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|If you are impatient with the time it takes
to rake all the leaves in your yard every
autumn, consider purchasing a leaf vacuum
that will quickly and easily remove the leaves
from even large properties.
Hand held leaf vacuums are rarely powerful
enough to handle more than a small amount
of leaves, and they need to be emptied so
often that they quickly become inconvenient.
Instead look at the newer heavy duty vacuums.
Some models can gather up to 3000 pounds
or more of leaves before they need to be
emptied, and they reduce the volume of the
leaves to a tenth of their original size
(which can, make it easier and cheaper to
dispose of them). The vacuum units are hooked
up to and pulled by a riding mower.
If you are thinking of buying
a leave vacuum,
consider the following:
Vacuums that are powerful enough to handle
large volumes of leaves are big. Make sure
you have the room in your garage or storage shed to keep them out of the weather.
- Look for units that are powerful enough to
pick up heavy objects since wet piles of
leaves can be very heavy. Branches and other
yard debris should be crushed by a whirling
rotor with up to five rows of blades. Strong
steel interior components should handle the
impact of stones and pebbles.
- Vacuuming leaves can produce uncomfortable
amount of dust. Better vacuums have a filterless,
spinning unit that prevents dust from gushing
into the air.
- Check the noise levels produced by the vacuum.
Prolonged use of noisy models can damaged
your hearing and be a nuisance to your neighbors.
Ear protectors can help, but it is not always
desirable to use them.