What is the size of the intake?
I know you probably couldnt do this with your setup but I've found sometimes holding the intake hose over the pile and moving back and forth sucks them up faster than raking. Just my own observation. Nice straight pile and one guy in the truck moving forward while the other works the vac. Unfortunately I'm jumping in and out of the truck. Inefficient.
I hate watching my town use their Tarco leaf vacuums. Obviously municipal and expensive, but they could probably suck up that pile in a minute or less.
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