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Old 10-17-2009, 11:46 AM
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The cyclone rake does just what the dr does too the leafs i woud say that the ratio is better then 10 to 1. The most trouble i have when using the unit with a lawn tracter is you can't go on real hilly ground because you risk turning over the unit and tracter. Here in this part of Missouri it is vary hilly.
So we blow to the edge of the road and then vacume up. As far as the dumping charge we add a small amount to each customers charge and every one seems to be alright with that. As far as pictures of the trailer is concerened. We should be complete today less paint which will be abright yellow. I will post pic. when complete.
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The cyclone rake does just what the dr does too the leafs i woud say that the ratio is better then 10 to 1. The most trouble i have when using the unit with a lawn tracter is you can't go on real hilly ground because you risk turning over the unit and tracter. Here in this part of Missouri it is vary hilly.
So we blow to the edge of the road and then vacume up. As far as the dumping charge we add a small amount to each customers charge and every one seems to be alright with that. As far as pictures of the trailer is concerened. We should be complete today less paint which will be abright yellow. I will post pic. when complete.
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There are big differences between the two units however, I did a five acre property today using gators and the Dr. Vac, I dumped twice, it took two of us two hours and I charges $350.00, customer gave us each a 50 dollar bill tip, perhaps it is your hook up or the tractor you are pulling it with, the place I did has a class 3 sepitc system, 30 degree grade, not one issue, I am pulling it with a X749 traction is not an issue with this unit...anyhow just curious and thanks for responding...the leaves were on average 5" thick, we were all shocked at the results/\.
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It seems one unit has a fabric construction while the other is a plastic structure. Does this ultimately effect the functionality of it?

Why would they be made so differently? Is it so they can be collapsed and take up less space?

What's the benefit or disadvantages between the different construction? The fabric one seems to create a lot more leaf dust and that doesn't sound good.
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It seems one unit has a fabric construction while the other is a plastic structure. Does this ultimately effect the functionality of it?

Why would they be made so differently? Is it so they can be collapsed and take up less space?

What's the benefit or disadvantages between the different construction? The fabric one seems to create a lot more leaf dust and that doesn't sound good.
They are probably made differently over cost, I know the Rake unit is lower so that you can see over the top while backing up.

The #1 complaint buy the guys using them is that the cyclone rake unit blows a lot of dust, this is not a good thing on a clients property, they also said that although the Dr. Vac unit posts a lower holding capacity, it does a better job at shredding the leaves, meaning it holds more.

My knowledge is based on reading what others have said and a few returned their units and went with the Dr. Vac unit and are very pleased.

I am personally shocked at my own lawn and the one yard we did yesterday, it is performing beyond what I thought and many does it ever draw attention, I just need to get mine lettered however I want to try it on a few yards first.
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I just need to get mine lettered however I want to try it on a few yards first.
What a fantastic idea! What do you want to get on it?

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What a fantastic idea! What do you want to get on it?

I can picture in big letters
'Got Leaves?'
555-1937

LOL or something like that.
I was thinking of something along the lines of Professional Leaf Collection & Shredding.....I need to have this added to the trucks and the trailers we pull, there hasn't been a rush as I don't know that we will get everything done that we have on the books.

The other day when I worked for Deere doing the deom of their new 60D excavator and 644 Payloader, I was wearing a Deere staff uniform and I drove my new Jetta, I didn't want prospects to know who I was although two had seen me before.

I talked to at least 60 landscaping companies, not one was having a very good year, one guy I ended up selling a smaller excavator to said it's his worst year in 15.

The fellow I mentioned a while ago who is a neighbour, been in the business as long as I can remember, does pretty good work but his equipment really needs paint, it looks terrible, showed up. We chatted and I showed him three sizes of excavators are their ability. anyhow he said he only did 7 jobs this year, I never once mentionedd how busy we are, he once again mentioned he would be interested in selling to me and then working for me, so because I know him I let him try a mini excavator, we had a lot of piles of dirt, I told him to put a 25 degree grade on a pile, I watched him closely, very slow and the work was not what I would accept from an excavator operator. One could argue but it's a different machine, every excavator operates the same, the only difference is power.

So whatever we are doing and it seems we are trying everything I can think of, is working and working very well, if this is considered a bad year due to the economy, good lord I have no idea what we will do to handle business in 2010 but I have a few months to figure that out.
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andy you have me very interested in this DR vac. Sometime yet this fall could you post a pic of what the leaves look like when shredded to a 10-1 perhaps a handful to view? I think my unit does a fair job & am guessing a shred of 5-1 with gator blades.
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There are big differences between the two units however, I did a five acre property today using gators and the Dr. Vac, I dumped twice, it took two of us two hours and I charges $350.00, customer gave us each a 50 dollar bill tip, perhaps it is your hook up or the tractor you are pulling it with, the place I did has a class 3 sepitc system, 30 degree grade, not one issue, I am pulling it with a X749 traction is not an issue with this unit...anyhow just curious and thanks for responding...the leaves were on average 5" thick, we were all shocked at the results/\.
Your making me want to get myself a X749 now............

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andy you have me very interested in this DR vac. Sometime yet this fall could you post a pic of what the leaves look like when shredded to a 10-1 perhaps a handful to view? I think my unit does a fair job & am guessing a shred of 5-1 with gator blades.
The problem is I am running the high lift gators, which mulch them before they hit the unit, this is how I am getting 20++ to one, I can take a pic tomorrow and post.
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The other day when I worked for Deere doing the deom of their new 60D excavator and 644 Payloader, I was wearing a Deere staff uniform and I drove my new Jetta, I didn't want prospects to know who I was although two had seen me before.

I talked to at least 60 landscaping companies, not one was having a very good year, one guy I ended up selling a smaller excavator to said it's his worst year in 15.
With everyone seeming to be having a bad time, what is your assessment on why this is the case? How can they all be having a bad time?

Why do you feel they were even at the demo? I would figure if they were having a bad year, they wouldn't be in the mood to buy new equipment from Deere.
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