shread and vac

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by llama, Dec 19, 2003.

  1. llama

    llama LawnSite Member
    Messages: 165

    has anyone used one of the shread and vacs. I saw one by Echo and was interested. Any feedback?
  2. dobehap

    dobehap LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 292

    If you are talking about echo's $100 unit, they are homeowner type machines.

    I would not use one for commercial applications.
  3. llama

    llama LawnSite Member
    Messages: 165

    This one was for $249.99 at the local small engine store
  4. mowman40

    mowman40 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    i use a billy goat and find it to work very good. only draw back is u get down in the middle of the dust cloud to empty the bag. it shreds up leaves very will.
  5. llama

    llama LawnSite Member
    Messages: 165

    where did you buy your billygoat?
    Do you look like Pigpen in "Peanuts" when you empty the bag?
  6. yardmonkey

    yardmonkey LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 341

    I would also be interested in hearing about experiences with a shredder-vac. I'm talking about a commercial-quality handheld blower which can also be used as a vacuum that shreds leaves as it picks then up and accumulates tham into a small bag. I think Echo makes these for around $250 and probably there are others available.

    I use a handheld Echo blower and when I bought it I almost bought the shredder vac instead, but the mechanic at the shop told me that they wear out faster than a regular blower.

    I hope to someday also get a backpack blower. I can see how this would speed up some of the leaf cleanups I've been doing.

    The Billy Goat is a whole different deal. Kind of like an upright vacuum cleaner which is pushed over the lawn to pick up leaves. I have not used one, but I think they can commonly be rented. I think they sell for around $800.00. They have quite a bit more capacity to hold shredded leaves than the hand-held machines. I would love to have a Billy Goat someday also.

    Anyway, anyone have anything to say about handheld shredder-vacs. I've been thinking about getting one. Seems like it would double as a blower or a backup for a blower. I know that a lot of leaves can be turned into a small pile of dust but the bags I've seen on these seem really small.
  7. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,260

    I had the shred and vacuum attachment for my Echo hand held blower. It did a good job, however the bag got filled up real quick and the dust from the bag was right in front of you. I sold it and wouldn't get another.
  8. locutus

    locutus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Messages: 1,266

    I had considered one of these in the past primarily to suck up leaves from difficult flowerbeds. Commercially speaking, I cant think of any other reason to have one.
  9. pinnacle

    pinnacle LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 791

    Pool surounds and as ya said mate "Dificult flower beds"

    I also used mine resently to suck up debris arfter edging on a busy road so I did'nt have to walk on the road.

    The most use mine gets is pool surounds...............Great for that purpose! I have a Sthill though.........More power than the Echo when I bought mine. If ya get one...........Get somthing with a bita balls!
  10. Northwest

    Northwest LawnSite Member
    Messages: 138

    Don't buy one, waste of money. I have the echo, worst $249.00 I spent. It would be okay for Joe homeowner who has all day to pick up some leaves but I found out a rake and a trash can are ten times as fast.

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