Agri-Fab Tow-Behind Chip-N-Vac Chipper/Shredder - 205cc Briggs & Stratton Intek OHV Engine, 32 Cu. Ft., Model# 55249
agrifab lawn vacuum critique.
Have owned this for eight years. The motor and vacuum system are excellent. the weaknesses are the fabric connection to the hopper, the plastic attachment to the mower and the plastic discharge chute. these things should be made of metal. They eventually disintegrate. Keep plenty of duct tape available. Also the dumping works only with dry leaves. You cannot dump heavy grass. I had to build a platform on casters to pull out of the hopper after digging half out with a rake. It works most effectively with the hose on the ground while you rake leaves up to it. To be such a wonderful machine, it seems like a few short-cuts were taken in design.
March 20, 2012
Ag Fab shredder,Leaf vac
I recently purchased this unit in May 2010 and found it to be very usefull.
I have shreded brush up to 2inchs and from my garden I have shrededall the corn stocks and some sunflower stocks and turn them into compost.
I am very pleased with the way it worksand the diferents it has made in my lawn.I have always left my grass clippings on the lawn and it seem to always look dead it seems to be much greener and less debre laying around.I would recomed this product if you have a large area more than a half acre to maintain.
August 30, 2010
Power house of a tool
I have owned this unit for almost 8 years and have learned the good, bad and ugly quirks of using it. First off don't bother to use the dump feature, unless you like removing and replacing the chute attachment connecting the box to the chute. If you use a large hoe you can pull the debris out of the back without dumping. If you dump without removing the chute it will tear at the corners and after replacing it twice I learned to rake. Under extremly heavy use that I have put mine through, I made a tough cow hide box chute attachment and bolted it to the box . Since I live and vacumn 4 acres of sand, rocks and oak trees the unit gets a work out. After 5 years I had to weld on extra metal to the impellar housing due to the sand/gravel pitting and making holes. The metal box on this unit is the only container to purchase as soft sides will tear easily..
Under regular lawn maintanece it is awesome, with the heavy, heavy use I have put mine through I would still buy another unit tomorrow.
I purchased a 20' long x 8" hose as the smaller hose sold as an attachment tended to jam with even small pieces of branches and the handle broke. I use the long hose to vacumn the pompass grass and large piles I blow into heaps. I have learned it is easy to lay the hose down and rake to it and it will suck up leaves and small twigs like a champ.
* Make sure you check the oil regularly, every time you empty/dump is best as the unit will burn oil with heavy use and could burn up the motor. Cleaning the air filter before each use and making sure tires are inflated will make using this unit a true pleasure.
If you want a true Ranch Work Horse this is the only unit to purchase.
June 3, 2010
GREAT FOR YARD WORK
I would recommend this unit for the average homeowner. It is well built & easy to use. I have 3/4 of an acre of mostly wooded property & the fall provides many bushels of leaves to be disposed of. With the exception of the two week period when every leaf seems to drop at the same time the unit handles the volume very well. The chipper is great for yard pickup. Reasonably it will handle up to about 1". Anything over that it just grinds away slowly.
March 16, 2009
Agri-Fab Tow-Behind Mow-N-Vac
Overall I like my Agri-Fab Tow-Behind Mow-N-Vac it works very well to pick up leaves. The only dislikes that I have are it is very hard to feed branches into the chipper because of the long narrow chute. And it is hard to tell when the trailer is getting full. If you over fill it the leaves and grass get packed in and are hard to remove. But overall it saves me a Lot of time and works well.
November 18, 2008
I just got my vac-chipper. it has good vac power and the chipper works nice
Just the 7' hose did not reach when i turned to the left.
November 18, 2008
Pasture Vac/Chipper Shredder
I purchased this item in 2003 and it works great. I got the optional hose kit because I use it to pick up llama beans. I had a friend mount a wheel bracket on the end of the hose and now I have an actual "vacuum". No more back pains, I just "vacuum" the pens. I am now in the process of ordering a replacement motor as mine finally gave out. I might have to replace the cloth material on the chute as a result of rocks, but this thing has worked like a champ for me all these years. Would highly recommend this item for any ranch. Great for picking up leaves too.
November 13, 2008
Great for Large Yards
I have owned this product for 4 years and it is a powerhouse! I have a 2 acre yard with two huge150 year old oak trees and several large mature pecan trees. The leaf season can be quite daunting. I attach this unit to my small 12 hp 42” Murray riding mower and it performs perfectly. I recently pruned the oak and pecan trees using a chain saw and bucket lift. The 3 branch piles were 6 feet tall. I cut up the smaller branches with the chain saw and fed the branches in the chipper to create great mulch to use around the garden beds. The trick is to keep the blades sharp on the chipper. The Tecumsa motor is dependable and works well under extreme hot and cold temperatures. If you are an organic gardener, you will love the mulch from your grass clippings, leaf mulch or chipped wood. To empty the cart: place a tarp on the ground at the rear door and use a pitch fork or iron rake to empty the mulch on the tarp, then drag the tarp over to your beds for great landscaping mulch distribution. I love power tools and own larger landscape machines like tractors and bush-hog cutters, but this is a great machine for the DIY homeowner with a large yard.
January 19, 2008
Great machine easy to operate and very powerful. Would not hesitate to recommend to anyone.
October 30, 2007
Big Yards, Big Jobs
I have owned the MOw-N-Vac Chipper/Shredder for 7.5 years, now, and it is still going strong. I have used it and probably abused it by mowing everything from finished lawns to out-right weedy pastures ~ not to mention the rocks that go with the territory. Rocks, by far have been the biggest problem for me. But besides that, I have just about worn out most of the plastic parts, including 3 hoses, and the entire palstic shoot and intake deck adapter. I will continue replacing parts as needed. The entire trailer has cracked near where the wheels mount (the support frame is pushing up into the steel trailer bed from all the heavy loads, and the tilt-locking mechanism cracked a long time ago. One problem that I always had, was that the dump feature was never that good. The grass would never slide out. I always resorted to pulling it out with a pitch fork. I stopped using the dump feature after the fisrt 1.5 years. The chipper was used rarely, it did OK, but could only handle small branches, and nothing that had too much shape to it. I did not come across straight 1" branches with not too much side shoots that would readily fit down the narrow feed tube very often. So, the chipper was never too handy. I did use the vacuum feature to finish topping of the trailer with wood-ships and multch to then transport and spread on garden walk areas. That was very handy.
Overall, I am pretty pleased with it. It will probably outlast the MTD Garden tractor that I bought at the same time - I should have bought the John-Deere. Taming 6 acres of combined 3 acres of lawn/meadow and the rest in brush and pasture has taken its toll on the unit.
If you are a more regular homeowner, you should be able to enjoy a long service life with this unit. Would I buy again ~ yes, but I would modify the sides and insert a pyramid middle section to be able to swing open the sides for a complete break-apart dumping profile.
* Note: I was raised on a 4,000 acre farm, and used all kinds of equipment, so I do have a relatively higher performance expectation frame of reference.
October 19, 2007