Homemade lawn vacuum?

mailman22(6)November 4, 2007

A while back ago, I remember a rather lenghty thread posted about a guy who made his own tow behind leaf/lawn vac. I searched all over, but couldn't find it. Does anyone have the link?

I'd like to make one from a chipper vac that runs but is missing the bag and other stuff. I want to run a hose from my deck to vac and from vac to homemade enclosed cart.

If anyone has done this,or something similar, I'd love to see some pics.

Thanks

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mith(South England)

Pretty much step by step....

Here is a link that might be useful: Linkie

    Bookmark   November 4, 2007 at 5:46PM
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gmcman(7)

I'm the one that started that link, or at least I believe it's the one you are referring to, but I cannot find it either...tried to search under my screenname to no avail, won't go back far enough. I don't know why the search wont pull it up either....does this site delete threads after so long? I can post pics again if we cannot find it.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2007 at 9:44PM
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senorjosef

Inspired by that thread, I built one and used it for two years. It worked great. No need to connect a chipper vac to it.

However, don't waste you time. The idea is good, but there is a better and easier solution: gator blades. There are many reasons for this. Search for more info. I do over 3 acres w/many trees going on second year now. So far, so good.

    Bookmark   November 5, 2007 at 8:45AM
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yetty734

could u post pics all the way to completion gmcman?id be greatful...thanx. ive been consider building a smaller scale one for my lt.

    Bookmark   November 6, 2007 at 6:33PM
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butchs_hobby(s texas)

Must be that time of year, I've been thinking about making one myself but would like to run the vac/shredder off of the rear pto on my GT. I missed one on ebay about a year ago, been kicking my own you know what every since. I also would appreciate some pics to get ideas from in making my set up.

    Bookmark   November 6, 2007 at 9:00PM
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miker_2008

The document you are looking for is at the Yahoo Group called John_Deere_L100_Club. It's in the files section. You'll need to join the group to access the files section, look for the "Leaf Collector Project"

    Bookmark   November 6, 2007 at 9:20PM
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mailman22(6)

Hey mith, thanks for the link. Good pics and ideas there!

gmcman, have you found the pics yet? I would like to see yours again. thanks!

    Bookmark   November 12, 2007 at 8:29PM
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gmcman(7)

Sorry for the late reply...here are some pics. If I did it over again I would make it about 4" shorter and take some 1x3's and fabricate a duct about 3" high and about 10" wide mounted to the top, directing the discharge back and not up.

You will need some 6" black pipe and a roof flashing both avail from Home Depot. Cut the flashing out so the pipe will fit and secure with a few screws. The flex tube I used was 7" and fits perfectly over the boot...the boot is pricey but is well worth it, gotta love sears parts.

I used some bicycle tie-downs for the hose release, also clamp the hose just past the notches on the factory boot...should hold it in place.

I highly recommend you do this with dry leaves, best bet is to hit it once with the mower then go pick them up...saves room in the cart. You can pick them up first time around just have to dump more often. Some will say to just mulch them up but I have so many leaves it's not an option, I have to collect them. I tried mulching but when pulverized they are almost 1 1/2" deep in the yard...looks like crap as well.

Go slow and it works like a champ, mine only clogs when I go too fast or when wet.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2007 at 12:43AM
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gmcman(7)

Forgot the hose....here's the link.

Here is a link that might be useful: Hose linky

    Bookmark   December 1, 2007 at 12:46AM
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mownie(7)

gmcman, it's not "too late" to change the direction of the discharge (to downward). Just add another piece of plywood or sheet metal (a "deflector") to the existing discharge so that the "added" piece angles downward at about 45 degrees or so. Another idea that I mentioned in another thread (pertaining to this concept) is to make the "top cover" of the cart entirely out of 1/4" or 1/2" hardware cloth (or even "chicken wire"). Your use of the hose hanger straps (stretchy rubber thingies) is very effective. Your photos are good. Thanks for your efforts and creativity.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2007 at 1:58PM
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gmcman(7)

Mownie...

Are you referring to the black pipe on the inside of the cart? If so, I was actually referring to the holes on the top which...if the wind is right, will put some of the discharge on my neck. The plywood doesn't really alter the discharge of the cart because of the deflector...It shoots straight up regardless just from the pressure. I actually have added a hardware cloth rectangular cage under the holes to cut down on large debris from exiting but the dust still shoots straight up.

I'll get a pic of the "alteration" later in the week.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2007 at 11:20PM
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mownie(7)

Ok, I get it now, even if it does discharge downward, the draft just keeps everything stirred up. You might be better off to make your "swing up" dump gate out of 1/4" or 1/2" hardware cloth (instead of being a solid panel) fixed to a perimeter frame of wood and close off the holes in the top cover. Hardware cloth is not a "fabric" it is galvanized steel, wire mesh (in case the term is confusing to some). This way the draft, the debris and the "fine stuff" go out the back and not upward where the prevailing wind can blow it back toward you as easily. Might work better if you get the place where the draft finally exits the cart as far away from you as possible.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2007 at 11:52PM
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archangel2003

"Even if it does discharge downward, the draft just keeps everything stirred up"

Ever seen how those tornado like dust collectors work?

I'd put the input off to one side and add a baffle so it spins the larger particles to the side and down.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2009 at 10:34PM
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archangel2003

That forum listed below was fantastic for showing a vacuum trailer!
Every step of the build!

Mine will most likely be vary much like the one posted by gmcman

http://z15.invisionfree.com/Lawn_Mower_Central/index.php?showtopic=2361&st=45

    Bookmark   June 3, 2009 at 10:50PM
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jsaw

This is great! I am looking to build a unit like this myself. I have a 1994, Husqvarna, Model LR111, with a 36" mower deck. I have contacted Husqvarna to locate a deck boot to fit my mower deck, but they have since changed the design and parts for this are hard to come by. Any suggestions from this group for an alternative deck boot would be helpful.

thanks

    Bookmark   March 23, 2010 at 3:13PM
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outbarusuback

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    Bookmark   August 28, 2011 at 8:11PM
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mownie(7)

Ah Hah! Man, that is great.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2011 at 9:36PM
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Mccwho_gmail_com

Where did you get the motor and vac housing from????

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 2:29PM
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Ken6836

where did you get an inexpensive blower

    Bookmark   October 2, 2011 at 4:42PM
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