Solo Op Debris Loader: Prep for next year

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by recycledsole, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    A lot of people do put the leaf loader on the tonuge of the trailer. I had mine on the gate of my dump trailer but I have a front-end loader on my tractor which made it pretty easy to get on/off.

    Keep in mind that any trailer you make fabricate is going to have to be street legal...lights, fenders etc...at least that's how it is where I am. And registering a "home-made" trailer can be a bit of a process. I have seen swing-away hitches with a tow hitch on them too. I only used my leaf loader one season...I prefer to just grind up the leaves and bag them with my mower. If I had a dump truck instead of a dump trailer I might have more use for it.
     
  2. Chris Feenan

    Chris Feenan LawnSite Member
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    The problem that I would have with a trailer for a loader is that I can't have my 14' trailer full of useful stuff. If you are loading into a leaf box on your truck, you are going to have trouble finding room for blowers, hand tools, etc when the leaf box is full at the end of the day.

    And I've looked - it seems like it will be hard to find a road worthy trailer that is 36'' wide total. After wheels and fenders, that axle is less than 2 ft wide. Wanna build one ?

    If you build a JRCO type blower buggy, you can run it up on your landscape trailer. Then you have your mower on the job site, and any other things that you want on a Fall cleanup too - walk behind blower, Billy Goat Leaf vac, etc. You can easily disconnect the JRCO blower buggy at the job site, leave it at the truck to do it's thing, and have the mower to bag up stragglers, etc.

    This JRCO blower buggy sold here for $175 or less, very recently.
     
  3. bobbycat02

    bobbycat02 LawnSite Member
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    We have our billy goat leaf loader 18 hp on an 6x12 open trailer and box on our dump insert on a chev 2500 with a mesh tarp for good air flow to pack it in and use large tarps, put a much as you can drag or hook the tarp to your mower and pull through the gate the tarp will compress to fit it through then dump it out by your loader.I did that way when i was solo for years work smart not hard.:usflag:
     
  4. mlavin73

    mlavin73 LawnSite Member
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    I'm pretty much a solo operator (I have a helper maybe a day or two a week). What I did was bought a Billygoat truck loader and fabricated a base to mount it on the tongue of a dump trailer. I like having it on the tongue so I never have to take it off / put it on. Plus it stays level when dumping. Best money I ever spent. I don't have any pictures with me but I think I have some in my equipment thread. My only challenge is, I have to swap trailers between cleaning up and vacuuming. My route is pretty tight so it's not much of an issue. I basically pile up leaves at a couple of houses then run home, grab the other trailer and vacuum them up.
     
  5. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
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    I made a dolly type frame for my 16 hp with 2 pivoting wheels and 2 non pivoting wheels. I rolled it on and off the trailer. I loaded my truck from the front. Worked real slick.
     
  6. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
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    that sounds great. thanks for sharing
     

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