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Leaf Loader

By Bob on November 15, 2010 6:57 AM

Like a lot of Baby Boomers I used to love watching holiday TV specials - usually sponsored by Kraft  - where people would rake leaves as they laughed in the crisp autumn air. As a kid growing up in west Texas where we had NO TREES this looked almost magical. "Trees," I'd think to myself, "I gotta get me summa them when I grow up!"

Leaf Loader 1-225.jpgWell, I did grow up get older and I did get trees.


As it turns out, trees were just another thing that were a lot easier to take care of on TV. Leaf raking is a major pain. So, when the folks at Leaf Loader asked me if I'd like try their handy gadget that cuts leaf-raking in half, I put down my chainsaw and said YES.


The Leaf Loader is one of those, why-didn't-I-think-of-that, products that really works.


It's a simple concept that allows you to rake leaves and other landscape material on to it and deposit them easily into any bag, can or bin. Its four-foot diameter "wide-mouth" can catch raked leaves from Leaf Loader 2-225.jpgup to ten feet away, eliminating the hassle of raking into piles and picking them up.  


With the forcing action of a funnel, Leaf Loader compresses leaves and debris in one easy step making repeated pressing and compacting of the leaves unnecessary. With a simple tipping action, leaves and debris pour into the bag, allowing for over-stuffing and using fewer bags.


Leaf Loader comes with a flexible frame that keeps it firmly sealed to any surface, so everything goes directly into the can and doesn't slip underneath. It sells for $29.95 and is available online at www.leafloader.com, through specialty catalogs and retailers, and at Amazon.com.


This will give you a good idea how it works (Warning: don't watch this video if you're already on your fifth espresso. It'll just make you even more jittery).




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