are vacuums worth it?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Timbo, Sep 18, 2003.

  1. Timbo

    Timbo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 80

    I am thinking of purchasing a billy goat vacuum for leaf removal and other landscaping needs. I was wondering peoples opinions on whether or not these vacuums are worth the money. The one I am interesting in buying is used and priced at $900, new at $1200. Do they really come in that handy?
  2. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    Are you talking about a debris loader.....or a walk behind unit? If you are thinking of using it for leaf removal, you better think again and do a search....the bags will fill up very quickly....too quick.

  3. Timbo

    Timbo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 80

    it is a walk behind unit. i figured as much when it comes to leaves, but how about general clean up like hedge clippings, etc. ?
  4. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Let's put it this way... a rake and a tarp are quicker than these things are. Also, many things, such as shrub clippings won't even vacuum up with one of these things (unless they are real small clippings). Do yourself a favor and save your money.
  5. Tvov

    Tvov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,157

    I have never seen a landscaping/maintenance company using one of those.

    I have one customer (retired) who uses a Toro walk-behind vacuum on his lawn (+/- 15,000sqft), but it takes him HOURS, spaced out over a weekend, to "vacuum" his lawn.
  6. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    don't buy the walk behind units...waste of time and money.
  7. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    if you really want to buy something from Billy Goat then buy their walk behind blowers:D
  8. Blades of Steel

    Blades of Steel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 599

    I purchased one last season thinking I would get some work done and I was kidding myself. I am purchasing a truck loader this season. Those things are great for parking lot clean-up and vacuuming around my clients pools and that about it. Mine is for sale cheap, plus emptying that damn bag is harder than it looks....

    Put another 1500 with it and buy the truck loader and put a serious dent in someone elses wallet...


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