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FERT-TEK
08-15-2008, 07:58 PM
FOR SALE: A LESCO polyethylene 200 gallon Hannay Reels tank sprayer ideal for professional turf managers, landscapers, tree and ornamental specialists and pest control operators. Model #704607, manufactured 04/2000

Features: tough, rotationally-molded polyethylene tank with molded-in gallonage markings. This heavy-duty tank is compatible with a wide variety of liquid spray solutions.

200-gallon sprayer fits lengthwise in a compact pick-up.

Click here for more general information on this type of sprayer:
http://www.lesco.com/ProdCatalog/ProdCatalogNav.aspx?ProdGroupID=48&SKUGroupID=326


This tank originally purchased new for $3200, original owner. Asking $1000 or best offer.

FERT-TEK
08-15-2008, 08:16 PM
Help me make a good purchase, I have never owned one of these and was considering purchasing it to supplement a PG Ultra, 30 galon nurse tank and backpacks.

Assuming this is a good deal for an 8 year old sprayer. What should I look for when viewing it(ie things that might need to be repaired or replaced or would ware out). I would mostly use it for applying things that I cannot spray through a PG like WP's insecticides, and fungicides.

mngrassguy
08-15-2008, 09:01 PM
Looks like a good buy. Look for deep scratches/cracks in the tank, water in the pump oil(milky), engine oil is clean, weld cracks on frame, tank transparency, hose in good shape, leaky gun, starts eazy, runs good and hold preasure, ect

lilmarvin4064
08-15-2008, 09:59 PM
what chems did they put in it?

RigglePLC
08-15-2008, 10:33 PM
Grassguy is right. Start it up. Increase the pressure to well above what you will use. Does it hold pressure? Leak anywhere? Check the flow rate? Can you get 3 gallons per minute?(at least). Pumps will often need new diaphrgms, (which cost $17 each). May need new valves for pump (not expensive). Watch for any signs of freezing damage.

Make sure electric reel works. You may have to use your battery cables.

humble1
08-15-2008, 11:10 PM
honda or briggs?
run it for a while kill it, start again run it, crank the psi up and down. Pull out the hose and reel it in a few times in case the solonoid or motor stick. Offer low and bring cash you can always come up if they say no.

FERT-TEK
08-15-2008, 11:17 PM
what chems did they put in it?

is this important to know even if the pump checks out?

FERT-TEK
08-15-2008, 11:21 PM
Looks like a good buy. Look for deep scratches/cracks in the tank, water in the pump oil(milky), engine oil is clean, weld cracks on frame, tank transparency, hose in good shape, leaky gun, starts eazy, runs good and hold preasure, ect

what do the deep scratches in the tank signify or do cracks in the tank appear as deep scratches

how would you test to see if it would hold pressure or is this the same as making pressure

FERT-TEK
08-15-2008, 11:25 PM
honda or briggs?
run it for a while kill it, start again run it, crank the psi up and down. Pull out the hose and reel it in a few times in case the solonoid or motor stick. Offer low and bring cash you can always come up if they say no.

according to the Lesco link within the ad it is a 5.5 hp Kawasaki

ted putnam
08-16-2008, 12:36 AM
If the reel works, the tank is good and the frame is decent you got your 1k covered. As long as the pump never froze and cracked, diaphragms are cheap and not hard to replace. Even if the motor's blown... 3-400 bucks for a new one. Sounds like it could be a good deal. I spent a thousand on just a 300gal tank from westheffer 4 years ago...just a tank.

FERT-TEK
08-16-2008, 09:07 AM
If the reel works, the tank is good and the frame is decent you got your 1k covered. As long as the pump never froze and cracked, diaphragms are cheap and not hard to replace. Even if the motor's blown... 3-400 bucks for a new one. Sounds like it could be a good deal. I spent a thousand on just a 300gal tank from westheffer 4 years ago...just a tank.

Thanks for the PM Ted, I accidentally found that site looking for a source of Eagle 20 EW last week. Their price was the same as my supplier but other things might be cheeper there. Already saved that link as a "favorite"

jdmcat
08-17-2008, 12:18 PM
If the reel works, the tank is good and the frame is decent you got your 1k covered. As long as the pump never froze and cracked, diaphragms are cheap and not hard to replace. Even if the motor's blown... 3-400 bucks for a new one. Sounds like it could be a good deal. I spent a thousand on just a 300gal tank from westheffer 4 years ago...just a tank.

What kind of tank did you buy for $1000? I just bought a new 200gal this February for $250!

ted putnam
08-17-2008, 01:36 PM
Actually, now that I think about it, I think I had a few other odds and ends in that bill. However, the tank was the vast majority of the invoice and it did come plumbed, tank straps, ready to go. I have done a little figuring in the past on building my own unit vs. buying it ready to go. You only save about 5-600 bucks by doing it all yourself. That's almost not worth all the headache/runaround involved. However, if you can get a used one cheap and replace a few odds and ends,you can save big.

jdmcat
08-17-2008, 02:01 PM
Oh, that makes sense. I just replaced the tank on my skid, as I accidentally put a hole in the side of the old one. I drilled my own holes and reused the old plumbing.

Anyway, to the OP, if everything checks out on it, I would drop $1000 on it in a heartbeat.

Runner
08-17-2008, 11:13 PM
Nab it up. If you have to rebuild the pump,...no biggy. This is normal maintenance, anyway. Pull the entire hose out under pressure, and inspect it closely.

FERT-TEK
08-18-2008, 08:32 AM
I receive an e-mail from the seller saying he is showing it tonight to someone else. I will call them and see if I can view it first and maybe buy it outright.
From everyone advise, it sounds like this will be a good deal even at their asking price.

I will take all of your recommendations and look it over for the things everyone said to look for.

FERT-TEK
08-18-2008, 01:03 PM
Having a hard time pulling the trigger on this deal.....don't know why! Unfamiliar equipment maybe?

I talked to the guy today he said he is picking up a "chem lawn gun for it and that it also has a herbicide wand" to sweeten the deal. In the same breath he told me that he has a friend interested in buying it tomorrow for $750 and that he will sell it to me for that same price. Why would he sell this to a stranger for the same cost he would sell it to his friend. Is this a bargaining tactic to create urgency in buying it, I dont know but I am getting cold feet. My gut says pass, although everyone here says it appears like a good deal at a $1000. I dont know.

How many of you are running ride on spreader / sprayers that wish you had a skid sprayer option in your business? Again I would mostly use it for insecticides, fungicides and WP products that I cant run through a PG. FYI, I don't do trees and use backpacks for ornamentals when needed.

Runner
08-18-2008, 01:48 PM
The reason he is telling you that, is because it's a crock of crap. He lost the logic in his elaboration and addition to the lie. It's like the old sales cliche' "Yep,..got another guy that really wants it...He's coming back later".
This guy mixed that in with "Even though I have a good friend that I'll sell this to for 3/4 of the price, I will sell it out from under him - just because you seem like a nice guy."
Take him 700 bucks, hold it out to him, and you will have yourself a nice sprayer. He is wanting to sell it.

FERT-TEK
08-18-2008, 02:28 PM
If it doesn't work out for me do you think it will have value here for someone else. I could always flip it I guess.

jdmcat
08-18-2008, 03:06 PM
If you buy it for $750 and don't like it, bring it to Idaho and I'll give ya $1000. I only use skid sprayers and I wouldn't do without them.