I guess I could have put this in the implement forum but it came up here so here it stays.
Some folks wanted to see what kind of job this Cyclone Rake does. Well, I'm going out this evening to do leaves for probably the last time so I thought I would document and let you all see. As a disclaimer, I think all of these lawn vacuums only work as well as the deck that is feeding them. If your deck doesn't do a great job, neither will the vacuum. On to the pics.
The rig. 2003 Wheelhorse 315-8, fully weighted. The rake is the Commercial Pro model. It's middle of the road but I wanted capacity and this one has the largest capacity but not the largest engine or tube. Has an 6 1/2hp Briggs with an 8" dia. tube to suck everything up. What I wasn't expecting was the machine to man handle the tractor so much. I put the weights on to combat some of that and it does help but you still have to plan your turns ahead when the thing gets near full. My neighbot has a Deere 425 and a smaller Rake and he has the same issues. All in all though, this thing really sucks.
The proving grounds. My leaves are usually much thicker than what you see here. When you get over to the trees it becomes my neighbors yard. This should be good enough to show what this machine can do. Those pics should show up here tomorrow.
Edited by David Brown, November 05, 2015 - 06:31 PM.