Little help on buying a leaf Vac

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by CLC, Mar 4, 2005.

  1. CLC

    CLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 186

    I have a chance to purchase a Giant Vac MODEL 8500BIP it has a 8.5 hp B&S. Its brand new but a old model they had left over its missing all tubes. Heres a pic
    Whould you purchase this? What would you offer?
    The asking price is 650

  2. Turf Smart

    Turf Smart LawnSite Member
    Messages: 62

    First find out what it will cost for the tubes & extension/elbow piece. I would guess they would run around $300. total. It's hard tell if there is mounting brackets. The asking price isn't bad, but it is kind of a small engine for leaf pick-up. The better machines have 13-16hp engines but run around $2,000+. I would say offer them around $500-$600. and see what they say. For that price it's worht it!
  3. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
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  4. Mark McC

    Mark McC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,565

    This brings up an interesting question...interesting to me, anyway. Does anyone sell impellers without the engine and everything else?
  5. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,676

    Ok it needs a

    Extension tube
    An elbow for that tube
    An arm and a chain to hold the intake tube
    It needs an intake tube
    A mouthpiece with a handle for that intake tube
    A mounting plate to connect that intake tube to the impeller

    I would not personally ever use something this small but I do love the brand. The parts for it will run you 500-1000 you would be surprised what they charged for truck loader parts. I worked with a guy that had a 13hp lesco vac the impeller shroud was worn out so he bought a new one $400 dollars was the price for that one part.
  6. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,676

    Yes of course they do I had the impeller replaced on my 20hp vac this past summer part was $480 the final bill came to $970
  7. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
    Messages: 3,256

    I'd definitely pass!. Way too small of an engine. I have an 11hp, and although it gets the job done, it is too small.
  8. Mark McC

    Mark McC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,565

    No, I mean can the end user buy an impeller?
  9. butler L&S

    butler L&S LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    I would also pass. 8.5hp is not enough. I have a 16hp Briggs Vanguard on a Lesco loader and it works awsome. I would think that the leaves would have to be completely dry and you would have to use a short hose if you're using anything smaller than 12hp.
  10. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,208

    We have the 16HP B&S on our Billy Goat. I would have to agree with what everyone else seems to be hinting at...the 8 horse is small...perhaps too small for the job. Of course this is dependent on what you need/want it to do for your business.

    Although I've never used anything smaller, I couldn't imagine working at half capacity (in theory anyway).

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