It’s lucky that the term ‘ground-breaking’ is only a metaphor, as otherwise Billy Goat’s superb QV550HSP would probably have caused a major tectonic event the moment it rolled off the production line. Billy Goat’s status as industry leaders when it comes to wheeled outdoor vacuums such as this fine machine means that there truly are few other companies producing comparable equipment, with a range of innovative features included on the QV550HSP designed to make even the toughest municipal clearance work pleasingly hassle-free.
We’ll begin our tour of the QV550HSP’s envelope-pushing attributes by considering the unique spiralled design of the housing and fan system. As well as boosting suction power, the volute design also allows the QV550HSP to utilise a state-of-the-art cyclonic filtration system to dramatically reduce dust levels in dry conditions. In combination with the inclusion of a large ‘Dust Sock’ and an integrated dust skirt (dust sock should be removed when working in wet conditions), this means that you should be able to clear litter and loose debris from dusty and sandy schoolyards, car parks and other tarmacked areas in complete comfort.
Equally exceptional is the QV550HSP’s low-noise performance, with a noise level of only 79dBA at the operator’s ear providing brilliant user-friendliness and making the QV550HSP ideal for use in busy urban environments. This is in part attributable to the quiet running power provided by the QV550HSP’s hi-tech160cc Honda GX160 four-stroke petrol engine. Precision engineered for consistently remarkable performance over time, the GX160 also features a number of new enhancements to the muffler, breather valve and case cover, all of which reduce the noise level further. As such, the QV550HSP is truly a world-beater when it comes to keeping paths, roads and other public areas tidy without disturbing those nearby.
Capable of boasting an 83.8cm working width and fitted with an impressively powerful six-blade impeller fan which shreds material as it is collected, the QV550HSP is also perfectly suited to tackling heavier workloads (such as in the autumn, when deep drifts of fallen leaves can cause a hazard on pavements and driveways). It is fortunate, then, that this impressive machine is also supplied with a massive 136 litre collection bag, providing more than enough space to ensure trips to dispose of collected material will be conveniently infrequent. Moreover, the collector also features an easy to use latch system, thus eliminating the need for fiddly zippers and clasps and providing quick and easy access to the collector as and when you need it.
To make even the toughest commercial cleanup work remarkably effortless the QV550HSP also features a handy self-propulsion system. This comes into its own on rough, undulating or uneven ground, making it much easier to traverse such terrain than it would be with a hand-propelled machine. With the infinitely fine speed adjustment offered by the QV550HSP’s hydrostatic transmission, however, the self-propulsion system also provides exceptional on-the-go control; low speeds are particularly handy when negotiating complicated borders or areas replete with trees and other obstacles, but with the throttle lever easily accessible from the operator’s position you can smoothly increase the speed up to a maximum of 3mph when crossing large open areas. Moreover, with a handy height adjustment system (offering working heights between 1.25cm and 7.5cm) combining with the QV550HSP’s large rear tyres and front casters, you can be assured of superlative manoeuvrability on both lawns and hard surfaces.
With a range of optional accessories also available, including a handy collapsible on-board hose kit for vacuuming debris in hard to reach areas, and a parking brake kit for added security when working on slopes, Billy Goat’s QV550HSP provides a superb solution to any urban cleanup problem.