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Day 1 report of my new Cyclone Rake

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by chevyman1, Oct 18, 2004.

  1. chevyman1

    chevyman1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 852

    Guess what? It's all it's cracked up to be. Hooked it to my Dixie Chopper with gator magnum high lifts, and went thru leaves and high grass together with no problem at all. With my wife using the backpack blower on the flower beds and getting stuff away from the fence, we did our whole place in about 30 minutes. The side vacuum you can use on piles or beds etc is awesome too, had enough power to pick up a pumpkin! The motor has plenty of power too. The only tough part is with the Dixie, it's 12 ft long and you can't get really close to stuff because of how far it swings out. But ith someone blowing leaves away from the edges, it worked great. Going to start doing home cleanups in about 2 weeks up here. Right now the Gator Magnums on the Ferris and Dixie are doing a pretty good job mulching them down and cutting the grass, and all of my customers are fine with me mowing them up like that this month and getting vacuumed up on the last run. Thanks to all who gave me information and feedback, the Cyclone is awesome
  2. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,076

    Great to hear a positive product review. How about some before, during and after pictures?

  3. mbricker

    mbricker LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 505

    Keep us posted on the durability of the machine.
  4. orangejbird

    orangejbird LawnSite Member
    Posts: 62

    I went by a field last night where a guy had the commercial model behind a compact diesel with a belly mower. I stopped to look at the unit. He was green chopping alfalfa for his cattle. That thing was clear full of full moisture alfalfa!
    I ordered one last week and now glad I did.
  5. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,297

    i am considering buting one, can you post some pictures of the unit?
  6. chevyman1

    chevyman1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 852

  7. Randys Lawn Service

    Randys Lawn Service LawnSite Member
    Posts: 29

    Can you put the Cyclone Rake on a ZTR?? Have a Scag Tiger Cub 48".
  8. chevyman1

    chevyman1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 852

    Yep, I have a Dixie ZTR that mine is hooked to. Cyclone is one of the few like it that will hook to a ZTR. DR won't, only tractors.
  9. G-father

    G-father LawnSite Member
    Posts: 174

    I purchased one last week. I can't wait to play with it in the leaves!

    I purchased the normal one because I work on a lot of hills with my ztr and also on smaller lawns where the smaller unit will be better. It now has the same guts as the commercial model which is a nice bonus. I will post some pictures in a few weeks.
  10. QualityLawnCare4u

    QualityLawnCare4u LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,758

    cevyman, I am glad you liked yours. I muust be the only odd man out on this one. I HATED that thing with a passion! Thirty seconds after I hooked it to my 133 I went under a limb that I barely had to duck under, BAM! tear the hose loose from the top. Stop and fix it, less than a minute later same thing again. Knocked over bird bath and one feeder with it. Went down a slight incline and the collection unit came loose and tuned over. Had to empty it right there and start again. Knocked the central AC unit all the way off of pad. got stuck in between house and fence, had to unhook it,when half full the wimpy 133 would barely pull it, smelt a burnig smell from mower the whole time,tore up one flower bed trying to turn in between 2 beds. I tried to sell it and had several folks to look at it and when they saw the tecumseh engine would not touch it. There was NO way this thing would fit in any of my residentual yards when my yard was 2 acres and farely opened (or so I thought). I may just had a bad first time experience but after using this thing about 30 minutes I hated it so bad I quit with and never wanted to use it again or see another one. I hope all you that have them have good luck with them though.


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