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#1 FirefyterEmt OFFLINE  

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Posted April 11, 2011 - 07:19 PM

So while driving around for work today, I spy a lawn-sweeper rejected and out on the curb. Not just any lawn sweeper, but it's a dang Parker too! It's all there, in pretty good shape... the wheels turn, the brush spins and the bag is not ripped.

So a few minutes with a pair of pliers and I have it stuffed into the back of an Equinox! :D It was a tight fit, but I got it in there without any damage to the car! I LOVE having a SUV for a company car!

So tonight I get it out, put the few parts back on, drop the plow on the Massey, and give it a try. It works great! Every now and then, the wheels drag, it might be the tires, it may need to be lubed. But the lawn looks awesome with all the winter blues cleaned up!

I did not grab any photos yet, but this is what I brought home... Free and working just fine! What a score! I may see if I can get parts for it, it would be nice to give it a little re-furb.

Parker 89580400 Trailette (36") Residential Lawn Sweeper

Here is the exact one posted on-line, not mine, but pretty much just like this without as much fade on the paint.

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Posted April 11, 2011 - 07:27 PM

I can't believe you took my lawn sweeper, I parked it there while I went back to the house to grab a bite to eat and I come back with the tractor and it isn't there :wtf:

LOL, j/k of course. Awesome score, would love to get a lawn sweeper here before too long, we have all kinds of stuff to clean up in the yard. Mostly pine cones and small dead twigs.

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Posted April 11, 2011 - 07:29 PM

:yelclap: Nice find!!!!!!

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Posted April 11, 2011 - 07:43 PM

Good score.

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Posted April 11, 2011 - 07:48 PM

Don't get much better than that! Nice find.

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Posted April 11, 2011 - 07:51 PM

Free is the best price! Great haul.

And George, that was funny, I was thinking the same thing. Beat me to it! LOL

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Posted April 11, 2011 - 08:06 PM

Yea, you are not kidding! My yard looked like a war zone after this winter. Great timing too, we are looking at rain for the rest of the week, so not only did I get to load it pretty much dry, but I was able to spend a couple hours this afternoon sweeping my dry lawn before that rain!
I just down-loaded a manual from Parker, and shot them an e-mail to request prices for a couple parts. If the front panel is cheap, it may be nice to grab a new one. Mine has the rust under the powder coat in a few areas and it would be sweet with a new one. I am also missing one of those metal strips that hold that shield on. If they want gold, I can re-paint the shield and make a metal strip easy enough. I also wanted a price on tires, I think some new ones would help it with traction when sweeping. I need to raise the brushes a little higher too.

But for now, it works great! I swept up 5 bags of old leaf litter, sticks, junk, and dog piles. (that last part is gold right there~!)
I really was looking for one of these so I can re-claim my grass clippings to be used as mulch in my garden. I had borrowed a neighbors last year, but it was hard to get often. This just saved me a few hundred bucks for a new one!

PS: In case you did not see the price on that link, this sweeper has a retail in the $800 range! High end stuff to boot!

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Posted April 11, 2011 - 08:08 PM

Very nice!

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Posted April 11, 2011 - 09:38 PM

Nice score, congrats.

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Posted April 12, 2011 - 04:34 AM

Wow,what a find.

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Posted April 12, 2011 - 04:34 AM

Good save, enjoy it.

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Posted April 12, 2011 - 04:51 AM

Nice one! Can you get one for me too?

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Posted April 12, 2011 - 11:47 AM

Good deal! You have to get lucky once in a while!

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Posted April 12, 2011 - 01:21 PM

Great find!

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Posted April 18, 2011 - 07:44 PM

Thought I would post up a photo my wife snapped of me for some odd reason. I wish she had waited until I put the AG's back on... But what the heck.

I just found that she took a video too. I figured I might as well add it to my you-tube stuff, so here it is!

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Edited by FirefyterEmt, April 18, 2011 - 08:29 PM.





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