Another Leaf Box Question

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mtdman, Oct 27, 2003.

  1. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,137

    Yep, I'm too lazy to do the search. How high is everyone's boxes, on average? I'm putting mine on the trailer, and having problems with this stupid extra tall lw loader. I might have to make the box 9ft tall, from the ground. I don't want to do that. Is that too tall?

    My other option is to wheel the thing off the trailer (I put it on wheels) and have it on the ground, which would reach the top on my box as it is now. That's about 6ft high. I'd much rather do that, but then I've got to roll the thing on and off the trailer all the time.

    I can't believe how tall this stupid chute is on this thing.

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  2. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 4,771

    From the ground to the top of the box is 10'6". The box alone is 6' tall. I have to be real careful doing leaf cleanups in one particular housing community.....it has a small bridge with an awning of 9ft.
     
  3. TRex

    TRex LawnSite Senior Member
    from DFW ,TX
    Posts: 487

    I would think taller would be better for more volume. If you are worried about the wind resistance try cutting the additional footage at 45* angle, so that it helps it roll over the box. Or you could use some galvinized sheetmetal and cut a quarter circle on the side peices and roll it over to be more like a enclosed trailer.
     
  4. wriken

    wriken LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,154

    used 4x8' wolmanized plywood. so its probably around 6'tall and alittle over 8' long

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  5. Tvov

    Tvov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Posts: 1,157

    Find out the height of the lowest bridge in your area, and make it at least 6" lower (just to be on the safe side). Our box is somewhere around 9'6" from the ground. We've never had any problem with wind resistance ('87 F-350HD dually).

    If your chute is high, can't you just cut it down a bit?
     
  6. LB Landscaping

    LB Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 1,309

    I did the same thing as wriken except in my dump body truck. About 6 1/2 feet high.
     
  7. LawnCrafters

    LawnCrafters LawnSite Member
    Posts: 133

    Ours is about 6.5' inside height and about 9.5'-10' from the ground. No clearance problems and it's nice to be able to stand up inside without having to duck, if needed. It's on a F450 dump.
     
  8. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Posts: 4,739

    4' high off of the bed, good height just clears some awnings. W/o box got 12mpg average, now about 8 average with box :( box is 2' higher than top of cab.
     
  9. Boycea

    Boycea LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 451

    My leaf box from the ground to the top measures 10' 7", and holds roughly 16 yards. I am no longer able to go through the bank drive through or Dunkin Donuts in the morning. I also have to watch out on streets with low branches. It hasn't been too much of a problem though yet.

    Adam
     
  10. Team Gopher

    Team Gopher LawnSite Platinum Member
    from -
    Posts: 4,041

    Here is a nice setup I found. Click image for link.

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