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Best Leaf Removal Setup

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ztrguy, Aug 18, 2006.

  1. ztrguy

    ztrguy LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE FL
    Messages: 466

    What's the best Leaf Removal setup without a trailer? Cabover or pickup truck? What is the best leaf box for the truck? Leaf cleanup is almost here, help me decide what to buy for leaf removal! Post pictures, ideas, anything that will help! No Trailers Please!
  2. westwind

    westwind LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 444

    no trailer.? go with a solid box, dump insert, 10hp loader or better.
    we use boxed in 16 ft. dump trailers with a 16 hp. loader. Good Luck.
  3. MysticLandscape

    MysticLandscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,020

    I got my 250 with a dump insert we put 9 foot sides on it. I got a leaf sucker and two walkers the back pack blowers and soon a little wonder and we can do some serious leaves with that set up but soon im getting a 350 dump so it will be even better.
  4. guven

    guven LawnSite Member
    Messages: 205

    I put two 3/4 6X5 plywood in my tacoma's bed .I press the leaf in the bed, I can carry over 1500 lbs leaf with it. I use back pack blower, rake and tarp
    this set up was my last year set up and this fall going to be same but next year I would like to buy dump truck for my fall & spring clean up and mulch jobs.
  5. par69

    par69 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 50

    I do not bag my clippings. I have a Zero turn mower. I find that if you run over the leaves backwards it shred's them up. So as i mow I throw the clippings and the leaves to the middle and then run it over in reverse. If there is a big mess I just blow them into the grass.

    I just bought a John Deere with mulch on demand 757. I am exited about trying it out on the leaves.
  6. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,292

    I thought us southern guys were the only ones who knew this little secret.
  7. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    As stated the best removal system is to not remove them if you can. Oaks have to go, too much acid for the grass. If you aren't going to use a trailer build up high sides on your pickup and have at it. Hopefully you have a dump bed or else you better start charging more because you are going to work to get them off every time.
  8. PROCUT1

    PROCUT1 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from TN
    Messages: 4,891

    One thing that I have learned with a leaf box if you're using a truck vacuum is to make sure you can get a huge amound of air out of the box VERY FAST. We tried a million different setup for our leaf box and found that none let the air out enough for leaves to not blow out of the box somewhere while you were loading.

    A plywood roof with a bajillion holes drilled in it didnt work and neither did any of the screening and the like that we tried.

    We finally built a leaf box with the sides covered and used a mesh truck tarp for the top and I didnt think it would work, but it works great.

    The secret is getting the air out of the box.

    Now they mulch the yard up with meg-mos then go over it with a trac-vac and suck it up with the truck. We use a cab-over mitsubishi fuso.
  9. Shuter

    Shuter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,171

    My set-up is a 6 x 10 dump trailer with a 16 hp Billy Goat leaf loader. I blow the leaves with wb and back-pack blowers into large piles and then load the leaves into the trailer. I have done this for 5 years an it works very well. If not using a trailer, you would need a dump insert with a high box.
  10. jazak

    jazak LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 843

    The best I've seen has been a 4x4 Mitsubishi FG with a 14' lanscape dump with 9' high sides and a 12hp leaf vac & 7'x14' dump trailer with 10' sides and 16hp leaf vac. Plus a F-350 crew cab with 7x14' inclosed trailer full of little wonders & bp blowers. They blew right through like 4 houses in a row in like 1-2 hours. They had about 6 workers.

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