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can i turn my giant vac leaf blower into a vacuum loader?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by clydesdale, Oct 3, 2005.

  1. clydesdale

    clydesdale LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 403

    Is there a way to make me 11hp blower, a vacuum loader? Thanks
  2. mkwl

    mkwl LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,700

    I too would like to know if it would be possible.
  3. mkwl

    mkwl LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,700

    Does ANYONE know is it is possible? I might be interested in making my 8HP Mighty Mac into a truckloader.
  4. kc2006

    kc2006 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    That would be very hard to do. You'd have to build a new housing and who knows if the turbine is built right to be able to do that. I'd imagine the actual loader turbines are alot stronger since they get the abuse of getting beat with leaves/sticks whatever else.

    By the time you get done ruining a 11hp blower and spending all the money to try and fab up a new housing you'd be better off buying a new or used loader.
  5. Jason Pallas

    Jason Pallas LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,335

    No - the fab work isn't that hard at all. I've looked into it and plan to do it this winter when things slow up. I believe the impellers are exactly the same as the blowers. I'm gonna convert an 11hp billy goat to a truck loader.
  6. kc2006

    kc2006 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    I'm pretty good when it comes to fabrication, but how do you presume to make a new housing?

    Unless its just a quick fabricated (when i say fabricated I mean a front and rear plate and then strips of metal bent around and welded so it would have a square inlet and outlet) unit? I'm interested to hear this. That quick fab'd way is the only way i can think of it, kind of hard to shape metal from the Round Inlet formed to the square body of the impeller housing without some form of press.
  7. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,029

    If you go here you can download the parts manuals on the blower and truck loader just to get a idea of the difference between the two fans.
    IMO, I don't believe a blower fan will hold up.
  8. CT18fireman

    CT18fireman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 611

    It is actually pretty easy, I have done it with a giant vac. unbolt to motor from the housing, spin the housing so the blower exhause points stright up. Buy the intake hose and converter to replace the intake cover over the impeller. Fabricate a tube to load the leafs and you are set.
  9. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943

    I have an older Little Wonder 8hp blower with the vacuum hose attachment.

    Works quite well.

    Has a 10' intake hose and a 20' discharge hose. Older Little Wonder blower impellers were built to take the abuse.

    I don't use it much for vacuuming anymore. May be willing to sell if anyone wants it locally.

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