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Giant "Leaf Bucket" Makes Cleanup Easy
"I use it to haul leaves. It works fast and saves a lot of work," says Jim Matthews, King, N.C., about his skid steer loader-mounted "leaf bucket."
  The quick-tach bucket is made from light gauge sheet metal and measures 8 ft. wide, 4 ft. high, and 5 ft. deep. He simply rakes or scoops leaves into the bucket, then dumps them out somewhere out of the way. Matthews primed and painted the metal so it won't rust.
  Matthews says he came up with the idea because he has a big lawn with a lot of trees. "When the wind blows, a lot of leaves end up piled thick around our house, where there's no room to maneuver a pull-type leaf vacuum machine," he says. "I tried raking the leaves onto a tarp and then grabbing the corners and dragging it to a dump site, but it was back breaking work.
  "This bucket is big enough so I can get several pickup loads of leaves in it. There's no need for a cover on it because it's so big. Sometimes I use a backpack blower to windrow the leaves into big piles before I rake them into the bucket," he notes.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Jim Matthews, 1802 Slate Rd., King, N.C. 27021 (ph 336 969-6675).

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2004 - Volume #28, Issue #5