Leaf and lawn debris vacuums can be either a "walk-behind" type where the user walks with the vacuum system, or the "tow-behind" type that connects to the back of a riding mower. In our experience, walk-behind leaf vacuums just don't provide enough vacuum power or capacity to be extremely helpful for most homeowners. To really get the job done, we recommend a pull behind lawn vacuum system, like the Cyclone Rake. The Cyclone Rake is designed for the job and is both powerful and easy to use with numerous features not found on other equipment.
Here are some of the reasons why we think the Cyclone Rake is the best value in year-round property care.
Most power equipment engines are built down to a price. The operating life is in the area of 300 hours. Some even advertise “no oil changes”. That’s because the engine is worn out before the oil is! We use only commercial Vanguard® engines with a design life of 2,000 hours. They’re much more rigid and massive, quieter, more reliable, and much easier to start. They are also a lot more expensive than the throw-away homeowner type.
Most of our moving parts are triple plated chrome. Each one is individually hand polished then triple plated, first with copper, followed by nickel and finally chrome. It’s a long and complicated process compared with paint or common zinc. But the result is both beautiful and lasting. The three plating steps give excellent protection against both wear and weather.
You’d be surprised, but many power equipment suppliers don’t use real rubber tires. Instead, they’re primarily a mixture of lower grade plastics with various fillers. We use the real thing, from only the top-grade suppliers who proudly put their company name on each tire. They last many times longer than the no-name substitutes commonly sold.
You don’t need wrenches and screwdrivers to change hoses or set up your Cyclone Rake. All connections are made by heavy duty solid steel spring-loaded latches with a holding force of 70 pounds each. We use at least 10 of them on every Cyclone Rake, and even more if you own our accessories. And, of course, they are polished triple-plated chrome like our other moving parts.
We use heavy duty ball bearings wherever they’re needed. For example, the trunnion bearings in our swivel wheels are type 6306 double-sealed industrial ball bearings with a dynamic load capacity of 6,000 pounds. Each bearing weighs over ¾ of a pound, which is probably more than the wheel bearings in your car. And our Vanguard® engines are loaded with ball bearings, which is one of the reasons for their 2,000 hour design life.
Wherever strength is important we use solid steel parts that are virtually indestructible. For example, these clamp knobs are machined from steel bar stock or upset-forged by special dies, just for the Cyclone Rake. You can lose them, but you sure can’t break them!
Common bolts are known as grade 2. We don’t use them. All our fasteners ¼ inch or larger are either grade 5, grade 8, or metric grade 8.8, with yield strength of 92,000 psi or better. Many of our fasteners are custom-designed and manufactured just for us because stock fasteners are not good enough.
They’re miracles of engineering design that last for years. The fabric is 1800 denier polyester with sun-fade UV protection and a pure polymer backing that stays flexible for years. Seams are double or triple-sewn with special industrial strength synthetic polymer thread that never rots or weakens. Top screens are solid polymer that’s impervious to abrasive dirt, dust and stones. Even the collar that connects the bag to the blower chute is solid steel (not elastic fabric) with two 70-pound spring-loaded latches for a secure attachment.