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Old 12-13-2006, 11:33 AM
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Leaf Vacume Earns its Keep so says Newsday Writer.

Thought you leaf junkies might enjoy this.

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Title: Leaf Vac Earns Keep
Issue: LOL - December 05, 2006

Leaf Vac Earns Keep

DRís walk-behind leaf and debris vac is worth its approximately $1,200 price tag, a Newsday reviewer concluded in November.

New York Newsday writer Gary Dymski recently spent time with a DR leaf vacuum in search of relief from suburban heavy-autumn leaf fall. This past season, he wrote in November, he tested the suction of a walk-behind from Vermont- based DR Power Equipment.

This DR self-propelled unit runs about $1,200, but he says itís worth it. Armed with a 6-horsepower engine and a steel impeller blade that spins at 3,250 rpm, the DR walk-behind has a suction force of 123 mph. Leaves, acorns, nuts, pine cones and pine needles, twigs and virtually anything on the lawn is whooshed into a dust-reducing nylon bag.

The debris is mulched at a 4-to-1 ratio, so the bag holds about 30 gallons or 80 pounds before requiring emptying. The mulch was fine enough to use for weed cover behind our 125-foot-long retaining wall on the back of our half-acre lot. The only real drawback Ė and this Iím told goes for all types of smaller yard vacs Ė is emptying. Itís difficult to empty the unitís large collector bag into the paper bags most towns and villages distribute for curbside pickup. But DR power equipment has a solution Ė a disposable nylon liner bag that substitutes for paper and plastic. A 12-pack of disposable bags is $19.95.

Looks like a lawnmower.
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