Smart and powerful: three lawn vacs for larger gardens

Pushing the vacuum cleaner around the house is a pretty easy task, just plug it in and start pushing, and try not to suck up the cat.

The good news is that getting rid of leaves on the lawn is just as simple.

No? Well here are three lawn and drive vacs which prove that the autumn fall and clean-up can be just as easy as hoovering the carpet.

Al-Ko Hurricane Wheeled Vac
Debris shifter: Al-Ko 75BA Hurricane Wheeled Vac

Have a look at this one, the Al-Ko Hurricane 750B Lawn Vacuum / Leaf Sweeper with a Briggs engine.

This 158cc engine from the leading manufacturer of power units for garden machinery is reliable, starts easily and has low vibration levels so it is comfortable to use.

And with its optional vacuum nozzle it can reach behind garden furniture and sheds and clear the leaves from shrubberies in no time.

The collection bag holds 200 litres and it has a working width of 75cm so you can quickly clear large lawns and long drives and it has four heights to take account of the different surfaces.

It costs £499 and is delivered free the next working day with a two year warranty.

The hose kit costs an extra £139.

The Ariens APV SP Self-Propelled Wheeled Vac (995301) has a 190cc Subaru engine from Japan and gives enough power to tackle sloping drives and lawns.

Ariense lawn vac leaf sweeper
Simple to use: Ariens Self-propelled lawn vac leaf sweeper

Being self-propelled it makes tackling large leaf-strewn areas a walk in the park. And it has 17 working heights so you can tackle all manner of surfaces, from ground level with no clearance to 12.7cm.

A serrated impellor means that debris sucked up is reduced to a twelfth its original volume before being deposited in its 195 litre collector.

It is also fitted with a skirt to keep the dust down. And 35.5cm wheels mean it is very easy to manoeuvre.

The handlebars have five settings to make it comfortable to use over long periods.

The recommended price is £829 but we have it for sale for £649. The machine has a three year manufacturer’s warranty and it is delivered free the next working day.

This third one is a real beats of a machine and can deal with all manner of waste – it will even gobble up glass bottle.

The Billy Goat KV600 Estate Series Lawn Vacuum, on special offer, is aimed at gardens up to about an acre in size.

As well as bottles it will deal with paper, cans, twigs, and makes mincemeat of leaves.

Billy Goat KV600 estate series vacuum
Clean solution: Billy Goat KV600 Estate Series Vacuum

With such a capability it will not only earn its keep on lawns and paths but around pools and patios and barns.

It has a Briggs & Stratton engine and a working width of 68.5cm. And the collection bag has nautical fasteners, more reliable than a conventional zip.

It has a five-bladed steel impellor to reduce the rubbish meaning there are fewer stops to empty the 151 litre bag.

You can also buy an optional hose kit with a 10cm opening to clean the awkward corners.

It costs £819, £80 off the recommended price and has free next working day delivery and a one year warranty.

For other similar machines see these pages and a full list of leaf clearance equipment can be found here.



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