After raking way too many leaves for the last couple of years at our current place of residence I think it is time to do something about it. At least in time for next fall.
We do have an Agri-fab lawn sweeper which does alright but fills way too quick and doesn't get all of them. If we didn't have so many trees and leaves it would probably be just fine only having the Agri-fab lawn sweeper. We have three garden carts which could easily be used as the base for a pull behind leaf vacuum.
Would definitely want to build removable sides for on the garden cart. I don't think fabbing a duct piece to mount on the chute of a mower deck would be too hard to make even with the primitive tools I have in the shop. The part that I would like to get opinions on would be the power system and fan / blower to use. Would be great to have something that would have plenty of suction but also chop the leaves into smaller pieces so they condense better.
I am thinking power would come from a spare engine or getting a cheap Honda clone engine from Tractor Supply or online.