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8 hp billy goat loader

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by tjcezar, Apr 27, 2004.

  1. tjcezar

    tjcezar LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Posts: 237

    Do you guys think a 8 hp billy goat loader is a usefull piece of equip? I wasn't sure if 8hp was enough for loading efficiently.
  2. Stripe This

    Stripe This LawnSite Member
    Posts: 239

    Bigger the better....I wouldn't go with anything less than a 16HP. The size of the intake tube makes a huge difference as well. If I had to do it all over again, I would have purchased the trailer mounted version, bigger intake and engine.
  3. DJL

    DJL LawnSite Member
    Posts: 237

    I think if you know the 8HP can handle your workload why go with the heavier, more expensive 16HP?

    On that note, I have the 16HP and absolutely love the thing. Has some drawbacks. Sucker is heavy...almost 300 pounds. The chute for the 16HP is bulky and difficult to store. But, as for power and suction, no problems at all (provided you stay within the limitations of the unit).
  4. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
    Posts: 3,256

    tj, check your PM's. I might have something for ya.
  5. tjcezar

    tjcezar LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Posts: 237

    Basically I've never used one but I know I want one. Thats the reason for asking of a comparison. I guess if 8hp is the smallest i probably dont want one since i may outgrow it too quick. I just know they are not that cheap for say a 16hp.
  6. Ax Man

    Ax Man LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 446

    I have the 11 hp, and it is a little slow, I would guess that the 16 would be a nice size for starters.
  7. GeeVee

    GeeVee LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 421

    Don't send a boy to do a mans job.

    Tools don't cost, they pay.

    You want to pay for a blowjob from a 8 hp ***** or do you want the 16 hp *****?
  8. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
    Posts: 3,256

    Geevee, there are some rules here about language and such. Might want to check them out.

    By the way, how much did you pay for that book of quips that you keep using? Whatever the price, it was too much! LOL! Man do they get old quick (especially when you're throwing 2-3 in on every post!). ;-)
  9. Hometown

    Hometown LawnSite Member
    Posts: 60

    I use a 8hp billy goat to do all my loading in the fall, it is a walk behind model I just load in the front of my trailer and it has a chute they offer as an option with a flexable hose that will go up into a truck. I have it load into a box I use in the fall on my one ton dump. I also use the vacum hose that mounts to the front of the unit . I know it does not have the volume running through it that a larger unit would but I have not had it fail me yet. Aslo if the need arises I can take it off the trailer and put the bag back on it and use it that way. I can send you a picture of my unit if it will help just let me know.
  10. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,213


    If you'r loading a pick-up truck, the 8 HP will work fine. I used one for years. A 16 HP in a pick-up is too much power.


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