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Old 11-26-2006, 11:14 PM
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i know someone with a vac and they said that it picked them not sure what brand and model he had tho

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Old 01-07-2007, 04:11 PM
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Blow em, rake em and put through the chipper.
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Old 01-18-2007, 11:13 PM
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I have a 9hp lawn vac but it doesn't do a very good job picking them up unless you lower it as low as it will go then you have the problem of it pushing them around instead of sucking them up. I does great on small to medium residential lawns for leaves but thats about it. I would suggest using blower like everyone else said thats what we use then tarps and rakes.
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Old 01-19-2007, 12:30 PM
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Blow them into a pile and use a shovel to get up the pile.
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Old 02-10-2007, 10:19 AM
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I use a little wounder walk behind vaccum or my DR walk behind vaccum they don't have a chance they get mulched up in to dust!
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Old 02-17-2007, 09:54 PM
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I use an MB power brush for the open areas and a Shindaiwa rubber paddle brush for around the trees and small areas. Windrow them and put in a rubbish barrell, into the truck.
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Old 03-01-2007, 08:42 AM
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Leave Em

In Iowa the deer,Jays,Squirrels eat them like candy. put the job off a week and they will be mostly gone. But then again mo money.
But thats just me
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Old 03-04-2007, 04:33 PM
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Powerbroom will make short work of them!
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Old 03-05-2007, 01:39 PM
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My new Stihl br-600 backpack gets these, my older br-550 and br-420 do not (at least not reasonably).
Same with gumballs, pinecones, and other such annoyances.
It still takes a little longer than it should, but it's not that bad, not bad at all.

For many years I put up with those things best I could, just have to tell the customer that they do decompose, it's really not that big of a deal (it really isn't), but they are annoying lol.

You could, if you have a handheld like the bg-55, use a 420/550 with your right and the handheld with your left hand, that helps.

The br-600 really is amazing, for $500 it is the most powerful backpack on the market (or dang close to it), pushing out 700 cfm's at 200mph, it is around 40 percent more powerful than the 550 (and I mean to tell you, I am impressed, I really can feel the difference).

So much better in fact, I'm selling the 420 and likely next year, buying another and selling the 550.

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Old 03-19-2007, 11:21 PM
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I got a job, two small apartment complexes because the last guy didn't get the acorns good enough.

It's worth doing a good job. Also got jobs because other guys did bad jobs on the fall clean-up. I love fall clean up. It's the last chance to make some money. We do a really good job on residentials and they LOVE it and talk talk talk all winter about us.

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