Hurricane Blo-Vac vs Billy Goat

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by 4 seasons lawn&land, Nov 9, 2012.

  1. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
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    Long shot, does anyone have both?? Im wondering if the hurricane has more or less blowing power than the 18 hp billy goat. The hydro self propel and weight must eat up some power. I have the 18 billy goat and use it alot. I bought it just before they came out with self propelled. I want to get another one next year plus a leaf loader which will be over 6k. Hurricane is going for 8 1/2.
  2. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
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  3. TruSomethingOrOther

    TruSomethingOrOther LawnSite Member
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    Went to GIE this year and saw both, the Brown model and the Hurricane model. The way the reps for Hurricane handled our conversation totally killed any purchase I make. Talked with my local Brown dealer and am demoing the Brown unit tomorrow. Brown is actually coming out with more attachments for their unit so it can be used year round.
  4. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
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    No thanks, I'll stick to my thousand dollar 10-12hp push units, yours might get twice the work done but I'll just stick that 5 thousand dollar difference in my pocket to pay for all the extra hours I will be working, which I hear say is a good thing to have plenty of.

    Oh yeah, they always clear out good when it's dry leaves on flat ground and freshly cut grass!
  5. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
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    **** me. We get it already. 8k leaf blowers are not for most people.

    Tru, I wanna' talk to you after you demo the Brown today

    THEGOLDPRO LawnSite Fanatic
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    lol you have alot to learn.
  7. willretire@40

    willretire@40 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from VA
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    Brown also has a nice plow to go on the front of that blower. It seems like a better product then the hurricane. I also saw it at the GIE show and talked to the owner. He told me about the new attachments coming. Seems like the blower to buy.
  8. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
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    The listed numbers are not as good as the hurricane but who knows if they actually mean anything. Its not like theres any government standardised measurements of cfm.
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  9. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
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    No, it's the folks who keep spending more and more who apparently fail to see the light.

    I spent many years with my head in those same clouds chasing a silver lining that doesn't exist, but I thought it had to, I thought the darker the cloud the better the chance it contained great amounts of silver, and boy did I ever invest a lot of time and effort in a chase that resembles going after the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

    But you know what, when you finally get there...
    First the rainbow keeps moving away so I'd double up my effort time and again, you will see.
    But when I'd finally get as close to the end as I could possibly get.
    Either someone else has already been there, or there is nothing there.

    And the clouds, no matter how dark their color, contain no silver in their lining.

    It's the same in all of life, you think you are better off because your stuff gets more done.

    But you can work as hard as you want and have the best equipment in the world ...
    And you'd think you spend more to make more ...
    But at the end of the month, it's the same money.

    Which means the grass isn't greener on the other side.
    There is no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
    And there is no silver in the clouds.

    That took me many years to figure out.
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  10. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
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    Now I'll tell you something else...

    18 horses doesn't do twice the work of 10 horses, not even close.
    It doesn't even do 80 percent more work.

    That's because you need THREE times the HP to put out DOUBLE the work.
    A blower would have to sport a 30hp engine to put out double the load a 10hp blower delivers.
    At 18 horses you're probably getting about 40% or so more done.

    Minus the power that machine spends on hydraulics, doing work that would likely do the operator's muscles some good.
    A fat Lco ain't getting much of anything done either, a fatso's fastest waddle is hardly the speed of my trot because
    the lard gets in the way more than the hydros can move.

    Ain't worth 6 thousand dollars, folks.
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2012

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