Scag Giant Vac or Little Wonder?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by ClassicLawnCareInc, Oct 14, 2013.

  1. ClassicLawnCareInc

    ClassicLawnCareInc LawnSite Senior Member
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    Im looking at buying my first leaf vac.

    I want to go with a trailer tow model.

    Scag has a 29hp briggs vanguard. It has a 20" impeller and a 12" intake hose. Its about 7k$

    The Little Wonder is a 27hp Kohler. 18" impeller and 14" intake hose. Its about 6k$

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. RSK Property Maintenance

    RSK Property Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
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    scag/giant vac all the way....what do you need 29hp for? how many guys are working for you 6-7? my old boss bought a 15hp giant vac leaf loader with a 10" intake hose and 10" impeller brand new in 1986 still uses it to this day, still has the original motor on it, still runs perfect. and it will keep 3 guys busy feeding it. it sucks up mums, small sticks, wet leaves, dry leaves, small animals, wood chips, mulch. no issues. 29hp is way overkill but I guess if your looking to spend 7k that is one way to do it. the little wonder might shred debris better, but I haven't personally used one. I plan to buy a little wonder leaf loader when I need one again.
     
  3. ClassicLawnCareInc

    ClassicLawnCareInc LawnSite Senior Member
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    Im looking to have an easy to use trailer setup to hook up to and take behind me dump truck when my guys are doing leaves. Ill usually have 5 guys on a jobsite.

    So you say the Scag?
     
  4. RSK Property Maintenance

    RSK Property Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
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    ya, I would go with the scag, I've been using the mowers for over 10 years. and they are good, and giant vac used to make them so scag didn't start from scratch on the design, so its tried and trued and I've used it before, and own a giant vac leaf loader and they work great. I would mount the leaf loader on the front of your truck in the plow frame, if you don't have a plow frame I would put one on to mount your leaf loader that way you don't have to disconnect a trailer every time you need to empty the truck.
     
  5. baileylawnservice

    baileylawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
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    I just bought an 18hp skid mounted model. We are just using 2 guys.
     
  6. ClassicLawnCareInc

    ClassicLawnCareInc LawnSite Senior Member
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    That is a good thought. Im hoping we wont have to dump more than once a day at the end of each day. But it would be nice to not have to unhook each day
     
  7. underESTIMATED

    underESTIMATED LawnSite Member
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    If your willing to spend $7k on a 29hp scag, why not consider the 35hp briggs Billy Goat for $6k?

    I just picked up mine for $5500. Cant wait to put it to use.
     
  8. ClassicLawnCareInc

    ClassicLawnCareInc LawnSite Senior Member
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    Hmm thats true. ill take a look at it. My question is, the scag is 625 lbs, the little wonder is 550 lbs but the Billy goats says 375 lbs so its lighter somewhere.

    Also Im trying to decide if I wana make it on a trailer/wheel kit, or just keep it on the front of one of my landscape trailers
     
  9. DEPENDABLE LANDSCAPING

    DEPENDABLE LANDSCAPING LawnSite Bronze Member
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    When it comes to vacs the bigger the better there is no doubt about it. Having owned both little wonder and giant vac they are equally as good in my opinion. Personally I would go for larger motor and intake. Speed and power is the name of the game with leaf removal.

    DID I MENTION BIGGER IS BETTER?
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  10. ClassicLawnCareInc

    ClassicLawnCareInc LawnSite Senior Member
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    True thats what Im thinking
     

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