1991 - Volume #15, Issue #4, Page #34[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
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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