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Old 04-11-2014, 10:04 PM
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Fiberglass vs Poly Spray Tanks

I am in the market for a skid sprayer for my lawn and shrub spray company I am starting here in Florida. Poly tanks are so much cheaper vs fiberglass. Any recommendations on tanks would help greatly. Has anyone had any issues with either type of tank? I am planning on getting a 200gal tank for the lawn and a 100gal shrub tank on the same pump and hose with a switch between the tanks.
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Old 04-11-2014, 10:18 PM
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Don't do it--too much chance for cross contamination; weed killer in the tree and shrub hose is a huge risk.

Poly tanks are fine. Not as easy to put fittings through the tank. Not usually suitable for a paddle agitation system. They are a bit soft in the summer and a bit hard in the winter. They are subject to slow fading and slow destruction from the effects of sunlight and ultra violet. Don't stand on a poly tank; it may cave-in. A poly tank could eventually develop a crack where the end is heat-welded on. My 400 gallon tank in the picture of my truck is about 20 years old

For the first year--you can use a backpack chemical mist blower for shrubbery, and mosquitoes--if you have any in your part of the world.

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Old 04-11-2014, 10:34 PM
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thanks. Local spray equipment dealer is pushing fiberglass which is what I have used mostly in the past. I don't see too many poly tanks in my area either. I have a couple plans in mind.

1. 200/100 split tank set up on same pump and reel for ease inside my enclosed trailer

2. 200 and 100 gallon tanks with separate motor/pumps and reels. $$$

Space is limited inside the trailer but its more of a security and weather reassurance to protect the rig from the elements.


anyone have any setups inside an enclosed trailer for 2 tanks and 2 pumps? seems like it would be difficult to fit 2 pumps and reels in the side door access.
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Old 04-11-2014, 10:43 PM
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Find you a FMC Stainless Steel Skidsprayer I have 200gal FMC and I can spray 60-70 ft trees
Held up well to its 33 yrs old I can set in back of a truck but I have a trailer made for it
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Old 04-11-2014, 11:02 PM
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For the first year--you can use a backpack chemical mist blower for shrubbery, and mosquitoes--if you have any in your part of the world.

LOL I think Florida means Mosquito is some other language. I definitely need a 2 tank rig for the amount of insects and disease in such a sub-tropical climate. mostly IPMing, but still need the option of soil drenching and blasting off scale from the underside of the leave and the infamous Asian scale on sago palms.
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