God, I'm tired of manually scraping 1-2" of tree junk off my driveway.
What I need is a gas powered push type reel-mower type thing with a
rotating bristle brush up front to blast the junk ahead of it. Called
the local rental place: "$40 for 4 hours (sucker)". As Chris Rock would
say: "Good Lowd, that's alota money". Checked HF; no go. I suppose I
could whip something up- another project on the long list.
Ideas? source for a drum shaped bristle brush?
Dweller in the cellar
Cut down the trees?
Hire local teens to sweep?
Bribe street sweepers?
On Capitol Hill the homeowners adjacent to Volunteer Park routinely rake tree
stuff (mostly leaves) out into the street for the city to pick up. I moved up
there in 1961, it still goes on to this day ..
John Deere makes a 24" diameter x 72" wide rotary brush that mounts on
the front of their gator and is powered by a 10HP motor. It might give
you some ideas. If you go with a large rotary broom concept it will
need to be mounted to something because it would certainly out power
Black and Decker, Toro, and others sell "power brooms" that are smaller
and can be handled manually; but it sounds like you want something more
like the "rotary brooms", which are much larger.
Know what you get when you pressure wash tree junk? That's right, 10 lbs
of tree junk turns into 25 lbs of sopping mud. With the current litgious
climate, I consider it madness to hire local teens to do anything.
Dweller in the cellar
Grant Erw> Cut down the trees?
That's what I was thinking, too - but snow throwers and blowers are
designed to break the snow up, and rake it toward the center of the
machine. Blowers pass it to an impeller which tosses the snow out the
chute. and throwers get the snow moving at high speed up and around
the drum and pass it to a set of turning vanes to steer it to one
side... Either way, leaves and needles are going to clog up the works
in about ten seconds.
A walk-behind single-stage snow *thrower* might work with the
impeller removed and a big brush attached, but only if you reverse the
motor so it pushes the debris forward. And for every action there is
an equal and opposite reaction - it's going to be fighting with you
every foot of the way.
On top of that, there's no easy way to adjust for brush clearance as
it wears, you have to allow for several inches of change or throw out
the brushes way too often.
You need one of those powered wire-brush drums that mounts to the
front of a Bobcat skid-steer or a small Kubota-style tractor. Now the
bare brush drum for /that/ Tom might be able to make, but the mounting
and drive mechanism is going to be your problem.
The ones I've seen being used by paving, sewer and pipeline
contractors have a hydraulic motor turning the brush drum *against*
the forward direction of travel (at roughly 40 to 90 RPM) to push the
crap forward like a push broom, and the brush can be angled either way
(with a pivot and double-acting cylinder) to push the debris toward
the curb or shoulder.
And they usually plop a molded poly water tank on top of the tractor
safety cage and rig a water spray pipe in the brush region to cut down
on the (considerable) dust thrown up in the process.
Consider your lawn mower. The blade cuts and shoots the clippings into the
bag. First try and adjust the height of the mower and mow your driveway.
If that doesn't work perhaps you can make a blade with a little more lift to
suck up the tree stuff.
A front tine rototiller with brushes installed and pulled backwards behind
your tractor? You could leave the wheels on and use the skeg arm to attach
it to the tractor and have an adjustment up to the handlebats to set the
amount of contact for the brushes. You would probably need some way to set
it at an angle so it sweeps to one side.
Or if ya want to walk behind it. Use the same type brushes with a bagger
behind for the tree junk to fly into and adjust how fast it travels over the
driveway by how ya hold the handles. Sorta like one of the old gas powered
My favorite way to get rid of that stuff is with a blower and my chipper.
The chipper has a chute that drops down so you can blow stuff into it or
rake it into it. I put some side boards on the intake chute to make a
bigger target. It is a 10HP chipper/shredder and has a bagger attachment.
It always amazes me how I can put a good sized truckload of tree junk into a
garbage bage or two. I usually just set it to blow someplace I want the
chips to be like the garden and blow all the tree junk to it.
Sounds like a snow plow with a brush...
Martin (never used a snow plow before)
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JR North wrote:
echo has a trimmer system that lets you mount different attachments, one of
which is a brush head
> Sounds like a snow plow with a brush...
> Martin (never used a snow plow before)
> Martin Eastburn
> @ home at Lions' Lair with our computer lionslair at consolidated dot net
> NRA LOH & Endowment Member
> NRA Second Amendment Task Force Charter Founder
> IHMSA and NRA Metallic Silhouette maker & member
> JR North wrote:
>> God, I'm tired of manually scraping 1-2" of tree junk off my driveway.
>> What I need is a gas powered push type reel-mower type thing with a
>> rotating bristle brush up front to blast the junk ahead of it. Called the
>> local rental place: "$40 for 4 hours (sucker)". As Chris Rock would say:
>> "Good Lowd, that's alota money". Checked HF; no go. I suppose I could
>> whip something up- another project on the long list.
>> Ideas? source for a drum shaped bristle brush?
>> Dweller in the cellar