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you guys with Walkers, Navigators, QDS Exmarks, and other dump from seat mowers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by IMAGE, Mar 26, 2008.

  1. IMAGE

    IMAGE LawnSite Bronze Member
    from midwest
    Posts: 1,134

    I am looking for ways to get around having to get off the mower each time to empty bags. Alot of mowers have a dump from seat option, but they just puts the clippings on the ground, unless you have a Hi-Dump Walker. I am trying to think outside the box for a quick solution to dumping from the mower seat, and getting it into a leaf/debris box.

    I am thinking of putting a hopper on a trailer, and have the hopper hooked up to a debris loader, and just dumping into the hopper.

    I think this would be really efficient if you had electic start on the debris loader, just add a remote starter button on it right by where your mower would be when your backed up to the hopper, dumping would go like this:

    1. Back up to hopper
    2. Push button to start debris loader
    3. Dump clippings into hopper
    4. Clippings get sucked through hopper and into leaf/debris box
    5. Shut off debris loader
    6. drive off trailer and back to mowing, never got off mower to empty bags, etc...

    I think this would work good, anyone else try it yet?:confused:
     
  2. IMAGE

    IMAGE LawnSite Bronze Member
    from midwest
    Posts: 1,134

    here's a bad drawing of what I mean:

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  3. Reassurance Property

    Reassurance Property LawnSite Member
    Posts: 122

    your lazy!! by the time you do all of this I will have dumped my clippings, started my vacuum and loaded the truck. I like your thinking outside of the box but I just don't see the need for this one. If you do it let me know how it works!
     
  4. IMAGE

    IMAGE LawnSite Bronze Member
    from midwest
    Posts: 1,134

    So do you find that quick to just dump it on the ground and suck it up?

    I am just looking for the best way to do it because I will have days that are bagging all day, with lots and lots of dumps, just trying to figure out the fastest way.

    Do alot of guys just dump it in a pile and suck it up last? or if its windy then suck it up after each dump?
     
  5. Reassurance Property

    Reassurance Property LawnSite Member
    Posts: 122

    just dump it in the driveway unless it is not paved. It only takes a second to suck it up off a hard surface. and usually you have two guys on the job and one will finish a minute or two before the other one.
     
  6. Reassurance Property

    Reassurance Property LawnSite Member
    Posts: 122

    I'm assuming that you have a truck loader?
     
  7. IMAGE

    IMAGE LawnSite Bronze Member
    from midwest
    Posts: 1,134

    nope not yet. I will need one this year, so I was thinking of getting it early to suck up clippings. So many places here require bagging it's just crazy.
     
  8. Reassurance Property

    Reassurance Property LawnSite Member
    Posts: 122

    If you get a truck with a dump bed or a trailer with a dump bed and add a truck loader, it will be one of the best purchases you make. The truck with the dump bed is nice because you can get into different areas (especially in the fall) and not have to run your mower so far to dump the leaves. What I did my first couple of years was find another lawn company that has one and see if they would be willing to pick up your piles. You have to pay them of course but it sure makes the job easier!
     
  9. IMAGE

    IMAGE LawnSite Bronze Member
    from midwest
    Posts: 1,134

    So do you do alot of bagging and dump it near the loader and just suck it up? do you think it would be faster at all to have a hopper like I was thinking? If the button was within reach you wouldn't even have to get off the mower.
     
  10. Reassurance Property

    Reassurance Property LawnSite Member
    Posts: 122

    It really does not take that long to dump it and suck it up. If you could make something inexpensive to do what you are talking about I would say do it. However, I think that it would take a lot of money to do it and the amount of time saved would be minimal and take years to pay off. Just for a little convenience. Im not saying don't do it. just putting in my two cents. If everyone who had an idea didn't do it because someone didn't like it. where would we be today??:usflag: God Bless America!
     

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