Custom tracvac for Great Dane Surfer

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by peahlybros., Sep 15, 2010.

  1. peahlybros.

    peahlybros. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 115

    Hey guys,

    Had this put together about a month ago. Before I put up any pictures, I wanted to see how it worked. It is awesome to say the least. Its a 6.5hp unit designed to be pulled behind a ztr. I got a great deal on the unit so I couldnt resist not buying it and made it to fit my machine. Used it on a huge dethatching job and it sucked up all of the thatch with no problems. Gets a little scary when it fills up because the machine is really front heavy, but other than that it tracks perfectly.






  2. peahlybros.

    peahlybros. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 115

    a couple more pics




  3. KE-llc

    KE-llc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 638

    looks like it clogs easily with the blower so far away from the discharge and the severe turn in the hose
  4. peahlybros.

    peahlybros. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 115

    I thought the same thing when we were making it. But it was so easy to hook it to the front that it was worth giving a try. Haven't had it clog yet, I guess we will see when I start doing leaves. One thing that is nice about it is that there is so much force coming out of the discharge and the vacuum is so powerful that it doesnt really have much chance to clog. The only thing I wish is that there was some way to tell when the trash can gets full (like an LED indicator light or something).

    I think im gunna rig a handle on the hose so that I can use the vacuum in flower beds and hard to reach places.
  5. Kennedy Landscaping

    Kennedy Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,597

    Nice setup, a leaf extension is going to get ordered for my accelerator bagger for next season most likely. I'll probably end up leaving it on during mowing season too but I'm not sure just yet.
  6. bobcat48

    bobcat48 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,176

    Nice setup.thoose trac vacs are real nice.
  7. peahlybros.

    peahlybros. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 115

    Update on the tracvac. After using it throughout the fall season I could not be happier. The only time it ever clogged was when it got way overfull. But once we got the feel for how much it could hold we never got clogged. The 6.5hp vac provided far too much suction for anything to get clogged in the sharp turns of the hose (which was what I was expecting to happen). I also thought that having it so far out front would make the mower too long, but in fact it was better because the operator can see the machine better and therefore limited any possible accidents.
  8. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,795

    nice set up man, i would like something like that , but not sure i would not just want a big dumping one for our kubota mowers instead!?

    we dont stripe duing leaf jobs, we jsut get them sucked up as quick as we can and the strips from the year still stand out and the contrast of a dark green lawn agains the dying landscape is nice
  9. Jelinek61

    Jelinek61 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 542

    That should work great. The only problem is decreased visability. As far as an indicator for knowing when its full goes....i've seen guys put a rod that comes out the top with a disk at the bottom that moves up when the hopper is full. Something kina like this. hah

  10. LawnSite Member
    from Earth
    Messages: 116

    The leaves would fill up to and around it and not push it up. I dont think that would wrk at all.

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