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Old 10-29-2010, 01:14 AM   post #1 of 97
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Default My Leaf Vac/cart build V1.0

Well with fall around the corner and a new yard full of oak trees I decided that I would need a way to pick them up. Was planing to use an old EZ-Vac that came with a SS12 I bought but couldn't get a replacement collection bag so figured I would modify it, well instead I decided to start from scratch and build it like I want it.

So far I've gotten most of the collection hopper frame done and started on the frame rails. Its somewhat based on the Cyclone Rake in that its going to have swivel casters and be ridged mounted (will have still be able to move up and down) to the back of the tractor. Here are a few pictures of what I have done so far.

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Old 10-29-2010, 01:23 AM   post #2 of 97
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Here's some of the hopper with bracing added for the hinge area so I can dump it, and the begining of one frame rail. The frame rails I'm making one peice and just notching, bending, then welding to maintain strengh since it will be under alot of stress during turns when loaded.

Let me know what you guys think soo far.

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Old 10-29-2010, 08:17 AM   post #3 of 97
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Good post Brad;
This is what we need more of in this forum. Guys (and I guess we have a few gals) who figure out how to make something better than what's available. Even though I don't have the equipment or skills to weld up one of these, I am still interested in seeing the process and maybe figure out if I could figure out a way to use it in my circumstance.
Keep the photos and info coming.
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Old 10-29-2010, 12:38 PM   post #4 of 97
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I've been wanting to build one like that and use the rear PTO to power the shredder instead of a separate motor, and to make it dump useing the three point hitch. Keep the pics comeing!
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Old 10-29-2010, 01:02 PM   post #5 of 97
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Thanks guy, no real work on the vac today as I went to pick up a rear blade for the Kubota this morning (smoking deal couldn't wait!). I did work on some of the design in my head though and mocked up the main frame rails and wheels. Still not sure if I should go with 2 or 3 casters, I'm thinking start with 2 and I'll see if I need the third.

I did figure out how to attach it to the tractor, it will be able to fit my wheel horse (and my dads) and also work on a Cat. 0 3pt. I also want to make the blower portion reversable in case I ever wanted to mount it to my Case 444 (LH discharge compared to the Wheel Horse RH) So it should be a very versatile machine when done. Heres a few of the frame and wheels mocked up.

Stay Tuned!

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Old 10-29-2010, 03:23 PM   post #6 of 97
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Heres the pics, from the earlier post. Didn't attach first time and wouldn't let me edit for some reason?

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Old 10-29-2010, 10:17 PM   post #7 of 97
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Old 10-30-2010, 12:43 PM   post #8 of 97
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Got a little more done on the frame today, figured out what I'm doing for hinges for the hopper and finished the frame side. Ended up using an old wrist pin with a 1/2" ID out of the race car to make the "slug" then drilled a hole in the frame, welded it in and ground it smooth.
Also added the first crossmember, hopefully I can get the thing rolling over my "weekend" coming up. Heres a few more pics of the progress.

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Old 10-31-2010, 10:15 AM   post #9 of 97
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Heavy duty man...looks good!
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Old 10-31-2010, 12:26 PM   post #10 of 97
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Why the caster wheels and not fixed wheels?Seems like it would be hard to control on a small hill or hump.
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Old 10-31-2010, 01:28 PM   post #11 of 97
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What you going to skin the hopper with, sheet metal or make a canvas bag to slip over the fame work? I see most of the tractor you have to choose from are pretty heavy, shouldn't have to much of a problem with that leaf box pulling you around with caster wheel as long as not over loaded. What about the vent, make it as big as you can, the more air you get out, the better it will fill up.

I have a Agri-Fab vacuum trailer with the hard top that has a big vent built into it, only has a 5hp motor. Does a good job of picking up leaves but it long and heavy and only has a 6" hose off of the mower deck, plugs up to easy, if feed it to much at once. I now use a Cyclone Rake great tool 8" pickup off of the mower deck, never clogs up.
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Old 10-31-2010, 02:14 PM   post #12 of 97
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Ben: With fixed wheels I wouldn't be able to turn, the cart is mounted to the rear with two arms and doesn't articulate like a normal trailer would.

Mower man: I'm going to skin it with thin plywood for now as I don't have the equipment to make a canvas bag for it. I want to use heavy plastic (about 1/8"-3/16") but haven't been able to find anything affordable that I like.

The plywood is going to be mounted inside the frame on the floor, front and up to the brace on the sides. The top and maybe the rear are going to be mesh tarp material (similar to whats used on dumptrucks to cover their loads) so it should have plenty of ventilation.

I'm mounting the sides inside the frame so the leaves won't have anything to catch on when I dump it, I'll lose about 2.5" of capacity but that doesn't bother me. The wood is havier than I wanted but can be changed out when I find a better material.

As of right now the hose will be 6" but I can always change out the impeller and blower housing down the road if I need to.

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Old 10-31-2010, 03:39 PM   post #13 of 97
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What you need is one of the bags they use to ship stuff like peanuts or anything loose in shipments on tractor trailer. I've hauled them in my trailer from plastic suppliers, to peanuts, just anything that is semi loose, even sugar and flour. The bags are made of some sort of special plastic. They hold about 2500 #,if not more and they lift them with forklifts from loops on the top, very heavy duty. Wouldn't have a clue as to where you might get one. I'd try some manufacturers around you and see if you can maybe get a damaged one, that might be able to be resowed.
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How about looking for old used rubberized canvas bill boards I seen some really big ones that could be used for your leaf vacuum trailer. The back side is usually one solid color. I had a link to a web site that sold them and they are made out of heavy rubberized canvas. The Inside of my Cyclone Rake collection bag it like that stuff. Instead of sewing up a bag install sheets and drill holes for screws to hold it in place on you metal frame use heavy metal strips to hold it in place. I wrap it so your gluing the canvas to the inside to the frame work and have the added strength of the canvas screwed to the out side edge of you frame work. The bag is going to expand with the air and leaves being blow into it. I would use plywood or sheet metal the the front bulk head the help stiffen up the frame work. Do a Google search for that canvas, it wasn't that bad of price for a large say 20' by 40' billboard think some were like under a $100.00, and you`d have enough to last a life time. Plus using the canvas will help keep the trailer light weight.

Here a link to one web site not sure how heavy the material is.

http://www.billboardtarps.com/
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Old 10-31-2010, 05:07 PM   post #15 of 97
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I was thinkIng about doing the soft sided thing. There is a sign shop in town that does alot of work, if they don't have the canvas maybe they'll have the plastic for the sides. I'm goiong to have to sandwhich the mesh for the top like you described, just think I'm gonna use bolts instead of screws so they can't back out.

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