Which leaf loader for fall season?

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by recycledsole, Jul 20, 2014.

  1. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
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    Hey guys,
    Leaf season is next, and wondering which brand and model is good for a smaller business.
    I am thinking 14/18HP.
    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. caseysmowing

    caseysmowing LawnSite Bronze Member
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    18hp for sure. Brand? I dunno I have a 16hp trac vac. I like it but that is as big as they go. Im partial to scag but I don't know if I would have considered giant vac before scag bought them. No reason really just never seen many or heard much about them. BG has always been a leader in leaf equipment so they should be on your list. Also have little wonder but I don't know anything about them. Just buy as much as you can afford.
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  3. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
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    my little wonder walk behind blower has been NOTHING but problems. its a lemon, but not sure if they are good leaf loaders or not
     
  4. caseysmowing

    caseysmowing LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I remember you saying that and you didn't like the point and aim of the BG if I remember correctly. Also think about how you want to carry/ mount the loader. Some but not all offer tailgate, hitch,skid, and stake body mounts. Just something to think about. I have thought about upgrading and started looking at BG and scag. But thought it would be better to upgrade to a stand on blower instead of another loader and just keep rolling with the 16hp trac vac.
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  5. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Once you get to 16/18 there's not a huge gap in performance when you go past that.

    When you get to 35 you'll see a difference. Tow behind "monster" brand is an awesome loader.

    Never had a stand on blower. Rsk on here has one.
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  6. Pressedun

    Pressedun LawnSite Fanatic
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    My 18 horse Little Wonder is an absolute monster, 0 issues in 2 years of use.
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  7. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
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    Thanks guys,
    was going to have the unit in the bed of the truck blowing into the dump trailer.
     
  8. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
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    I want the new Scag tow behind leaf loader, it looks like a beast.
     
  9. jones68

    jones68 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have the little wonder 16hp it does pretty good. The next one will be more hp but the 16 works for now.
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  10. elbow300

    elbow300 LawnSite Member
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    I run 2 loaders on box trucks. One LESCO with a 16 Vanguard, and the other is a Billygoat which also came factory with a 16 vanguard. I bought the Lesco new, and have put about 800 hours on it with very few problems. I bought the BG used and it flew apart within the first 10 hours or so that I used it. I replaced the 16 with a 24 vanguard electric start because the price was not much more for way more engine. I have had several Vtwin vanguards, and I am a believer for sure. Briggs gets treated like the red-headed stepchild in many cases I think, but I have kawasakis on all our mowers and don't see the reliability on any of them that we get from our Vanguards. As for the loaders, the choice really comes down to round v/s square discharge for me. I think the round cloggs less by far even in wet leaves. The square discharge shoot collects mud and muck in the corners and it continues to build until the shoot clogs completely. With that said, I think the square is a little more rugged and is certainly much easier to replace a section with a little flat steel and a welder. I think I prefer the round chute. I would definitely get a minimum of 16hp and a 10" suction hose.
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