I Want To Build A Lawn Vacuum

I remember this topic was discussed a couple of years ago, but I want to
add a powered vacuum to my JD lawn tractor, primarily to suck up leaves.
I want to use the existing deck and let the blades mulch the leaves. I
see that Northern (low end) up through Dr. (Big bux) sells systems like
what I want, but I already have a good sized trailer - just need to
build a light-weight housing to increase the capacity.
My hope is that there is someone who sells an engine/blower with the
hoses and deck adapter that I can add on to my trailer. I?ve looked into
buying the stuff as ?replacement parts? for the existing systems, but
the cost seems to be close to the entire system. Is there someplace that
sells these specifically as a DIY for rcm-types? Oh, yeah - a twig
chopper on the blower would be pretty much mandatory for my location, as
well. And I don't need a bagger, as I have plenty of places to dump the
compost-to-be.
Thanks,
Joe
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Joe
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I have an older 5hp unit on my 48" mower deck, works well as long as the leaves are DRY. Wet or even dew damp leaves will clog incessantly.
I looked at the parts cost vs the complete assembly. You want the engine, the hoses, the deck adapter, and the mount but not the trailer. Northern has this typical complete package for $950
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want everything in the package except the trailer and the canvas over the trailer. But Northern also sells the same 500 pound capacity trailer for $71, toss in $30 for the canvas. Net: 85% of the cost of a new unit is for components that you want/need. How about buying the whole rig, sell the el-cheapo trailer that comes with it?
If you want to go cheap you need to do is find an older push type leaf blower with a 4 cycle horizontal shaft engine. Example:
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are not very popular compared to the new backpack style blowers with the same hp. I picked up a smaller 2.5hp version for $15 at a yard sale, works very well. Toro made a larger version with a 5 hp engine. Fab up the adapter and a mount, buy a replacement hose, good to go.
Joe wrote:
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RoyJ
Get a used leaf blower, 5hp would be good, 8 even better. And with a *steel* fan/impeller, some are plastic. Check the yellow pages for "hoses" and buy the 6" vacuum hose. I paid about $7 a foot and well worth it. I use mine hand-held (not from a mower deck) and the biggest problem is sticks creating clogs in the hose. With the mower breaking them up it shouldn't be a problem. Once they get down the hose, the vac impeller minces them nicely.
HTH, Bob
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Bob Engelhardt
Just buy the big Agri-Fab tow Chip-n-Vac that Northern sells. Unless you have most of the parts kicking around already, like lots of sheet metal, the engine, etc. it's not economical to try to reinvent one.
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Pete C.
Check these guys out:
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. We sell their stuff- it's very good, but not cheap.
-Carl
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Carl Byrns

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