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Low-Cost Leaf "Picker Upper"
“It cost very little to build, and I never have to rake any more,” says William Yewell, Ogden, Iowa, about the “leaf picker upper” he built to pick up leaves and grass from his farm yard. It simply drags on the ground and requires no outside power.
  Yewell bought a 6-ft. long piece of poly at FarmTek and rolled it into a 2-ft. dia. tube, using rivets to hold it together. He bolted the tube to the discharge chute on his Murray 40-in. riding mower and installed a hinged plywood door with screen on back of the tube.
  “The mower mulches the leaves and grass and blows them into the tube. It only takes 10 min. to fill,” says Yewell. “It fills up so fast that I had to put another screen on top of the tube to keep it from plugging up and blowing everything back toward the front. To empty out the material I open the rear door and use a rake to pull the material out.”
  The tube is bolted to the deck with two 1/4-in. bolts and also secured by a bungee strap to a handle on the riding mower that’s used to adjust the mower height.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, William Yewell, 1721 K Ave., Ogden, Iowa 50212 (ph 515 275-2252).

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2012 - Volume #36, Issue #6