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post #16 of 22 Old 05-08-2019, 09:31 AM
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Re: Do Lawn Sweepers Work

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One more opinion: It depends on how much "clean up" work you have to do. I have about an acre of lawn surrounded by big trees. Clay soil produces huge amounts of wet clippings most of the year, plus the annual leaf clean up that runs from October through mid December.

3 years ago, I finally bought a Cyclone Rake. There was a little sting about the up front cost, but that went away after the very first use. Even my wife says it was the best money spent. It is used weekly during mowing season for clippings. It leaves the yard very clean, by that I mean zero left behind clippings. In the fall, I actually look forward to the leaves coming down. It digests an amazing amount of material. I've had to finish my lawn in a hard rain and it just sucks up everything. The odd clog usually due to a very large stick, is easily cleared.

This yard guy has had no issues with the Cyclone Rake, and has zero regrets. It meets my purchase requirement... it just works, every time.

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What size motor on your cyclone rake, and does it chop the debris it picks up? Or just blow it into the trailer?

I have three acres here, and some spots grow MUCH better than others, such that in some places, I REALLY need to deal with the clippings every time I mow, but the rest of the yard, it just doesn't matter.
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The CR I have is the 6.5 hp Briggs powered model. Has never bogged even with a big wet blob of grass breaking through it. The CR is not really designed to chop much. It relies on the mower blades for about 90% of any chopping. The CR blades are designed to flex a little so large objects pass through. Going on my 4th year, there is no noticeable wear to the CR blades.

It will reduce dried leaves and sticks, but not like the the mower blades. Using it with the mower deck, it does significantly reduce the volume, and I'd call it fairly fine when unloading. Used just to clean up big leaf piles, the volume reduction is a little less.

At the end of the day, the CR is in almost constant use for both lawn mowing which leaves no clippings behind, and heave fall leaf clean ups. For mowing, I can do about half an acre of one inch cut off before having to empty the bin. By the way, it is great just to disconnect the hose, and pull it over to dump.

It really has great suction. I've used it to clean up oak leaf piles while it is raining. Spring time, there are always wet leaves to clean up, more like soaked newspaper....gets them picked up no trouble.

Like said earlier, this was the best investment in my lawn equipment equal to the JD x500. The entire unit shows the highest quality materials, something hard to find these days.

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I have been using the 44" JD sweeper with very good results. I can do 1/2 an acre before even thinking about dumping the load. Works really well and takes no time at all to attach and go.

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I have an old cheapo pull-behind that I use every year. someone gave it to me years ago. Lots of dumping but better than raking.
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Two things make using a sweeper more pleasant:
one: buy an older Case or Ingersoll. They are unlike any other. Parts are readily available to rehab an older one.
The basket in front of the wheels design puts the weight on the rear wheels of the pulling mower, not lifting off them as a normal sweeper. And the dual brush design really works.
two: Use a rear discharge deck outfitted with mulching blades. That lays the clippings down directly in front of the sweeper. So, a single pass cuts and sweeps. and the mulching blades will greatly reduce the volume going into the hopper. that's less trips to dump.

I have two of the rear discharge Case decks, one with one of the last sets of LH rotation Gator mulcher blades made. That one only gets used for fall cleanup, gotta make that blade set last!
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I bought an Ohio Steel professional lawn sweeper last year, because I was too cheap to buy the MCS bagger. It worked pretty well for leaves and pine needles. The issue I had was that my yard is fenced in for the dogs, and my dumping pile and garage are outside of the fence, so I had to navigate through gates, barely wide enough, constantly with the sweeper. Additionally, the compost pile I dumped the contents into was in the woods, and the sweeper didn't like the terrain. I ended up giving away the sweeper and bought the bagger, which I should have done in the first place, and saved a few hundred dollars.
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it beats a yard rake

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