Better Leaf Loader? Lesco or Billy Goat

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by limaint, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. limaint

    limaint LawnSite Member
    from NY NY
    Posts: 98

    Looking to replace an old billy goat leaf loader...was thinking of the same 18hp billy goat unit...sells for about $3300 without the truck mount. But I just came across a Lesco 20hp unit for $3300 with the truck mount and 0% financing... Just wasnt sure which way to go...? would appreciate any input...
     
  2. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
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    Last I knew, Billy Goat had a wear liner in the blower housing and Lesco didn't. The housing always wears a hole through when you have the least amount of time to fix it.
     
  3. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,776

    I'd look into a Little Wonder. Heard nothing but good things about those and the Talon Ring.



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  4. Mr. Force® Billy Goat Industries

    Mr. Force® Billy Goat Industries LawnSite Senior Member
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    Some claim I'm biased but I don't see it. ;)

    It all depends on what you're most interested in. The Lesco unit is a Parker with green paint and is low cost but you get what you pay for. It's made by Ariens/Gravely who bought out Parker about 4 years ago. You can find the same unit under Parker and Gravely but with different paints.

    The Billy Goat is made by Billy Goat (+/-100 employees, Lee's Summit, MO.), has 3/8" armor plate impeller with serrated edges as well as the sharpened Piranha blade in the center of the hub. We're the only ones with dual shredding technology that has the highest debris reduction in the industry. All of our DL's have replaceable liners as well as multiple accessories so you can build the unit to fit your needs but not pay for features you don't use or need for your application.

    Review the units closely and ask for a demo if you're still not convinced of which unit to buy. A demo shuts up loud mouths like me and lets the products speak for themselves.

    Here's a fun video we made a month ago for a 35hp DL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmdFMwDTE2g
     
  5. Landscraper1

    Landscraper1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Southeastern Ma.
    Posts: 755

    I am in a good position to give advice on this issue. I own 3 Billy Goat and 3 Lesco loaders. Love both. the last three I purchased were the Lescos. Reason is the Billy Goat chute to the truck. The elbow wears thin and cracks.

    The lesco elbow lasts much longer and because it is a square chute, it's easy to repair. The Billy Goat, being a round chute, can't be easily repaired. You have to buy a new elbow, which isn't cheap. If it wasn't for that issue I would still have continued to purchase Billy Goats.
     
  6. Mr. Force® Billy Goat Industries

    Mr. Force® Billy Goat Industries LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 511

    Landscaper1,

    That's a fair comment. In some applications elbows wear and I can see your point about being easier to repair if it's flat. Depending on the Billy Goat units you have the new DL series has thicker steel and a wider opening to allow the debris to slow and wear substantially less than the older TR and HTR series. Also, unless the Lesco units you have were bought recently they were probably made by Salsco as Lesco changed their loader offering to the Parker/Gravely brand a year or two ago.
     
  7. Landscraper1

    Landscraper1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Southeastern Ma.
    Posts: 755

    I know about the Lesco change. The last Lesco I purchased was a salsco built, my Dealer had to hunt down for me. I find the Parker's to be bulky but, they do also have the square chute, which I like.

    At this point, I don't know what will be the next loader I will buy. There are no Salsco dealers anywhere near us. I may give billy Goat another look. I will have to find out how much more that thicker steel elbow will cost. Even if it lasts longer, it still will have to be replaced at some time.
     
  8. bob burns

    bob burns LawnSite Member
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    $2500 only has 4 hours on it and has truck mounts
     
  9. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
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    why do people have to be reminded lesco is out of biz?
     
  10. Landscraper1

    Landscraper1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Southeastern Ma.
    Posts: 755

    Lesco is not "out of biz". They were bought out by John Deere. Still have been purchasing Lesco branded products throughout this past year. Slowly fazing out the name.
     

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