Walk Behind Blower Choices

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Yard Solutions, Sep 30, 2005.

  1. Yard Solutions

    Yard Solutions LawnSite Member
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    So all the advice you guys give not only helps, but can also confuse the heck out of me. I've found plenty of you opinions on different blowers, but could still use some more help. I'm looking for a 8-10 hp walk behind blower, and have found the 10 hp little wonder with the BS, the 9 hp Billy Goat with the Robins, and a Giant Vac 10 hp BS engine. Any opinions on these? I know there are other blowers out there, but these are the ones found at my local equipment shops, shops I usually trust. I would really like to get one soon, and they are all within $50. If you guys don't have a favorite (I know you all will), any downsides to any of these?

    Thanks
     
  2. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    You've got the right idea of NOT going under 8 hp. Personally, I like the Little Wonder. I decided on this after running side by side tests with the Little Wonder and the Billygoat with equivalent motors. The Little Wonder blew it away (no pun intended). The Billy goat has that nozzle feature which is kind of cool, but that Little Wonder with it's split airflow moves more leaves when they are stacked. It's a tough run between the two. Both are great blowers. I wouldn't even consider the Giantvac.
     
  3. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
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    We love our billy goat!!! It has the 10 horse briggs.... We demo both the little wounder and billy goat and liked the billy because you can change the air flow from up and down at your finger tips. :)
     
  4. LLandscaping

    LLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    We have a Little Wonder with a 13hp honda. The Little Wonder, in my opinion is better made than the Billy Goat. It will blow huge amounts of leaves with no problem.
     
  5. Yard Solutions

    Yard Solutions LawnSite Member
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    The billy goats nozzle is nice, not sure if I would really use it alot. I can see where it would mimick my backpack blowers when I move the "wand", however I can see myself just complaining about pushing the mower with one hand, and trying to move the discharge with the other. Maybe its not as bad as I imagine
     
  6. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have an 8hp (b&s) on a Lesco wheeled blower. For me, it is about as big as I can go -- weight being the issue. I think my blower weighs about 128#. Nearly every property I maintain has sloping terrain, some moreso than others. The 128# rolls nice on pavement and the showroom floor, but when pushing/pulling up slopes, it is a real load. I believe I simply could not manage anything much heavier. My point: If you have slopes, then consider the weight.

    However, most of you are probably more able to do the pushing/pulling. I'm only 5-9, 165#, 64 years old, and not as strong as most. So, maybe you can manage a 150# machine well.
     
  7. Rufscape

    Rufscape LawnSite Member
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    Buy the Little Wonder with the BS motor for the $50....The Little Wonder is the best walk behind blower in the world but you will need to replace the BS engine with a Honda when it blows......Good Luck..Steve :blob3:
     
  8. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
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    I just bought a little wonder 8hp b&s, it blows!
     
  9. Oldtimer

    Oldtimer LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Under heavy use the Briggs often lasts less than 2 years while the Honda will wear out the rest of the blower.

    The Billy Goat with it's adjustable nozzle works well around pedestrians and moving vehicles.

    Oldtimer
     
  10. edward hedrick

    edward hedrick LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have an 8 b&s Fradan. lighter than Little Wonder. See Lomac in

    Windsor on rt 5.
     

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