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    Default Re: Trac-Vac 854 PTO Powered Leaf Vacuum

    Around here that would be called a potato hook, and would be used for digging the potatoes............. of course there are some cobwebs on mine since I got the middlebuster.
    B2620,Loaded R-4's , Wallenstein BX42 chipper, Bush Hog SQ148 RC, 4' x 8' chain harrow, Blizzard 54" 3PT snowblower, Tirechains. com v-bar duo grip chains (hate them), Simplicity Legacy with 48"mmm, turbo collector, Country Line carry all, Countryline Middlebuster, Woods 48" BB, Kubota QA for loader, Kubota forks, Kuhn EL23 rototiller, and more to come...

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    Default Re: Trac-Vac 854 PTO Powered Leaf Vacuum

    I picked up a used trac-vac, has the 6.5 hp motor. It works great, but it lacks in capactiy since it is the rubbermaid can model. But not raking makes me want to order a PTO model.
    JD 2320 w/ R4's, 200CX w/ 61" bucket, 46BH w/ 16" bucket, 62D MMM w/ mulch kit, Imatch, Ballast Box, Frontier BB 2060, Frontier 1060 Landscape Rake, Frontier Pallet Forks, Frontier SB1154 Snow Blower, Meyers 6.5 TM snowplow, Markham 48" Grapple, Trac-Vac 854

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    Default Re: Trac-Vac 854 PTO Powered Leaf Vacuum

    Kennyd - Does your 3PH go up and down with your mower deck like my BX2350 does? If so, does this cause problems for the hoses? I'd much rather run off the PTO like you are doing rather than have an extra engine on the leaf collector.
    '07 BX2350, FEL w/ toothbar, 60" MMM, 5' KK back blade, 60" Farm King 3PH snowblower, 42" home built disc, carry all

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    Default Re: Trac-Vac 854 PTO Powered Leaf Vacuum

    Quote Originally Posted by kennyd View Post
    Two weeks ago I drove to New Jersey to pick up this used Trac-Vac 854. I have A LOT of trees around me, and doing leaf cleanup is always a chore I hate...So I have been looking for years for a solution-and this turned up on Craigslist so I jumped on it.

    I have about 4 hours on it now including some time with wet leaves, and it really does a remarkable job at collecting, mulching and packing them in the trailer! Emptying the trailer is a chore so far-but hopefully I will get batter at it or find a way to hydraulically PUSH them out!

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    Is it a 540 or 1000 rpm pto?

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    Default Re: Trac-Vac 854 PTO Powered Leaf Vacuum

    Mine runs the 8HP briggs, works good , but I to would like to have a hydraulic style pusher inside the trailer. Some thing similar to a garbage truck !

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    Default Re: Trac-Vac 854 PTO Powered Leaf Vacuum

    Quote Originally Posted by fish6942 View Post
    Kennyd - Does your 3PH go up and down with your mower deck like my BX2350 does? If so, does this cause problems for the hoses? I'd much rather run off the PTO like you are doing rather than have an extra engine on the leaf collector.
    If you look close at his pic's, he modified the hook up and it does not use the 3PH arms. On your BX, you can pin the lower 3PH arms up by disconecting the vertical links from the upper arms and pinning those to the two holes near the top link - that's what they're for.
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    Default Re: Trac-Vac 854 PTO Powered Leaf Vacuum

    Quote Originally Posted by fish6942 View Post
    Kennyd - Does your 3PH go up and down with your mower deck like my BX2350 does? If so, does this cause problems for the hoses? I'd much rather run off the PTO like you are doing rather than have an extra engine on the leaf collector.
    Quote Originally Posted by CHDinCT View Post
    If you look close at his pic's, he modified the hook up and it does not use the 3PH arms. On your BX, you can pin the lower 3PH arms up by disconecting the vertical links from the upper arms and pinning those to the two holes near the top link - that's what they're for.
    Fish, look at the pictures and read the captions please, Yes the arms move-and they sell a kit to do what I did...

    They also have a model specifically for the BX.
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    Default Re: Trac-Vac 854 PTO Powered Leaf Vacuum

    Quote Originally Posted by dieselscout80 View Post
    Is it a 540 or 1000 rpm pto?
    Mine is 540. They do have another model I think that will do 1000.
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    Default Re: Trac-Vac 854 PTO Powered Leaf Vacuum

    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin M View Post
    Mine runs the 8HP briggs, works good , but I to would like to have a hydraulic style pusher inside the trailer. Some thing similar to a garbage truck !
    Yeah-That's what I'm talkin' about!
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    Default Re: Trac-Vac 854 PTO Powered Leaf Vacuum

    We got started selling them shortly after yours was built Ken, and the reason was because of the tapered trailer. For the most part with the tapered trailers the load will slide right out unless you have leaves on the bottom that are wet.

    I like the trailers with the motor on them as you only need to buy one and not exchange if you purchase a new tractor do to fit. We have also found that the 5 horse unit will normally work with a 60" deck although they recommend the larger unit and the new models come with a small chipper built in!

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