Power brooms for Spring clean ups?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Clean Cut Lawns, Feb 23, 2002.

  1. Clean Cut Lawns

    Clean Cut Lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 132

    Has any one ever used power brooms for spring clean ups?
    How well do they work?
    Do they save time?
    Do they damage the turf at all?

    I was looking into adding a power broom to my walker.

    Thanks for all your help!!!
  2. walker-talker

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

    I wonder the same! I just purchased the dethatching tine attatchment for my Walker. I have not used it yet, but have read threads stating that it works well for clean-ups. It attatches to the front of GHS deck.

  3. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    The power broom is a very expensive and time consuming way to do a cleanup. 2001 Prices to follow.The power broom (2158.00)has to be used with the quick hitch (863.00). When you are done you still have to get off and shovel that mess to get rid of it. Then you need to put your deck back on to cut.

    I think its a nice concept if you get consistently dirty walkways or light dustings of snow over a mile of sidewalk but its really not the most efficient way to do spring cleanups.

    The spring tine dethatcher is an excellent tool. It isn't a true dethatcher but I'll leave that discussion for another time. The unit just snaps on the front of the deck frame with no tools in about 10 seconds and comes off just as quick. You run over the dormant lawn with this and vacuum up the debris with the GHS and off you go. I make big $$$$ with this set up in about 5 weeks. My dethatcher was paid for with the first job and I paid for a new Walker in less than a year. Not bragging but just trying to show you potential, oh I forgot to tell you I did this part time and solo.
    You have to find what works for you but I really dont think you want to spend 3K to do something that you could have done easier for 200.00. Good Luck
  4. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,205

    i have a power broom attachment for my echo split shaft trimmer. it works excellent for spring cleanups. i take a couple swaths on the lawn to get the sand up, and then push the sand away from the curb good so the sweeper can get it. the attachmen was $300. if you do a lot of cleanups, you may want to spring for a dedicated sweepster. they work really well and dont damage the turf at all. i have a tine rake dethather for my scag(jrco), and it works excellent. i usually blow all the leaves and twigs off, and then mow with the bagger and dethatcer all in one shot. i definately recommend the sweeper though.
  5. captdevo

    captdevo LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 932

    you don't have one???

    go demo, you'll have one then.

    these are worth their weight in gold.
  6. thelawnguy

    thelawnguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,411

    They are a must-have.

    IMO you are better off with a dedicated unit such as a Sweepster for around $2000 so you can use the walker for picking up the loosened material.
  7. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    We must be talking about two different things here. A full sized powerbroom, or a powersweep attachment for a trimmer. I don't know much about the full sized deal, but I DO know that the powersweep attachment like what the Stihl is available with is an incredible asset. This is the one that goes on a trimmer unit, and has the drum with the rubber flaps. I happen to clean out quite a few ditches and median areas that covered in gravel from the road plows during the winter. Before, what I'd have to do, was rake the sones downward on each side of the ditches to the bottom. To do this, of course, you're hacking back and forth diagonally with the rake to effectively move the gravel. Then, I would pile the gravel up intp small piles, so I could use the flat shovel to pitch it back up onto the side of the road. HASSLE! Now, I can use the Stihl FS85, and simply move the gravel quickly and effectively UP the ditch and onto the shoulder with one cean stroke - the first time. Simple, and unbelievabally fast. This is done completely clean with NO damage to the turf whatsoever. This unit is also great for moving other materials also. Some materials that are even difficult to move otherwise. (i.e. rotten fruit).
  8. MuskTurfKing

    MuskTurfKing LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 338

    I think I may check into that sweeper for the trimmer, we have a big pear tree in our backyard and it makes a big mess when they start dropping.

  9. captdevo

    captdevo LawnSite Senior Member
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