Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by SpudsM15, Sep 4, 2003.

  1. SpudsM15

    SpudsM15 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 627

    Does anybody use the trac-vacs for their walkbehinds? How well can you see over the can????

    I was thinking of making my trailer into a leaf box but decided to stick to bagging it by hand....
  2. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    We have 4 of the Trac Vac 470 models. Have used them for years now and like them a lot. Unless you're a midget, you can see fine over the can (44 gallon).

    Only downfall to them is the dust that vents out the top when doing leaves can come back into your face sometimes. Other than that, they do a nice job for Spring and Fall cleanups.

    BTW, I am not far from you and if you need a demo, send me a pm or email
  3. Blk94fiveOh

    Blk94fiveOh LawnSite Member
    from MN
    Posts: 112

    We have 2 470s. You can't see over it, you kinda look around it. Once you get used to it, its not that bad.

    I agree with rodfather about the dust. It can get terrible. If you have any dusty properties, I would suggest picking up some masks.
  4. The Lawn Boy Pro

    The Lawn Boy Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,218

    Do you have a pic?

    What if you changed from the upright cans to one of the big rubbermaid horizontal storage boxes or something? then they would work for hobbits too:D
  5. SpudsM15

    SpudsM15 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 627

    Hey rodfather, is useing a trac-vac more effective/productive- than useing a blower and then bagging it?
  6. rjmj

    rjmj LawnSite Member
    from mn
    Posts: 16

    where is the engine mounted on the 470's ? if you have any pics please post them
  7. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    All jobs are different. On some of them, we will mulch the leaves up some to condense the material before vacing them up. Some we just blow into the woods. It all depends on the conditions (are they wet and heavy, what kind of leaves are they, etc.)
  8. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    It's mounted on the right side of the machine, down about half way to the ground for easy startup and shutdown. Ours are B/S 5 and 6 hp pull start models. They will run about 1 1/2 hour on a tank of fuel.
  9. fivestarlawnken

    fivestarlawnken LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 438

    how much does that setup run??? how long does it take to put on and take off??
  10. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    I think they run about $1500 and take about 5 minutes or so to put together. A couple of clevis pins and a screwdriver is all you need.

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