View Full Version : Ride-on spreaders, how good are they?

01-03-2001, 02:15 AM
I have been at some trade shows over the past few years and have seen the Ride-on spreaders that use a small boom sprayer in fropnt and spread a granular fertilizer. I'm not talking about the Turf trackers but the actual ride-on (sulky-like) spreaders that have a small 5-6 hp engine underneath. Has anyone had any experience with them and how well they work? Interested in knowing the problems operators ahve experienced with them. Are you actually able to get more work done or is it just a matter of less fatigue on the applicators? Would appreciate any input that someone may have. Thanks!

Kent Lawns
01-04-2001, 10:01 PM
We have extensive experience with them.
(Perma-Green Ride-On)

Problems operators have with them? Not easy enough to control in small areas and hills. Belt-drive system is sub-par.

Able to get more work done? Absolutely. Espcially on large jobs. The productivity is greatly improved, espcially as the season wears on and fatigue becomes a big factor.

The machines are improved every year and always seem to offer more each year, so some of the problems we've encountered may be improved with the '01 model.

01-04-2001, 10:12 PM
thanks for the note, as for maintenance are tey easy for upkeep? engine problems? As for the larger lawns, what kind of coverage did you get with the sray booms? If you can email any helpful info it would be greatly appreciated.

Kent Lawns
01-04-2001, 10:28 PM
Maintenance: They're fairly high maintenance. Spreader/Sprayers have to be calibrated constantly (espcially since calibrating 2 materials) Other maintenance items include brakes (cause they're too small) drive belt (because it's underengineered to fit in a tight area and acts as the clutch.) Early generators failed, but that's been corrected.

The 6hp Robin is a fine engine, but the oil fill/check isn't asessable.

Spray nozzles go out 8ft+ or so. They're supposed to go 9, but ours don't quite spray that wide.

Jim Gaudioso
01-07-2001, 11:38 PM
I would greatly appreciate the name and number of the manufacutrer of the ride on sulky type fert and liquid sprayer. I currently use an exmark lazer z outfitted w/a 30 gallon tank and 6-7 foot boom. Unit works alright but I,m looking for a more efficent and compact unit. Thanks a lot. jim

Kent Lawns
01-08-2001, 12:32 AM
The unit we're discussing is built by a Company in NW Indiana called Perma-Green. 1-800-346-2001.

Website: http://www.ride-onspreader.com

01-11-2001, 09:19 PM
Kent lawn is right, i got a perm-a-green unit last spring and the unit has to get used to... liquid spraying is not a problem,the problem is fertilizer pattern...its a pain in the ---- to get the pattern just right,other then that is a nice unit,i am the only one that uses it and it works fine,with out it i cannot do the lawns that i do...you tend to live with the little problems that the mechine has..also they are great people to deal with..

Kent Lawns
01-11-2001, 11:20 PM
Yeah, no doubt.
Even if the machine has it's ?, the folks there are pretty pro, quite knowledgeable and extremely nice to deal with. If you do need parts, they're shipped overnight and at your shop the next day.

Jim Gaudioso
01-16-2001, 07:43 PM
hey guys how many square feet will one fill up of 8 gallons really cover. I received their video and was not sure if
a specific weed killer must be used or can i use my normal
broadleaf herbicide. thanks jim

01-16-2001, 08:02 PM
8 oz. per m or 64,000 sf
its works ,hard to understand it but it does.

Kent Lawns
01-16-2001, 08:09 PM
The 2001 Ride-On incorporates the following changes:

1.) Larger hopper (no longer a Spiker) holds 150+ lbs.
~the calibration problem anthony mentioned? --Gone.

2.) Clutch: uses a new centrifugal clutch, electrically operated and uses no belt slack for clutching.
~the clutch ploblem I had? --Gone.

Handful of other changes including a better generator and misc. other improvements.

Net Result? Probably woth looking into if you have use of this type of machine and aren't into building one yourself.

Jim Gaudioso,
The 8 gallon tank will do 64,000 square feet. That's what they claim -- that what it DOES. You use your normal herbicide. It doesn't spray Trimec PLUS (milky stuff) as well as your regular amines. If you use Ester, you will replace the rubber gromets in the spray nozzles more often (Change in 10 seconds w/o tools).

01-16-2001, 09:46 PM
kent: how do you think i can get the up-grades to my mechine ? its only 7 mo. old.
how old are your units?
how many?
i only have 1 unit, i am the only one that uses it,which is nice.
it is workinging out real well.

Kent Lawns
01-18-2001, 10:33 AM
I don't know what their upgrade policy is.
We run a variety of their units including the older Cavalry model, the Ride-On, Mechanized walk-hehinds and the M60 spray kit adapted to our own Lesco hydrualic spreaders.

01-19-2001, 10:09 PM
KENT LAWN: two more questions--------
1. do you find it a pain to have to adjust the pattern,or is it something you get used to....when i switch rounds i end up useing 150 lbs. to adjust the pattern....
2. i got the rack from perm-a-green that goes on the reece hitch....is there a way i can install a lesco push spreader on the rack while transporting thr ride-on?

Kent Lawns
01-19-2001, 11:36 PM
Yeah, it IS a pain to adjust the pattern. I don't do it myself, our technicians do that with kitty litter out back of our shop. Still fertilizer spreads differently than kitty litter and the techs each "tweak" their own unit.

Not sure about having a Lesco unit on the rack. We fabbed our own racks and the push spreader has a separate mount on the truck.

01-20-2001, 08:10 AM
thanks for the replys,
talk to you guys soon,i am out of here for a week.

01-30-2001, 09:50 PM
KENT : i ordered the new hopper kit and the pulley today.
(i hope this one is easy to adjust the pattern)

if you would,e-mail me your e-mail adderss ,i would like to e-mail you pictures of some changes that i made that helped me.wy address is cgmlawns@yahoo.com
thanks anthony