Old 10-05-2011, 04:59 PM
richard99 richard99 is offline
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Sportfield maintenance equipment to purchase

I am going to start a part-time sportsfield maintenance business, and I will need to purchase some equipment for applying fertilizers and spraying herbicides. I have looked at the z spray website and permagreen website, just open to any suggestions or experiences with the above mentioned. Any thoughts or comments would be appreciated.
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Old 03-30-2012, 12:28 AM
david bailey david bailey is offline
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my sprayer is mounted on my gator(sprayer is a Pro Edge).
You'll want a good reel mower for cutting,maybe a verticutter and top dresser and aerator
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Old 03-30-2012, 11:51 AM
stansoph stansoph is offline
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What kind of field? Area? What type of grass?

I can't advise too much on large sprayers as I use 3 Stihl back pack sprayers. I can tell you my set up. I maintain 3 lawn bowling fields and 6 residential accounts that I cut with reels. The bowling fields are bent grass cut at 1/4" or less with a 10 year old Jacobsen greens mower. My residentials are a mix of perennial rye and KBG cut with a 27" Tru Cut reel at 3/4" to 1". The Tru Cut has a Big League Lawns CheckMate roller mounted in the rear. I rent an aerator and verticutter 2-3 times per year--too expensive and not utilized enough to own my own.

My sprayers are loaded with Weed B Gone, Triazicide and a fungicide. All dry chemicals are applied with an Earthway spreader with a 100lb hopper. I use a LOT of fertilizer and Iron year round.

Bowling fields are cut M-W-F and the residentials on M and F. Residential owners are very wealthy and like biweekly service for a pristine appearence.

This setup works well for te amount of turf I take care of roughly 3.5 acres total. Large areas such as Polo, soccer, baseball, football, etc.; these would need larger machinery to take care of. I do all of this with one helper; any more and I would not be able to keep quality top notch. Plus, more work doesn't equate to more money as I am operating at peak efficiency.

Hope this helps--not a whole lot about sprayers--sorry.
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Old 12-28-2012, 01:22 PM
stlbft stlbft is offline
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I started out with a Gator; mounted with a 150# hopper before I was able to upgrade to a pull behind Lely/Tractor set up. I also had a 50 gallon spray tank I could mount on the back from Broyhill. It had a boom width of about 12' and would allow me to spray at a psi of about 35. Nice little set up for small operation.
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