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Old 05-25-2014, 10:20 PM
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Need advice for buying my first skid sprayer...

I have recently obtained my Commercial Applicator's License and am now looking to get a sprayer. I have found a 200 gallon sprayer buy north star on sale for $2799. It has a Honda GX 160 motor and a comet ASP41 diaphragm pump with agitation, also a 300ft hose with electric reel. I am looking to spray urea mixed with Celsius/ atrazine or other various herbicides. I would also buy a 50 gallon tank for insecticide or other special applications. Has anyone used this particular brand? Any good advice? I have priced a lesco and the same motor and tank is about $4500. Here is the link to the skid I'm looking to purchase. Thanks in advance for the help.
http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200329207_200329207
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Old 05-26-2014, 03:00 PM
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Old 05-27-2014, 08:04 AM
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I just got my license back in the winter and looked at the Northstar sprayers as well. I commented on the Comet pumps in your other thread. I would think that for starting out the sprayer you are looking at would be fine, although I don't and probably won't have any interest in spraying fungicides or fertilizer, so I don't know alot about what you need there.

I wouldn't rule out looking at some used units as well, some good deals are out there to be had. I had intended on building a sprayer and believe I could have done so cost effectively, but basically ran out of time. I picked up a 12v Lesco 100 gallon space saver w/electric reel, 300' hose etc. for basically the price of the hose reel. I junked all of the 12 volt stuff and added a new Kohler engine and Hypro D30 and have basically 1/2 the cost of what you are talking on the Northstar in the thing. 100 gallons will be too small at some point, but I figure I can always upgrade the tank if needed. Good luck.
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Old 05-27-2014, 08:45 AM
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Old 05-27-2014, 09:27 PM
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You may need to find a way to rotate the reel so that the hose pays out to the left side of your truck. A welding shop should be able to help.
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Old 05-27-2014, 09:44 PM
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You may need to find a way to rotate the reel so that the hose pays out to the left side of your truck. A welding shop should be able to help.
Thanks my buddy owns a fab/powder coating shop I was going to do some mods.
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Picked up my sprayer today!!

I picked up my sprayer today. Trying to figure it all out. This is the first one i have ever used so I will practicing the next few days!
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Sweet! You are going to love it. Check the oil. Set pressure low. Add 50 gals water and start her up. Check for leaks. Spray the water back into the tank. Watch how the agitation works, and what happens when the agitation bypass valve is open or closed. Clean the filter and add a bit of lube to its threads. Bring the pressure up to about a hundred pounds, then 200 (the practical maximum)--if no leaks--bring it back to about 100 psi--the usual pressure.

Now find your output gallons per minute. Use a 2.5 gal jug. Fill in 30 seconds and you have 5 gals per minute. Dump it back into the tank.
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Old 06-08-2014, 01:48 PM
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gpm

I did some thinking and remembering from my tests a few years ago.
The formula for finding the gals per min with a 2.5 gal jug and a stopwatch is as follows:

2.5 times 60 divided by your seconds to fill the jug equals your gallons per minute output.

For instance: 2.5 *60/37 seconds equals 4 gals per minute.


For best results use Excel and make a chart showing the seconds for each gallons per minute.

Or use the formula to find the seconds needed for each gallon per minute.
2.5 times 60 divided by the GPM equals the seconds to fill.

My cell phone has a stop watch in the "Tools menu".

Keep in mind, the actual 2.5 gallons is probably about 2 inches below the top of the jug. Mark your jug. The accuracy is not perfect.

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