What's the best leaf loader?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by lawn, Jan 19, 2008.

  1. lawn

    lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 344

    I am looking to buy one this season, any recommendations?


    CLARK LAWN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,526

    get one with the highest horse power you can find/afford. thats the biggest issue people by little underpowered loaders than overwork them and they dont last as long as the should.
  3. brownsallseasonlandscape

    brownsallseasonlandscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 240

    I have a little wonder 27hp leaf loader its is the biggest baddest money can buy. It can drag two full grown men with a plug hose. Oh yea that almost never happens, only wet wet leaves like in a rain storm.:weightlifter:
  4. nathaniellawnwv

    nathaniellawnwv LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    My dad works for the city and they have one with a 6 cylinder 300 Ford and another with a 4 cylinder Perkins diesel.

    Now those are some REAL leaf loaders - governor broke on the Ford and it started sucking up street bricks!:eek:

    (These suckers are obviously too big for any pickup.)
  5. lawn

    lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 344

    What about the giant vac? is it good?
  6. srl28

    srl28 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,177

    ODB makes, in my opinion the best leaf loaders I have ever seen pr used. The Little wonder is a close second with the talon impeller. I have the odb and wow its great! 27hp liquid cooled Kawisaki, 16 inch intake and 12 exhaust i think. Mounted on its own little trailer. Great machine!
  7. kps2389

    kps2389 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 346

    I run a 11 hp Giant Vac. It works great. I have it mounted on the front of my dump trailer. It has enough power for dry leaves but the wet leaves will give it a bit of a workout. I would go with atleast a 16 hp.
  8. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,050

    We are happy with our giant vac 30hp Wisconsin works pretty good:drinkup:
  9. lawn

    lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 344

    Thank you so much for your help!
    Today I bought a Giant Vac 30 HP Wisconsin.
    I hope that will do the job. I decided to go with the 30 HP b/c the 20 HP required more maintenance, so after doing the math ( cost of parts, labor, time and hassle) I decided to go with the big one.
  10. Greybeard

    Greybeard LawnSite Member
    Messages: 132

    We've got an old Giant Vac with the 30 HP Wisconsin. It's a leaf-munching monster! Make sure your shoe laces are tied and your terriers are locked up. We run a mesh tarp on the top of a 14' dump body, as you need to let all that air escape once the leaves get into the truck.

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