billy goat turf vac

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Green Grass, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. Green Grass

    Green Grass LawnSite Member
    from MN
    Messages: 163

    Wondering everyone's thoughts a feelings in them. Looking to purchase one with a hose kit. Instead of blowing the leaves to the truck or tarping them thought it might be a useful tool.
  2. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,049

    Billy goat is a great machine. I just don't like the housing it's a little light duty.
    Shop around look for good deals they out there. We run giant vac with 30hp Wisconsin. They can take a lot of beating. That is my opinion. I really encourage you to get one no matter what brand you decide it's one investment you will never regret:waving:
  3. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,983

    I did not have a truck suitable to go the leaf loader into the bed. That is why I went with the Billy Goat.

    I found that the tube works well until the bag gets half full. So the bag will have to be emptied or the tube then tends to plug.

    I like that it allows me to empty the bagger into plastic bags that I can leave tied and neatly stacked at the curb for the town to take away.

    Works so so with green acorns.

    Does not work well on gum ball tree seed pods when they are green Once they are dried they work a little better.

    Before I will buy another one I would test the DR lawn vac to compare.

    I did not have a lot of clean ups and wanted to be able to get through small gates so I went with the Billy Goat. Get the self propelled even though it rolls easy on pavement, it gets trying on lawns, going up grades, and as the bag fills.

    If I had the money to buy both I would of bought the Trac Vac to pull behind my JD. Set up that up can directly fill into a left bag placed into the barrel.
  4. lawnrich

    lawnrich LawnSite Member
    Messages: 112

    In my opinion, I would definitely look at other brands. I have a BIlly Goat leaf loader I purchased new at the beginning of fall. It broke shortly after we had used it, and we told that it was not covered under their warranty. It was not built to a quality grade for what it was made to do. The customer service with their company has been non existent, and I purchase a lot of equipment. They did not stand behind their product and I will not be buying their product again. I do not usually speak up about experiences with equipment, because up until now all of the other brands I have purchased have stood behind their products, but Billy Goat has not.
  5. Mr. Force® Billy Goat Industries

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

    Green Grass, I'm accused of being biased :laugh: but a Billy Goat can do wonders for productivity in the right applications. Ask for a demo, and definately review the competitiors. The DR. vaccuum mentioned is made by MacKissic. It has a zippered bag and you must take off the nozzle to install the hose kit. Definately get a demo versus a Billy Goat if you can. Please let me know if there are any other questions I can answer for you.

    Lawnrich, you said your unit was used when you bought it on a previous post. I've seen the photos of your unit and it was clearly dropped from the wrinkle on the engine base. I remember it clearly because it's one of only 2 that I've ever seen like that. I'm not saying you dropped it but that detail may have been missed when the previous owner sold you the unit.
  6. lawnrich

    lawnrich LawnSite Member
    Messages: 112

    Our machine was bought new and if you saw pictures submitted for warranty, you knew that. The machine was not dropped and in my opinion, it was a quality issue.

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