Best way to do leaf removal

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by intimidator782, Oct 6, 2010.

  1. intimidator782

    intimidator782 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 77

    I understand that the absolulte best way to do a leaf removal is with a walker and a Billy Goat Leaf vac with an F 350 leaf box. BUT ive just started looking into leaf removal. i currently have a Husqvarna 150BT that serves me well and is pretty strong. My main question is would one of those 3-in-1 mulcher/chipper/shredder things work for small jobs and stuff? I would love to have a billy goat walk behind leaf vac but in no way can afford one. I want to advertise leaf cleanup this year but was wondering if a leaf vac like that would work.
  2. armyofgoodmusic

    armyofgoodmusic LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    A lot of people including myself use gator type blades to mulch the hell out of leaves by going over them multiple times. Then using a side bagger or powered bagger go back and pick up what hasnt disappeared into the grass.
  3. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Messages: 3,613

    Billy goat walk behind vac? Arent those 30" wide? That would not be fast. Fastest way is bag em with your mower. Either through a regular bager or pony motor collection system of some sort
  4. hammmerhead

    hammmerhead LawnSite Senior Member
    from ozarks
    Messages: 264

    I have been looking at the Troy built Chipper, Shredder Vacs as well. Maybe someone can give us a run down on them.

    This one isnt exactly cheap, but seems to be much less than the upper line of the Billy Goats. It looks like the John Deere line up is exactly like the Billy Goat line up. Maybe Billy Goat builds them for JD??

    I wish this one had the hose with it for tight places.
  5. Kartanimal29

    Kartanimal29 LawnSite Member
    from Ct.
    Messages: 209

    Buy a Echo BP 770
  6. memphis.landscape

    memphis.landscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 141

    Can't go wrong with a tarp and back pack blower.
  7. bradseabridge

    bradseabridge LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 720

    back pack blower into long windrow, then drive the truck to it and suck em up with the leaf vac. If there is a gate in the back yard, tarp and drag it as close to the gate as possible and run the loader hose through the gate and suck off the tarp. That's how I do it for really big end of fall jobs.

    For the pre-fall jobs with all my current customers I go over every 2-3 weeks with the walkbehind and highlift blades with the grass catcher and just pick them up. That way they don't need to pay me a ridiculous amount of money at the end of the year.
  8. intimidator782

    intimidator782 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 77

    I need a bagger for my Toro 36"
  9. bradseabridge

    bradseabridge LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 720

    baggers are cheap, go to and get one I got mine from there, or check on ebay.
  10. abraham

    abraham LawnSite Member
    Messages: 78

    i discovered this method 2 days ago. blow the beds and away from the house, then mulch the leaves, then lower the deck accordingly and bag them,you'll make 100.00 an hour.

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