Lawn vacuum recomendations??

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Chalfont Lawns, Sep 15, 2008.

  1. Chalfont Lawns

    Chalfont Lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Hey everyone.....I'm looking to purchase a walk behind lawn vacuum for leaf removal jobs this fall.....I've found very limited info/choices doing online searches. I've found some info on D&R, Snapper......can anyone reccomend a model? I' looking for the walk-behinds. Thanks.
  2. jbell36

    jbell36 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from KANSAS
    Messages: 1,405

    not sure if it is exactly what u r looking for but i hear they work really well and chop it up 10:1 after the blades...around $1000.00, fit almost any mower, minor modifications might have to be made...
  3. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    If you are looking for one of the actual vacuums that are walk behind, don't waste your money.
  4. johnnybravo8802

    johnnybravo8802 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Ga.
    Messages: 2,313

    I tried a Billygoat a few months ago and wasn't that impressed. I tried out a Little Wonder last week and decided that it's the machine. I had the hose attachment to suck up shrubbery clippings and that thing is a monster-it sucks up long clippings with ease and didn't once clog. In fact, you have to be careful not to suck up all the pinestraw which is a good problem.:clapping:
  5. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,967

    I have the Snapper. It's better for hard surfaces. Doing major leaf jobs will only frustrate you. If you do use it on big leaf jobs, it will work better if you save it for the last little bit to manicure the area. Tony

    Also, the Snapper has plastic wheels which will break. I bought wire spoke wheels from Ace hardware to replace my broken wheels.
  6. CustomKare

    CustomKare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 212

    Stay far away from the's a total POS!
  7. Mr. Force® Billy Goat Industries

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

    Don't forget to review the various models that Billy Goat offers. We offer self-propelled models on all the vacuums we produce. All the other manufacturers mentioned can't say that at all. That self-propelled comes in really handy when your bag is full or you've got hillsides to deal with. Also, our KV and MV series have no cumbersome zippers to deal with and we make our own wheels so durability is never in doubt. The hose kit on our units are on-board so you don't have to take off the intake nozzle to use it. It saves time and hassle and lost parts.

    Let me know if you have any questions I can answer for you.

  8. johnnybravo8802

    johnnybravo8802 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Ga.
    Messages: 2,313

    The hose kit I used on the Billy Goat was extremely thin and easy to tear-transparent actually! The suction was nothing compared to the Little Wonder and it clogged so many times on clippings I lost count. Although, I do agree with the self-propelled. However, the last thing that happened was that the engine stalled and I couldn't restart it-self propelled wasn't much good when I had to push it back uphill to the truck.
  9. green monster

    green monster LawnSite Member
    Messages: 148

    I used the new Billy Goat KV vacuum and thought it worked great. Don't know why Johnnybravo8802 wasn't impressed? Maybe the material he was trying to pick up was wet, or maybe the unit was an older model with issues, like a bad impeller or something. The KV I used even has a little on board 2" chipper, which I found very handy for branches too big for the unit to actually vacuum up. The bag is cool because they don't use a zipper, just a couple of clamps. Find a dealer and take a look, maybe he will let you demo it, like my dealer did.

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