Leaf vacuum question,...

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jrwinter74, Oct 8, 2004.

  1. jrwinter74

    jrwinter74 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 51

    I've been debating on buying a commercial vacuum. I currently have a sweeper that works great but the only problem with it is you have to dump it and then pick up the pile after your finished sweeping. I thought about a DR Comercial vacuum,...what are you guys using. Thanks! JWinter
  2. macaw

    macaw LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 415

  3. beransfixitinc

    beransfixitinc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 592

    Hmm.. I tested a Little Wonder wheeled vac the other day, on Arizona Ash seeds on a soaking wet concrete patio and it sucked like a charm. Had a 6 HP Briggs engine on it and a vinal sheathed bag which would have blocked any dust had it been dry stuff. Hit corners real well also. Think they are around $895 or somewhere around there.
  4. HOLLYWOOD6973

    HOLLYWOOD6973 LawnSite Member
    from PGH PA
    Messages: 77

    I was using a BILLYGOAT . Now IM using an X-TREME VAC
  5. MowforMoney

    MowforMoney LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    How did you like those two vacs?
  6. jrwinter74

    jrwinter74 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 51

    :D That's really good info. and after a couple of hours this AM doing research on the internet, I think I'm going with the Little Wonder Truck Loader. Only problem now is fabricating a box on the front of my 6 x 16" tandem axle trailer to blow the debis into and also leaving the back half of the trailer open so I can still take my mower, blower, sweeper, etc. to get the job done. Thanks again! JWinter
  7. walker-talker

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

    Have you considered using your truck to haul the debris? It would leave you more room on your trailer, plus you could leave your trailer at home then go dump your load.
  8. jrwinter74

    jrwinter74 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 51

    My trailer-pulling vehicle is a Toyota 4Runner. I know, I know,..it's not a Chevy, Dodge or Ford Workhorse but it's paid for and until I just have to buy something else,... payup JWinter
  9. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Messages: 2,572

    I use a 4Runner also....
  10. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    So let me get this straight. You're going to purchase a $1600 leaf vac to fill up the front of your 16' trailer that you are also hauling your equipment on? Hmm.... let's see.....That will = one big fancy vac that can run for about 5 minutes before you have to go dump your trailer. I'm sorry, but I DON'T think this is the proper delegation of equipment, here. I think your money could be better spent on somethingmore USEFUL to your operation. I think I would be looking at faster ways to GATHER and collect the leaves, rather than just some faster way of loading them. Don't get me wrong, the LW leaf vac is a wonderful thing, just not for your application. That would be like purchasing a Bobcat to fill up a wheelbarrow. ;)

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