What tool do I need to get to do leaf blow/cleanup ups?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by kebrowns, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. kebrowns

    kebrowns LawnSite Member
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    I recently added the stihl br600 blower. I think I may need a tarp. But what is the best thing to get to make things quicker.
  2. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
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    Gator blades on the mower and a catcher will get you a long way...grind 'em up bag them and dump in truck. Trying to haul bulk leaves doesn't get you very far. If you have the room to spare on your trailer you could haul them in bags on that too or build a plywood box for the front portion of it. The main thing is going to be how to haul them away. If you're in an area that has curside leaf pickup then a tarp may come in handy. You can pull it behind your mower too.
  3. Puddle of Oil

    Puddle of Oil LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Like darryl said, get some gator high lift blades. If you're using a side catcher, run over the leaves twice then the third time suck em up. Your catcher won't fill up as fast.
  4. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
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    A "coyote".
  5. sterlinglawns

    sterlinglawns LawnSite Member
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    wow good tips here, i've used backpack blowers, bagged then to the curb for the trash companies on most of my properties.
  6. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I run one mower to mulch and one to bag during leaf season. Really works well
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  7. Spring Valley Lawn Service

    Spring Valley Lawn Service LawnSite Member
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    Got a mulch kit on my ztr and it put me out of the bagging business lol
  8. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Good tips if that's the equipment you use.

    Not everyone runs a ZTR with a grass catcher. ;)

    What was mentioned about hauling away is definitely something to consider.
    My trailer is a small, 5x8 with 2.5' high sides and it fills up QUICK.
    It's almost not worth the effort of doing properties with tons of leaves, so I focus on the ones I can comfortably handle with the equipment I have, and do the larger jobs only in areas where I can move them to the curb for municipal pickup.
  9. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
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    I have properties that I could not mulch all the leaves without leaving an inch of leaf dust on the whole lawn. There comes a point when you have to collect it in my opinion. I have mulch kits for both of my "big" machines and don't use them anymore. I find that running them with Gators gives me more flexibility. I can still mulch the lighter accumulations but can bag when necessary. You can always just let the bagger fill up and keep on grinding too. I also don't like what it does to lawns having to run them over that many times to mulch the leaves to nothing. I usually take them down to dime size or so before bagging them. And if the lawn has a thick accumulation of wet leaves...well forget trying to mulch them to dust...it's like trying to mulch wet cardboard.

    I've tried doing leaves about every way there is, including using a leaf loader, and what works best for me is the grind and bag method using my Lazer. Right now I'm not hauling much away, but once I start generating a lot of ground leaves I'll bring only my Lazer in my dump trailer, leaving the Turf Tracer behind. For guys with a full crew I can see using a leaf loader, but being solo and having only a dump trailer, I'd rather have a mower than a vac when I have to choose between the two. There are some properties or areas of properties that have large accumulations of leaves on non-turf areas, such as along a curb on a heavily treed street. In those cases I may tarp and load them as-is.

    I was trying to cater my reply to the OP and the equipment he has on hand, not present the ultimate solution to leaves or anything. Different properties and situations all require different approahes, and which approach you take depends largely on what kind of properties you have and what your disposal options are.
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2012
  10. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    RAKE and a Tarp It will get better GPH compare to the gas hog blowers

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