WET LEAVES what is the magic?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by hobbsd, Nov 3, 2005.

  1. hobbsd

    hobbsd LawnSite Senior Member
    from west wi
    Messages: 448

    I am getting very frustrated trying to rake wet leaves, specifically oak leaves. They don't suck up, they clog my decks / vacuum system, and take alot more time. I am using a trac-vac system that usually works well, but soggy oak leaves are proving too much for it.

    Does anyone else have a better method????

    Thank you,

  2. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    your best bet, is to not clean leaves for money, you can never make enough. when the dust settles, you'll end up making about half of minimum wage
  3. jeffex

    jeffex LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,933

    mulch them first with several passes then run over the area with trac-vac
  4. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,711

    snapper and a gator blade -even wet leaves are no match
  5. Triple L

    Triple L LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 524

    simply put, GET A WALKER. The only way to do leaf clean-up. At least in my opinion.
  6. the scaper

    the scaper LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 690

    My leaf tools are a parking lot blower and a lazer with a mulch kit.
  7. mkwl

    mkwl LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,700

    A Little Wonder 10HP or 9HP and a Red Max 7001 or 8000 will solve your problem!
  8. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    A hair dryer!

    Seriously tho... Wet leaves suck, well, ok, don't suck... that's the problem!

    A walker is NOT the answer to every lawn problem, unless your problem is "I'm tired of being able to mow slopes, mow at a good speed, and dump my clippings into my truck bed". Then yes, the walker is for you!

    I owned a Walker, leaves were plowed more than picked up... Pushed more off to the sides then it would let under the deck. I guess my problem was I was trying to MOW and pick up leaves at the same time... I think the walker would pick up more leaves if the deck was set at the highest setting, but then you can't really "mow" at 4" in the fall...
  9. fga

    fga LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,449

    here, the properties aren't too large, so the i answer wet leaves with a blower/rake combo, 2 guys... or 2 blowers and a man on a rake if i have 3. but we're talking smaller urban type accounts.
  10. Brianslawn

    Brianslawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,004

    ditto......... id rather do them when its wet so i dont get covered in dust.

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