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  • Leaf Vac's?

    I've never used a leaf vac or yard vac, and was considering getting one but wanted some opinions on what blower/vac is a good one or which brands to stay away from? It seems like if you accidentally suck up a rock it would destroy it, but maybe not, I'm not sure. It would sure make life a little easier if I had one. Its gotta be a gas model for sure. Any ideas or suggestions for me?

    Thanks

  • #2
    Check out the Billy Goat
    http://www.billygoat.com/site/intro.aspx?pid=20
    Northern California

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    • #3
      Do you have any idea of how much those lawn vacuums are? I'm sure those are more expensive than I would spend at this time, but those bill goats are way cool! I was simply looking for an inexpensive hand held leaf vac.

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      • #4
        I think they run $600 up to $1200 depending on the bells and whistles.
        If your looking for something cheaper, Echo makes a great blower/Vac (handheld) and I think Husqvarna also and maybe even Stihl.
        Northern California

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        • #5
          I'd sure love to get one of those billy goats, boy would they make a job quick and easy and I'm sure pay for itself in time saved. I do have a dealer here in my town, I'm gonna swing by and see if they have one I can check out.

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          • #6
            Hi Andy,

            I have been bringing this up in other posts, but if you could work out a price cut with your dealer if you could do a video test of the product and then we could put it on our GopherHaul show, maybe they would be willing to work with you on that?
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            • #7
              The Billy Goats do look nice. I have checked them out at my local dealer. Let me know if you get one.
              Northern California

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              • #8
                I have a stihl vac shredder and I wouldn't recommend it. Its a waste of time for me. Its alot faster to just blow the leaves in a pile and pick them up. But if you have the time to go slow and pick it all up i've sucked up some lava rock a few times and it didn't damage it.
                Rob
                Green Image Lawn & Landscape

                \"If you don't feel the same way about Friday nights as you do Sunday nights, then you are not doing the right thing.\"

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                • #9
                  Yeah, I guess in all reality there just aren't any good hand held Leaf Vac's. The concept is great, but to find one affordable like in a hand held version, just is non existent. Stihl is a good brand, I would say, and if they are no good than who is?

                  ANDY

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                  • #10
                    I am sure the motor and working components are top of the line like all Stihl products, but I guess the nature of the hand held vac just isnt that great. I have never used one, but would compare it to trying to get horse power out of a little car. Just doesnt work.
                    Northern California

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                    • #11
                      the billygoat truck loader is about 3K, and the lesco truck loader is a little less, like 2600. I use both, good machines, same engines. 16horse vanguard engine

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                      • #12
                        I drove past a guy using a shop vac to suc up leaves out of his beds on Friday. Looked like it was working better than a shred vac ever works. lol
                        Rob
                        Green Image Lawn & Landscape

                        \"If you don't feel the same way about Friday nights as you do Sunday nights, then you are not doing the right thing.\"

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                        • #13
                          You know, I was thinking about that the other day too. You could even suck up rocks and it wouldn't cause any problems to the vacuum.
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                          • #14
                            Yeah, I guess if I can't afford a Billy Goat, I'll just blow them up into a pile and pick them up by hand. LOL

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                            • #15
                              Great for vacuuming material off asphalt. Pine needles and rubbish too.

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