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Old 10-06-2012, 05:23 PM
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Need some help/opinions on a sprayer/spreader.

Hey guys, need some help making a decision on what set up to purchase. I'll just get to the details to help you, help me. Going to go into fert. a bit more next season. Right now the only thing I use (and need to use) is a new Lesco 80lb hopper spreader and sub out my liquid applications. My hopes are to obviously build my customer base to enough that I can fert. at least 3 days/week all day b/c I still have to run a f/t mowing crew. I know I don't "need" a liquid spray tank set up but from what I've read and heard, I will get much better results. So the real question I have is do I go with a spray tank (more for the weed control application) and keep using the push spreader or bite the bullet and start looking into a ride on spreader that does both. A 300 gallon Lesco tank all set up is going to cost me around 4500.00 and from what I've seen on line etc. a rider spreader that does liquid too is going to cost me anywhere from 8-10k. In our area there is TG/CL, Perf-A-Lawn, both of which don't have a good reputation and a couple local guys who just fert. but they are pricey compared to the other two. I want to fall somewhere just under the local guys and just above the other two and so far with the lawns I do I'm right there and making a good profit. Any help is much appreciated.
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Old 10-06-2012, 05:33 PM
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I don't think you need a 300 gal unit, 200 is fine--unless you intend to mix urea in the water. Probably allows you to carry a spreader and more dry fert also. Gregson clark makes some good ones. Make sure you get a good guarantee.
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Old 10-06-2012, 05:59 PM
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I don't think you need a 300 gal unit, 200 is fine--unless you intend to mix urea in the water. Probably allows you to carry a spreader and more dry fert also. Gregson clark makes some good ones. Make sure you get a good guarantee.
Thanks for the input. Do you think I might be better off with a ride on spreader/sprayer or a liquid tank and maybe keep my eyes open for a good price on just a ride on spreader eventually. Thanks again!
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Ford trucks
Pro Line and GatorMade trailer's
Gravely, Exmark, Honda and Snapper mower's
Echo trimmer's and blower's
LittleWonder equipment
BillyGoat equipment
New Holland and Dresser loader's (snow removal)
Fisher snow plow's
DownEaster and Fisher salt spreader's
TurboTurf fertilizer tank

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Old 10-06-2012, 08:38 PM
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In your situation I would just get a tank, untill you build up enough of a customer base to justify a rider. With a tank you can put your pre, fert and herbicide down with one stop. In the past we did very little granular fert, that is until this year when I got an Lt. Rich.. The only downfall for me is dry fert is about $1.30 per 1,000 cost compared to urea's $.38 per 1,000. we also handled 250 customers with a 300 gal. tank.... This is just my opinion and to give you an idea of what a tank is capable of doing.
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Old 10-06-2012, 08:54 PM
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In your situation I would just get a tank, untill you build up enough of a customer base to justify a rider. With a tank you can put your pre, fert and herbicide down with one stop. In the past we did very little granular fert, that is until this year when I got an Lt. Rich.. The only downfall for me is dry fert is about $1.30 per 1,000 cost compared to urea's $.38 per 1,000. we also handled 250 customers with a 300 gal. tank.... This is just my opinion and to give you an idea of what a tank is capable of doing.
Good info, thank you very much!
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Equipment we use:
Ford trucks
Pro Line and GatorMade trailer's
Gravely, Exmark, Honda and Snapper mower's
Echo trimmer's and blower's
LittleWonder equipment
BillyGoat equipment
New Holland and Dresser loader's (snow removal)
Fisher snow plow's
DownEaster and Fisher salt spreader's
TurboTurf fertilizer tank

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Old 10-06-2012, 10:03 PM
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In your situation I would just get a tank, untill you build up enough of a customer base to justify a rider. With a tank you can put your pre, fert and herbicide down with one stop. In the past we did very little granular fert, that is until this year when I got an Lt. Rich.. The only downfall for me is dry fert is about $1.30 per 1,000 cost compared to urea's $.38 per 1,000. we also handled 250 customers with a 300 gal. tank.... This is just my opinion and to give you an idea of what a tank is capable of doing.
Q So why can't you just spread the .38 per th fert in stead of melting it ?

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Old 10-08-2012, 07:42 AM
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Hopefully my Lesco dealer is open today so I can ask a few questions. They've been more than helpful when it comes to setting up a fert. program and advice on what to use.
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Equipment we use:
Ford trucks
Pro Line and GatorMade trailer's
Gravely, Exmark, Honda and Snapper mower's
Echo trimmer's and blower's
LittleWonder equipment
BillyGoat equipment
New Holland and Dresser loader's (snow removal)
Fisher snow plow's
DownEaster and Fisher salt spreader's
TurboTurf fertilizer tank

http://jandblawncare.net
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