Anyone using the Cyclone Rake for Leaf clean-ups?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by merrimacmill, Mar 11, 2008.

  1. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill LawnSite Senior Member
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    I saw a sponsor of this site, Cyclone rake, and I was just wondering if anyones using these for spring/fall clean ups. They seem to be a great idea, but they seem geared more toward the home owner rather than the commercial user.

    I have a little JD L110 that I could use specifically for that. I was thinking that I could go around with the hose attachment and get the leaves out of the beds, fence area, and areas where the mower won't fit. Then mow the grass with it. Which would suck up and mulch all the leaves. Then back the machine into my 14ft landscape trailer (with plywood sides) and dump the debris on a tarp in the trailer for easy removal.

    Heres the link to their site. http://www.cyclonerake.tv/


    I'm just wondering everyones opinions on these. I imagine it would be pretty useful if it could hold up to commercial use..
     
  2. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
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    I have one and I love it...best way I have ever done leaf removal...best advice I have is too NOT get the largest ....get the commander pro...alot easier to get around with and easier on the mower also....plus you still have the 6.5 engine. I had several people tell me this but I was hard headed and got the commercial pro....it works fine but is kinda large behind the mower. Ive used mine for 2 years and love it....at the time they didnt make the XL.
    I bought the hoses to suck leaves from beds but I prefer to rake or blow them...I think its faster plus if they are mulched the CR will suck the mulch from the beds too. But if you have window wells to be cleaned or an outside stair well going to a basement then the hose system is perfect.
    The worse thing I can say about it is the alum frame...it is strong but I have bumped mine against trees and it has some battle scars....but overall thats all I can say bad about it and that isnt bad...you have to be careful is all

    wayne
     
  3. Smith Lawn & Landscaping

    Smith Lawn & Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ive done so much research on them cause i saw the ad for them on lawn site too. I think im gona try one this year for fall cleanups aswell w/ all the attachments and see how its goes. I was gona get the XL cause they said it was made for commercial use but now since grass cuttin fool mentioned it makes more sense to get the smaller one. I was just worried that the smaller motor wouldn't hold up as well. We shall see this fall.
     
  4. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
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    that lil briggs has plenty of motor for the job....keep a clean filter and the oil changed and it should last a long time. I have a 48 inch deck and the commercial pro is 54 inches wide...that is where part of the problem is....the mower will fit but not the CR. Where as the commander pro is 48'' and should fit where the mower does easy.
    I know everyone says to get the most HP you can on any mower.....6.5 is a plenty...Ive never had any need for more...it will handle as many as the deck can pass.

    wayne
     
  5. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill LawnSite Senior Member
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    You have to buy that adapter for the side discharge for like 80 dollars I think it is correct?

    Doesn't make sense that the connector for the mowing deck is an "accessory" for the rake..
     
  6. Smith Lawn & Landscaping

    Smith Lawn & Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    I was wondering the same thing, until i read that it has more vacuum and less friction therefore more power than the factory mower adapter on our mowers!!
     
  7. corey4671

    corey4671 LawnSite Silver Member
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    wayne, weren't you the guy who had pics posted using the CR to load onto a dump trailer? That would have been my reason to get the XL with that 9hp motor, to have plenty of UMPH to blow the leaves into a box.
    Someone asked about the boot. It is my understanding the boot they sell won't fit my Everride chute, not by a long shot. What I did for my Agri Fab vac was to call Trac Vac and have them make me a boot. Works great.
    Also, this is just my experience....I first blow all the leaves I can out into the yard. Run over them with the mower to mulch them. If the leaves are too heavy to just mulch into the turf THEN go back with the vac and pick them up. I am seriously considering an accelerator catcher to use this way. Less space on the trailer and less cost.....:confused:
     
  8. Jay Ray

    Jay Ray LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have an older small one and like it. I've mainly used it where it can be dumped on site in the woods. The frame will articulate a good bit up and down with the play in the pins, but I'm not sure there is enough play in it to back it up and down a trailer ramp. Maybe someone has tried it.

    Great idea to just dump it in the trailer on a tarp.
     
  9. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ya, it seems to me that theres no "perfect way" of doing fall clean-ups. I mean you can use a leaf loader, but then you need a way to get everything to the truck. And this thing seems like a good idea. I don't have a dump trailer so thats why I think on the tarp would be good. I don't imagine that it could weigh so much that 2 guys couldn't pull it out.
     
  10. Jay Ray

    Jay Ray LawnSite Fanatic
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    The CR along with the mower blades cuts them up pretty good, and packs them good in the canvas bag, and you can get 1000 lbs. of leaves faster than you think.

    I would maybe sand the floor and sides of the trailer a little, pull the slivers out of the floor, and wax it even if just to spray it with Thompson's water seal, something to make it more slippery. Then put a good cinch knot on the tarp and winch it out or maybe pull it out with the rider.

    At my age no way am I going to hump it out with brute force.

    The more I think about your idea the more I like it.
     

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