LEE'S SUMMIT, Missouri (October, 2017) – Billy Goat’s Next Gen Hydro-Drive Sod Cutter now features an exclusive laser clad cutting blade which provides a hardened leading edge and offers three times longer blade life.

The blade has a uniquely coated edge with proprietary powder material. When tested in harsh sandy conditions, the blade showed 0.04 grams of edge loss over 180 hours of use compared to the same loss on other blades at only 60 hours of use.

By retaining sharp blade edges longer, operators save blade replacement downtime and enjoy a cleaner cut, easier handling and effortless advancement.

The recently released Next Gen Hydro-Drive Sod Cutter is built upon the most rugged frame in the industry and features a heavy-duty gear box and cutting system with oversized sealed bearings, tight shaft mounted eccentrics and a one-inch lateral stability bar all designed to perform in the industry’s most rugged conditions providing the next level in durability.

The unit also features the popular variable speed fingertip control in both forward and reverse, similar to the innovative Billy Goat hydro-drive overseeder and brushcutter controls – for consistent feel, simple operation and reliability in any cutting conditions.

Compared to multiple settings on other machines, the SC181H offers the easiest to use “Set and Forget™” blade depth adjustment where users can simply adjust depth to 2.5 inches with a single lever from the operator station. The unit comes standard with a rear caster wheel for curved cuts that locks when straight cutting. Unique drive wheels clear mud and improve grip for added control. For golf applications (softer touch, bent grass, shallow cuts) knobby tires are now available (Model number SC181HG). Handle isolation mounts absorb vibration and offer smooth, fatigue-free operation.

Other user-friendly features include an hour meter, a heavy-duty front bumper bar and six convenient tear-drop tie-down points for stable, safe strapping during transport. Operators will also appreciate the reverse feature when backing out of a truck or trailer, or when coming up against a fixed object while cutting. The Next Gen Billy Goat Sod Cutter is powered by a reliable 133 cc Honda GXV engine, backed by a three-year limited warranty and the machine is warranted by a one-year limited bumper to bumper warranty*.

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*Complete Warranty details found in Billy Goat Operations Manuals

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About Billy Goat Industries
Billy Goat Industries, Inc. is the premier manufacturer of property cleanup products with a reputation for innovation, productivity and quality. Started in 1967, Billy Goat became independent in 1969 and was acquired by Briggs & Stratton Corporation in May, 2015. Billy Goat Industries features a complete line of seasonal product solutions for residential, commercial and municipal customers serving rental, contractor and retail markets. Visit for more information.

About Briggs & Stratton Corporation:

Briggs & Stratton Corporation (NYSE: BGG), headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is focused on providing power to get work done and make people's lives better. Briggs & Stratton is the world’s largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment, and is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of power generation, pressure washers, lawn and garden, turf care and job site products through its Briggs & Stratton®, Simplicity®, Snapper®,  Ferris®, Vanguard®, Allmand™, Billy Goat®, Murray®, Branco® and Victa® brands. Briggs & Stratton products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced in over 100 countries on six continents. For additional information, please visit and