's a link. DL25 and DL35 are their tow behind units. http://www.billygoat.com/Product-Categories/Detail/dl25-35-series-professional-contractor-munici

recycledsole
11-23-2012, 06:37 AM
thanks sir. i looked at those and will go with a smaller unit. that is why i need to buy them seperately. i think 16 or 18 would be good for me. plus not looking to spend over $5000 for it. I dont think the little trailer could cost more than $500

CTmower
11-23-2012, 08:28 AM
Get the 18hp Billy goat if your deciding between the 2 smaller models. I'm a solo op and the 18hp is perfect for me. Its fast with 1/4 acre lots and still works great for my 3 acre jobs. Once you get a solid technique and get a feel for what the machine can take it will begin to help your production big time.
You can either mount the machine on the front of you truck which I do, get a swing away hitch for the back of the truck, or mount it on the front of your trailer. Last option is to use your rear hitch but the obviously means you can't pull your trailer at the same time which won't work for a lot of people.
I built a wooden box on wheels so when I need to take the loader off I just wheel the box underneath, pull the pin on the hitch, and pull the loader off onto the box. Takes a little practice but it sure beats always needing a helper to unload it.

Chris Feenan
11-23-2012, 08:36 AM
I am looking at a similar purchase.A tiny trailer is a specialty item - the manufacturers don't produce a lot of them, so you may be surprised to see a high price for them. I am wondering if the JRCO blower buggy attachment would work for me.

Your mowers must be 36" wide max if they fit thru your gate, right ? They make blower buggys for mowers that narrow. And the debris loaders are narrow enough to fit on the blower buggy. You wouldn't have to mount the debris loader at all, just quick attach it to your mower when you need it and push it out to your trailer.

Here is the link (http://jrcoinc.com/product.asp?id=5)for the blower buggy. A video link here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sph1cNdCRUw)shows that it handles a blower at full speed, and the blower vibration must be similar to that of the debris loader.

JRCO's mower fit list is here (http://jrcoinc.com/content/fitlist.pdf) I would mount a debris loader to a 36" metro or similar.

recycledsole
11-23-2012, 07:39 PM
the swing away mount costs approx $900 for the leaf loader. this would make the price minimum $2000 for a used leaf loader and a new swing away mount.
CTmower- how do you get your leaf loader ON the truck? This is a complex scenario for a 100% solo op.

chris. it would fit my exmark metro wb, but its quite expensive for just a cart. i could probably build one for less than $100. if i had a trailer that was less than 36" wide i could just pull that into my gate.

Darryl G
11-23-2012, 07:59 PM
A lot of people do put the leaf loader on the tonuge of the trailer. I had mine on the gate of my dump trailer but I have a front-end loader on my tractor which made it pretty easy to get on/off.

Keep in mind that any trailer you make fabricate is going to have to be street legal...lights, fenders etc...at least that's how it is where I am. And registering a "home-made" trailer can be a bit of a process. I have seen swing-away hitches with a tow hitch on them too. I only used my leaf loader one season...I prefer to just grind up the leaves and bag them with my mower. If I had a dump truck instead of a dump trailer I might have more use for it.

Chris Feenan
11-23-2012, 09:10 PM
The problem that I would have with a trailer for a loader is that I can't have my 14' trailer full of useful stuff. If you are loading into a leaf box on your truck, you are going to have trouble finding room for blowers, hand tools, etc when the leaf box is full at the end of the day.

And I've looked - it seems like it will be hard to find a road worthy trailer that is 36'' wide total. After wheels and fenders, that axle is less than 2 ft wide. Wanna build one ?

If you build a JRCO type blower buggy, you can run it up on your landscape trailer. Then you have your mower on the job site, and any other things that you want on a Fall cleanup too - walk behind blower, Billy Goat Leaf vac, etc. You can easily disconnect the JRCO blower buggy at the job site, leave it at the truck to do it's thing, and have the mower to bag up stragglers, etc.

This JRCO blower buggy (http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=389840&highlight=jrco) sold here for $175 or less, very recently.

bobbycat02
01-30-2013, 05:37 PM
We have our billy goat leaf loader 18 hp on an 6x12 open trailer and box on our dump insert on a chev 2500 with a mesh tarp for good air flow to pack it in and use large tarps, put a much as you can drag or hook the tarp to your mower and pull through the gate the tarp will compress to fit it through then dump it out by your loader.I did that way when i was solo for years work smart not hard.:usflag:

mlavin73
02-28-2013, 05:09 PM
I'm pretty much a solo operator (I have a helper maybe a day or two a week). What I did was bought a Billygoat truck loader and fabricated a base to mount it on the tongue of a dump trailer. I like having it on the tongue so I never have to take it off / put it on. Plus it stays level when dumping. Best money I ever spent. I don't have any pictures with me but I think I have some in my equipment thread. My only challenge is, I have to swap trailers between cleaning up and vacuuming. My route is pretty tight so it's not much of an issue. I basically pile up leaves at a couple of houses then run home, grab the other trailer and vacuum them up.

gene gls
02-28-2013, 08:09 PM
sorry for the lack of clarity
this is to get the leaves onto the truck
and this has to be 36" to get through my gate for storage
thank you

I made a dolly type frame for my 16 hp with 2 pivoting wheels and 2 non pivoting wheels. I rolled it on and off the trailer. I loaded my truck from the front. Worked real slick.

recycledsole
03-02-2013, 10:27 PM
I'm pretty much a solo operator (I have a helper maybe a day or two a week). What I did was bought a Billygoat truck loader and fabricated a base to mount it on the tongue of a dump trailer. I like having it on the tongue so I never have to take it off / put it on. Plus it stays level when dumping. Best money I ever spent. I don't have any pictures with me but I think I have some in my equipment thread. My only challenge is, I have to swap trailers between cleaning up and vacuuming. My route is pretty tight so it's not much of an issue. I basically pile up leaves at a couple of houses then run home, grab the other trailer and vacuum them up.


that sounds great. thanks for sharing