Dump Trailer Leaf Setup

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by metro36, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. mjc5018

    mjc5018 LawnSite Member
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    Hey N.H. Boy I would love to see some pictures of your leaf loader setup when you have a chance. I am a new member to this site. I have a 6' x 12' Bri-mar deck over dump trailer with plywood sides. This past weekend I picked up the 18hp billy goat leaf loader. I think you know where I am going with this. I want to mount it on the tongue of my trailer but don't want it to go up with the trailer as it dumps. My dad is a certified welder inspector so I have that aspect covered. He is the kind of guy who loves to see pictures or plans to see how things are done. I know it can be done. Tons of guys in my area have them. If you get a chance to load some pictures or have any suggestions to get me started I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
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    That's what I need!
     
  3. mlavin73

    mlavin73 LawnSite Member
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    I was wondering the same thing as Darryl as far as the height when it clogs. Mine occassionally clogs and I'm wondering if it will be hard to wiggle it to free the debris. Mine is mounted on the tongue so the intake is about knee high and easy to shake clogs free. What I have been doing these past 2 years to prevent clogs is I rake everything towards the hose end rather than moving the hose through the piles. By raking I am able to see everything going into the tube. As I see a stick I throw it to the side (sticks sideways always clog my hose). Plus I find I'm not so tired at the end of the day using the rake as I am moving the hose head around. I found by raking them in I hardly ever clog....even if the leaves are wet.....and I think my vacuum is only about 11 HP.

     
  4. metro36

    metro36 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Update: I have used the setup a few times so far. Not a ton of leaves yet so I cant give a good review of the vac yet, but the trailer and mount work great. Almost no vibration from the vac. Unclogging is not a problem as I can pull the hose straight pretty easily. No problems so far with the vac going up when I dump. The trailer lifted it fine, even with a full load of leaves. I also inspected the vac to make sure noting was leaking when I dumped and everything was fine.

    Like I said, I wanted to mount the vac over to the tool box but there just want enough room. The exhaust tube would have to have been cut a few inches because it stick out about 4" beyond the frame. Even with cutting, the vac would have needed to be mounted very close to the truck (to allow room for the trailer to dump). I was worried about damaging my truck when turning. There is less than 3' from the frame of the dump bed to the coupler on my trailer.
     
  5. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    I do the same thing...I lay the nozzle down and use a stiff rake to rake the debris to the intake most of the time. I find that using a 2 foot landscape rake works better than a leaf rake.
     
  6. Fwilamosky

    Fwilamosky LawnSite Senior Member
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    after you have had enough leaves to fill her up, i would like to see some reviews on it as im interested in getting a 18hp as well, thanks and good setup
     
  7. mjc5018

    mjc5018 LawnSite Member
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    Hey Metro36 can you give me some specs on the size steel you used? Did u modify the framework behind the tongue on the dump trailer?
     
  8. metro36

    metro36 LawnSite Silver Member
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    I assume you are talking about the size steel that the mount is made of. I didn't make it so I am unsure of the exact size of everything but can ask the guy who did if you want more info. I think it is 1x3 1/8 tube. It might be 1x2 tube though. There is an extra tube welded to the front of the bed. Then the mount is welded off of that. He used 1/4" plates to close up the open ends of the tube and reinforce the joints. He also used 1/4x2 flat stock as braces. He bent those slightly so they could angle back to the middle stake pocket of the trailer. The loader is then bolted to the tube.

    IF you mean did I modify the actual frame of the trailer, then no. Just what is described above. I hope that is an accurate description. I can take more pictures and answer questions if needed.
     

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