Do you use a Trac Vac

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by CUTTING EDGE 03, Dec 31, 2004.


    CUTTING EDGE 03 LawnSite Member
    from MO
    Messages: 16

    Yesterday my friend and I picked up approximately 6 million leaves (avg width of leaf x length x depth x # of trees divided by the total number of trees then multiply by leaf factor, which in this case was a 3.

    Anyway, my point is does anyone use a Trac Vac 288 Leaf Trailer or a truck loader. I would be very interested in getting your opinions on this equipment.
    Also, for you guys that do pick up leaves what type of equipment do you use?

    Too sore to work today.
  2. cklands

    cklands LawnSite Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 360

    We use a Billy Goat leaf loader. The trac vac is just one more thing you have to tow around. It's easier to just back the truck in the driveway.
  3. macaw

    macaw LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 416

    I use a cyclone rake the only way to go.
  4. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    We have 6 Trac Vacs. 4 of them are Model 470 used on WB's. The other 2 (previously used on 3-wheelers) were modified to use on a coupe of Toro 325D Groundsmaster.
  5. BobR

    BobR LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 714

    After winrowing the leaves I pick it all up and haul it away using the following..

    Chevy 2500hd
    Truck Craft TC120
    Trac Vac 280/fd
    Billy Goat 23hp leaf loader

    Chevy and TC120 are used daily, Trac Vac n BG loader are low use (two months a year) but are real labor savers.

  6. glllc

    glllc LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Messages: 61

    We have 3 i could not do it with out them especially in the fall.
  7. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,725

    One of my Lazers has the trac vac 462Z model, which is awesome for grass. As for leaves just not big enough I want to get a trac vac 662 and put it on a 72 lazer it will require some heavy weights on the front but twin cans would be sweet. As for fall clean ups they are great for the final cut but I find the amount of leaves we get is too much for picking them up that way. Its far better for us to blow and push the leaves to the street then suck them up then to try to suck them off the lawn. Some of our accounts can see upwards of 4-8 inches of leaves over the entire yard. Oak trees can be nasty and maples are just as bad up here.
  8. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,725

    It got me interested so I figured out the cubic feet of the vac I have came out to only 7.5 cubic feet so perhaps the trac vac model 1060 would be a cool thing to pick up for fall or spring with its 50 cubic foot capacity.

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