Fall cleanup with a 21?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by unkownfl, Jul 21, 2010.

  1. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,711

    FINALLY some one else has discovered the snapper hi vac for cleanups!
  2. scott312

    scott312 LawnSite Member
    from Houston
    Messages: 8

    You're right about that.
  3. mowisme

    mowisme LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 904

    do even the 'vintage' snapper hi-vac's do well with leaves? Got one but never use..My LB's seem to suck up pretty good.
  4. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 37,804


    Do you mulch or bag? I bag with mine it bags a LOT better than my 48" WB. I get tiny leaves, twigs, and everything else sucked up in.

    I agree, I can't leave mulched up leaves on my properties. Even if my clients don't say anything, I desire a nice clean look. I never tried letting the collector fill up first. I may try that this year. At a prior job, we used to discharge everything with the WB then suck up everything with the collector on the Z because it's so much easier collecting on a Z with a spindle collector than a freaking WB collector.
  5. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    Would one of those debris vacs, like one of the billy goat's, work for you? It seems to me that a debris vac would work better than a 21" mower....It'd have a bigger bag and would most likely shred the leaves better.
  6. AOD

    AOD LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 331

    +1 on the Hi Vac. Mine is 27 yrs old and still works great. My 21" toro doesn't pick up that great either, not all bagging systems are created equally. Never tried the JS45 with a bag though. Here it's mostly silver and sugar maples, and a few red oaks.
  7. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,463

    i discovered it at the end of last season. we had an unusual fall last season that overwhelmed me and a buddy gave me the tip.

    before the end of last season i was bagging everything in one pass, stopping way to much emptying the bagger as i'm sure all have experiences. then i purchased a trac vac for the 52" walkbehind i was using at the time and that helped speed things along. i sold that mower and modified the trac vac for my 36" mower.

    mostly though i put the catcher on the 52" and just start mowing. let it fill up. it will mulch the leaves once the catcher is full but not so fine that the mower can't pick them up. on the second pass everything gets picked up sometimes without stopping to empty the bagger even once.

    my buddy does this with his sit down 60" ztr with 3 bagger unit.
  8. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 37,804

    I'll definitely give that a try this year. Thanks for the advice. Seems a lot easier than emptying every pass live I've been doing. Maybe next year I can stop bagging with the walk behind and buy a Z with a bagger.
  9. ACA L&L

    ACA L&L LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,102

    Well said, when i first started, thats all i needed, we would tarp all the leaves then run mower over lawns to clean it up and man does the snapper hi vac clean it up. over 12 years now and i still load that baby onto my trailer once the leaves start falling. we do however have walkers now which really do a bang up job but the snapper fits in the gates for the smaller cookie cutters......have funn!
  10. Lawncutting27

    Lawncutting27 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 259

    Side discharge it to a bagging point. half of the leaves will disappear the other half will be reduced. When you say you have so many leaves you can't blow them with a br600 forget about bagging with a 21.

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