How good are billy goat debri loaders?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Gilbert503, Aug 22, 2014.

  1. Gilbert503

    Gilbert503 LawnSite Member
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    I been thinking about buying a billy goat debri 12-13hp but I don't know how good are they on wet leafs. Since I have never used one. Any suggestions? I will mount it on my truck tailgate and will be loading the leafs on a trailer.
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  2. mag360

    mag360 LawnSite Silver Member
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    12-13 on wet leaves is ok - not great - good for dry leaves though and at a good price point. Bg is as good as giant vac (scag) IMO
     
  3. caseysmowing

    caseysmowing LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have a BG 13hp sp. no complaints. I recommend the sp models.
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  4. Gilbert503

    Gilbert503 LawnSite Member
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    How does it do with wet leafs?
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  5. locallawncare.ca

    locallawncare.ca LawnSite Senior Member
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    Think he means loader not blower, I have an older billy goat 11hp with a briggs engine and the tall discharge chute, overall it works really well, yes wet leaves can be a pain if they are really soaked, the bigger issue is sticks getting clogged in the tube with the wet leaves, I typically have a bucket or pale beside me and toss the sticks into it or a pile as I see them, raking the leaves towards the tubes seems to work the best and is less tiring then whipping the tube around. I also cut the intake tube by about 2 ft which helped improve the suction and less clogging, plus for me the long tube kind of got in the way, for others the longer the tube the better. Overall they are awesome, get the biggest engine you can afford, you won't regret it, 12-13 will cut it but 18 or so would be ideal, I got mine used for a great price otherwise I would have gone bigger.
     
  6. RedSox4Life

    RedSox4Life LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have an 18hp. It's ok on wet leaves. Not great.

    Loaders are definitely a piece of equipment that you should buy the absolute biggest you can afford.
     
  7. caseysmowing

    caseysmowing LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yea I read it wrong. But nothing 18hp and under will be great on wet leaves. If you are planning on doing curbside pickup you might want a bigger unit. Owning a BG blower I wouldn't hesitate buying a loader from them.
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  8. mag360

    mag360 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Last I checked billy goat has a 14hp model with a bigger housing and intake tube priced between the 13 and 18 hp units. We have one and it's a lot better than the smaller unit which we also have. It keeps up with our larger, older giant vac
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  9. Mahoney3223

    Mahoney3223 LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
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    Had a 16 hp billy goat traded it for a 18 hp billy goat much better but still not great on leaves. Added the ninja blades for shredding it def. helps hold more in the box
     
  10. Fresh_Cut

    Fresh_Cut LawnSite Senior Member
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    What do you consider a "great price" on a 13hp Billy Goat leaf loader?
     

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