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Billy Goat Loader

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Blades of Steel, Sep 8, 2003.

  1. Blades of Steel

    Blades of Steel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 599

    Looks like its time to buy something before the end of the year. I am looking at this and was wondering if you have used one or one like it. If so what other manufacturer makes one like this. I am looking at the QL2300KO.

    http://www.billygoat.com/frame_truckload.html

    Blades

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  2. walker-talker

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

    I bet that works fine! How much is that going to set you back? I bought the Lesco 16hp this past spring. I cannot comment on how well it works with leaves, but I used it for bermuda and zoysia grass that I scalped. It suck that grass as fast as I can move. I intentionally tried to clog it and could not. Bare in mind that this stuff was fine and dry. I am sure that the unit you want to purchase will shine when sucking up wet leaves.

    MATT
     
  3. Blades of Steel

    Blades of Steel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 599

    Lesco? I have not looked at those yet. Before I purchase I wanted to get everyones opinion first. Do you know of any other brands?
     
  4. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,366

    Giant Vac makes a great leaf loader. They have several options for mounting also. :cool:
     
  5. walker-talker

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

    How much is the Billy Goat?

    There was a manufacturer of debri loaders.....Hi-Way Vac....was they're name. I think they had the same engine on they're units as the Billy Goat and they were having a closeout. Last spring they still had units left and were selling them for right around $3100 if I am not mistaken.

    Here's a pic....you will have to do the search to see if they have any units left. The Lesco unit I bought retails for $2200. I only paid $1500 because it was taking up space and they just wanted to get rid of it.

    leaf vac__hi-way am-23.jpg
     
  6. walker-talker

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

    Here is a pic of a Lesco...it's the same model as mine, but this set-up is of another member here.

    total lawn leaf box.jpg
     
  7. Blades of Steel

    Blades of Steel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 599

    walker-talker,

    I haven't got a firm price from my dealer. However, list price is 3999.00, I personally think that is a little steap. I like the fact the Billy Goat can be mounted in the bed of my truck and blown into the trailer from there. These others wouldn't offer a large enough capacity if I was to blow it into 8 ft pick up bed. I am thinking I would have the engineers at work design the bed mounting hardware for the Billy Goat and blow into a 6 x 12 ft trailer. I plan to raise the sides of it to 7ft tall. That would allow me to work most of the day and not have to dump.

    Watcha think?
     
  8. walker-talker

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

    How much do you have to spend? Billy Goat sound a little steep...yes, that is why I went with the Lesco. There was a thread on here that stated that the Lesco had the highest CFM rating for that size of engine, but I can't say for a fact.I spent $3K on a grain truck last year and modified the bed to 6ft. I picked up the truck off Ebay.

    How did you plan on dumping the debris out of the trailer?

    3 pics of grain truck.jpg
     
  9. Blades of Steel

    Blades of Steel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 599

    I was going to mount a sheet of 3/4" plywood with 2 x 6's framing at the front of the trailer hookes to a pulley system connected to a 12 volt winch. I have it designed in auto CAD but am waiting for the structual engineers at work to give me the okay on the pulley design. I figure if I have them look it over it won't be a crap shoot.

    Blades
     

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