I sure do! I like mowing, don't mind snow blowing unless it is the wet/heavy crap that plugs my blower, but leaves? Hours spent to look like you did nothing when finished, have not yet found a machine that actually helps unless I mow almost daily and mulch em up as they fall, a few at a time. I have a 70-some year old neighbor that does so but he really doesn't have much else better to do anyway.
bought a Stihl hand held leaf blower last year; again OK if you don't have many, eventually the windrow overwhelms the blower,
have a trac vac, tired of unclogging it, and the way my yard is laid out I really cannot maneuver it very well,
the mower I used it behind was a late '80s Woods ZTR (same as Grasshopper in that day) that would rather plow them than eat them up. Now the ZTR sits with a dead left hydro motor, all I can do with it, is counter clockwise donuts.... and I'm not spending $550 on a Ebay used hydro or $700 for a new hydro. (Eaton 7) I have 2 Cubs that I have not had time to get running yet, a 129 and a 1250. both are deemed winter projects/ I wonder at the moment if they'd handle the leaves any better? I doubt it.
I have the trac vac on CL as we speak, I think I'd rather have the space it takes the other 3 seasons, instead.
never had a mower that would do anything but "plow" them in front of the deck and then if it finally does topple the pile it smothers the blade and kills the mower--- or it spits more leaves out the edges than it chops up and throws out the chute.
when will someone come up with a machine that actually does save time in keeping up with leaves??
I always wind up back to the old manual, hand leaf rake.... and it is one task I have never been able to get help with from son or wife....
Fortunately I live where I can still pile em in the ditch and add gas and a match to get rid of them. and I do not mind the smell of em burning. but getting them from the rest of the yard to the ditch is the problem.
I know of a few who removed all their trees thinking their days of harvesting leaves are over but with the wind + neighbors' trees that did not cure the leaf harvest for them either.
Edited by dodge trucker, November 01, 2015 - 04:20 PM.