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Old 10-06-2011, 07:30 PM
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Best deal ever on Craigslist today!

just picked up an 11 hp 8 inch billy goat truck leaf loader for $150! Runs good, maybe a carb cleaning but not required. And the guy threw in a running 8 hp briggs that matches the engine I have on my trac vac! What a steal!
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Old 10-06-2011, 08:20 PM
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11hp not enough power for a leaf loader. You could tarp and toss the leaves faster.

Need at least 20hp to make a loader worthwhile.

Mabe you can re-sell it for a profit.
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Old 10-06-2011, 08:34 PM
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11hp not enough power for a leaf loader. You could tarp and toss the leaves faster.

Need at least 20hp to make a loader worthwhile.

Mabe you can re-sell it for a profit.
nah...
the leaves are much more lighter and drier here in MN.
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Old 10-06-2011, 09:09 PM
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11hp not enough power for a leaf loader. You could tarp and toss the leaves faster.

Need at least 20hp to make a loader worthwhile.

Mabe you can re-sell it for a profit.
I agree that it is not the ideal size machine, but unless I am dealing with really wet material (leaves are usually dry here) it should be fine. This should be good enough to keep me going for a few years till I am bigger and can afford a shiny new big one. Also, the point of this post was the kick @$$ deal I got, loaders similar to that one go for at least a grand around here, and the 8 hp trac vac engine alone was worth the $150 I paid for all of it.
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Old 10-06-2011, 10:21 PM
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Congrats on the new loader. I agree that was a smokin deal. I think too that an 11HP is plenty of power for leaves in MN. I use an old vac from one of them setups you buy at Fleet Farm that has the blower and the trailer you pull behind the mower. I just bought the motor and blower assembly used, for like $100 and mounted it on the front of my trailer and made an enclosure on the trailer to blow them into. That thing is only an 8HP and has plenty of power to pull leaves through 25ft of hose.
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Old 10-07-2011, 01:11 AM
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Old 10-07-2011, 07:38 AM
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HP wise, you'll be fine. When i started out, all I had to use was a 6.5hp trac vac that my grandpa had. I used it to suck up wet leaves all the time with no problem. The more HP the better, but for $150 I'd say you got a GOOD deal.
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Old 10-07-2011, 08:22 AM
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I have the same unit. It works fine, hardly ever bogs down.
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