DIY Leaf Vacuum: Step by Step Guide

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DIY Leaf Vacuum

With Autumn coming up faster and faster, people are trying to find ways to be prepared for the falling leaves. People are always looking for ways to keep those pesky leaves from piling up. I love the way the leaves look when Autumn comes around, but I hate having to clean up all the leaves.

The thing I found the most helpful for getting rid of this pesky problem is a DIY leaf vacuum. It saves me a lot of time in the long run and gets the job done a lot better then what I can do while raking.

How to Make a DIY Leaf Vacuum

These instructions are for completing a leaf vacuum build all on your own. There eight simple steps in total, and it is important to have the proper materials in advance before you being. The materials include plywood, two by two wood, wire framing, deer netting, leaf suction tube, and dryer vent. 

Each of these items are essential for building the leaf vacuum that will be attached to your mower. The materials need to be made out of the best materials that can stand up to the elements, especially water. There is a chance that what you will be vacuuming will be wet, which can cause wear on the materials used for this.

Step 1

This is the very first step to building this leaf vacuum, and it is just about one of the easiest steps. That does not mean the build is very hard, and there are not many steps at all to building it. The step involves a four foot by three foot piece of plywood that is attached to the back of the mower.

The plywood needs to be attached very sturdly to prevent any problems from happening. If it is not sturdy, the box could come off when moving around or not be able to handle the weight being added to it by the leaves and other debris.

Step 2

In this step, you will be completing the set up for the box to sit on at the back of your mower. You will need a five foot long two by two for this step of the build. The This piece is used to prop the end of the box that will be attached up for the box to built on.

The board is large enough to sturdy the plywood and be able to handle the weight of the leaves and other debris that is cleaned up. This is also the piece that helps to connect the box to the back of your mower.

Step 3

Now that you have the base for where the leaves will be collected you can start to build the box where the leaves will go. You should use two by twos for this portion of the build. The box should be a wire frame box, and the dimensions of the box when it is completed should be three foot by four foot by four foot.

The box should built on top of the plywood base that you have created, and you should make sure the wood that you use can withstand the elements especially water because the leaves may be wet.

Step 4

Now that the box is done, you can move onto the next section of the build, which is getting the box completely ready for leaf vacuuming. You will need to have some deer netting for this step of the build. You need to wrap the box with the deer netting and then staple it on tightly.

The netting helps to prevent any wayward leaves from blowing out of the box, and the netting needs to be snug on he box. If the netting is loose, it is possible that holes will form and let the leaves and other debris out.

Step 5

At the bottom of the back of the box, you need to cut a small rectangular shaped hole. The hole needs to be three feet in width and eight inches in height. This may not sound like a very large hole, but you do not need it to be very large. This hole is there so that the leaves can be easily cleaned out of the box once you are done with the vacuuming.

The size of the whole is just large enough to clean out the box, but the door should always be in place when the vacuuming is being done to prevent everything from blowing back out.

Step 6

This step can take some careful pression to complete properly. You need to cut a hole at the front of the box for the leaves to go through. The hole has to be placed at the front of the box because the force will push the leaves into the back of the box.

It is best to try and put the hole as close to the top of the box as well because as the leaves settle into the box they will cover the bottom of the box. Make sure you measure the size of the vent pipe that you will use in the next step to get the right sized hole.

Step 7

You need an eight inch vent pipe for this step to be completed. The vent pipe has to be attached to the leaf tube on the mower. The vent pipe is what sends the leaves up and into the top of the collection box. Now, this piece might occasionally become clogged if the debris being sucked up is wet.

As long as the clog is caught early on and cleaned thoroughly, you can get back to vacuuming in no time. If the clog is not cleaned, it can cause problems with the mower or cause a hole to blow out within the vent pipe or leaf tube.

Step 8

The very last thing you need to do is start mowing. The leaves will be sucked up into the box, and the box can be easily cleaned out by hand or with a leaf blower. If the mixture it wet when you try to cleann it up, it might try to clog up the pipe or the box.

This means you have to be careful as you are cleaning up leaves and other debris to make sure nothing gets clogged. The clog can be easily cleaned though as long as it is done while the debris within the clog is still wet and the clog is small.

Final Verdict

Cleaning up leaves can be a great hassle, but this leaf vacuum is a real saver when it comes to cleaning. It gets the job done in a timely manner without a lot of strain on you. I have found this to be very useful, and I hope it is as helpful for you as it has been for me.

About the Author Todd Davis

Todd Davis is a DIY enthusiast, traveler and writer for a long time. He has a deep understanding of all types of paint sprayers, chairs, vacuums and door hardware.

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