View Full Version : Billy goat dl25 and dl18 need help

01-07-2013, 10:53 AM
I replacing my old giant vac leaf loader. I'm undecided between the.billy goat dl25 and dl18. The 18 has 3700cfm and 25hp has 4400cfm. I'm not 100% choosing the billy goat but I'm strongly leaning towards it because it is light enough to front mount with a lot of cfm at 371lbs for the 25hp. If I go smaller I'm open to other brands. Any imput from owners? Are you happy with the 12" intake even in heavy wet leaves? I old love to hear from someone who owns or uses dl25 and has also used smaller 16-18hp. Which did you prefer? Was the jump in power and cfm worth the extra cost? Is the larger hose a problem with wet leavese? Any thing else you can think of would be great.

My old machine was a giant vac 16 hp swing away unit.. Anyone who used one of those and updated to a different type/brand/size I'd love to hear the comparison. I am not at all I the rested in any trailer leaf loader. I must be able to front mount

01-07-2013, 04:21 PM
Ive got the 18hp right now and I feel it is a bit small. I dont have many issues with clogging or bogging down with dry leaves but I sometimes have trouble with really wet leaves. Also sucking up grass can be a bit slow. It doesn't clog, it just takes it in slow. If you plan on feeding it with a rake then the 18hp will be ok but if you use the hose to suck right out of the pile or you mow everything first, the 25hp would be better. The more hp and larger hose will also help with wet leaves.

I will say that I am happy with my billy goat loader though. It does a great job at mulching everything so I can really fit alot in the trailer. I still have to climb into the trailer and jump on the pile to pack everything down once or twice but loader does a good job of packing, especially when they are wet. There is a guy around here who has a setup like yours but with the 25hp goat. His seems to work very well.

01-07-2013, 08:52 PM
DOT hasn't given you problems for the way you have that loader mounted

01-07-2013, 09:02 PM
It's very common around here. Even state trucks have them on the front.

01-22-2013, 10:33 AM
Anyone else use one?

01-22-2013, 10:39 AM
How do you unclog that thing if it gets clogged

01-22-2013, 11:17 AM
The discharge never clogs even at low rims. Only the suction hose. Usually a quick tug and whip and it clears out

01-22-2013, 12:05 PM
We use giant vac 30hp tow behind. And on wet leaves it slows Dow to:waving:

SDLandscapes VT
01-22-2013, 02:37 PM
look into Monster we have been really happy with our 28HP 12" tow behind, but I think they would sell it to you as a skid unit

01-22-2013, 09:58 PM
Monster is giant vac. It's a bit heavier than the others but I will look into it