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Chaz
08-23-2012, 10:42 PM
Well It's my first year in business and I have been gearing up for Fall.

I got my major piece of fall equipment, a 16hp leaf vacuum! It took a little bit of shopping around but i finally found a good one, it has electric start and a brand new battery and this thing starts up very well and seems to be reliable.

Best part; It only cost me $600. It's a 2008 and man does this thing move some air... :D

Now I got to figure out fabricate this to mount to the front of my dump trailer.

The red dump trailer is mine and the black one is one that i found online that I kind of want mine to look like, just with the vacuum up front.

for some reason i cant attached the leaf vacuum picture, ill put it on image shack instead!
http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/4430/0821121328.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/27/0821121328.jpg/)

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CHEESE2009
08-24-2012, 02:46 AM
Hmmm, ...

I caught on fire last year because leaves rested on the engine of my tractor, I'm sure this wont be any different.

Any way you can use the bed of your truck instead, and mount the vac to your trucks hitch?

You can add height to the bed of your truck with some good ol' wood!

Steve
08-24-2012, 11:29 AM
It looks like you are set up well for the fall! Nice job!

Sprinkler Buddy
08-24-2012, 02:51 PM
Nice find and price. Hope you get it to work the way you want it. :-)

Martywdx
08-25-2012, 12:39 PM
Great find/price. Thats on my wish list

ringahding1
08-26-2012, 09:42 AM
Looks great!

Chaz
10-04-2013, 01:11 AM
Here is an update to my original posts.
The leaf vacuum works better than expected and paid for it self very quickly.
I kept the tall sides on the trailer it really helps haul more material and also helps haul huge amounts of brush without the need for strapping it. :)

Chaz
10-04-2013, 01:16 AM
http://img196.imageshack.us/img196/526/30qt.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/196/30qt.jpg/)

Steve
10-04-2013, 01:34 PM
That is fantastic! With all the experimenting you have done with it so far, is there anything you would like to do differently in your next update?

Chaz
10-04-2013, 05:32 PM
Nope, I really like it, it works very well. Was very inexpensive to add on and was fun to build. the tall sides work so well for brush because of how much room brush takes up (unless its chipped or shredded)
I can also haul other things without worrying about wind blowing it off my trailer like mulch and wood chips (about 8 yards) then 2 on back of truck makes it about 10 yards a load, good for the smaller jobs that only need a couple of yards

Steve
10-07-2013, 01:50 PM
How has the leaf vac effected your leaf cleanup business? How has it changed the amount of time spent on a job?

I bet others are thinking about adding one of these to their equipment list but are unsure of the true advantage of having one.

CDLAWNCARE
10-09-2013, 07:32 AM
How do you unload the trailer? Do you have to take the vac off to dump or can you just put the discharge hose outside and suck the leaves back out again? I have been considering buying a leaf loader for a while but haven't made the plunge.

Steve
10-09-2013, 02:35 PM
I think the vacuum mount is hinged on the passenger side of the trailer so it can swing open and then the tailgate can drop.