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Old 11-13-05, 10:11 AM
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Do all leaf suckers.....suck?

I have a leaf blower but want to get a leaf sucker that will suck up the leaves like a vacuum and bag them. I have heard that they are generally not that good or effective. Are any of them worth while?
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this one seems pretty effective

http://www.drpower.com/TwoStepChapte...tep&LinkType=3

we have a wood chipper from them that does a good job. We have another brand of self propelled leaf sucker / wood chipper combo that does a decent job. It depends on how much leaf fall you get, and it does a lot better with dry leaves than wet.

It also really cuts down on the # of bags needed.

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Our weird neighbor uses a shop-vac.
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I know a guy who found a giant leaf. Must have come on them there hurricanes.
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We use a rake and the yard debris container.
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They work...but I can see why some people wouldn't want one.

Personally, I have one, and am glad I do. I use a rake to gather the leaves into different piles in the yard, and I use the leaf blower/vac to mulch the leaves and I can get them up easier and into less bags using the leaf vac.
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I have one, and it is worthless with wet leaves, but decent with dry leaves. A Ryobi, I believe.

What do you do with bagged leaves? I burn my leaves. Do you put them out with the trash, or is there a service that takes them to make mulch?
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I put them out with the trash.
Old 11-14-05, 08:36 AM
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I use a bagging lawnmower. Works great, reduces leaf volume considerably.

A caution on handheld leaf blowers with "vacuum" attachment: My old leaf blower had this and I tried it once. I soon noticed a burning smell. The leaves gotten blown right through the plastic blower wheel and were "grinding" it down as much as it was grinding the leaves down. It was so overheated, the burning smell was the plastic wheel. It was never the same after that, and I soon had to replace it. I never tried it with my new blower. The leaves either need to be diverted from the blower wheel somehow, or the mechanism needs to be metal. Obviously, the metal blade on my lawnmower just ignores (and minces) the leaves.
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I picked up the b&d leaf hog and am very happy with its performance. Innovative idea on the blower part with the penducter design to gather a greater volumn of air. The sucker parts really chops up the leaves. I also got the bagger attachment that allows you to connect it via a 10ft hose to your garbage can. So instead of stopping 10 times to empty the shoulder bag, you can fill what ever size garbage can that you have.

http://www.homedepot.com/prel80/HDUS...4+5234&pos=n20
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What OldDude said. Make sure you check out the models and spring for the pro level ones with the metal impellers designed to shred the leaves.
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Originally Posted by kvrdave
What do you do with bagged leaves? I burn my leaves. Do you put them out with the trash, or is there a service that takes them to make mulch?
We have a burning ban here.

Our trash service consists of three separate trucks that pick up different things (we have to separate by these categories):
*Yard waste, which gets composted by the town
*Recyclables, newspaper, cans, glass bottles, certain plastic
*Trash, all other except hazmat stuff

We also two hazmat days a year, when we can turn in accumlated hazaedous waste, near the town hall, and they truck it away.

Some other towns around us let you blow leaves into the street (at the curb) and they come by with giant vacuum to clean it up.
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First fall in a house for us this year...I just bought a mulching kit for my riding mower and chopped everything up...lawn looked great when I was done.

Beats bagging any day, I think.
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I bought a cheapo 50 dollar electric blower/vacuum like 9 years ago at home depot. I think it is a Toro.

Thing works great. Blow all the leaves into one nice big pile, and then switch it to the vacuum and suck them all up. If I suck up a big enough twig/branch it will jam it up and you have to stop. But other than that it is fine.

Biggest advantages I see is that it is a hugh time saver in getting the leaves into big piles for picking up very quickly. Much quicker than actually raking them.

If you live in an area where you have to actually bag the leaves and put them into bags it is also great, because the vacuum chops them up nicely and lets you use a lot less bags. This weekend I did my whole yard and it fit into 10 bags. Some spots were done without the vacuum. But if I did the whole thing without the vacuum it would have easily been about 25 bags.
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Originally Posted by OldDude
We have a burning ban here.

Our trash service consists of three separate trucks that pick up different things (we have to separate by these categories):
*Yard waste, which gets composted by the town
*Recyclables, newspaper, cans, glass bottles, certain plastic
*Trash, all other except hazmat stuff

We also two hazmat days a year, when we can turn in accumlated hazaedous waste, near the town hall, and they truck it away.

Some other towns around us let you blow leaves into the street (at the curb) and they come by with giant vacuum to clean it up.
Is it such a dry area or something? Why a burn ban?

Also, it sounds like they make you work too hard to throw trash away.
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Originally Posted by kvrdave
Is it such a dry area or something? Why a burn ban?

Also, it sounds like they make you work too hard to throw trash away.
EPA clean air. We haven't been allowed to burn for ages, maybe approaching 20 years. We have a lot of days when we are marginal (or worse) on PM and ozone. (We let our power companies and big factories do all the burning)
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No, they blow.
Old 11-14-05, 04:27 PM
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Some of them just blow, while others suck and blow.
Wait a minute...what were we talking about?

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