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Truck loaders

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Ben's Landscape, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. Ben's Landscape

    Ben's Landscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,438

    I am thinking of buying a truck loader this year. Since I live in the North East we get a ton of oak and maple leaves in the fall. Up until now i have been just bagging my leaves with the city leave bags and that just takes way to long to do!! So I was wondering what brand is liked the most?? Pictures of the leafloaders that are being used?? your experience with diffrent brands?? I have heard that anything lower than a 16 hp will clog a lot is this true?? I am just looking for some all around information. Thanks a lot!!!
  2. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,366

    We have been using Giant Vacs for years. They are great units, and easy to patch when they wear. I can't speak for truck mounted machines as we only run tow behinds, but hp depends on what size cleanups you are doing.

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  4. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,095

    I have a 16hp Billy goat truck loader. When the leaves are wet, it can and will clog a bit but it still saves a bunch of time!
  5. Classified

    Classified LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 988

    I have a 16hp Giantvac (Now an 18hp) and I love it. It clogs very little but once you get used to its limits it works great. They dont shed the leaves as much as I thought it would but it does a great job of saving my back and alot of time.
  6. IcutgrASS1

    IcutgrASS1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    Im up north in Mass probably an hour from you, i know,tons of oak leaves, but ill tell ya i used a 16hp giant vac for years and never had a problem even wet...not soaked leaves that have been piled up for 2 weeks in the rain but morning dew wet leaves....only issue that will slow you down is sticks and large twigs sometimes get clogged but we were doing about 8 to 10 good sized clean ups a day verses having a 30 hp now i can squeeze in maybe 2 to 3 more cleanups in a days time.....but good luck, id stick with a 16 or 18 hp just because you can find them pretty cheap....
  7. Ben's Landscape

    Ben's Landscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,438

    Thanks for the replys!!!! Just wondering when buying a used machine what are some warning signes to look out for?? I am good with motors so i can tell if the motor is going or not. but what about the impeller and inside the housing??
  8. Jersey Shore Landscaping

    Jersey Shore Landscaping LawnSite Member
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  9. ruffs

    ruffs LawnSite Member
    from md pa
    Messages: 74

    we use giant vac 23 tow behind. Has worked for years and has eaten a frw pitch forks and larg rocks and is still going. The question you may have to ask is how many leaves are you moving. If its just you and 2 other guys it might be over kill and a hitch mount 18 hp would be good. but if you are looking to expand or have 5 or 6 guys the 23 tow behind will be the one you want .It will be able to keep the leaves your guys a bringing to it. Time is $
  10. Ben's Landscape

    Ben's Landscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,438

    Thanks ruffs!! I think that i have narrowed it down to an 18 because as of right now it is mostly me by myself and ocassionaly my dad or my brother will help but that is a raraity!! How did pitch forks go into the loader??

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