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post #16 of 20 Old 04-02-2019, 03:28 PM
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Re: Sticks-small sticks

I've got the turbo blower with wide body cart on my 38" Regent and have lots of large oaks on my lot. I don't concern myself with what I suck up, as long as it isn't any larger in diameter then my thumb. I had a twin bagger system prior to the wide body cart, and the record for shortest distance traveled before the bags filled up was 12'.
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I've got the turbo blower with wide body cart on my 38" Regent and have lots of large oaks on my lot. I don't concern myself with what I suck up, as long as it isn't any larger in diameter then my thumb. I had a twin bagger system prior to the wide body cart, and the record for shortest distance traveled before the bags filled up was 12'.
My 2 bagger distance was 100’ in heavy conditions; with Cyclone Rake, I only stop a couple of times per small lawn. However, I have filled the Cyclone Rake once without moving it when I helped my daughter-in-law’s parents (mainly her mother) pick up a pile she had raked from the flower beds in front of their house. Filled it two or three more times in the rest of the front yard. My grandson was going to mow the large backyard, so they didn’t want me to do that. DIL father passed away last month. I expect I’ll help DIL’s mother next year too.

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Re: Sticks-small sticks

I'll second the cyclone rake although I do have some issues with boot clog when picking up a lot of sticks,I'm still working on mods to correct this! I do 12 acres of property with 40 cottages scattered around! I usually pick 12-15 loads in the fall and 6-8 more in the spring. I would be buried without it! The only time I can think the cyclone wouldn't be an advantage is if your burning, chopped material is hard to keep from producing excessive smoke. Yes you can put cans with bags in it to make emptying easier but I have room in the back 40 for a large mulch pile!
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I went out with bagger picked up the dry stuff in the yard last night. Worked great on the small sticks I looking to pick up.
One small issue, the chute was plugging up up and the high lift blade did not sound the same.
Finally after the third stoppage,I shut it all down and checked the blades.
Oops, large high lift spun freely. Tightened that one up, all was good in the mowing world. My better half even commented on how much it picked up.
It was a nice dry yard and I had the set at 1 1/2. Gotta love Simplicity tractors.

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I'll second the cyclone rake although I do have some issues with boot clog when picking up a lot of sticks,I'm still working on mods to correct this! I do 12 acres of property with 40 cottages scattered around! I usually pick 12-15 loads in the fall and 6-8 more in the spring. I would be buried without it! The only time I can think the cyclone wouldn't be an advantage is if your burning, chopped material is hard to keep from producing excessive smoke. Yes you can put cans with bags in it to make emptying easier but I have room in the back 40 for a large mulch pile!
Which unit are you running and on what tractor? Do you have the 8” hose and by boot, do you mean the mower deck adapter? Might have something to do with how you cut the opening in the deck adapter. As you can see below, I have mine on my X738 54” deck now with standard blades, but had it on my Scotts L17.542 42” before. The mower deck adapter was originally cut to fit a Kubota ZTR before it came to my house. It worked best on my Scotts, but have only plugged the tube once with sticks. However the mower deck adapter filled half full of mud last fall when it was always wet or raining when I had to pick up leaves. Even the grill in the top of it was closing off with mud and had to be cleaned almost every load. A friend has one too and had the same issue, but my other friend with a Z10 didn’t. Just the kind of weather I had to work in.

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adapted to Cyclone Rake Commander Pro; 54” snowblower; front PTO kit; LP41114 Enclosure; LED lighting; 54” blade; 125# mounted spreader; 10P cart

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Sold Husqvarna 2010 GTH27V52LS w/52" fab deck
Craftsman DLT2000, 48”
Ariens ST824 snowblower
SIL JD 2009 X360; 22 hp; 48" deck; w/mulch kit; 2015 44" Snowblower & Soft cab; 2x 42# weights,chains; cab mounted LED lighting

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