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Building a Leaf Vac System for Truck

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by andy'slawncare, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. andy'slawncare

    andy'slawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 126

    I have a Peterbilt with a 16' aluminum box that I would like to add a leaf loader too. What kind of horse power would I need for the leaf loader? Also planning on pulling a trailer, so would have to make a swing away hitch. Looking for ideas or anyone that has a nice used unit for sale.

    Thanks.

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  2. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,747

    No help with the leaves but that is a beautiful truck and dump body. Any more pics or have them posted elsewhere?
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  3. djagusch

    djagusch LawnSite Platinum Member
    from MN
    Posts: 4,164

    The best set up I have seen on dump body isn't seen much. Where your side tool box is they mounted the leaf loader underneath the bed and it shot up through the floor. Put it on the pass side, less bend of the hose when picking up, and its out of the way for dumping or trailers.
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  4. andy'slawncare

    andy'slawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 126

    In the past we have just lifted the bags into the back of the truck by hand. I am thinking about getting rid of the blue box on the trailer and mount the leaf vac right there and extend the tube going into the bed of the truck. Would there be enough power to blow the debris threw the extend tube and another 15' to the front of the dump?

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  5. djagusch

    djagusch LawnSite Platinum Member
    from MN
    Posts: 4,164

    its suction you worry about when talking height. The blower will shoot it farther then needed.
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  6. smallstripesnc

    smallstripesnc LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 706

    Just an idea but you could always purchase a tow behind leaf vac and have it shoot into the box from behind the truck.
     
  7. lawnrich

    lawnrich LawnSite Member
    Posts: 112

    Be very careful when buying a used debris loader! I have billy goat that is only a few months old with a bent frame they are putting very heavy engine on a thin piece of steel and hoping it will hold. Then when it fails just deaning the warranty at least in my case. There could be a ton of damaged machines out there that people are getting rid of. I will add pics tomorrow.
     
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  8. andy'slawncare

    andy'slawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 126

    lawnrich- If you could add some pictures of what I should be looking for in a used machine that would be great.
     
  9. lawnrich

    lawnrich LawnSite Member
    Posts: 112

    I would not buy a used Bill Goat. When the metal bent, it pushed the battery into the muffler almost causing a fire and the battery to short out. I will definitely get you some pictures to look at, but I would look into the Giant Vac Value Line Tow Behind. While I was dealing with warranty issues on my Billy Goat, I found this machine.

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  10. Mr. Force® Billy Goat Industries

    Mr. Force® Billy Goat Industries LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 511

    I'm sorry for the trouble you've had with your Billy Goat but to be fair it was used. It may not have been noticed when the unit was reviewed and it may have been exactly why the unit was being sold. We've sold thousands of DL's and since their introduction and we've had 2 claims for bent engine bases.

    To be honest though, when first introduced we did have some bad welds on the engine base frames. When those failed they would lead to stress fractures in the engine base. That's been corrected years ago but we stand behind our products and we covered those units under warranty.

    The unit you describe is a DL1802VE. The Giant-Vac you show is a 29hp that hasn't been produced on well over a year. It's not an apples to apples comparison. Now, we do have a 25 and 35hp unit if you're interested in reviewing larger tow behind units. http://www.billygoat.com/Product-Categories/Detail/dl25-35-series-professional-contractor-munici
     

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