Before vacuum cleaners, folks had to sweep their carpets and floors with a broom and dustpan.
Similarly, before lawn vacuums, the only way to clear your lawn of leaves was with a rake.
Brooms and rakes still serve a purpose, but lawn vacuums are the final frontier for yard cleanups.
Instead of raking all those fallen leaves into piles, run a yard vac over your lawn to collect leaves the easy way.
There are a few styles of lawn vacuums:
As the name implies, a lawn vac is used strictly to pick up fallen leaves and small twigs and branches from a grassy surface.
Often times, a lawn vac will also mulch the collected debris into tiny particles, allowing you to pick up more leaves before you need to empty the bag.
This style of vac is much more powerful, and can be used on both grassy and hard surfaces. In addition to leaves, branches and twigs, a litter vac will actually pick up bottles, cans, nuts and many other types of trash and debris.
These units won’t mulch or pulverize what they suck up, but the collection bags are normally very large, so you’ll be able to clean up a pretty large area before stopping to empty the bag.
Chipper Shredder Vacuum
Lawn & litter vacs are perfect for sucking up all the fallen leaves and debris strewn across your lawn. However, they cannot handle or mulch large twigs and branches.
If you have lots of these in your yard, choose a chipper shredder vac. They're equipped with a separate opening and larger blades to mulch branches and other wood. Instead of just collecting everything, chipper shredder vacuums mulch wood,
reducing it to up to 1/16th its original size.
Push lawn vacuums require you to provide the horsepower to get them moving. The engine powers the suction of the vac, but provides no power to the wheels for pulling. If you will be using your lawn vac on hilly terrain, choose a self-propelled model.
Self-propelled lawn vacuums, however, only require you to steer them, as they move on their own. Sure, the engine still powers the suction feature, but it also propels the front
wheels, which makes operating one of these less strenuous.
From a versatility stand-point, one of the best options to consider is a detachable suction hose. Normally, the lawn vac acts just like a mower, in that it sucks up what you guide it over. However, not all leaves and debris are in places you can drive over.
This is where the detachable hose comes into play. When you need to remove leaves from under bushes, stairs, a deck or in a tight corner, you can just take the hose by hand and suck up all the leaves
in those hard-to-reach places.