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    Homemade leaf vacuum

    Here is my almost complete homemade leaf vacuum. Still needs a mower deck to engine hose but otherwise complete. I fabricated the frame, bought a new 7 hp engine from Tractor supply, salvaged an old aluminum leaf vac blower and hopper that needed extensive work. Hopper tilts and self locks the gate when the hopper is dropped back down. I built a lever at the front of the hopper to release and tip the hopper. I decided to make it a 3pt hitch attachment instead of a trailer for a couple reasons. First, I don't have to worry about tires going flat and second, the vacuum trails behind me perfect so I don't have to worry about backing up a short trailer. Total cost was around $300.
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    Neat........ I have day dreamed about building something similar.

    Do you think you will need one or a pair of caster wheels under the back when it is full .... ?

    Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wyobuckaroo View Post
    Do you think you will need one or a pair of caster wheels under the back when it is full .... ?
    Thats what I was thinking, that will be a lot of weight very far back.
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    Nice, I need to do something different for next with all my leaf pickup..

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuelhog2000 View Post
    Here is my almost complete homemade leaf vacuum. Still needs a mower deck to engine hose but otherwise complete. I fabricated the frame, bought a new 7 hp engine from Tractor supply, salvaged an old aluminum leaf vac blower and hopper that needed extensive work. Hopper tilts and self locks the gate when the hopper is dropped back down. I built a lever at the front of the hopper to release and tip the hopper. I decided to make it a 3pt hitch attachment instead of a trailer for a couple reasons. First, I don't have to worry about tires going flat and second, the vacuum trails behind me perfect so I don't have to worry about backing up a short trailer. Total cost was around $300.
    I don't think I will need a wheel but if I find it is too heavy I will install one in the center. It really doesn't weigh that much and my 1026 can easily pick it up even when full of leaves and grass.
    2011 1026R 54"MMM, D120 loader w/snowbucket and bucket quick attach conversion, 5' bush hog, middlebuster, 260 backhoe
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    Looking good Troy!!! Be sure to let us know how it works.
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    Nice build.

    Does the motor/blower tilt with the hopper? or do you have to disconnect the top hose/how does it connect?
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    What RPM does that engine run at, 3000? I'm wondering if a 6:1 gearbox and PTO shaft could be used instead of a separate gas engine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomfive View Post
    Nice build.

    Does the motor/blower tilt with the hopper? or do you have to disconnect the top hose/how does it connect?
    The top hose is not connected to the hopper. It is connected to a stationary piece that is solid to the frame of the vacuum. When you tilt the hopper the upper hose stays exactly where it is.
    2011 1026R 54"MMM, D120 loader w/snowbucket and bucket quick attach conversion, 5' bush hog, middlebuster, 260 backhoe
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    Quote Originally Posted by andy b. View Post
    What RPM does that engine run at, 3000? I'm wondering if a 6:1 gearbox and PTO shaft could be used instead of a separate gas engine.
    Yes, it's right around 3000 rpm. I would have liked to use the rear PTO but the cost of a gearbox and drive shaft alone were much more than the new gas engine.
    2011 1026R 54"MMM, D120 loader w/snowbucket and bucket quick attach conversion, 5' bush hog, middlebuster, 260 backhoe
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