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Leaf Vacume Earns its Keep so says Newsday Writer.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Az Gardener, Dec 13, 2006.

  1. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,899

    Thought you leaf junkies might enjoy this.

    Research & Editorial
    Title: Leaf Vac Earns Keep
    Issue: LOL - December 05, 2006

    Leaf Vac Earns Keep

    DR’s walk-behind leaf and debris vac is worth its approximately $1,200 price tag, a Newsday reviewer concluded in November.

    New York Newsday writer Gary Dymski recently spent time with a DR leaf vacuum in search of relief from suburban heavy-autumn leaf fall. This past season, he wrote in November, he tested the suction of a walk-behind from Vermont- based DR Power Equipment.

    This DR self-propelled unit runs about $1,200, but he says it’s worth it. Armed with a 6-horsepower engine and a steel impeller blade that spins at 3,250 rpm, the DR walk-behind has a suction force of 123 mph. Leaves, acorns, nuts, pine cones and pine needles, twigs and virtually anything on the lawn is whooshed into a dust-reducing nylon bag.

    The debris is mulched at a 4-to-1 ratio, so the bag holds about 30 gallons or 80 pounds before requiring emptying. The mulch was fine enough to use for weed cover behind our 125-foot-long retaining wall on the back of our half-acre lot. The only real drawback – and this I’m told goes for all types of smaller yard vacs – is emptying. It’s difficult to empty the unit’s large collector bag into the paper bags most towns and villages distribute for curbside pickup. But DR power equipment has a solution – a disposable nylon liner bag that substitutes for paper and plastic. A 12-pack of disposable bags is $19.95.

    Looks like a lawnmower.

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