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Getting leaves to the truck

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mckell68, Jul 22, 2003.

  1. mckell68

    mckell68 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 46

    Leaf time is coming up and wanted to get ideas on the methods lco's use to get leaves from the back of the property to the street where the truck is. With 95%of my accounts, I can't get the truck close enough to vac or blow the leaves closer to the truck. Tarpping seems to be a hassle and a back breaker.

    Thanks for Your input----Mike
  2. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    Posts: 8,745

    tarping to this day is the best thing going for us, or just having them in the bagger and unload the bagger into the leaf truck
  3. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    We have 6 Trac Vac collection systems that we use. You might want to check out their website. They make a vac system for virtually every type of mower (Z, WB, outfront models, etc.).
  4. Gene $immons

    Gene $immons LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,028

    We create big piles with the blowers and rakes, then lay a 8' X 11' tarp next to the pile, load and haul to the truck.
  5. A1 Grass

    A1 Grass LawnSite Senior Member
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    "Tarping it" has cut my time WAY down. Sometime the simplest idea can be such a breakthrough!
  6. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    I would have to agree. The other thing that saved us time, and also storage space on our leave trailer, was we mulched down the leaves first, and then through on the baggers and bagged them.
  7. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
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  8. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
    Posts: 1,405

    Oh no, way too early to be talking about leaf season, man, I dont like leaf season, I love the growing season. Dont say the "L" word for awhile.:(
  9. EJK2352

    EJK2352 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,150

    JRCO leaf plow!!!

  10. maple city

    maple city LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 305

    We've been doing the old tarp method as well. We picked up a tarp at Menard's that has a drawstring build in. It works great. I think it was like $5.00. Well worth it.

    We're getting the big bagger system for our ZTR before fall so we'll suck up as much as we can and tarp the rest.

    In our area, we have always had curb-side leaf pick-up. The aren't doing it this year, so I expect a LOT of leaf work.
    :D $$$:D

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