A few more months before its leaf time.

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Ijustwantausername, Aug 13, 2011.

  1. Ijustwantausername

    Ijustwantausername LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have 2 annual contracts that are about $10,000 in revenue which require leaf removal. I will have to get a bagger of some kind this year and didn't know what your thoughts were. I'd like to not break the bank since it'll mainly be used on these 2 properties and baggers are expensive. One is a church, the other is just a house with about 3 acres of leaves.

    Are the Accelerator industries jumbo a good choice or should I get something like a Peco or Power Rake? I have a John Deere 737 23HP 54" Thanks
     
  2. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    I'm going to switch to gator blades and mulch all my leaves.
     
  3. LawnCareNoobie

    LawnCareNoobie LawnSite Senior Member
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    cyclone rake
     
  4. RedSox4Life

    RedSox4Life LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
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    If youre looking to do it on the cheap, my vote would be for either a mulcher kit or a cyclone rake.
     
  5. XLS

    XLS LawnSite Silver Member
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    anyone see the (???? leaf shark???? ) at the GIE it is just a 20 cubic foot leaf bag designed to not muclh then bag but simply take them in a 1st pass and collect them

    (it is not the lawn shark) vac system
     
  6. bare spot

    bare spot LawnSite Bronze Member
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    could remember seeing a picture of something of a big bag attached to the mower somewhere, not sure how it works, last i saw or had heard of it.
     
  7. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Does these Vacuums really hold enough to make it time efficient?

    Doing huge amounts of oak leaves is always a pain, but it seems that you'd have to stop and empty the bag therefore taking more time than just piling them with a blower... The biggest problem with the pile is still getting it loaded, and there is a lot of time spent with that...
     
  8. XLS

    XLS LawnSite Silver Member
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    i reread the OPan i dont know what equipment your working with but I WOULD TRY THIS .get you a few 12x18 tarps then using the blowers and mower push the piles up then using a wide pitch fork at the last bit like a rake ...move them to the tarp then pull in the corners and tie it off forming a bag then load the bags on the trailer.

    if you muclh any first this plan goes to junk. ifyou stay on top of the leaves this works great....if these are 1 time cleanups you will lean fast .

    the fastest system for leaves is blow them thick then push the bulk to a trailer and vac load them.
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  9. LawnCareNoobie

    LawnCareNoobie LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yes, cylone rakes do. The one I have is the XL (biggest at the time) and they hold 44 bushels or 415 gallons.

    http://www.cyclonerake.com/xl.htm

    They have added a newer version, same bag size but bigger hose and bigger engine.

    http://www.cyclonerake.com/z10.htm

    Either way it's worth the investment I think. It's cheaper than getting a bagging system for a zero turn, and it doesn't draw hp from it because of a separate engine. The separate engine (Vanguard which is good) is worth it alone. With that, it allows you to do things like using longer hoses and walk around and suck up leaves out of flower beds etc. Takes about a minute to empty, and then you are back to work.

    I hook mine up to a JD 727A 54" 23hp commercial zero turn and it works great. Two years out of it so far and no complaints. Only downside is that is swings with your mower, so you have to be careful when making turns.
     
  10. Showpropserv

    Showpropserv LawnSite Member
    from mn
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    All I can say is THANK GOD the end is near
     

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