ACORNS!!!! everywhere in the fall cleanup... any suggestions?!?!?!

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by TGK, Nov 8, 2006.

  1. Clear-Cut

    Clear-Cut LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 481

    i know someone with a vac and they said that it picked them not sure what brand and model he had tho
  2. greenerman

    greenerman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 115

    Blow em, rake em and put through the chipper.
  3. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,201

    I have a 9hp lawn vac but it doesn't do a very good job picking them up unless you lower it as low as it will go then you have the problem of it pushing them around instead of sucking them up. I does great on small to medium residential lawns for leaves but thats about it. I would suggest using blower like everyone else said thats what we use then tarps and rakes.
  4. EngineeredLawns

    EngineeredLawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 100

    Blow them into a pile and use a shovel to get up the pile.
  5. hess

    hess LawnSite Member
    Messages: 208

    I use a little wounder walk behind vaccum or my DR walk behind vaccum they don't have a chance they get mulched up in to dust!
  6. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,213

    I use an MB power brush for the open areas and a Shindaiwa rubber paddle brush for around the trees and small areas. Windrow them and put in a rubbish barrell, into the truck.
  7. ranger351w

    ranger351w LawnSite Member
    Messages: 88

    In Iowa the deer,Jays,Squirrels eat them like candy. put the job off a week and they will be mostly gone. But then again mo money.:clapping:
  8. WH Lawn Care

    WH Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    Powerbroom will make short work of them!
  9. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    My new Stihl br-600 backpack gets these, my older br-550 and br-420 do not (at least not reasonably).
    Same with gumballs, pinecones, and other such annoyances.
    It still takes a little longer than it should, but it's not that bad, not bad at all.

    For many years I put up with those things best I could, just have to tell the customer that they do decompose, it's really not that big of a deal (it really isn't), but they are annoying lol.

    You could, if you have a handheld like the bg-55, use a 420/550 with your right and the handheld with your left hand, that helps.

    The br-600 really is amazing, for $500 it is the most powerful backpack on the market (or dang close to it), pushing out 700 cfm's at 200mph, it is around 40 percent more powerful than the 550 (and I mean to tell you, I am impressed, I really can feel the difference).

    So much better in fact, I'm selling the 420 and likely next year, buying another and selling the 550.
  10. baruch05167

    baruch05167 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    I got a job, two small apartment complexes because the last guy didn't get the acorns good enough.

    It's worth doing a good job. Also got jobs because other guys did bad jobs on the fall clean-up. I love fall clean up. It's the last chance to make some money. We do a really good job on residentials and they LOVE it and talk talk talk all winter about us.


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