Leaf-Vac Box

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by FLD350, Nov 14, 2011.

  1. FLD350

    FLD350 LawnSite Member
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    Hey guys, I need to build a leaf-vac box for my F350. It is a pickup truck theres no dump bed. I purchased a GiantVac Leaf Vaccum This year and I need to box up my truck. I have never done this before so I could use any pointers or advice on how to construct it. I want to get it built this weekend so I would appreciate any suggestions. Thanks
     
  2. DEPENDABLE LANDSCAPING

    DEPENDABLE LANDSCAPING LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Lots of ventilation mesh the entire top.
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  3. DEPENDABLE LANDSCAPING

    DEPENDABLE LANDSCAPING LawnSite Bronze Member
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    How do you plan to get the debris out?
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  4. FLD350

    FLD350 LawnSite Member
    from CT
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    I was told that I can turn the discharge shoot away from the box and suck out the leaves from the truck, obviously I do not think it will be that easy and Im sure I will have to do alot of pitchforking and raking. However its going to have to be that way until I convert this truck into a dump or buy a dump in the spring.

    I know you need to ventilate the top, my question is how do you actually attach the plywood and 2x4's to the bed, whats the best way?

    Thanks for your help
     
  5. CHRIS92789

    CHRIS92789 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Just pick up two debree shovels and pull the leaves out..works great!
     
  6. DEPENDABLE LANDSCAPING

    DEPENDABLE LANDSCAPING LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If I were building it I would probably use simple construction for sides and top framing to lay mesh over. You will need to set up a method to secure loader. What size loader is it. I say simple construction because you said you were doing a dump next year.
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  7. FLD350

    FLD350 LawnSite Member
    from CT
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    Its a Giant Vac 18hp Vanguard, I got the hitch mount so its good to go as far as mounting, if I do get a dump I can skid mount it and still use the swing arm from the hitch mount so I can actually dump the material.
     
  8. mag360

    mag360 LawnSite Silver Member
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    I've always thought a loadhandler might work nicely in a 4x8x6 box. If you just use the space between the wheel wells and build up everything would come out nicely with the loadhandler. Window screen from home depot makes a pretty good vent.
     
  9. Lbilawncare

    Lbilawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Do not try to suck the leaves out with the vacuum, it won't work and it is dangerous. Cut 2x4s to fit in the stake pockets of the bed and use plywood for sides, use a mesh tarp for the top. Make sure you mulch the leaves up a lot before you use the vacuum because it will fill your truck up extremely fast. I recommend a mulch fork to break up the hard packed leaves to get them out.
     
  10. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Weather it is a flat bed or a pick up it should have some stake holes. So put the 2x4s into them and attach the plywood walls to the 2x4s then bolt the walls together and do the same for the roof sections. You will have 3 wall sections 2-3 roof sections and rear gate with a hole cut in for the vac.

    I built the box on our GMC last week and now were are fabricating a new box for our new Ram. So I feel for you this is about my least favorite part of the trade it's not so bad when its pre built but when your starting from scratch it can be over whelming. If all goes well we start clean ups on Friday.
     

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