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08-03-2005, 06:52 PM
Can anyone tell me how to navigate hills with a z-sprayer I don't have any problems doing them with a perma-junk but I just slide all over with a z-sprayer
08-05-2005, 06:42 PM
I have tackled a couple steep hills by going straight up the hill spraying, taken an alternate path down more safey, then sprayed back up the hill. Of course I do this when the ground is dry, although as soon as you spray the turf is wet but not as much a heavy dew.
I also may spray at at much slower speed,, maybe 3mph. Takes some simple calibration but it is still much easier than dragging a hose.
From my golf course days with many different pieces of equipment, going straight up a hill is always safer than trying to go down one.
Straight up as suggested. It will climb most anything if you approach it this way. Or... you can start from the bottom and work up the hill in a back and forth pattern. This way works because you will be turning up hill instead of down. It's a runaway train (as you know) when turning down hill.
I do it both ways depending on the hill.
08-05-2005, 10:45 PM
about the same suggestions from me. When I was first learning on it I got the ride of my life down a hill into a huge forsythia bush. Freaked me out a little, but I learned the limits of the machine. I do have some areas that I still have to pull hose, just not a safe thing to do with the z spray. No one machine will do everything you want it to, but my z is close as I need it to be.
08-06-2005, 12:11 AM
I have the same problem. One time on a steep hill I slide down and my z-spray became lodged on a large rock in the landscape. Looked really bad, I had to take my truck and pull the z-spray off the rock up onto the drive way. Customer was more concerned if I got hurt when I hit the rock. z-spray was fine. No one machine can do everything but I am very happy with my Z over my previous two PG's.
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08-06-2005, 12:24 AM
And What Exactly Is Wrong With Dragging A Hose ??????
Let Me Guess , You Have That Yellow Rubbery Crap On Your Hose ReEl ? :rolleyes:
08-06-2005, 08:24 AM
He's right, to a point.
Flat terrain = machine
Hilly terrain = hose, or hand spreader
Flat terrain + hose = short painful career in lawn care
Hilly terrain + machine = big problems (found that out the hard way)
I sure would like to have a tortoise and hare race with you someday, though
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