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Monster Tow Behind Leaf Vac

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by madness0827, Sep 19, 2012.

  1. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,691

    Mr Force I know your the voice of billy goat and Giant Vac is a competitor but if you could set that aside for a moment. Do you know anything about Giant Vac going out of business?
  2. Mr. Force® Billy Goat Industries

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

    Yep, no problem. Herman Deil (sp?)started (49'?) and ran Giant-Vac until he died around the late 90's. His wife ran it after that. They sold out to Briggs and Stratton in the sometime in the early 00's. Briggs was not able to make a go of it and sold it off (we bid on it). Some past Swisher execs and a financier out of Tennessee bought it and started running it in the old Murray plant 3-4 years ago. They failed miserably getting it off the ground and closed their doors. They then tried to find someone to buy it (including us, again) but after going through that many corporate hands with older technology, weak sales, and a brand name that's weakened due to years of neglect there's nothing of interest to buy.
  3. SDLandscapes VT

    SDLandscapes VT LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 581

    So I ll weigh in on this discussion

    I am in the market for a new truckloader--we currently have a 12 LCT billygoat filling our one ton dump--this has worked wonderfully, but we are doing tremendous leaf volume and are looking to expand. We now have a switch and go roll off truck on an international cab/chassis

    I need a trailer mounted unit--contenders currently are

    Fradan 31 Vanguard
    Monster 29 Vanguard
    Billygoat 35 Vanguard

    Who owns these and what are your experiences?
  4. Mr. Force® Billy Goat Industries

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

    Well, uh... I own a Billy Goat... ;)

    These are the list prices I've got including trailers

    The Fradan 31hp is $6,579
    The Fradan 35hp is $9,899
    The Billy Goat 35hp is $7,224
    The Monster 35hp is $10,999

    Watch the weight on these units. Hauling around almost twice the weight of the Billy Goat will add up with fuel consumption.

    The 31 Fradan is not in the same class as the 35. If you're serious about the Fradan 31 look at the Billy Goat 25. Performance wise I'd put the 25 up against that 31 all day long. In dry leaves the 14" hose Fradan will consume higher volume than the Billy Goat because of the hose, but in wet/moist conditions the 12" hose Billy Goat superior lift will run circles around the competition. Don't take my word, get a demo before you drop your hard earned cash.
  5. madness0827

    madness0827 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 88

    Thanks for your info.
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2012
  6. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 801

  7. SDLandscapes VT

    SDLandscapes VT LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 581


    I have run that very unit and love it--little big for where I am at right now, but a friend of mine owns one and will sell it to me right when the time comes
  8. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 801

    The one I own I bought from a guy in Kansas City. He needed to get rid of it and it couldn't sell it because his price was too low and people thought there must be something wrong with it but I took a chance and went to look at it. It was in great shape and hardly used. I only paid $2900.00 !!!!! That was easily the best bargain purchase I have ever made for the business even though you only use it a few months of the year. I think he said it cost $14,000.00 new. I asked the guy why it was so cheap and he said he just wanted it out of his shop.

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