150 gallon ride on sprayer

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Ric, Aug 4, 2012.

  1. Ric

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    I just got off the phone with a Lawnsite Member who reminded me I never posted a finish picture of my restored Toro WorkPro. I posted pictures of the work in progress. It is 2 year since I restored this now 20 year old unit. The New cost of this equipment is close to $ 30 K. I have a little over $ 5 K in it as it sits and the Machine has paid for itself many times. Most of the expense was replacement parts from Toro at 10 time the real cost. I use it only for Fire Ant applications. I started only using it on very large properties. Now I am using it on 1/4 acre lots that don't have a lot of junk to work around. Yes a Z turn would be better on small properties but they don't have the volume I want.

    The machine came with a 20 ft boom system that rusted away a long time ago. I designed the rebuild as a boom-less sprayer that puts out 3 gallon a thousand @ 4 MPH which is the least it takes to kill Fire Ants. I can spray 15 ft wide or 5 ft on either side on the 5 ft wide machine. Pump is rated at 22 GPM @ 1000 RPM and I am running it 10% higher at just over 1100 RPM.

    I actually have One very large account that has paid for this machine. Every where else I use it is gravy. Yes I can low ball large properties and still make good money sitting on my butt.

    This picture was taken when I was filling the sprayer while doing a 120 x 120 corner lot in a Middle class neighborhood with out irrigation.


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  2. Duekster

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    How about some different angles . front and side?

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  3. Ric

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    Sorry I was too lazy to take it out of the covered add on to my barn. So here are some side view pictures only. The front has a Reese receiver and takes a Herd Bait Spreader or Lesco Truckster. I also have a 100 ft 3/8 hose reel the fits the Reese receiver. The The Boom-Less Sprayer works off a 12 V solenoid, the switch is on the dash board.

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    None of the Original Sprayer parts are used or on the machine. The original design was for a much lower volume calibration. I wish I had taken a picture before the Restoration was started. This unit looked like it belonged in a Junk Yard crusher. I won't take credit for the restoration, My mechanic and good friend did most of the work in a Trade out deal. I feel bad about that deal because my buddy got the raw end. But we are good and made up the differences on other deals.

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  4. Duekster

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    Thanks for sharing.
     
  5. Ric

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    No problem, It is a real money maker on large properties and All I have to do is sit and drive. I end up using more material with this unit but the time and labor savings makes up for it. The Ric-A-Green is a Walker Lawn Mower with a small boom and spreader. It only does a Gallon a thousand which is not enough for Fire Ants, Fleas,Ticks or Chinch bugs Etc. I think the next project might be to convert the Ric-A-Green into the Ant-A-Kill by adding a bigger pump to the Blade PTO.

    BTW in the first picture I am re-filling the Sprayer tank. I am still not happy with the transfer time.
     
  6. Duekster

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    I gathered that there was a xfer in the first picture. Low volume / K is a problem for many riders. I have few properties where this would help.
    Thinking of some sort of ATV arrangement with a boom when I see that.

    I am more of a squirt and fert guy. I spot insects as needed on shrubs ( no rider LOL) but I get some request for Fire Ants then there are grubs and mole crickets but I run dry on those as needed.
     
  7. WestGaPineStraw

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    Nice Ric!
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  8. Ric

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    I looked into ATV. They are great for spreading Ant Baits but no good for volume spraying. First point is speed control for calibration. ATV speed can vary and a Governor or speed control is needed. Next they can't hold or haul a the volume needed. I had a older 5 wheel Mule that I was using. It could haul the water weight and worked good until it just plain wore out.
     
  9. Duekster

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    So you have a PTO and it controls the flow with the ground speed?
     
  10. Ric

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    Part of my calibration was to turn down the engine governor so 1st gear ran slow enough to get the Gallons per thousand I wanted. I have a speedometer but My GPS was more actuate. After establishing a constant ground speed I then did the math of the size pump and nozzles I needed. Engine speed off the PTO side of the engine was geared down to match the slower required Pump RPM. Of course I fudged in over kill when doing the math. The Engine Governor will allow some tweaking but I never had to use it to get the calibration I wanted. The pressure release valve does a nice job of tweaking the Flow.

    The GPM Flow is constant regardless of Ground Speed. I wasn't about to install a computer system for kill insects. True Herbicides might be a problem particularly on smaller yard where you would be constantly slowing and turning. Also liquid Fert might stripe the same way. But as a Ant, Flea, Tick, Chinch bug killer it works super great.


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