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Little Wonder Leaf Vac??

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by paponte, Oct 21, 2003.

  1. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,366

    Has anyone demo'd one of these things yet? I am in the market to purchase another loader this season, and was looking to get some input on them. Any help would be great.

    I am torn between getting a new machine with less HP, or I have an opportunity to purchase a used Tarrant loader. The tarrant is huge, but any parts I would need would have to be ordered.

    Again thanks for any input. :cool:
  2. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,137

    I just got mine today from the dealer. This thing is HUGE!!!! It's a lot bigger than I thought it would be. And it weighs like 400 lbs! I was going to put it on my trailer tongue but it's way too big for that. I think I'll have to put it on the trailer deck. I dunno. Once I get it unloaded tomorrow I'll take pics and bring them in. My dealer said he saw it demoed and the thing is a monster, just sucks and shreds like crazy. It is rather impressive.
  3. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,366

    How are you going to mount it? One thing that I didn't like is that it doesn't come with either a tailgate or receiver mount. You have to purchase it separately. Oh yeah, and they also don't offer electric start. I can pick one up for $2795.00 but the the swing mount would be additional. Giant vac has electric start standard, and comes with the swing mount all for $2995, and I am sure I can get my supplier down a little. Let me know what you think of the little wonder after you get a chance to use it. Thanks MTD. :cool:
  4. Blades of Steel

    Blades of Steel LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 599


    I just mounted my new Billy Goat Loader over the tongue of my 5x12 tandem axle trailer. It took a cutting torch and a mig welder but it awsome. I am going to have to secure it with bolts and a huge pad lock because that trailer doesn't fit in the garage with the new Big Tex 7x16ft.

    I will attempt to take a picture tonight and put it out for your viewing. I don't have the loader on it now but you can see the frame and cutting i did to make it fit..
  5. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,662


    I know of some guys who cut the sides out of their trailers to install "side-ramps" themselves and had their trailer framing break because they took away the structural stability.

    I hope that you were given better advice then these people when you inquired about your project.
  6. Blades of Steel

    Blades of Steel LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 599

    its funny you mention the side gate. Because this trailer id did the exact samething to. Then took the side gate out of it when i turned into a leaf loader trailer.

    I didn't cut the bottom frame at all. Just the 14 inch top rail and moved it back 7". Stability will not be a problem. I had a couple of structural engineers here at work look at it prior to chopping on it.

    But I do see where that would be a concern in some of the less expensive single axle trailers I have seen. This trailer has a 6" x 1/4" angle tongue. Built like a tank..

    Thanks, now you got me going back to the house to look it over again. :confused:
  7. mike9497

    mike9497 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 954

    yup i tried one out.its rather large but very well built.im going to buy one next fall
  8. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 4,771

    Some trailers (like mine) have the rail that is not part of the frame. I added a side gate with no trouble. As far as mounting the leaf loader, I had it mounted on the deck of the trailer. I just arrived from a welder/fabricator and he is going to build a reveiver to the fit the front of my truck. Then he is going to build a rack with a hitch that will carrry my loader. This way, if I need or want, I can take the loader out and put in my rear receiver or the receiver of another truck. I thought this was a good idea and will have pics next week. Oh, if you are curious, he is charging me $300, which I thought was fair.

  9. Blades of Steel

    Blades of Steel LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 599

    I did mine myself. I raised the sides of my 5x12 to 7ft with 2x2x1/18 angle iron then used light weight expanded metal for the sides. I left the top uncovered but framed in so that I can use it as myu mulch and brush hauler in the summer. I will try and post some pictures in the next week. I need to get the signes done and painted.

    I spent 260$ total for all the steel. I did the welding myself and a friend. The Billy Goat debris loader was $2675.00 out the door.
  10. GLawncare

    GLawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 7

    I mount my little wonder on the trailer and put a pipe going to the truck. I only payed $2450.00 for my truck loader.

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