Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 19
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Woody Quality product
I purchased a Brinly pull behind sweeper 3 years ago and was very happy with the sturdy quality of the product,. We are getting older and needed to simplify leaf collection in the fall so I decided to purchase the LVS33 Brinly because of our previous purchase and they didn't disappoint. The quality is there and if you take your time reading the instructions it goes together easy. I have used it 3 times this season and I am pleased with its' performance.
September 18, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by 3456789 Brinly Leaf Vacuum
This vacuum looked like it would provide the best value for my needs. Overall the assembly instructions were poor. There were so many steps that were not properly explained that I basically tossed the instructions and assembled this vacuum myself. Total assembly time was seven hours with some help from a friend who is very experienced with machinery. The template for the fitting of the plastic part to the mower was very good -- except that it took awhile to figure out which template would fit with my Yard Machines mower (which wasn't on the manufacturer's list). The assembly instructions need a page that details exactly by describing each item with a picture how many nuts, bolts and other similar parts are included and are needed for the assembly. Just listing them in the front of the instructions was not useful. The proper number of nuts, bolts and parts were included, but the last package of bolts was hidden at the bottom of the plastic fitting that attaches to the mower (the very last step in assembly) and I found it only after I had substituted my own bolts for the bolts that should have come with the vacuum. There is a small inconvenience in the use of the vacuum in that the hose interferes with the ability of the mower to make a full turn. Also, there were no instructions on how to use the dumping mechanism. It would be really nice if the manufacturer or Home Depot would provide one or more complete and detailed videos on how to assemble this product and also how to use it.
September 13, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Dave Glad I bought it
Even though it was a challenge putting it together I'm really happy with this thing. The drawings in the instructions could have used some text of helpfull hints to clarify and speed assembly. I have it working with an older Cub Cadett with a 50 inch deck. Fitting to the deck was no problem. You can hear this thing sucking air over the sound of both engines. Leaves chop down to postage stamp size.
The only downer is unloading, I had to use a bungy coard to keep the wagon latch open so I could lift the cover and tilt the cart. This thing does a great job, leaves just dissappear into the cart.
October 27, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Moonshine Brinly Good and Bad
Purchased the LVS-33BH on 10/22.
Manual is "So So" biggest issue on putting the unit together was missing many nut and bolts. Made 4 trips to local Home Depot to purchase needed parts to complete the construction. Spoke to Brinly customer service while helpful, it seems that the extra step of quality control to ensure a good customer experience should be simple.
First real use of vac yesterday worked well, mostly as advertised. Although the 8' hose connection to the vac side of unit, doesn't want to stay connected, comes off easy.
Real issue came after the Vac sat overnight it started leaking oil thru the crank shaft seal. Called Brinly the customer service rep referred me to Briggs and Stratton. Called Briggs and Stratton they asked me to take the vac to a location small engine service dealer for needed repairs.
So all in all not a good experience, this vac isn't cheap. Some additions to Brinly Quality Controls, would be welcomed.
November 16, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Dogman Great product
Performs as advertised. Only negative was the need to make a couple of trips to the hardware store to get correct nuts and bolts. Makes clean up of a 5 acre place easy.
December 9, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Tiredoffall Worked as advertised and some
This was my first fall with this product and it certainly worked as advertised, Vacuum force is excellent, never clogs even with wetish leaves, mulches leaves tightly, easily emptied - but empty before it gets too full especilly with wet leaves. Avoid sharp turns or the hose support will fall out. Parts costs are high.
Shame there isnt a hose adapter for vacuuming to the side of the mower for side areas and ditches the mower cant get to. With the hose disconnected leaves can be swept in easily but an adapter would be nice. The vacuum power is very strong. I tried adding other off the shelf pipes and hoses but they just get flatened with the vacuum!!! Assembly came with no missing parts but it was a 4 hour job to put it together. The PVC cover is good quality but unless you fit it in hot weather the edge hooking doesnt stretch over the side and front rails easily to hook. The assembly drawing does not actually show that the cover hooks under the side rails so until the cover stretches it looks like it's meant to hang at the side. Took me a while to realize (2 inches short), then I had to use a heat gun to warm the pvc to get it to stretch. The front rail is a bad fit. The PVC cover hood edge barely hooks in. The blower assembly connection to the cover works but is a bit fiddely. Needs to be a simpler way. Engine starts well enough but if I did it again, I'd pay the extra for the starter. Apart from (all) that, very good product. Great performance. Major labor saving on my fall work.
December 27, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by John Best Leaf Collector on the Market
I looked at a couple brands of leaf collectors before choosing this one. I like the large collection hose, metal blower and tough plastic/fiberglass cart that dumps easily. The unit is powerful and handles my damp leaves well. I'm not a fan of Briggs and Stratton engines, but so far it's worked well. I wish the blower housing was metal, but if the plastic housing is easy to obtain and reasonably priced I don't mind replacing it when it wears through. Assembling the unit requires patience! I had real trouble installing the steel rod that attaches the covering to the back of the cart. I ending up drilling the mounting holes for the rod a 64th of an inch oversize to get it together.
May 20, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Stevie Good after finally getting all parts
First time I started assembly, I immediately noticed that I had no hardware. Called Brinly- they quickly sent about 8 bags of bolts, nuts, etc. When I got back to the asembly, I then discovered that I was missing several small parts. Again I called and they were quick to deliver the requested parts.
The assembly was pretty straight forward with good documentation on use of the hardware.until I got to the cover. That was difficult and as is normal, the instructions skipped over the difficult to assemble sections.
Dumping can be a pain. It dumps fairly easily if not too full. If it is full, it is necessary to dig it out. I then have trouble getting it closed. To close, It is necessary to work against the dump cylinder and there is no handle to pull it down. Plus the "skirt" that goes around the fan outlet is awkward to reinstall each time.
I judge it to be a good value because I only use it in the fall and the price was reasonable. But there surely must be better designed units out there.
November 3, 2015