The EZ Leaf Hauler is a distinctive new method of dealing with fallen leaves, twigs and small debris that I usually rake on a tarp. But unlike a tarp (that often blows off unless I put rocks on each corner), it’s more similar to a giant dustpan with various grab handles and bets to secure the tarp into the ground. It is environmentally-friendly, noise-free and physically lightweight to haul.
I analyzed the 6′ (model 0037) and 7′ (model 0007) EZ Leaf Haulers to observe how they would perform during autumn leaf cleanup.
Having a shipping weight of 2.15 lbs. (6′, Model 0037) and 3.55 lbs. (7′, Model 0007) respectively, all these are an ideal and very lightweight tool for fall yard cleanup.
Both items came in a cardboard box, along with the products themselves arrived in plastic bags. As soon as they arrived, I could not wait to start them and give them a try. The goods came through without any transportation damage.
The 6′ model 0037, also referred to as the”sport model” (6′ deep x 4′ wide), and also the 7′ model 0007 (7′ deep x 5′ wide) are made of heavy-duty tarp material. Also included are 3 fiberglass rods that slip into the pockets sewn right into the tarp.
The shipping bag was easy to start, the item slid right out on the floor. I managed to build itself effortlessly, no extra tools needed. It didn’t take some time to determine how to put this up with a glance at the instructions and only basically inserting the fiberglass rods to the pockets.
How the EZ Leaf Hauler Works
Just like a giant dustpan, the EZ Leaf Hauler allows you to rake leaves (versus on ) a tarp — that is a big plus. The 3 fiberglass rods hold up the back and 2 sides, making it into a standup tarp.
Two pegs (permanently secured to the tarp’s top edge) act to maintain the border taut once driven into the ground. This tight lip makes it simpler to rake leaves to the tarp as opposed to under it.
Six handles make it easy to tow the device in just about any direction, and help with folding the tarp into a flat unit for easy storage. And unlike traditional tarps which often leave a small path of leaves behind as you drag it, the more EZ Leaf Hauler makes fast work of leaves, twigs, plant prunings, and little debris without falling leaves along the way (kind of, more about this later).
Staking down the tarp
You will find two plastic stakes that are attached on either side of the tarp’s leading edge. These hold the EZ Leaf Hauler leading edge down so that the wind doesn’t blow away the unit. Additionally, it functions to pull the tarp tight into the floor so that debris won’t be as likely to slip under the tarp when raking.
These bets require a little force to fit in the ground. The best way I found to insert them was by hand. I also discovered that they could be opened with my hands and shoved into the ground with my foot. In case you have really hard dirt or are using the EZ Leaf Hauler on a patio or driveway, you’re not likely to have the ability to use the stakes.
Easy to Use
With the EZ Leaf Hauler staked to the floor, it was simple to include the leaves since it shaped a giant dustpan. Estimates suggest that the hauler will hold around 4 (6 cubic feet ) wheelbarrows of leaves at the 4′ x 6′”sport” version, and 5 in the 5′ x 7″ model.
And unlike a tarp, the leaves are captured by a set of dustpan-like side ribs. This helps to hold the leaves in position, even on windy days. I can not say this about a traditional tarp where end will blow leaves off as a result of lack of advantages which are present in the EZ Leaf Hauler.
The hauler can be towed apartment or rolled into a bundle.
I found that the best way to haul the full EZ Leaf Hauler was to catch both grips on the leading edge of the tarp (the same side as the spikes to secure it to the ground) and tow the entire thing behind me (the leading advantage against my back). This retained the leaves piled up in the back of the device where there is an upright form of tarp material. I did discover that dragging the leaves together with the opening away from me tended to depart some leaves behind, particularly when I went over rough ground or up hills.
When it comes to rolling up the hauler to a bundle I found it an efficient way to transfer the leaves. However, this method abandoned the ends slightly open and I found that a few leaves fell out. It was not a great deal of leaves, but only enough that I needed to come back and rake them up again.
Not for Heavy Materials
The EZ Leaf Hauler is made from lightweight material and shouldn’t be used for compost, dirt, rocks, wood or other significant yard substance. The heavy stuff will create the bottom of the tarp to wear through prematurely, tear the tarp altogether, and possibly snap the fiberglass rods which hold the Hauler set up.
On the flip side, it’s great to spread out beneath crops, trees or shrubs for mild trimmings of tiny branches, water sprouts or suckers, deadheading debris along with some other lightweight objects to clean up.
Fiberglass Poles Didn't Hold Up
Regrettably, I found the fiberglass rod snapped on the 6′ (model 0037)”sports model” hauler when I folded the sides up to haul away the leaves. About the 7′ (model 0007) hauler the tension required to insert one of the side rods to the sewn pockets caused the rod to snap. Both haulers are no longer usable with no new poles.
Per the owner’s quote,”We don’t have a declared warranty for your hauler. There are a variety of levels of use by professional landscapers to the home user for autumn cleanups. We stand by the merchandise for virtually any manufacturing defect or when among the sticks break, we’ll replace at no charge.”
With leaf blowers under assault from noise pollution advocates, it is a product whose time has come. I enjoyed the heavy-duty construction and the 3 sets of handles for pulling, rolling, or stowing. It performed as advertised and (while it worked) made the chore of leaf and small debris removal a snap. I liked the tent-like structure that held the device open/upright and the stakes that held the top edge to the floor (so the wind wouldn’t blow away it and also keep the border taut so leaves would not get caught beneath the hauler). The snapping of this fiberglass support sticks was disconcerting (a few re-engineering or greater quality control could be required here). Overall a good product with some mechanical flaws.