Is this billy goat worth it?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by AFM Contracting, Oct 27, 2006.

  1. AFM Contracting

    AFM Contracting LawnSite Member
    Messages: 32

    Billy Goat leaf vaccum, 5hp, new bag, works great, asking $175. Is that worth it? sounds like it is.
  2. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Like I just said the other day to someone else who asked the same question about one of these machines..... Save your money.
  3. AFM Contracting

    AFM Contracting LawnSite Member
    Messages: 32

    why, are they no good? can you elaborate
  4. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Well, you have this machine...that you push, it sucks up leaves, get HEAVY, and blows a bunch of dust in your face. Now, this machine is cumbersome to empty the bag, and while it shreds leaves some, it doesn't shred them that much.
    What if I told you that there is a machine that does this, is not that hard to push, chops the leaves up even more, vacuums BETTER, doesn't blow dust in your face, AND has other purposes?

    It's called a lawnmower.:cool2:
  5. BobR

    BobR LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 714

    AFM -- Runner is correct in his evaluation. I purchased a self propelled Goat unit a couple years ago (used) tried it on my own lawn and wasn't impressed used it on a customers lawn and it seemed to take forever to complete the leaf job. Would be much better off using a tarp and rake (faster and cleaner). I was lucky and sold the ____ thing to another unsuspecting lawn person.

    Might be good for a home owner who has a lot of time to spend doing a menial job.

    Save your money and get a Trac-Vac.

  6. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,381

    I bought one and took it back the next big leave jammed in it and then it chocked down. I then went and tested a Troybilt 12 hp and decided against it also...can't do much in wet stuff.
  7. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,095

    I have a billy goat vac I got used. It does ok but I dont use it much. I'm not sure if I would replace it.
  8. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,246

    I have never used one but they look like a pain to me. JMO
  9. Jay Ray

    Jay Ray LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,510

    I'd say the Goat vac does one thing pretty good with reasonable efficiency. It gets acorns up off of concrete surfaces. I blow the acorns so they are condensed into a small area, say 5' x 20' one acorn deep, and vac them up.

    I only used it on leaves once. Works you very hard. Never again.

    If you have to deal with removing acorns in the drive, street, and sidewalk, and the customers don't want them blown into the lawn, for $175 I would give it a try. You couldn't lose much on it if you resold it. New bag worth $100.

    Also handy for vacuuming small pieces of tar paper and trash after a roofing job.

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