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Thinking ahead... Spring cleanup question

Discussion in 'Sweeper Forum' started by 6feetdeep, Jan 1, 2008.

  1. 6feetdeep

    6feetdeep Senior Member
    Messages: 141

    I've been cleaning up my turf damage at my commercial accounts the last few years with a york rake, hand rakes and shovels. I am curious if a sweeper mounted on the front of my small tractor would work to push sod, small stones, etc. off the turf to make clean up a little better. The most trouble I have is the york rake 'bridging' on uneven ground, and missing material, then we have to go back over everything with hand rakes. I am thinking a broom with stiff enough bristles would move most material, and we would only have to handle the largest clumps of sod.?.
    Just thinking ahead, and curious if anyone else has any better suggestions or ideas.
    thanks.
     
  2. Clapper&Company

    Clapper&Company PlowSite Veteran
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 4,413

    We use a Sthil Power Broom
     
  3. NLS1

    NLS1 Senior Member
    Messages: 315

    I use a Echo Pro Paddle, and except for large chunks of sod it works amazing! Worth every penny. Very little raking, and very fast. Just my .02
     
  4. WINTER 3

    WINTER 3 Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 80

    I also use a power broom, Worth every penny!
     
  5. 6feetdeep

    6feetdeep Senior Member
    Messages: 141

    Thanks, guys. Hadn't thought about using a handheld. Cheaper than a tractor mounted, for sure, and will definately be able to get into places the tractor wont. :waving:
     
  6. Dstosh

    Dstosh Senior Member
    Messages: 534

    Another vote for powerbroom. If you keep an eye out, you can probably Get one cheep between now and then.
     
  7. JMS

    JMS Member
    Messages: 97

    just to add to the original question, what is the best and most economical way to sweep or blow the hard surfaces for spring cleaningof debris
     
  8. Kale Lawn

    Kale Lawn Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 107

  9. Kale Lawn

    Kale Lawn Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 107

    backpack blowers of push blowers
     
  10. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 5,988

    this is exactly what you need and how we do it...

    <object width="480" height="385"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/vyuNH29Un3c?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/vyuNH29Un3c?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="480" height="385"></embed></object>
     
  11. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 5,988

    or on my pickup

    <object width="480" height="385"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/kCuhJ2OBIrU?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/kCuhJ2OBIrU?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="480" height="385"></embed></object>
     
  12. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 5,988

    if your talking parking lots handhelds are just stupid... I agree nothing can beat a rubber paddle broom for lawns, but parkings lots a 2 different things...
     
  13. JMS

    JMS Member
    Messages: 97

    that is pretty slick.

    what brand are they and where can you get them? does the broom on the truck just hook up to the plow harness or is that an entire harness set up just for the broom. And finaly what does a set up like that cost?

    thanks tripleL for the great videos.
     
  14. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 5,988

    I belive myn is a grotech... Im not sure tho... Snow-ex and alot of other companies make them... I bought that broom for $200 or $400, I cant remember, practically brand new but just faded by the sun... Its custom rigged to work on the truck harness as the plow would, but uses the plows pump and all that... I prefer it on a compact tractor by far tho, We rigged it up so it just slides over the bucket then we ratchet strap it... So you push all to 1 pile, drop the broom, use the bucket to load the truck or straight into the customers dumpster... and away you go....

    :drinkup:
     
  15. JMS

    JMS Member
    Messages: 97

    sounds easy enough. Thanks Chad
     
  16. plowtime1

    plowtime1 Senior Member
    Messages: 446

    Just hire a sweeper company, JMO