What do I need for fall clean-up?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by HighGrass, Jul 25, 2004.

  1. HighGrass

    HighGrass LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Z5 MA
    Messages: 1,237

    I work alone, I have a Lazer HP 52" Exmark and would rather not buy the vac system for it.

    I tried the tarp system last year and it sucked.

    So I was wondering if you guys had any creative ideas about equpment purchase and/or use so i can break into the fall clean-up this year.

    Any ideas?

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,534

    How much do you want to spend?
  3. Rich's Lawn Care

    Rich's Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 376

  4. all i do is blow the leaves debree out of the beds bushes etc......mulch em up ..then bagg the excess with a bagger ..exmarks has the ultra vaC ..TORO 'S have a 3 bagger spindle driven one.

    got my one ton dumps fixed up with side planks ....to me i couldnt do with out the vac bagger's
  5. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,677

    Not sure what you drive or weather you can dump on site or need to collect the leaves and take them with you. Also I have no way of knowing how much work you have and if buying some of the better toys will even let you break even this season.

    As for me if I where solo and had the lazer which I do own already I would want a leaf box and a vac system for my truck. I would want a decent backpack blower I assume you already have that. I would want a 10-13hp push-blower. And I would want a 450 dollar attachment from Jrco called a leaf plow it mounts to your mower and can move leaves like you wont believe. So basically you have like 5 k worth of stuff perhaps a little more and life gets a lot easier. Now if your on a budget and your personal time doesn't matter there’s always the tarp.
  6. mkwl

    mkwl LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,700

    First, I blow all the leaves into one big pile using my 10hp Little Wonder and Stihl blowers. Then I run my old Snapper rider through them, to chop them up, then I load them onto one of my trailers. If nessicary, I then mow the lawn with my Bob-Cat mower (which I love)!!!!!!
  7. haynestotallawns

    haynestotallawns LawnSite Member
    from SC
    Messages: 29

    I blow the leaves out of the beds and mulch them with the mower then that's about it because there is usually nothing but dust left. It's quick and clean.
  8. HighGrass

    HighGrass LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Z5 MA
    Messages: 1,237

    I want to do as little hauling as possible. I don't have any way to transport leaves except the trailer(which I would like to do as a last resort)

    I guess what I'm trying to do is somehow get them where I can dump them onsight without buying an Ultra Vac for the mower or hauling them with a tarp
  9. Liberty Lawncare

    Liberty Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 484

    You need to ask your customers if they want the leaves removed from the property or not. Good backpack blowers can move lots of leaves quickley. I use husquvarnia 145 bt and a leaf loader 8hp giant vac to chop and load the truck.
  10. HighGrass

    HighGrass LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Z5 MA
    Messages: 1,237

    How about if I put gators on my lazer...would that help break down the leaves? Would it make them harder to move or vac?

    I could dump most of my customer's leaves on site.

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