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Old 10-28-2012, 10:47 PM
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Interesting technique..... sounds like they'd be better off taking that Billy Goat vac to the actual jobs! Crews could curbside the leaves, running to multiple properties, and the vac could just keep rolling.
They run like 30 crews. they would need the whole herd of billy goats lol
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Old 10-28-2012, 10:49 PM
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Thanks for the info PE.

At least I have two different options to look at for the next impeller I get. Just be a matter of dimensions between the Billy Goat and the Little Wonder to which one will work.

I started offering curb-side pick-up for our small town so people would have an option over burning their leaves. Needless to say the truck fills up fast when all your doing is picking them up. I filled the truck in about an hour, and had to get in the box a couple of times to compact them down.





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Old 10-30-2012, 06:04 PM
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Nick, how long is your intake hose?
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Old 10-30-2012, 09:57 PM
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Nick, how long is your intake hose?
8 foot I believe. Not too bad of a length over-all. The intake being pointed to the curb also gives me the most use out of the length of the hose.

Having the loader on the trailer tongue also seems to keep the hose flatter to the intake so-to-speak so I don't get any clogs to speak of.

I've been doing pick-ups in Danvers for anyone who needs it. Generally, if they have a long pile in front of their house, I only have to move the truck once.

The only pit-fall with my set-up is the intake being pointed to the curb. I have to make sure that I'm pointing the right direction when pulling up to a house. But, legally I need to be pointing the right direction anyway.

The biggest advantage to the loader being on the tongue is it keeps it away from the box and leaf debris, so the odds of leaves catching fire on the exhaust is minimized.


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Old 10-31-2012, 10:09 AM
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perf, you and white have the right idea-not too big, not too small. I wish I still had pics of the setup I ran for awhile-a 4cyl. diesel tow behind, municipal size-and an old (76) GMC long bed dump.(my wife said I looked like a 14yr. old kid driving that thing down the road!) That baby would wolf leaves all day long, but man was it awkward. Sold it to an outfit in Lexington. I contract my leaf pickup now with a local guy-I just get 'em to the curb.
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Old 10-31-2012, 08:24 PM
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I will say PE got a great box going on.

Just the ability to remove it makes the truck more versatile. Right now I'm in a pinch where I need to haul some materials but will have to wait another week or so in order to remove the box.

Luckily the leaves fell early this year and most of my cleanups are done.

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Old 11-18-2012, 04:23 PM
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Still deep into clean-ups and loving it.... really glad we got the new vac and the box made this year!! Jobs have gone really smooth. Here are some leaf pics. (yeah, I know. Really exciting...)
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How many of the places pictured can you get through before dumping?
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Old 11-18-2012, 05:44 PM
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I'd say we can do about 4 to 5 of those leafy yards before having to dump. That huge white house in the pics.... that's a 1.54 acre property and we filled the box twice and then a half load. It was a TON of leaves and I was happy with how they packed in.

I might have the screened sections in the top of the box fabbed up to be removable on the job next year- so we can hop in and jump the leaves down a bit. On that job, I actually drove around for 10 minutes so the leaves would compress a bit and we could fit more in.
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Old 11-18-2012, 06:04 PM
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I'd say we can do about 4 to 5 of those leafy yards before having to dump. That huge white house in the pics.... that's a 1.54 acre property and we filled the box twice and then a half load. It was a TON of leaves and I was happy with how they packed in.

I might have the screened sections in the top of the box fabbed up to be removable on the job next year- so we can hop in and jump the leaves down a bit. On that job, I actually drove around for 10 minutes so the leaves would compress a bit and we could fit more in.
How hard would it be to put a trap door up top so y'all can hop in?
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