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Leaf Vac as a mulch spreader

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by All American CL, Mar 9, 2009.

  1. All American CL

    All American CL LawnSite Member
    Messages: 42

    I am wondering if anyone has done this before or have any results from doing this? I am thinking of reversing essentially a leaf vacuum and spreading mulch with it. I understand that some mulch will not work and defeat the purpose since the leaf vac will shred the mulch. :usflag:
  2. Classified

    Classified LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 988

    Ha, I have thought about trying it but during leaf season i end uo sucking up a fair amount of mulch and it doesnt sound good going through the blade.

    I am curious to hear if anyone else has done it though.
  3. baddboygeorge

    baddboygeorge LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,249

    as long as the mulch is good an dry it will blow just like a mulch blower, make a tray to fed the intake hose an on the discharge side start off with 6 inch black drain pipe an taper down to a 4 inch, blow away !!
  4. All American CL

    All American CL LawnSite Member
    Messages: 42

    So have you actuly done this before? I am considering buying a debris loader from billy goat and using it as a multi purpose debris loading monster. If you have any more info about what was used or some suggestions.
  5. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    If anyone has tried to suck up a pile of wet leaves with a leaf loader knows how hard it is on the system.

    If the mulch was good and dry, I might try it, but I would be sketchy.

    Besides, I think most mulch blowers use a two stage system.
  6. Classified

    Classified LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 988

    It would be nice to be able to reroute the mulch from going through the impeller. Just use the suction/discharge of it.

    Im sure it would take alot more than this to work though considering the Finn blowers start somwhere around 20 grand on up to 150 grand.

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