Here at Woodland
Power Products we're celebrating the 15th anniversary of the
company’s founding as well as the introduction of our Cyclone Rake product
line. The first Cyclone Rake customer shipments started in October, 1997. Since
then it has become one of the most popular pieces of outdoor power equipment on
the advent of the Cyclone Rake in 1997, lawn vacuums just weren’t practical for
lots of people. They were large, heavy, rigid-body machines, hard to maneuver
on a normal size property. And way too big to store, unless you had a barn, a
big shed or a spare garage. They frequently clogged on heavy, wet debris. The sheet
metal impeller wheels were easily damaged by ingested rocks, causing down time
and expensive repairs.
The Cyclone Rake changed all that
We set out in 1993 to design a product that was built for people.
A product you could maneuver on normal size lawns, but with all the capacity of
the big bulky machines.
Easy to store in any home. Because who’s got room for something the size of an
SUV? Every Cyclone Rake folds up flat in a few minutes and can be stored easily
in a limited space garage, basement or shed.
A powerful vacuum system that wouldn’t clog up. And impeller wheels that were
A machine built light in weight, so you could use it, but strong, like a racing
bike. You shouldn’t have to be Hercules to handle it.
The Cyclone Rake design took four
years to complete. It was so successful that we started the Woodland Power
Products company just to produce it. And today, there’s hardly anywhere in the
U.S.A. or Canada that doesn’t have lots of Cyclone Rakes— and lots of happy
Milestones Along the
We've continued to innovate along the way. Today there are
five Cyclone Rake models to choose from, answering the needs of properties from
a modest suburban lot to institutions and huge estates. A few milestones are
The Cyclone Rake Commercial
is introduced to answer the needs of large property owners and contractors. It
features significantly more vacuum power and hauling capacity than our original
The Easy-Flow Unloading
system is developed. Its tapered collector shape and 60° dumping angle provide
major increases in hauling capacity as well as ease of unloading. Easy flow
unloading is now featured on four of our five Cyclone Rake models.
The Jet Path® Vacuum
System is introduced. This
completely new vacuum system uses three-dimensional computer aided design
coupled with finite element flow analysis to set a new standard for
clog-resistant lawn vacuum performance.
- 2011: A host of important advancements including our flagship Cyclone Rake Z-10, with its
10-inch diameter vacuum system and 10 horsepower engine, which gives almost
three times the debris flow area of the 6-inch systems commonly sold. In
addition, our Blue
Diamond liner with 200,000 psi steel is introduced to substantially
reduce wear in critical internal areas. Finally, the Cyclone Master and Cyclone Mate power
lifters are introduced, making unloading as easy as pushing a button.
Thanks to All our Friends and Customers
On this 15th
anniversary we offer particular thanks to all the Cyclone Rake owners who have
taken their time to write so many outstanding internet comments and reviews
about us, our products and our customer service. We don't always get everything
right, but we do take satisfaction from customer service and close
relationships with customers. Many of our product improvements over the years
have been ideas directly from customers. Nobody knows what’s needed better than
an actual product user.
In spite of business
pressure, we have stayed as a factory-direct manufacturer and marketer. We
think it’s the best way to have one-on-one relationships with our customers,
and to serve them quickly and directly.
October 1, 2012
James C. Whitney
Founder & CEO
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