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Old 11-13-2009, 08:41 PM
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Converting My leaf blower into a leaf loader

I have a Leco Green Monster leaf blower. Its 11.5 horse. I took the cage off the front and want to mount an intake hose. Right now i feed the leaves into the impeller with a pitch fork. I have an 8 inch flex tube fitted to the bottom where the air comes out. That is fed to my leaf box on my truck. I cant figure out a way to make a face plate for tubing for the front? any ideas?
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Old 11-14-2009, 01:14 PM
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I was looking at doing the same thing. Some companies used to make parts to do that. I suspect the reason they don't now is it would cannibilize loader sales.
You could always go to a fab shop and have it made. By the way, how do you have the exhaust hose attached to the blower? Got any pics?
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Old 11-14-2009, 01:55 PM
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I'm pretty good at innovation and making things do what they're not supposed to but I'm not touching this one. Unless you have a impeller that's designed for very high impacts then you stand what is probably an excellant chance of shattering or breaking part of the impeller and possible death. Most blower impellers are made of a cast material whether it's aluminum or otherwise. Impellers designed for high impacts are usually made from very thick hardened steel.
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Old 11-14-2009, 02:17 PM
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I wonder what a rock would do if it went through there? Shrapnel anybody?
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Old 11-14-2009, 05:51 PM
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I'm pretty good at innovation and making things do what they're not supposed to but I'm not touching this one. Unless you have a impeller that's designed for very high impacts then you stand what is probably an excellant chance of shattering or breaking part of the impeller and possible death. Most blower impellers are made of a cast material whether it's aluminum or otherwise. Impellers designed for high impacts are usually made from very thick hardened steel.
My first thought as well...........
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Old 11-14-2009, 05:55 PM
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I understand the need but this not a very good solution...
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Old 11-14-2009, 06:00 PM
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How difficult would it be to change the impeller out with a thicker/safer one?
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Old 11-14-2009, 06:18 PM
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I concur with some of the others..sounds like a bad idea to me.
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Old 11-14-2009, 07:01 PM
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Little wonder used to make a kit for their push blowers but they stopped it for reasons expressed by Richard martin.
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Old 11-14-2009, 08:15 PM
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I have a Leco Green Monster leaf blower. Its 11.5 horse. I took the cage off the front and want to mount an intake hose. Right now i feed the leaves into the impeller with a pitch fork. I have an 8 inch flex tube fitted to the bottom where the air comes out. That is fed to my leaf box on my truck. I cant figure out a way to make a face plate for tubing for the front? any ideas?
Kudos for trying to make a crappy job easier on yourself but the blower (like others have said) is probably not engineered for sucking debris...you may end up killing the blower and then you're facing a repair or replacement bill...I know it's a big investment but once you use a loader you'll wonder why you lived without one for so long...good luck!
(I know my 16 hp Lesco loader has sucked in some nasty stuff like sticks, stones, acorns and other unidentified flying objects) (If you look at a well used loader the impeller housing is gonna have some nasty dents in the steel)
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