Leaf cleanups - help/advice

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Four Star, Nov 7, 2003.

  1. Four Star

    Four Star LawnSite Member
    Posts: 58

    I have a 36" Exmark Metro WB. I was thinking of using the bagging attachment for leaf cleanups. Does anyone else do this?
    I'm not really financially ready to get a rider and a massive leaf vac setup, so this is pretty much the best I can do at the moment. Any thoughts?
     
  2. G-father

    G-father LawnSite Member
    Posts: 174

    I think this method will take forever with MI leaves. If you decide to go this way instead of using blowers and rakes run over it a few times with gator blades and then put on the bagger.
     
  3. kels

    kels LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 280

    With that set up I would only offer mulching leaves, like G-father said use gators, blow them out into the yard and mulch them.
     
  4. locutus

    locutus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Posts: 1,266

    I have an Exmark and I have no problem with cleanups. I have an accelerator catcher for it, model gcexxl. This is the larger version of their catcher. It holds a lot of leaves if you use gator highlifts or raptor blades. Its light, dumps easily, wont rust, is very strong and has dust covers available if you want them. Accelerator is a sponser of this forum. They have a link to their website at the top of the forum listings page.:blob1: :blob4: :blob3:
     
  5. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,494

    For larger yards, forget the bagger. It is just way too slow. A good thing to do is windrow them into rows. You don't have to push rows into such thickness that you can't hardly move the mower through. Always be able to move right along with it. When you get to the point that it starts getting rather thick, go around and blow in from the other side, the take a 180 left, and start another windrow. Now, after you double back onto the backside of your PREvious windrow again, as you start narrowing the ro, decrease your rpm's so you aren't blowing past your other row edge. ONce you have these rows narrowed up. you can take a tarp and move right down the rows, raking the leaf material up onto the tarp(s). Do NOT waste time putting leaves into "piles" as so many peole do. This is unproductive, as you are just wasting time and work pushing leaves back and forth into piles that are then harder to put onto tarps, because they are higher and heavier. Now, when you are putting the leaves from the row onto the tarp(s). don't get caught up in fooling around with the last little bit of leaf material under the edge of the tarp where you just raked them on. Just leave it, and when you pull the tarp down just past the next tarp length, you can the rake it towards you without interference. This is faster and more productive, and believe me, you can pile leaves onto a tarp alot faster than you can keep stopping every ten feet, shutting down, and emptying a bagger.
     

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