Will a Toro 4800 sweeper work on pine needles?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Copperleaf, Jan 18, 2010.

  1. Copperleaf

    Copperleaf LawnSite Member
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    I am looking at buying a toro 4800 sweeper but wanted to be sure that it would work on pine needles first! Any information on this I would be greatful.
    Thank You
    Copperleaf
     
  2. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
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    Copper, I have the olathe unit from the early 80's its the design that toro purchased for theirs. it is pretty much unchanged over the last 15 years. it does very well on leaves and grass clippings. I don't get many pine needles, so I have no idea how well it works on pine. but being it works well on grass I see no reason why it would not work on pine.

    have you driven one yet? they can be a handful

    It does not "mulch" the debris up like a walker or a leaf vac. but it does pack well
     
  3. Copperleaf

    Copperleaf LawnSite Member
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    I have not ran one yet can you fill me in this!
     
  4. SouthLouisianaGrassCutter

    SouthLouisianaGrassCutter LawnSite Member
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    test drive or rent one if you can and run it through a pine forest.
     
  5. Copperleaf

    Copperleaf LawnSite Member
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    But the fact is I am located in a resort town far from any equipment rental or dealerships!
     
  6. SouthLouisianaGrassCutter

    SouthLouisianaGrassCutter LawnSite Member
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    Thats a bumer. Hope someone will post up on some info
     
  7. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
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    remember what riding on a tricycle was like...much the same

    again ours is older, and maybe toro made some design changes, but its not the most comfortable seating/steering. engine is right beside the operator. heat/noise.

    very very bouncy ride plus its a heavy machine once loaded its over a ton....

    Have you gotten the price yet....:dizzy:

    If I was a small company it would be hard to justify that kind of expense...on a "one trick wonder" which the 4800 is. its sole job is leaf/grass sweeping. I could spend the same amount on a nice walker with a high lift dump and have a machine that cuts the grass as well or spend a few thousand on a leaf vac for my ZTR. But the collection systems are not as good on needles.

    I would ask the toro rep for a golf course super that is using the machine and give em a call.
     

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