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I am a former IHC dealer (30 years) and now enjoy restoring "old iron" as a hobby. We have afairly large lawn so several years ago I buih a double caster wheel trailer and a lawn vacuum for our model 154 Cub Lo Boy tractor. I like the double caster wheels because the trailer follows the tractor better and it's much easierto backwhen unloading to dumponthe compost pile. It hitches to the tractor drawbar with two small ball hitches rather than a single wagon tongue. The trailer is 4 ft. wide and 6 ft. long. The frame is made from angle iron and the sides from wood slats and sheet metal.
I built my own vacuum which mounts on the drawbar and is powered by a 4-hp. Kohler gas engine. The blower works like a hammermill and consists of a shaft fitted with 4 metal blades that are about 4 in. wide at the shaft and taper out to about 12 in. wide. The engine direct-drives the blower shaft. I attached a boot to the mower deck that connects up to 8-in. dia. flexible tubing. Grass and leaves are pulled up through the blower blades and then blown up into the wagon.
The vacuum and wagon are built much heavier than commercial units. I can attach or detach the complete unit in about 15 min. Works so well I even vacuum up leaves for neighbors sometimes. (Ray Roberts, 6905 U.S. 50 West, Hillsboro, Ohio 45133 ph 937-393-3581)

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1991 - Volume #15, Issue #4