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Bought a machine to aid the breakdown of a huge amount of leaves available to me yesterday. A good brand from a well known store. Managed almost one bagful before clogging up. Fifteen minutes of clearing repeated every bagful. Is this good enough or am I being too hopeful to expect a machine that can cope with damp leaves without clogging up? Thanks. Jd



  • Hi Johnny Dee, I have a powerful blower / vac of the Orange and white colour combination, and I find that when the leaves are wet or have been down for a while then picking them up with it is neigh on impossible, it soon gets clogged around the blades and intake chute! If the leaves are wet I've learnt to use it to blow them into a pile which can be picked up by hand and bagged for mulch. 

    Sorry but from what I know most others on the market will struggle with large quantities of wet leaves. 


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 81,465

    Watching professionals they seem to go for the blowing into a pile and scooping up into a barrow technique image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,791

    A mower is pretty good on grass and paving.

    The vac/blowers are too heavy for me to use for more than a few minutes

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    this was done by my petrol lawnmower no cloging

  • you could make your own like this


  • I have one of the White and Orange make as well, wet leaves are not good and soon clog the fan, and it gets worse as the fan gets worn away.

    Altough I have found that smaller leaves,silver birch for example, are not too bad even when wet, and don't try to be too greedy when sucking, if you get a large amount of stuff at one go this is when blocking occurs because you are getting less air in to the machine, which is needed to blow through to the collecting bag.

  • I just use a rake and a bag. Those vacum's take more time to get out of the shed/garage and plug in. It is then taking up a lot of space for the other 365 days of the year. I honestly think they are a waste of money given how little you use them and that you already own enough garden equipment to do the job.

  • I have one of these machines and it has been excellent.  I now use it to collect all the leaves in my street and my neighbours gardens.  I get loads of leaf mould for the heavy clay soil in my garden and allotment, plus my neighbours ply me with booze for keeping the leaves tidy.  So it a win win for me.

    They are expensive to buy new but you can pick them up off a certain online auction site for a fraction of the price.  But avoid buying at this time of year as everyone has the same idea.

    Have a look at it in action..

  • Billy Goat wrote (see)

    They are expensive to buy new but you can pick them up off a certain online auction site for a fraction of the price. 

    That is because you do not need to use them for most of the year, people get bored of them taking up space and so sell them for a loss online!

  • JordyJordy Posts: 7

    Hi Guys

    I run my own gardening business and loads of people have asked me to clear there leaves this year and have asked if I have a blower/vacuum collector. But unfortunately it seems that the hand held machines that are a blower and a vacuum in one machine aren't very good at all. We just have a blower to blow the leaves in to piles then collect from there by hand. Unfortunately the hand held leaf vacuums aren't to clever except the one's with four wheels but they can be rather expensive! Leicester Gardening

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