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Is there a vac that pick up acorns and hickory nuts ?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Piedmont Lawn, Oct 26, 2002.

  1. Piedmont Lawn

    Piedmont Lawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 178

    Hi gang,

    I’m looking for a vacuum that will pick up acorns and hickory nuts, push type with a bagger would be wonderful. This will be used in a homeowner application for my dad and his neighbors yard. Any body tried the Craftsman push yard vac?



  2. Theeeee "Hoover" works pretty well....................

    A close second is theeeee "Dirt Devil"....

    A distant third is theeeee.................

    Seriously a Craftsman shop vac, and the time to use it will work better than most other methods.

    Also works great on sweetgum balls.
  3. GroundKprs

    GroundKprs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,969

    Sweep them off the lawn or into piles with a Shindiawa power broom.
  4. Guido

    Guido LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,085

    8 HP or more to get the nuts. EVen then, its a PITA.

    You may be better off raking.

    Sorry...............I've just never really had good luck with those Vacs on turf areas. They're great for sidewalks and parking lots, but I wouldn't use them on grass.

    Juts my 2 cents though, some may of had better luck then me.
  5. vipermanz

    vipermanz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,773

    i think a billy goat vac might be able to eat them
  6. captdevo

    captdevo LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 932

    RedMax PowerSweep $629 delivered!!

    Sweep them into a pile, scoop them up!!! i sell the attachment for $330, it will work on most redmax and shindaiwa trimmers, and probably many others!!

  7. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,205

    ive tried sucking them up with a shop vac at my own house. It was time consuming, but it did the job. i never thought about using the broom. that maybe something ill try this year. When i do fall cleanups, whatever the blowers and leaf plow dont get, the mower with the bagger will.
  8. Piedmont Lawn

    Piedmont Lawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 178

  9. alamia is a local dealer but they sell on-line-prices quoted include freight-they've done a good job for me

    link for billy goat prices
  10. captdevo

    captdevo LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 932

    only problem with Billy goat and other vacs is...

    it's gonna suck up soil, moisture and insects as well

    the bag pores clog quickly, which causes loss of vaccum

    dusty...dusty...oops did i say dusty when emptying bags


    try a powersweeper, you won't be sorry.

    for sweet gum balls, i place a tarp on the ground with one end standing against an object and sweep them right on the tarp.....as fast as i can walk...with little effort.

    and they are great for:

    removing other objects off turf with no damage (gravel, sticks, mulch, debris, etc..)

    great for squeegeeing (sp) water, snow and mud off sidewalks and drives.

    add a nylon bristle for scrubbing drives and sidewalks

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