Leaf loader questions...

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Lawn-Scapes, Oct 29, 2003.

  1. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,810

    I don't know anything about leaf loaders but think I'd like to pick a used one up. I was thinking along the lines of a 5 - 8hp unit. I'm not looking to do a lot of major clean ups. Is a 5hp okay? Is there any to stay away from? Will I need to have an enclosed box on the back of my truck or would just sides be okay?
  2. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    A 5-8hp would be too small and sides would be okay if your box is going to be 40ft long, otherwise it's probably going to blow right back out. Do a search, there has been many threads and pictures in the last two weeks.
  3. Heron Cove PM

    Heron Cove PM LawnSite Member
    Messages: 216

    8 hp is "NOT" to small... I have an 8 hp TracVac that I us and it does just fine.:rolleyes:

    PRO PROPERTY CARE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 198

    get at least a 11hp loader. I have the billy goat 11hp.. It works well but the next size up is a lot better. A another fellow that I know has the bigger billy goat and its intake is a much bigger and doesnt bog down. Especailly on wet stuff....
    Yes you need an inclosed box to blow into , or it goes everywhere......
    I use the ultravac on my z and with my loader it makes leaf cleanup very easy....
    hope this helps...
  5. LawnCrafters

    LawnCrafters LawnSite Member
    Messages: 133

    Does anyone even make a 5 or 8hp loader. Smallest I've ever seen was the 11hp.
  6. LB Landscaping

    LB Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 1,309

    Billy goat did, not sure if they still do. I have an 11 HP also, she works good but I am going to retire her next year and go with the 16 HP. Bigger is better!!!!!
  7. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    www.trac-vac.com makes a 8hp model. I use a 5hp vac from a lawn mower bagger as a truck loader and with a 6" pipe it works fine. No clogs, has enough engine power for the fan but next year I want a 11 or 16hp with bigger fan and hose. 5hp Works for me though. Yes you need an enclosed box.
  8. mike9497

    mike9497 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    get at least a 11hp like this one

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  9. Shuter

    Shuter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,171

    I have found as I go though this business that if I have choices for a size of a piece of equipment, it is better to always go up a size if possible.

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