Litter pick-up tool ?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by wall, Apr 28, 2007.

  1. wall

    wall LawnSite Member
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    Does anyone use a litter pick-up tool while running their ZTR. I find it kind of a pain to stop, set brake, and shut down deck to clean debris from my path, seems a tool and bag or bucket mounted on mower would save time plus wear and tear on the equipment. Or may-be keeping up with the tool while mowing is a bigger pain. I take the time to clean up an area before I begin mowing but there always something I miss,,,,, stick, beer can paper rock etc.....
  2. Nathan Robinson

    Nathan Robinson LawnSite Senior Member
    from 47712
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    I am going to catch all kinds of hell for this but a border jumper works well at a VERY GOOD price!lol
  3. lifetree

    lifetree LawnSite Fanatic
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    I had to think about this for a second ... at first I couldn't figure out what a "border jumper" was, and then it hit me ... ROFL !!!
  4. Albery's Lawn & Tractor

    Albery's Lawn & Tractor LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,674

    5 gallon bucket (you can hold the bucket between your legs) and a extended grabber is what I use. You can find the grabber at J-thomas or lowes.
  5. Branchland

    Branchland LawnSite Senior Member
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    I use a empty box. The one I bought a case of 2 cycle oil in. Good size. And I bought the extended grabbers from a tool tent sale. Only about 2 bucks apiece.
  6. CutsForLess

    CutsForLess LawnSite Member
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    I keep small sack tied to my seat and have a pickup tool that fits right next to me, saves a lot getting up and down. I even use it for sticks so im not quite as thourough when i do my picking up before mowing.
  7. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    The worst thing is garbage, my guess is people flinging things out their car window, especially glass and paper products... The tin cans are annoying but it's not that big a deal if I run over one, glass and paper thou...

    Some rocks do need to be picked out, I find doing this is a bonus for me, once the rock is gone it doesn't usually re-appear. Sticks and branches, unless it's a big solid one I run right over them, crack chop :laugh:... Took a little practice to learn which ones I can run over and which ones not to, but as a rough guide: Less than 1" diameter or rotten ones shouldn't be a big deal, make sure the chute is facing away from houses / cars.

    Stumps are another matter, ever hit one at high speed and you know what I mean... I usually grab my chainsaw and cut them down as close to the dirt as I can get (a trick keeping the chain out of the dirt too). Every once in a moon I've found my Wb's deck can hit and remove a small stump with the skirt if done carefully, and I've also used my blades to grind the odd one down before, again very carefully.

    But I'm thinking, too, about getting a tool, it is annoying to shut down / step off / etc.
  8. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    I use the 5 gallon bucket on front with grabber on scag Cougar but it don't work well on a Scag ZTR with those controls arms...they are in the way to use the grabber. I have a 2ft pole with nail in it and it is mounted in a radiator hose behind the seat and I can reach back and get it easy. But Cougar and Waller easire to use grabber.
  9. Midwest Lawn Services

    Midwest Lawn Services LawnSite Member
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    You said it!:clapping:
  10. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,220

    A BORDER JUMPER ...............HAHAHHAHAH Ok I'm a little slow but I get it...

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