Using tarps for leaf boxes

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ksland, Oct 30, 2002.

  1. ksland

    ksland LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 927

    I have a mesh tarp that I wanted to use to cover the top of a leaf box for a tailgate loader. Somebody mentioned its not the right tarp for that. I see people mention nortern tools for the mesh tarp I want but searching their site and catalog the only thing labeled as a mesh tarp is the same thing I have. Can somebody show or tell me a place or at least what type of tarp I want for this application? Here is a picture of mine. You can see light through it and it is breathable but I guess it wouldn't give enough airflow.

  2. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
    Messages: 3,256

    I would say if you can see light through it and if you can blow through it and feel it on the other side with your hand, it should be fine.
    Besides, it will probably also have some space around the top edge to vent through.
  3. ksland

    ksland LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 927

    this is without the flash, you can see the light and the "mesh" weave to it

  4. trimmer

    trimmer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 293

    It sure want hurt to try.
  5. ksland

    ksland LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 927

    I understand the try theory, but I really would like to buy what is best. If using this would decrease airflow and possibly cause clogging or something I wouldn't want to use it. Then again if someone says they use this type and it works great, I would use it.
  6. HarryD

    HarryD LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,068

  7. JasperStorm

    JasperStorm LawnSite Member
    from WA
    Messages: 71

    If there is any sort of a vent (screen covered, of course) in the front of your box, you'll be ok.
    The really "meshy" tarps will snag and tear on anything from the corners of your box to low tree branches.
    I think you'll be ok with what you have.
  8. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,205

    is there any way you could just cut a few squares in the plywood and put some screen in. i got some screen at home depot. heres a pic:
  9. stslawncare

    stslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    from DE
    Messages: 1,484

    looks like got vent for me mdb, anything like that or a screen like tarp will do the trick.
  10. MLI

    MLI LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ma
    Messages: 464

    My set up will be finished Saturday....if you wanna come up and look....your welcome to. We built the sides out of plywood, boxed the front of the truck in, and left the rear 4ft of box open. We use the mesh tarp for the open 4 ft, and it breaths well, also can still get stuff into truck like branches if I had to. Im mounting the sucker Sat morning. Call me!

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