leaf vac

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by pagreen, Aug 24, 2007.

  1. pagreen

    pagreen LawnSite Member
    Posts: 61

    hi everyone this is my first season and i am looking into making a leaf vac system for my trailer. my questions is do you think a 8 hp vac is good or how much hp do i really need to handle leaves?
  2. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,213

    I used an 8 hp GiantVac loader for several years with my pickup. The smaller the HP, the slower you go. Then again, you can't use a big HP unit in a small collection box.
  3. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Posts: 3,065

    IMO, dont waste your time! I think it would be quicker to tarp leaves at that point. We just bought a Billygoat with a 13hp Honda. We used a friends last year and it did great (same set up as we just bought) but it clogged a few times, and anything can clog and usually the bigger the hp the bigger the clog. I think a 8hp is just too low, you need a larger engine to force debris through some times, especially in wet leaves. I would look at a 11hp AT LEAST!
  4. DuallyVette

    DuallyVette LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,162

    16 HP is REALLY the minimum. Thats what I started with , and Ive wanted a bigger one since I bought it.
  5. Boycea

    Boycea LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 451

    I ran a 8hp vac on a pickup with a leaf box when I first started out. It worked out fine for what I was doing, but like everyone said, bigger is better when it comes to vacs. They are slower than the larger hp units, but if thats all you have or all you can afford when starting out then their's nothing wrong with that, it will work.
  6. Msteele

    Msteele LawnSite Member
    Posts: 21

    Does anyone have any suggestions regarding vacs that mount to your ztr?
    I just started to start shopping around for one, so far the only ones I have looked at are Trac-Vacs by Palmor Products. However, I don't think I was impressed with them. The ones I was looking at all had 6.5 hp motors. Is there a difference in need of hp between a box, and a mounted setup? Any and all suggestions would be very helpful, thanks a lot.
  7. DuallyVette

    DuallyVette LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,162

    Many years ago we used a vac on a mower. Anything smaller than a 7 inch diameter hose clogged to easily. We quit using it because the newly seeded lawns (Sept, early October) took an extra beating from the extra traffic and weight of the machines, and the fact that the lawns were wetter and dried slower in the Fall causing some turf damage on an already delicate lawn. It was a real time saver on Bermuda or weedy lawns, because the leaves stayed on top to the turf and you wanted to mow lower than on Fescue.
  8. Msteele

    Msteele LawnSite Member
    Posts: 21

    Honestly, about 90% of my yards are weedy and in poor condition. My small mowing company in based on work i do for landlords who own multiple rental properties. So based on the fact that the yards i mow are not nice turf do you think it would be alright to go with a mounted system? Or would you recommend that I start looking at a box setup instead? For my situation getting the job done quick, and at low cost is the most important thing. Thanks again for all the help.
  9. DuallyVette

    DuallyVette LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,162

    On lawns that stand the extra wear and tear, a vacuum mounted on a mower is great.
  10. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Posts: 2,574

    I just bought a Cyclone rake...... I am currently working on getting it set up......I will post pics when it is done.....

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