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Old 04-13-2009, 03:28 PM   post #1 of 34
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I am going to pick a 2nd lawn sweeper tomorrow. I would like to pull 2 at once. Both are 38" sweepers.

Has any one else on here done that?

Any suggestion on tow bars?

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Old 04-13-2009, 03:34 PM   post #2 of 34
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I have thought of that also. The one is just not wide enough!!!
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Old 04-13-2009, 03:36 PM   post #3 of 34
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The only down side is 1 sweeper is hard enough to back up, 2 will be impossible.

Guess that's a good reason to make a rubber edge for my blade so I can push the piles into 1 big pile to load into the compost.
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Dumping would be a HUGE problem. Also you would want to stagger them, so they overlap. That would also make dumpping harder
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Old 04-13-2009, 03:47 PM   post #5 of 34
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I could either stagger them or space them to leave a 30" strip between them, and then I would still be able to cover twice the area, the next pas would pick up the area between the sweepers, and 1 section over.
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Old 04-13-2009, 04:09 PM   post #6 of 34
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I could either stagger them or space them to leave a 30" strip between them, and then I would still be able to cover twice the area, the next pas would pick up the area between the sweepers, and 1 section over.
this is the solution I mention above.
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Old 04-13-2009, 06:53 PM   post #7 of 34
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If you also tied them together near the inside wheels, they would be easier to back up.
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Old 04-13-2009, 07:06 PM   post #8 of 34
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Default Re: Tandem Lawn sweepers

I tied a couple of push mowers to my tractor last year and it did work well in a straight path- turning was the issue. Sharp turn would leave an uncut strip. The only way around that was link them closer together, which of course, defeats the idea.
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Old 04-13-2009, 11:16 PM   post #9 of 34
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wouldnt you want them rite be side each other so u dont leave a strip
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Old 04-13-2009, 11:51 PM   post #10 of 34
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Default Re: Tandem Lawn sweepers

Considering the trouble you're going through to create a custom hitch, might it be just as easy to part out the two sweepers and build a single "stretch" sweeper that's twice the width?
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Old 04-14-2009, 08:42 AM   post #11 of 34
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wouldnt you want them rite be side each other so u dont leave a strip
I was thinking about spacing them apart so that the strip it would leave would be worth going back over. For example a 34" strip not a 4" strip.

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the hitch for the sweeper I was thinking of building was going to be pipe and/or angle iron scrap I have on hand. But the idea of 1 super sweeper sounds interesting as well. I will looking that also.
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Old 04-14-2009, 10:24 AM   post #12 of 34
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Default Re: Tandem Lawn sweepers

Here's another thought....
Get a second tractor and a helper, if possible. When my Granma's place (about 2 acres with oak trees) needs the leaves picked up I use my tractor and sweeper and my wife uses my Grandma's tractor and sweeper.
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Old 04-14-2009, 10:38 AM   post #13 of 34
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Default Re: Tandem Lawn sweepers

I like the idea of the 34 inch strip.

If you fastened both sweepers solid to the "T" bar hitch so they don't turn independently, wouldn't they then back up like a regular trailer?

You would need to make the tow bar longer so the "T" bar would clear the tires on turns.
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Old 04-14-2009, 06:55 PM   post #14 of 34
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Default Re: Tandem Lawn sweepers

Perkins use to make a 3 across sweeper pull behined for IH Cub Cadet in the 1960's& 70's It just like the design above except you had a sweeper behined the two and it was in the middle
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Old 04-15-2009, 04:42 AM   post #15 of 34
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You could fabricate something like our tandem hay rakes...
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