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Old 12-13-2012, 09:48 PM
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Any Solo Operators use a Leaf Loader?

If so, I would really like to know how. I am really struggling taking so many loads of leaves in tarps- they are heavy! But leaf loaders are quite heavy and I can not mount and dismount it by myself. Id like to hear what you all do if you care to share.
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:43 PM
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I used one solo, put it on the trailer, and tow it with the dump truck so that way you only need to take a tube from the leaf loaded to the dump truck off, and obviously drop the trailer. or have something welded up so it will mount into the plow mounts on the front of the dump truck and that way you leave it on until leaves are done and you just pull a pipe off the put that on trailer before you start driving. tarps are pretty out dated, and tough to load leaves.
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:30 AM
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I think I'm going to get one...haven't figured out quite how I'm going to run though...ideally it's nice to have the box, loader or even a dump trailer on one truck and mowers on another....but I have to do it all in one rig....
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:55 AM
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I have mine with me all the time along with a ZTR,walkbehind blower and BP blowers. Its on a little cart with wheels and I roll it off the trailer and put it in the hitch and go on. When I have to dump I can't fit the cart underneath it anymore so I just pull it out go dump and try to have the back of the truck pointed down hill if possible. Think real hard about how much tarping leaves sucks and tilt it back and lift like hell!!! I'm not saying it is easy or I get it on the first try every time but it's possible. The loader is a 16hp trac vac. The ideal way is to have it mounted where you don't have to take it off and can still pull a trailer. When I get a bigger truck that is what I'm going to do. Also I'm a small guy 5,8 150lbs.
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:50 PM
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thanks everyone for the responses.

casey, so you have your leaf loader mounted onto a cart? and you can move it around the property? what kind of cart? I am guessing it is not sufficent to tow behind your truck, but it fits inside your trailer? I am not sure what you mean about lift like hell, but i am guessing you mean lifting the 225+ LB leaf loader?
Thanks alot i appreciate it

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I have mine with me all the time along with a ZTR,walkbehind blower and BP blowers. Its on a little cart with wheels and I roll it off the trailer and put it in the hitch and go on. When I have to dump I can't fit the cart underneath it anymore so I just pull it out go dump and try to have the back of the truck pointed down hill if possible. Think real hard about how much tarping leaves sucks and tilt it back and lift like hell!!! I'm not saying it is easy or I get it on the first try every time but it's possible. The loader is a 16hp trac vac. The ideal way is to have it mounted where you don't have to take it off and can still pull a trailer. When I get a bigger truck that is what I'm going to do. Also I'm a small guy 5,8 150lbs.
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Old 12-14-2012, 11:10 AM
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im solo 80% of the time (have my dad help me every now and then) thats what we did we bought a dump insert built a box(2x4s and plywood, metal screening for top). We mounted the loader on the front of my trailer 2x4s across the top rails(i put wood sides added) and we overbuilt the mounting and the box (first year with loader). This was the BEST and MOST EFFICIENT way of doing it. THen if i had a smaller job i just took my z or wb and vacuum up what i couldnt get after i had blown a major toward the truck in a pile.
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Old 12-14-2012, 01:22 PM
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i just started offering leaf clean up this year, and the way ive been doing it is bagging the crap out of it with my ztr power bagger, riding the load over to the truck with the tarp laid out in the bed, and dumping the load into the tarp.

no need for a leaf loader. i mean unless you have a god-ton of clean ups lined up. just my opinion.
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Old 12-14-2012, 01:35 PM
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How do you dump with this setup?? Do you unhook the trailer or leave it??
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Old 12-14-2012, 01:50 PM
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i leave it on there. at the dump site, i dont have a container to put them in, so i just pull the tarp out and dump it on the ground beside the trailer. i try my best not to dump a lot right behind the truck, but sometimes i mess up and do, but its not a big deal because i just run over the pile with the trailer.

and to keep the leaves from blowing out while im on my way to the dump site, i use two ratchet straps. i pull both sides of the tarp over the leaves, and strap it cross ways across the top of the tarp. this trick i learned from a guy on this site.
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Old 12-14-2012, 01:57 PM
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I'm sorry, I was refering to the guy that has his vac on the trailer. Must of hit the wrong button. BTW farther North you go you will have massive amounts of leaves.
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Vride 48in 24hp
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Trac vac loaders and bagger
Billygoat 1302sp blower
Stihl handhelds/322l & 580BTs husky
2003 GMC C4500 14ft dump
1998 Chevy 1500 Z71 with 8ft EZ dumper
2003 GMC W3500 18ft box cabover
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