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any one use shred n vacs for clean up

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by ronnie Greenwood, Mar 28, 2003.

  1. ronnie Greenwood

    ronnie Greenwood LawnSite Member
    from Il
    Messages: 33

    I was just wondering if any body uses shed n vacks for residental clean up and do they even work
  2. Awilkinson

    Awilkinson LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 96

    I tried to use one once. It was a toro I bought used, very used, made it 10 feet before it died. worked good up till then. LOL. Now I have found that it is so old that I can not get parts for it. Glad it was only $55.00. Now it has a great home in the back of my barn.:angel:
  3. TJLC

    TJLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,308

    I have an Echo shred n vac. It works very well for what I use it for. I use it along curbs mostly, to pickup leaves and cig butts, etc.
  4. RidgeCon

    RidgeCon LawnSite Member
    Messages: 72

    We use chipper/vacs, I imagine they are the same thing. We do a lot of municipal clean up of parks, sports field etc. They work great for us, we can set them so they will stand grass straight up after vacuuming. Clients love it because it it brings the grass back after a game and looks great. It has separate chutes for chipping and says it take a good sized stake but don't use it for that, just the odd branches we come upon during vacuuming.
  5. Blessed 1

    Blessed 1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 516

    It is the least used item that I bought in 2002. I have the larger Echo. PITA when a stick gets caught in the impeller and you have to get a screwdriver to take the tube off to get the stick out. I would not buy another. I need to start using it for curbs to at least get something out of it!:rolleyes:
  6. weve

    weve LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Central Illinois
    Messages: 384

    I use my Echo shred n vac as little as possible. I occasionally use it on leaves, etc. in swirling wind conditions near buildings. I broke the impeller with a stick the first day I had it and broke a piece out of the plastic housing last fall. I glued the housing back together.
  7. hnter

    hnter LawnSite Member
    Messages: 60

    the problem with the echo shred-n-vacs is that they will vacuum more than they will shred, i.e. sticks that will jam the impeller, bark and mulch that will rattle around in the tube or housing and go nowhere, and plastic bags and vines that will wrap around the impeller...and taking the tube off to clear any jams or stuck debris is a pain...i use my es2400 (replaced now with the 231) to clean window wells on occasion, but it can get frustrating...i imagine the other brands have similar problems...
  8. PaulJ

    PaulJ LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,774


    I think you're talking about something different and bigger.

    The shred-n-vacs are Handheld blowers with a large shut on the inlet and a bag on the outlet.

    I use one some for cleanups. It's nice to get leaves out of doorways, corners and window-wells. also along curbs .
    It can help get leaves better on windy days than a blower .
    I will usually get everything I can with the blowers and mower then pick up whatever left with the vac.
    Mines an Efco, I'll go with Still or Echo next time.
  9. ronnie Greenwood

    ronnie Greenwood LawnSite Member
    from Il
    Messages: 33

    thannks for the info i am thinking i will pass lol
  10. BigDave

    BigDave LawnSite Member
    Messages: 148

    I think they might be more beneficial to homeowners than commerical folks. I have the Stihl SH-85, and it's great to pick up leaves in the flower beds, and to double as a blower (though of course it's not a terribly powerful blower).


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