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    Default Lawn sweeper?

    Yesterday, I ventured to an auction to check out a "Jacobsen 5' 3pt PTO lawn sweeper". I couldn't get in touch with the seller to get any additional information, and I wasn't able to find anything on the net with that limited description.
    I got to the auction and was severely disappointed in it's condition. It had certainly seen better days. Nonetheless, I still gave serious consideration to trying to buy it (cheap) and making it my winter project. I could fill the rest of this post with all of the items I saw that needed work. In the end, it was fear of the unknown (gear box, shafts, sprockets, chains, bearings, etc.) that chased me away.
    However, I did see a faded "720" on the hopper and a yahoo search confirms that to be the model number. With that, I was actually able to find a couple for sale at different turf equipment dealers.
    I have attached a pic of one of the units I found for sale. This unit appears to have had the right drive shaft and front cutter bar removed, but overall, is in much better shape than the auction unit.
    After seeing this machine, I'm now very interested in trying to find one. My front yard grass grows as if it's on steroids (even though I don't water or fertilize it!) and I have massive amounts of clippings strewn about all the time.
    To this end, I have a few questions for the TBN brain trust:
    Has anyone ever used or owned one of these?
    How well do they work?
    Can you still get vital parts for them?
    How much tractor is required to operate one?
    I have seen pull type units with auxillary motors, but I think the PTO would be easier.
    Thanks
    Todd
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    Default Re: Lawn sweeper?

    so for this thing to work... you need a rear discharge MMM? or are you supposed to hook this thing up after you have mowed and run over your entire lawn again?
    Steve - TC33D 4x4 FEL, dual rear remotes with toys

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    Default Re: Lawn sweeper?

    Lawn clippings have been a real problem for me this year. I finally ended up buying a 42 inch sweeper. I found the best way was to bring all the clippings to a central spot and not empty the carrier in situ when it was full.It meant a few more trips across the field but it did mean I could then use the FEL to push the clippings en masse into a pile.

    Judging by your picture,though, your scale of problem is much greater

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    Default Re: Lawn sweeper?

    Quote Originally Posted by IMCA38
    Yesterday, I ventured to an auction to check out a "Jacobsen 5' 3pt PTO lawn sweeper". I couldn't get in touch with the seller to get any additional information, and I wasn't able to find anything on the net with that limited description.
    I got to the auction and was severely disappointed in it's condition. It had certainly seen better days. Nonetheless, I still gave serious consideration to trying to buy it (cheap) and making it my winter project. I could fill the rest of this post with all of the items I saw that needed work. In the end, it was fear of the unknown (gear box, shafts, sprockets, chains, bearings, etc.) that chased me away.
    However, I did see a faded "720" on the hopper and a yahoo search confirms that to be the model number. With that, I was actually able to find a couple for sale at different turf equipment dealers.
    I have attached a pic of one of the units I found for sale. This unit appears to have had the right drive shaft and front cutter bar removed, but overall, is in much better shape than the auction unit.
    After seeing this machine, I'm now very interested in trying to find one. My front yard grass grows as if it's on steroids (even though I don't water or fertilize it!) and I have massive amounts of clippings strewn about all the time.
    To this end, I have a few questions for the TBN brain trust:
    Has anyone ever used or owned one of these?
    How well do they work?
    Can you still get vital parts for them?
    How much tractor is required to operate one?
    I have seen pull type units with auxillary motors, but I think the PTO would be easier.
    Thanks
    Todd
    I bought a well worn one a few years back. I had plans of fixing it to clean up leaves with. The one I had used a Wisconsin motor mounted on the sweeper to power itself. Seems like it was 14 HP. At that point, parts were still available.

    Then a storm blew a tree over on top of it.

    I've seen a few still in use. They'll pick up leaves, sticks, grass, and even straw mulch off of new lawns. I wish mine would have survived.
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    Default Re: Lawn sweeper?

    Yes, I do have a huge problem with clippings this year moreso than in the past. I had hoped to take a photo to share, but didn't get home before dark tonight. It seems to just get worse and worse. I really think 1 or 2 times a year with something like this would probably make a great difference.
    I mow with a RFM, so I'd be looking at a second pass with the sweeper. No big deal if it does a good job cleaning things up. My biggest worry would be the mountain of clipping I'd gather up!

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    Relatives from the UK stayed with us over the weekend and they are big into composting. It seems the trick is to generate heat within the pile which you cant do with an open pile. The trouble is how do you construct something that is big enough without a) costing a small fortune and b) looking as ugly as sin

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    Quote Originally Posted by deereman64
    Relatives from the UK stayed with us over the weekend and they are big into composting. It seems the trick is to generate heat within the pile which you cant do with an open pile. The trouble is how do you construct something that is big enough without a) costing a small fortune and b) looking as ugly as sin
    I made my compost bin with dry-stacked concrete blocks. It's hid away behind the shop, so looks aren't so critical. It's 10' wide, 8' front to back, and 5' tall. Front is open, save 2 courses of block on the bottom. It's almost impossible to get it filled if done correctly. A good working compost pile will rot away about as fast as you can throw stuff in it. I put 3 or 4 loader buckets of horse manure a year in mine, in addition to lawn waste, garden scrap, and some goodies from the kitchen. Also throw a bit of dirt in for "filler". We use the product in the garden.
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    Default Re: Lawn sweeper?

    ive seen compost piles built out of pallets... one on each side with an open top... helps hide the pile but also alows some air movement.

    with watering you should be able to compost a 4x4x4 pile in a month... 2 tops. having a couple of working piles helps.
    Steve - TC33D 4x4 FEL, dual rear remotes with toys

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    Default Re: Lawn sweeper?

    I use t-posts with hardware cloth wired to it. It's about 4 by 7'. I don't have a fel so I turn it with a pitch fork. Just moved it to a different location so I could use the old location for a hammock.

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    I recently purchased a used Giant Vac lawn vac. It has a large bin, with a rear opening door. A gasoline motor turns the blower, which sucks leaves, clippings, sticks, pine cones, and most anything not nailed down. It is pulled by a riding mower, so unless your's is rear discharge, you going to have to do it twice. However, I tend to try to mow in a path that continually throws the discharge in one direction, towards the middle of a large square. When I finally get to the middle, I have cut the same clippings many times over, and they are easy to hit one pass with the vac, and I am done. That way I don't have to do the whole yard. If too much is being piled up, I just start a new path and a new pile. It does a great job, so now I don't use the blower on the pto of the Steiner much any more. I also have another blower bought at the same time as the vac, same name brand also, that will be seeing ebay before long.
    David from jax

    The hopper looks similar to the one on this vac on the Giant Vac unit.

    eBay: Used Leaf Vac-GoossenCommercial/Residential Estate Vac (item 260036746204 end time Oct-06-06 10:28:34 PDT)

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