Leaf vacuum

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by dcwalker, Feb 14, 2004.

  1. dcwalker

    dcwalker LawnSite Member
    Posts: 42

    Hey guys, I'm new to this site and just started a lawn business last year. I was wondering if anyone has ever used a Yard Machines chipper,shredder,vac. for large leaf jobs. How well do they work and are they worth the money? I found one fairly cheap and am considering it. Thanks

    dc
     
  2. BobR

    BobR LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 714

    Been there - done that....
    SAVE YOUR MONEY and when you get enough buy some real leaf processing equipment. You will have to judge what that equipment will be, I am just letting you know that you will be wasting your hard earned money buying that style of home owner junk.

    BobR
     
  3. Blades of Steel

    Blades of Steel LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 599

    leave your money in the bank and save for a debris loader. Build a box for your truck and buy a small Billy Goat debris loader. they are much more efficient and no need for bags. My customers like that we no longer leave bags on the curb because the city takes too long to pick them up.

    Just one man 2 cents!!!!!!!

    Tim
     
  4. skmodmsl

    skmodmsl LawnSite Member
    Posts: 74

    I have a couple of small "home owner" chipper, shredder, vac units. One is a Craftsman and the other is an MTD. The Craftsman and MTD are identical bodywise with the exception of the engines. Craftsman has a Tecumseh and MTD has Briggs. The Craftsman came with a "blower" shute so the machine can be used as a blower. The shute also fits the MTD. I also have a Giant Vac 8 h.p. blower. I use the Craftsman to vac the leaves and the MTD as a blower. The machines are light and easy to push. The vac does do a very nice job and I like it.

    However there is a downside. The bag on the machine holds about 3 bushels. When the leaves are heavy it fills up quite fast and you have to empty it often. I am just starting out in the business and it was all I could afford at this time. I plan to use these for the time being until I can afford a truck mounted leaf vac/loader. As others have mentioned these units are geared for the homeowner and probably won't last long under heavy use. For a guy just getting into fall cleanups its an inexpensive starter machine.
     
  5. GTLC

    GTLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 700

    tried a cheap residential one like the Yard Machines. not a good idea. The POS was so underpowered that i put it under so much stress the shaft snapped. The drive systems are a bit weak, too.
     
  6. gr84

    gr84 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 14

    LIKE THE OTHER GUYS SAID SAVE YOUR MONEY I HAVE ONE I BOUGHT A TROYBILT LIKE 5 YEARS AGO PAID SOME WHERE AROUND 500 FOR IT AND MAYBE USED IT 4 TIMES NOT WORTH IT
     
  7. LawnsRUsInc.

    LawnsRUsInc. LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Posts: 916

    I went to buy a debris loader for the back of the dump truck and while i was looking at the computer at the dealer i plane as day saw the price it will cost me and the price they paid $2300 for me and they paid $1100. Why such a high merk up???
     
  8. pjslawncare/landscap

    pjslawncare/landscap LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,410

    Actually, I have a Yard machine chipper/vac 5.5 hp techumse that I bought seven years ago. The thing doesnt get used that often, but it has had a work out many times and it has held up surprisingly well for what it is. Ive definately gotten my moneys worth out of it. Yes it is a little under powered, but it is handy for bush trimming clean-ups and small leaf clean-ups and stuff like that. I do think it has its place and I value the thing.
     
  9. grassbob

    grassbob LawnSite Member
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    Save your money , buy a nice commercial rider with a bagging system.
     
  10. dcwalker

    dcwalker LawnSite Member
    Posts: 42

    Thanks for the feedback guys.
     

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