Leaf loader intake hose.. ideal length?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Lawn-Scapes, Oct 29, 2010.

  1. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,810

    I bought a used leaf loader and it needs a new intake hose. 10' seems to be standard length but never having used a loader before... I'd like to know what you all think. Is 10' enough? 12 better? 14? Thanks!
  2. stan the man

    stan the man LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 702

    i have 10ft and that ok to me
  3. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,008

    The longer the better IMO. We run 20 ft and could use another 5 from time to time. Mounting height has a lot to do with it. We can pull from 15 ft away easy. Takes less man power to get the large piles done. No we don't see a loss of power, but our unit intake is slightly smaller than similar units with the same HP and fan size. Our tube is also smooth inside so less friction loss as well. Let me put it this way, the other day I watched a 10lb softball size rock enter the tube and it almost made it to the fan. Felt it drop when the rpm went down.
  4. M&S_Lawncare

    M&S_Lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 111

    Our hose is around 10' also I wish it was longer so we dont have to keep pulling the truck forward or pulling the leaves back to the hose !!!!

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    a longer hose would make it much easier
  6. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    Regardless of how much hose you have, having an assist such as a rod with a bungy around the hose will help with the overall weight of the hose.
  7. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Messages: 2,572

    I bought a new hose this year and went with 12'........glad I did......makes a big difference especially since I am solo most the time...
  8. Mowbizz

    Mowbizz LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 970

    I think my hose is the standard 10 feet...what I do most of the time is lay the hose on the ground and rake the leaves to it...works much faster than trying to use it like a vacuum cleaner on a carpet...less work too.... A nice wide rake makes it easy to keep feeding that sucker...I can face the inlet of the hose in different directions to "point" it at another part of the leaf pile. I work solo.

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