Tips for Homemade Grass Catcher

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by clean_cut, Nov 24, 2009.

  1. clean_cut

    clean_cut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I've been trying to think of ways to make a homemade grass catcher (to save money, and for the fun of it), I'm currently following the design of an Accelerator.

    I don't have many types of materials at my house, mostly plywood and some hardware cloth (heavy duty chicken wire with approx. 1/2 inch spaces) for ventelation.

    I was thinking of making the sides (atleast 1 of them), the bottom, and back out of plywood, and the top (and maybe a side) out of hardware cloth.

    What do you think of the idea?

    Also are there any things that you like or don't like about the Accelerator, ex. the handle should be on the side or the door needs to be wider, or the top ventlation is great etc. So I can add them into my design.

    I'll try to draw somthing up real quick to show you my idea, don't expect it to look great though, lol.
  2. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    honestly, great you want to attempt to make your own, but that wil suck both as a funtional aspect and most def the wieght. that thing will weigh toooooo much. jmo
  3. clean_cut

    clean_cut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yeah, it probably will Weigh a lot, but with 2/3 sides as Mesh, it'll probably lighten the load, what does a metal one weigh 30 lbs?

    I'll try to attach the quick image I drew up.
  4. clean_cut

    clean_cut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Huh, my computer won't let me attach the file, I'll try later on the other one, but for now you guys got any other suggestions?
  5. clean_cut

    clean_cut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yeah, now that I think about it, It'll be pretty heavy, you guys know any other ways to make one, with lighter material, without having to weld or spend too much $$$?
  6. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
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    You could try to find out what type of fabric they use on the regular 21" walkbehinds grass catchers, they allow for ventilation and seem pretty tough,To me, it looks like a burlap or nylon mesh? call a fabric store and see if they know, its probably pretty cheap material, and you could lay it over a skeleton type frame, that would cut the weight down quite a bit.
  7. clean_cut

    clean_cut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yeah, I was thinking about that, and the metal would be pretty easy to bend/mold (and cheap too). I think it's more of a burlap material though, I guess a fabric store would have some.
  8. hockeypro1411

    hockeypro1411 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 271

    That REALLY limits you. Welding a simple frame out of rebar or the like and cutting/sewing mesh to fit would be the way to do it. Cheap, lightweight, and effective.
  9. clean_cut

    clean_cut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yeah, but I don't have the things to weld nor the knowlege, how much does a shop usually charge for welding?
  10. mowisme

    mowisme LawnSite Senior Member
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    ok..out on limb welder..light weight- Make one out of PVC? glue the elbos..pretty tough stuff- very cheap- light weight. I made a Leaf bag holder about 4ft tall out of it. holds my bags upright and open. I imagine life expectancy would be 5years- but if only cost $5 of PVC- you can make several once pattern is figured.

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