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Front mount Leaf Vac

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by khlandscapingllc, Jul 31, 2018.

  1. khlandscapingllc

    khlandscapingllc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    Anyone have any experience or ideas for mounting a leaf vac on the front of a truck that already has a plow receiver attached to the frame?
    Current setup is a Billy goat DL18 on a swing away hitch (rear mounted), but it doesn't swing out quite far enough to clear the gate when dumping.
  2. MNLawns

    MNLawns LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from MN
    Messages: 1,298

    I've seen some vids on utube with guys doing it with 35hp ones, you may want to check with local law enforcement first...
  3. beck

    beck LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 512

    We run 2 vacs off of plow mounts.

    Both on Isuzu cabover trucks so great visibility and turning radius.

    The first one we had is a 16hp trac vac that that goes into a plywood box on our switch and go. The second is a 35 hp billy goat that shoots into a tarp system via a custom fabricated bulkhead.

    For the first on and the 16hp we had a second "push beam" fabricated that replaced the plows push beam. So switching from leaves to snow means you need to switch the push beam. The other truck does not plow so we do not have that problem of switching.
    Both truck brackets use a dual receiver hitch to support the leaf vac and mount.
    The 16hp we can lift off and on but the 35 hp weighs a lot more and we connect 3 trailer jacks (one on each side and one in the front) to it to take it on and off the truck and move it around the shop. 1.4.12phonepics 225.jpg index.jpg Blackberry 028.jpg
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  4. hort101

    hort101 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from S.E. New England
    Messages: 16,648

    Beautiful set upThumbs UpThumbs Up
    Like the trucks too:weightlifter:
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  5. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,608

    The first leaf vacs back in the day where front mounted off plows
    All backyard mechanic/welder stuff
  6. beck

    beck LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 512

    Here is a pic of them together. 9A922238-3E12-419A-9F64-688FA8D1386E.jpeg
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