Convert snow blower to a leaf loaer?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by dennys-lawn, Mar 3, 2009.

  1. dennys-lawn

    dennys-lawn LawnSite Member
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    Has anyone ever considered this or ever seen this done? I was watching Deconstructed tonight on Science channel. Was thinking if the impeller was the right gage. May be it would hold up? Remove auger and attach hose to opening. I have a friend here that buys returns from Sears and has a couple of large size snow blowers (like 30" or so) I could get dirt cheap.
    This is just a little off season brain fart idea I had tonight ;) I may give this a good look. I'll keep all interested posted.
  2. dennys-lawn

    dennys-lawn LawnSite Member
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    Anyone? ................
  3. EagleGrounds

    EagleGrounds LawnSite Senior Member
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    i saw it done on YouTube one, but just the original snow blower auger.

    It actually worked pretty well, but the thrown was difficult to manage it seems like, and im not sure how much a client would appreciate you "snow blowing" their lawn lol
  4. Two Seasons

    Two Seasons LawnSite Senior Member
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    I think if you had a booster stage, after the impeller with lots of vacuum, it would work great. I'd try it with the auger in place first.

    The biggest drawback I see is whole leaves rather than pieces!
  5. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,776

    First time you suck up a large stick or rock you'll do some damage.

    Just go buy a Billy Goat.
  6. richallseasons

    richallseasons LawnSite Senior Member
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    If you ever get the chance to compare how a leaf loader is built and a snow thrower is built you will quickly realize that you should save your time and money so that you can purchase a loader.
  7. Ray&Christine

    Ray&Christine LawnSite Member
    Posts: 181

    I wondered if a snowblower would work also so last fall I gave it it try a 5ft 3ph snowblower on the back of one of our tractors. It did not work too well, it didn't shread the leaves at all. Maybe with a smaller snowblower it would work but it didn't with mine.
  8. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    Ya, I've seen 20 horse leaf loaders that have bent impellers, and broken crank shafts just from a normal pile of leaves.
  9. pbrad

    pbrad LawnSite Member
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    post the you tube link please thanks
  10. Grasskeepers

    Grasskeepers LawnSite Member
    from Alberta
    Posts: 107

    I have a 23 hp blower that has a messed up gear box I wanted to do this to

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