Pine cone picker-upper?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by wildduck1520, Apr 8, 2006.

  1. wildduck1520

    wildduck1520 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    Can anyone tell me where to get a device for picking up pinecones,etc without bending down 200 times?
  2. dcplace2004

    dcplace2004 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 423

    that you squeeze at one end and the other end has two fingers with rubber grips that grab...I think it would do just fine for picking up pine cones...
  3. Duck Dodger

    Duck Dodger LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 347

    I know it isn't good for it but I have used my walker to pick up pinecones.
  4. SCFF

    SCFF LawnSite Member
    Messages: 99

    I know Wal-Mart has something, I can't remember the name but it costs about 10 bucks and works pretty well for whatever (bottles, cans, trash, ect. It has a squeeze handle, and is pretty back friendly. Hope this helps.
  5. dhenegar

    dhenegar LawnSite Member
    Messages: 143

    Try a pull behind lawn sweeper. It works pretty good. I use it around here for picking up chestnut burrs and acorns.
  6. wmsland

    wmsland LawnSite Member
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 127

    Try a pooper-scooper.
  7. howardsells2000

    howardsells2000 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 355

    What about mowing over them and let the bagger catch them. I'm new at this business myself but I had a lawn that was covered with pine cones and thats what I did. I used my 36" Ferris walk behind with my grass gobbler attached. It worked pretty good. I did have to sometimes go back over a spot to get them all.
  8. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,332

    Go to AM Leonard's website, and look under the fruit harvesting tools. I can't remember the link or name, but they sell a tool perfect for picking up small pinecones, walnuts,apples, etc. It was around 45 bucks a couple of summers ago. I got my step dad one for picking up butternuts. It has a steel basket that rolls on the ground, and the pressure of an object forces the steel on the basket to open and pick up the objects.
  9. sikagrass

    sikagrass LawnSite Member
    Messages: 238

    I dont think Id even leave the house without my grabber. I usually go thru a yard before i cut, if I dont I always wish I did. HD sells one for like 20 bucks, been using the same one for 2 years, that ought to fix you up.
  10. burns60

    burns60 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 291

    The "grabber" is the way to pick them up for sure. But, here I go again with bragging on the Exmark mulching kit. I have picked up pine cones enough to fill a 40 gallon trash barrell from 3 trees more than once. Then I decided to see what the mulcher would do to them. Presto, at the very most in 1/4 the time I got rid of them and did not leave the seat or bend over once. What did it do to the blades?, nothing. Have also done this with magnolia leaves and burrs (cones) with just the discharge plate covering the chute. Some of the pine cones disappear completely, some leave a piece about a third of the cone, so "hit" it again and usually it will be gone.

    My next experiment will be using gator blades to see how much they help out the mulching process.

    Got a question for some of you that have used the gators. How do they do with pine straw? With the regular mulching blades I don't have much luck with the pine straw.

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