Leaf plows ..worth it?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by xtreem3d, Oct 31, 2012.

  1. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d LawnSite Senior Member
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    Anyone use a leaf plow and was it worth using? easy to damage ? ect
  2. Puddle of Oil

    Puddle of Oil LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,203

    Nope, you'll ruin the turf and decrease the life of your pumps. I'd look at getting a bigger blower before I get a leaf plow.
  3. blakescape

    blakescape LawnSite Member
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    I bought two jrco leaf plows for my 52" turf tracers. Last year we used tarps and it was a PITA. On the small jobs, tarps are perfect; but on the large jobs, too much time and energy is wasted on raking onto the tarp, dragging the tarp and unloading it. We have 3 br600s and one 13hp blower, but there are only so many leaves you can push with high powered blowers before you have to start tarping or pushing the accumulating piles. We have an 80hp diesel leaf vac, so the most time consuming part of leaf removal for me is getting the leaves to my truck Tarping took way too time and manpower last year, so I'm trying out the plows with a smaller crew this year.

    Dragging tarps with wet leaves over wet fine fescue will damage the lawn. As long as the wheels on your mower dont start slipping, the plows will be fine.

    Also, these plows will keep my mowers working past lawn season into early december. I can only depreciate my mowers for 5yrs, so if the pumps don't last past 5yrs, then I will be replacing the mowers anyways.

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    You will find the jrco bar alone on the front of the mower is all you need to push piles. That is all we use and we push monster piles to the truck.
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  5. ianls

    ianls LawnSite Member
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    Yes, they are worth it. Saves a ton of time on medium to large clean-ups. My mower works harder getting in the trailer than it does pushing piles of leaves so I wouldn't worry about it too much. I posted this video elsewhere but this is what my setup can do.


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