Leaf Box

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by corey4671, Nov 15, 2008.

  1. corey4671

    corey4671 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Ok guys. I've been building a leaf box for my 6x10 trailer the last couple of days. It has the 12" sides with expanded metal. Do I need to block this area off or will it be ok to leave it open? What I have done is mounted the plywood sides on top of the rail which gives me a box that is 6x10 5 feet high which should give me a total area of 300 cf or around 11 CY. I've got my eye on a 8HP Billy Goat loader on CL but if all else fails, I'm considering taking the motor and blower off my Agri Fab Mow n Vac and using it. I KNOW...not the best choice, but I'll make do with what I have for right now.
  2. corey4671

    corey4671 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Let's see if some pictures will increase interest. I am NOT a carpenter so go easy on my woodworking skills!





  3. gravedigger5

    gravedigger5 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 505

    the expanded metal sides should be ok unless you grind the leaves up in to dirt. You will need a tarp on the top and over the back when you are loading leaves with loader or they will be blowing out everywhere and also when you drive down the road.
  4. Phil G

    Phil G LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 843

    That's gonna do want you want it to.

    We all work to budgets.

    For the leaf time it's great.

    What's the point of spending big bucks when this will do the job :)

    If you stack the leaves high and they're wet you might find the sides will bow out. Consider fitting a bar across the middle, just watch you don't knock yer teeth out by walking into the cross bar when unloading. :dizzy:

    Good luck, Phil :ukflag:
  5. corey4671

    corey4671 LawnSite Silver Member
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    I thought I had mentioned that in my original post but I didn't . A tarp is the plan. Thanks
  6. corey4671

    corey4671 LawnSite Silver Member
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    yeah I had thought of that..actually what I might do is put some chain across there to hold it.
  7. corey4671

    corey4671 LawnSite Silver Member
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  8. jemvai

    jemvai LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Messages: 52

    I think you did a heck of a job. I need to do the same thing myself for next year.

    I have two questions:

    1. What was the approx cost?
    2. Where will you have the loader mounted?

    Again, nice job.
  9. GreenmanCT

    GreenmanCT LawnSite Senior Member
    from ct
    Messages: 557

    I like it. im considering doing something like that myself. So far i have been using a large tarp that i fold over and strap down.....it does the trick.
  10. corey4671

    corey4671 LawnSite Silver Member
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    I think the lumber cost me somewhere around $160 at lowes and I got all my bolts from Ace Hardware which was around maybe at the most $15. Had to buy a new skil saw too which was $40. Still need to buy a tarp to go over it. Believe it or not, I did 90% of this by myself. Had to get the wife to help me tighten two bolts simply because I couldn't reach to hold the wrench on the nut and use the cordless impact at the same time.

    If I use the Agri Fab motor I'll mount it on the tounge on the trailer. If I get this Billy Goat I'm looking at I'll just hang it on the tailgate of the truck. This loader is a 8hp Briggs with a new hose. Guy wants $500...considering offering him $350 cash for it.

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