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Old 05-28-2014, 07:24 PM
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How do I empty the hopper in my Lesco HPS?

Rookie question. I know it sounds like a simple problem, bit I can't figure out an easy way to get out the unused granular fert left over in the machine. I have been using a push spreader for a couple of years, I would just spin it upside down and pour the leftover back in the bag. But obviously that won't work with a riding spreader.

So what do I do if I need to switch product between customers, or at the end of the day when I want to clean up?
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Old 05-28-2014, 07:32 PM
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Old 05-28-2014, 07:46 PM
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I tried to judge my properties with how much I needed so I didn't run into an issue with a full hopper to the end of a day or when a product switch was needed. When I did need to bail it out I used a small sand bucket.
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Old 05-28-2014, 08:20 PM
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good question

It's always best to empty the hopper at the end of each day. Here's what we do:

Scoop out as much as granular fertilizer as possible & put it in an open bag.

Then use a shop vac to get the rest out. Then empty the contents of the shop vac into an open bag.

It's a pain, but I don't know of any other method. Leaving fert in any hopper can accumulate moisture overnight.

I posed this question to TURFCO back in 2008. I wanted some kind of opening near the bottom of the hopper where I could open or close it. Problem is -- it's up to Spyker to design this option.

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Rookie question. I know it sounds like a simple problem, bit I can't figure out an easy way to get out the unused granular fert left over in the machine. I have been using a push spreader for a couple of years, I would just spin it upside down and pour the leftover back in the bag. But obviously that won't work with a riding spreader.

So what do I do if I need to switch product between customers, or at the end of the day when I want to clean up?
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Old 05-28-2014, 08:54 PM
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Get one of the little 5 gallon bucket vacs at Home Depot
It goes on a 5 gallon bucket. Vacuum the hopper snap a lid on the bucket and your done.
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Old 05-28-2014, 10:04 PM
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A little shovel from a plastic dust pan and brush works fairly well. But its difficult--slow--I seldom emptied mine. I had a small spreader or hand held spreader for separate products. Shop vac or dust buster works OK.
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Old 06-06-2014, 01:32 PM
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I like the vaccum idea. I keep a a couple empty buckets in the truck but usually only need one, cut the bottom off a gallon milk jug to use as a scoop, then use a small plastic cup when the hopper is almost empty; cheap and easy.
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Old 06-06-2014, 09:56 PM
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If you want to really do it right. After using the shop vac, pressure wash it. Then in the morning, toss in a little bit of oil dry/floor dry. Keep the spreader cover off until you get to your 1st stop.
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Old 06-10-2014, 06:10 AM
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Small shop Vac works great.
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Old 06-12-2014, 08:05 AM
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Shop Vac and a small sand shovel works fine.
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