walker bagger mower and leaf removeal

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by trimmerman151, Oct 23, 2010.

  1. trimmerman151

    trimmerman151 LawnSite Member
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    We just got a walker bagger with a 48 inch deck for leaf removal and possibly for mowing all our properties next year. I went to a yard yesterday to do trial and error to see how long it would take it was a normal 12 to 15 min. yard for my toro with 60 inch deck it took an hour and a half. Between the pine needle's clogging the chute and the deck and the 12 times I emptied the hopper I thought I would go crazy. In the meantime the other guy blowing out the mulch beds stood around for 30 min. waiting on me. this is my first year doing leaf removal any suggestions would be great.
     
  2. oldclawn

    oldclawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    More experience is the only way you are going to learn.

    If its an older Walker the blower fan may be a little worn which affects suction and how much it shreds. If it's a small engine that will also have a negative affect.Go slow--let the machine do its work. Explore other ways to mulch it down a little first.
     
  3. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    If the fan housing is dented it can cut down on efficiency too. Try different blade combos. Gators tend to shred leaves and needles into confetti. Please tell me you aren't charging mowing prices for leaf removal. Where are you dumping, could your guy be loading while you cutting? Someday I will get the biggest diesel engine they offer with the lift and dump hopper.
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  4. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
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    When doing leaf cleanups with my Walker, I just dump[ed the leaves directly onto my landscape trailer. As soon as the hopper filled, I would the mower backwards up the trailer ramp/gate. My helper stayed on the trailer. He would quickly dump the hopper and
    I would drive off the trailer and to where I left off. Meanwhile, he wold use a scoop shovel to keep the leaves heaped into the front of the trailer. When needed, he would take a blower and blow leaves out of beds and corners so I could get to them.
    we could load that trailer in no time and finish a good size yard in just an hour while our competitors at nearby houses were still struggling along with their 21" machines.
    I remember dumping 4200 lbs. of leaves at the local landfill one time. We collected them with the Walker in about 4 hours.
     
  5. cheapcuts1

    cheapcuts1 LawnSite Member
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    Gators on another mower first ,then suck up with walker ?Or gators on the on the walker mower one shot deal ?
     
  6. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Gators on walker. Although if you have extra help and mower. Pre mulching not a bad idea if the leaves and needles are thick . Leaves take some experimenting.
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  7. trimmerman151

    trimmerman151 LawnSite Member
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    its a used mower with a diesel motor. it does really good except with pine needles maybe I was going too fast. as for pricing we are charging 50 percent more than the mowing price for now haw do you guys price leaf removal?
     
  8. oldclawn

    oldclawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    40 to 55 per man hour for anything over your mowing time! Value your time and equipment and remember you got to eat in january too!
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  9. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Really depends, wet thick with lots of beds to blow or rake out. 1/4 ac usually get 350.
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  10. trimmerman151

    trimmerman151 LawnSite Member
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    do you guys go back once a week or every two weeks or just remove them one time?
     

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