There are lots of tools to move yard debris around, but what about moving it up? Getting grass and leaves up into a trailer or a truck bed can be one of the most awkward, frustrating jobs when landscaping. Debris loaders make this job a lot easier by vacuuming material off the ground and shoving it through a pipe aimed at the inside of the bed or trailer, but most users will find that they aren’t used enough to have a dedicated spot. That’s why there’s the Echo Bear Cat DL10. It has plenty of capacity and since it’s lightweight, makes is easy to move around.
The DL10 is powered by a 570cc Briggs and Stratton Vanguard V-Twin engine delivering a manufacturer-estimated 18 hp. It has both an electric starter and a recoil starter, so it can still be used if the battery is dead.
This engine’s overhead valve design enables better cooling and decreases carbon build-up. Add in sintered cast iron cylinder liners, a two stage air filter and a fully pressurized oiling system with a spin-on air filter, and this engine can carefully monitor heat and contamination to provide a long service life. Echo also offers an add-on tachometer/hour meter to help keep track of maintenance intervals.
The Vanguard complies with EPA and CARB regulations, so this loader can be sold in all 50 states, 10 provinces, and three territories of the U.S. and Canada.
At 340 lbs., this loader is heavy-duty, but the high positioned handles make moving the unit a two-man job, instead of needing a hoist or forklift. It also has bolt holes built into the base for permanent mounting.
Getting the Debris In
Debris is loaded in through a heavy duty hose that’s 10 inches wide and 12 feet long. There is a pair of lightweight aluminum handles attached to the nozzle, keeping weight down while also allowing multiple hand positions to reduce operator fatigue. Need more visibility? This unit is drilled and pre-wired to use a work light kit.
Moving Things Through
The engine powers a four blade 16-inch fan with serrated edges, increasing air flow without having to increase power. In this model, that means output as high as 3,900 CFM. Surrounding this fan is a set of replaceable liners which reduce the force from passing debris, taking wear and tear off of expensive components.
Getting the Debris Out
The DL10 has a discharge chute that can be turned 360 degrees, letting you aim debris exactly where you want no matter how you position the loader. If that’s not enough, Bear Cat also offers a 16-inch vertical extension to reach over high beds and a deflector for better aiming around corners.
Coverage for All Users
The DL10 comes with a range of warranties to fit a variety of owners. Coverage extends to three years for residential owners, one year for commercial owners and three months for rental owners.
Where to buy Debris Loader Parts and Accessories
Shank’s Lawn Equipment is a Signature Elite certified dealer for all Echo Bear Cat equipment including the DL10. That means they have company-trained staff and a wide range of in-stock parts to ensure the best service possible. Shank’s is also a certified dealer for Briggs & Stratton engines like the Vanguard, so they can help you with any problem you may have with your debris loader.
No matter where you are in the U.S. or Canada, Shank’s Lawn Equipment can ship whatever you need to keep your loader in service. Just visit their website, www.shankslawn.com. Live in South Central Pennsylvania and looking to buy a DL10 or need one serviced? Stop by their shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, just off route 11. To get there from I-81, take Exit 10 to Marion.