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Old 03-31-2011, 08:36 AM   post #1 of 7
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Question Lawn vacuum / mulchers- how much suction do they have?

These items are all over craigslist for decent prices. I know the primary reason is the homeowner just doesn't have a need for it or wants to deal with the labor involved when using it as a chipper/mulcher.

I'm looking to use it as a method to such up large shredded mulch (free) grind it up while discharging it in my truck bed. Can these lawn vacuum work on such or are they just for twigs and acorns? This free mulch is from a highway expansion project. Mixture of tree types shredder into 3-5" long slim pieces. I've manhandled 4 longbed truck loads already. Would like to get about 3-4 more free loads.

I'm looking at an 8hp snapper for 225.00 then need to buy the hose kit.
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Old 03-31-2011, 10:20 AM   post #2 of 7
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Default Re: Lawn vacuum / mulchers- how much suction do they have?

It should work as long as the mulch is fairly dry and you don't try to force feed it. Moisture can lead to clogging, mainly in the hose where it bends.
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Old 03-31-2011, 11:21 AM   post #3 of 7
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Default Re: Lawn vacuum / mulchers- how much suction do they have?

I too think it should work if I feed it slowly. Just wanted to confirm before I drop the cash on the mulcher and fabricating the suction hose.
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Old 03-31-2011, 09:53 PM   post #4 of 7
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Default Re: Lawn vacuum / mulchers- how much suction do they have?

If those chips are 3" to 5" I think you'll have lots of trouble w/ them bridging in the hose.
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Old 03-31-2011, 10:42 PM   post #5 of 7
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I'm looking to use it as a method to such up large shredded mulch (free) grind it up while discharging it in my truck bed. Can these lawn vacuum work on such or are they just for twigs and acorns?
Sounds like you're talking about a walk-behind.. I used a much bigger tow-behind vaccuum for a similar "blow mulch into pickup" task and it didn't really work all that well, so I'd assume a smaller walk-behind will have an even tougher time of it.

Here's my thread on the experience. Worked, but very slowly, and did clog up quite a bit in the process. After all was said and done, I would have gotten the job done faster and with less effort if I just shoveled the mulch into a bunch of 55 gal trash cans and put those in the pickup bed.

Also it didn't really grind it up much.. came out the other end pretty much same as it went in. But I was ok with that because I wasn't trying to make it smaller.. just get it off the ground into the truck.
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Old 04-01-2011, 08:14 AM   post #6 of 7
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Default Re: Lawn vacuum / mulchers- how much suction do they have?

Thanks guys. That's the advice I wanted to hear.

I can manual load my 8ft longbed in about 1hr. So it's not worth my money to buy a walk behind vacuum.
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Old 04-01-2011, 09:39 AM   post #7 of 7
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Default Re: Lawn vacuum / mulchers- how much suction do they have?

I ***-umed you meant a towable machine with a pickup hose, but for a walk-behind I would not recommend it either. Sorry for the confusion.
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