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Leaf Picker-Upper
Ohio inventor Louis Daniel was tired of the hassle each fall of picking up big piles of leaves by hand for disposal. He decided to build a machine that would make it easy.
His leaf picker-upper is powered by a 3.5 hp. gas motor that drives a horizontally-mounted 10-in. dia. fan rotor with four 4-in. wide blades. It sucks leaves up through a length of 4-in. plastic hose and blows them up through 4 by 5-in. metal ductwork to an overhead bin made out of a portion of a 50-gal. oil drum. A 5-gal. metal bucket attached to the bottom of the bin forms a neck around which a burlap bag fastens with a screen-door type spring. The framework is made of scrap angle iron, steel fenceposts, and other scrap metal.
The unit weighs about 200 lbs. and rides on 6-in. lawn mower wheels. It's got a fold-down handle made from lawn mower grips.
"It's easy to operate. I just rake leaves into a pile and suck them up through the hose into the bag. Changing bags takes no longer than changing a vacuum cleaner bag," says Daniel, noting that his leaf picker-upper is particularly useful sucking up leaves and pine needles from around landscape shrubbery. "I'm not aware of any leaf bagger on the market even remotely similar to this unit."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Louis A. Daniel, 925 North Brush, Fremont, Ohio 43420 (ph 419 332-7910).

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1993 - Volume #17, Issue #4