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What WB blower should i BUY?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by kj330, Jun 10, 2009.

  1. kj330

    kj330 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 170

    I am going to be buying a WB leaf blower. ( i understand it is early). my local dealer sells Giant Vac and Billy goat. I think i am going to p/u the Billy 9 HP with the Subaru motor (999.00). that is what he is recomending to me, i dont know anyone persolaly who runs one of these machines.. The other is the 10 hp G Vac (extreme pro 9.0 tp) 1049.00.. this leaf seaon i am going to be prepared, i am a one man show, with some decent residentials. i just picked up a 17 hp g-vac loader for my dump. and all i need is to replace the old G-Vac 8 hp. my account range from 1/2 acre to 2 acres and typical amounts of leves for New England. WHAT IS THE BETTER MACHINE FOR ME???????????
  2. ericmcj31

    ericmcj31 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 404

    the Billy Goat-they are a BEAST!!!
  3. fergman

    fergman LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Posts: 286

    from what i see 2 people can take 2 redmax 8001's and move more leaves than a 9hp walk-behind blower.
    the 13hp billygoat force is what i have. i DEFINATELY wouldnt get anything less than the 13.
    figure up the cost difference between having 2 people blowing and you pushing a blower by yourself and then you'll know if you need 1 or not. you might decide different???
    get the force billygoat . once you use it with the adjustable discharge youll think that having 1 without it is totally useless,and in my opinion it is.

    a leaf plow will push big piles of leaves when the 13hp force wont move them anymore so think about that too.
  4. kj330

    kj330 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 170

    so far some good opinions. i am lookinf for a used jrco leaf plow now also, i forgot to add that...
  5. Mowbizz

    Mowbizz LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 970

    I own the 9 hp HONDA Billy Goat Force blower and I love it. I'm sure the 13 hp is a beast but I found the 9 horse the perfect combination of power and weight for me (solo also)
    It has saved my ass on cleanups...pushing a monster pile of leaves uphill to the back woods...man I would have had to tarp and drag those...but I also finally, put my ztr to work dragging tarped leaves as well...saves a lot of footwork.
    A jrco dethatcher and a leaf plow would be a great addition for the fall too...just need a bigger garage to store all this equipment in the off season...:dizzy:
  6. Mr. Force® Billy Goat Industries

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

    I can't agree any further with going with the Force unit. I could be considered biased though. If still in doubt though I STRONGLY recommend asking for a demo. Any questions about noise, weight, and most importantly performance will quickly be answered.

    Here's a question for all of you. Would weight be a concern for you if the Force unit was self propelled?
  7. bill w

    bill w LawnSite Member
    from Va.
    Posts: 198

    Cost would then become a consideration.
  8. fergman

    fergman LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Posts: 286

    i wouldnt care if it weighed as much as a zero turn. long as i didnt turn it over. cost always pays out in the end if the performance is greatly improved.
  9. lawnman7

    lawnman7 LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Posts: 13

    the fradan blowers are realy nice i own a 18hp wb for large proporties, or go with the 13 hp little wonder which i have also. both are great machines.

  10. Mr. Force® Billy Goat Industries

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

    Commercial grade transmission, with a single forward speed, differential, no reverse, and free-wheeling. What premium would you pay for that with the assumption everything else about the Force would be the same?

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