View Full Version : Leaf loader questions...

10-29-2003, 11:11 PM
I don't know anything about leaf loaders but think I'd like to pick a used one up. I was thinking along the lines of a 5 - 8hp unit. I'm not looking to do a lot of major clean ups. Is a 5hp okay? Is there any to stay away from? Will I need to have an enclosed box on the back of my truck or would just sides be okay?

10-29-2003, 11:16 PM
A 5-8hp would be too small and sides would be okay if your box is going to be 40ft long, otherwise it's probably going to blow right back out. Do a search, there has been many threads and pictures in the last two weeks.

Heron Cove PM
10-30-2003, 12:06 AM
8 hp is "NOT" to small... I have an 8 hp TracVac that I us and it does just fine.:rolleyes:

10-30-2003, 09:05 AM
get at least a 11hp loader. I have the billy goat 11hp.. It works well but the next size up is a lot better. A another fellow that I know has the bigger billy goat and its intake is a much bigger and doesnt bog down. Especailly on wet stuff....
Yes you need an inclosed box to blow into , or it goes everywhere......
I use the ultravac on my z and with my loader it makes leaf cleanup very easy....
hope this helps...

10-30-2003, 10:55 AM
Does anyone even make a 5 or 8hp loader. Smallest I've ever seen was the 11hp.

LB Landscaping
10-30-2003, 11:38 AM
Billy goat did, not sure if they still do. I have an 11 HP also, she works good but I am going to retire her next year and go with the 16 HP. Bigger is better!!!!!

10-30-2003, 11:40 AM
www.trac-vac.com makes a 8hp model. I use a 5hp vac from a lawn mower bagger as a truck loader and with a 6" pipe it works fine. No clogs, has enough engine power for the fan but next year I want a 11 or 16hp with bigger fan and hose. 5hp Works for me though. Yes you need an enclosed box.

10-30-2003, 09:28 PM
get at least a 11hp like this one

10-30-2003, 11:14 PM
I have found as I go though this business that if I have choices for a size of a piece of equipment, it is better to always go up a size if possible.