Advise on Leaf Vacuums/truck loaders

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by NonStop, Oct 9, 2010.

  1. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I don't like the straps either! The gate would really suffer if they weren't there though...

    Just normal plywood. 3/4 inch!

    In that pic, I do not have my landscape tarp over the box. The middle of the top is open for venting. Bungeed tight, then staple gunned around the opening.
  2. NonStop

    NonStop LawnSite Member
    Messages: 73

    I wish they made a special cover for the units when not in service and when traveling. I might have to make a special one myself.

    Can't decide on whether to mount it in the front or back! Anyone else have theirs on the front of the trailer with feedback?
  3. Lawn & Order LLC

    Lawn & Order LLC LawnSite Member
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    SO, do you have to unhook all that when you go dump, I can see if you dump 3x a month but if your doing a dump a day, that can get old. I have seen the loader in front of the trailer and it staying on when you go dump but im sure the trailering gets hairy with clearance so i dont know what position is best, front or rear. I am guessing you have someone to help take that off when you go dump ??
  4. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
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    I used to run the exact same setup with my 7 x 12 Bri-Mar trailer but my loader is the 16HP Billy Goat. Same unit but they changed the motor. I dind't run any straps and the gate handled it just fine. They're pretty sturdy.

    A friend of mine has his mouted on the front of the trailer and I've worked with him and I can't stand it there. I feel pinned in and clastorphobic working in the space between the truck and trailer. To me it's like working in a closet.

    You just swing the gate open with the unit still on and tie it back to dump.

    Just noticed how short your vertical piece is. I thought they came stock with a taller one like mine.
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2010
  5. bradseabridge

    bradseabridge LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 720

    You should get a brace made that bolts onto the frame of your trailer under the door for the loader to sit on. That's what I would do, probably only cost you $50 or so.
  6. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
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    As Darryl said, you just swing the gate back to the side, with the vac on it, and I ratchet strap it to the side of the trailer to dump. Don't have to take the vac off. Dumping takes 4-5 minutes.
  7. NonStop

    NonStop LawnSite Member
    Messages: 73

    I too was wondering about the short "up-pipe" to the discharge. The lenght of the stock one was going to be an issue when I mounted in the front because I have to mount the unit high enough to clear the lid when I open it to get to the dump controls.

    The swing away mounted to the trailer (not the barn door) might be the way to go. Might have to fab something up.

    Anyone got close ups of what they have fabbed?

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    i have seen one guy with a cover for his but i dont know if it was specially made for him or not
  9. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
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    I think you're concerns about mounting on the barn door are unfounded...well exaggerated anyway. It's not gonna bend or break it. It can't really go anywhere. You could always put a latch of some sort on the top between the two doors to tie them together and give it a bit more lateral strength. Those doors are a heck of a lot heavier duty than a pickup truck trail gate, which is what those units are designed to hang on. I had mine there with no problem, not that I used it extensively.
  10. Greenguy1

    Greenguy1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 103

    2 things to increase the efficiency of that trailer... 1- add 1.5 inch black poly pipe as hoops to increase height for larger capacity.. can easily gain 3-4 ft and 2- raise discharge shoot. More capacity, less trips to dump = more profit$$$$

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