Leaf loader question

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mowerman41, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. mowerman41

    mowerman41 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I live in CT and I have noticed that a lot of companies are using leaf loaders year round. The accounts that they bag they just dump the grass near the truck then when there done they turn on the leaf loader and suck it up. I know most people on here don't bag, but I have a good amount they pay me extra to bag. I have recently hurt my back in my full time job and think it would be better for me to look into this method of bagging. Any help would be appreciated!
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  2. mowerman41

    mowerman41 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Sorry my question was how many horsepower leaf loader should I use and what brand?
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  3. chagh2.0

    chagh2.0 LawnSite Member
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    when it comes to loaders go with the bigest you can at lease something over 16 horse as far as year round I don't think its worth it. I bag alot too. the box the loader and all that just uses to much gas.
  4. mowerman41

    mowerman41 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks for the insight. I was thinking about the fuel too.
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  5. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
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    I would go with a 18 horse Honda billy goat.
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  6. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
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    Truck loaders do not suck up wet grass very well at all. For the extra space to carry them, time to set them up at each job, and having to have your leaf box on all the time, for me it wasn't worth it to mess with the leaf loader. I used a 6-7 tine manure forke and pitched the clippings onto the truck. The guy that bought my business has two truck loaders mounted, one on a trailer toung, the other he custum mounted to his truck body. He doesen't use either one for clippings any more and they take a beating every day just being mounted and out in the eliments.
  7. greengiant9963

    greengiant9963 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Have been on the fence for the last couple seasons. Was going to get a 18 to 20 horse leaf loader to use year round for grass and leafs. I know they are great for leafs but here mixed reviews on how it does in the spring with grass.

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