The Cyclone Rake vs. Other Leaf Vacuums

We Make Choosing the Cyclone Rake Easy

OK, we want you to purchase a Cyclone Rake – what we believe to be the best leaf collection system available in the world today. There, we said it! But we also understand that in a world filled with information and instant comparisons, there are lots of choices, and exploring all your options can be daunting. So, we're here to make the process a lot easier. Here's a great side-by-side comparison of the key features that shows all the Cyclone Rake advantages matched up against other lawn and leaf vacuums. We think you'll find it tells a great story.
The Cyclone Rake
Other Vac 1
Other Vac 2
Why Does It Matter?


12-Month Residential Guarantee
6-Month Commercial Guarantee

You'll get a full refund (less sales tax after 90 days), and we'll pay the shipping back to us! No fine print. No questions asked.

6-Month Residential Trial
30-day Commercial Use

Many companies make YOU pay for the return shipping. And of course, "conditions apply."

Depends on the Dealer
Don't you want to feel completely comfortable with your purchase? Major purchases are a big enough decision without having to worry about what will happen if you decide it isn't right for you. The Cyclone Rake is a worry-free choice.

Does It Fold Flat?


The collector folds down to just 8" thick, and the rest of the Cyclone Rake is easily disassembled for storage. No tools needed!


Some companies build units that partially fold down. But none break into the individual component parts as easily or neatly as the Cyclone Rake.

We understand space can get tight sometimes. This is why we designed the Cyclone Rake so that every model can completely fold flat and disassemble in just a few minutes, with no tools required. You can even hang it right on the wall!


Free 2-Year or 3-Year Residential Warranty
Free 6-Month Commercial Warranty

The length of the warranty will depend on the Cyclone Rake/engine model you choose. It is included at no additional cost.

2-Year Residential Warranty
90-Day Commercial Warranty

You can purchase additional years of coverage...for a price.

Available for Purchase from the Dealer
We understand things come up. It's rare but sometimes things go wrong, and we want you to feel absolutely comfortable in the unlikely event that should happen. Our Free 2-Year or 3-Year Residential warranty keeps you covered - At no extra cost.

Hitch Type

Dual-Pin Hitch

It won't ever jackknife!

Single-Pin Hitch
Single-Pin Hitch
The Cyclone Rake's Dual Pin Hitch creates a rigid mount to the rear of your mower allowing us to use the shortest, straightest length of deck hose possible. This is extremely important when you're designing a leaf and lawn vacuum because it will all but eliminate the opportunity for the clogging you'll see in other leaf and lawn vacuum designs.

Does the Deck Hose Have a Short & Straight Path?


This creates the perfect environment for clog-free debris collection.


The hose length must be nearly twice as long to accommodate the single-pin hitch. This increases the likelihood of clogs.


Will It Ship Right to My Door?

Yes, But Only on a Tractor Trailer
Depends on the Dealer
The Cyclone Rake will ship via FedEx Home Delivery right to your door- no need to worry about tractor-trailer trucks in your driveway.

Engine Quality

Briggs & Stratton 
Professional-grade XR950-PRO &
Commercial-grade Vanguard Lines

Proven for high-intensity performance.

Generic Consumer-grade
No brand, generic label
Consumer-grade Briggs & Stratton
The engine is the heart of a leaf and lawn vacuum. A high-quality engine will provide you with a longer life span and rugged performance, so you never have to worry about overworking it. Use an engine with a name you can trust, rather than a generic engine with a label. A name you can trust like Briggs & Stratton comes with its reassurances. With the XR950-Pro you’re covered for 2 years, and with the Vanguard line, you’re covered for 3 years. Bumper-to-bumper.

Engine Power

Industrially rated XR950-PRO or 6.5HP, 8HP, and 10HP Vanguard Engines.

Not HP rated. Torque rated only.

Approximately 9.5 -16.5 ft. lbs. of torque No Upgrade available.

Not HP rated. Torque rated only.

Approximately 8.75 ft. lbs. of torque. No Upgrade Available.
Keep in mind the relationship between the engine size, and impeller size is extremely important. A larger engine isn't going to provide you with more suction power unless the impeller size compliments it. We pair engine size, impeller size, and deck hose diameter to give you the optimum performance (and no painful and tedious impeller replacements.)

Impeller Material

Super Elastomer

It will bend and flex to absorb impact from hard debris, and then go back to its original shape.


It's susceptible to damage from hard debris which can damage the engine.


It's susceptible to damage from hard debris which can damage the engine.

Deck Hose Sizes

7" ID to 10" ID

Model specific.

8" Diameter
7" Diameter x 7' Length
Having different diameter deck hoses for different engine sizes and impeller sizes will provide you with the best performance possible from your leaf and lawn vacuum.


27-55 cu. ft.

Model specific.

27-43 cu. ft.

Model specific.

32 cu. ft.
As with all aspects of the Cyclone Rake, we offer a wide variety of sizes for the capacity to provide you with the best fit for you and your needs. And, at 415 gallons, we still build the largest collector for homeowners and small commercial use on the market.

Deck Size

Up to 72"

Regardless of the size of the deck opening

Deck opening MUST be less than 6" high and 19" wide.
Up to 54"

Over 54" with additional purchase.

Our Mower Deck Adapter connects to a huge variety of deck sizes out there, all the way up to 72 inches! No need to worry about fitting into a certain size or making an additional purchase.

Will it Fit My ZTR?


No additional purchase is necessary.


Additional purchases may be required.

Not Recommended,

This can be done with an additional purchase.

The Cyclone Rake will connect to your ZTR the same way it connects to a more traditional riding mower. Easy. Simple. No additional purchase is necessary. 

Mower Horsepower Recommendations

12HP on level ground, 14HP+ on uneven ground.
14HP +
As long as your mower is at least 8HP and has a right-handed discharge chances are we'll be able to connect to it!

Electric Start Option


Model specific.


Model specific.

If you're looking for ease of use - an electric start option is the one for you!

Accessories Available

We like to take an a la carte approach to our products here, so you're getting exactly what you need and aren't paying for things you don't. We offer an extensive selection of upgrades and accessories to make the Cyclone Rake the machine of your dreams.

Can I buy Direct From the Company


We're factory-direct and would love to speak with you.

Can purchase online or through a dealer network.
Keeping the Cyclone Rake factory direct allows us to keep our prices as low as possible - plus wouldn't you rather work directly with one of the best small companies in America? 


If you're not sure which Cyclone Rake model is best for your property, call our Customer Service Specialists toll-free at  888-531-7253.

We're here to help!