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Advice on Skid Type Tank Sprayer

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by guitarman2420, Jan 25, 2013.

  1. guitarman2420

    guitarman2420 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I've decided to move from using granular products to liquid products. Last summer, I used backpack sprayers to spray in some yards; but had poor results except in small yards. It seems impossible to do a good job of spraying a large lot with a backpack sprayer.

    We plan to put the tank sprayer in the back of a 8 foot bed in a F250. What are the main considerations I should look at? What is the best manufacturer. Price is a concern; but I don't want to "cheap it" and have to replace the system in a couple of years.
  2. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I think Lesco has their sprayers made by MTD .Cub Cadet and other brands). Gregson Clark. Same price--better quality.:waving:
  3. guitarman2420

    guitarman2420 LawnSite Senior Member
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    guitarman2420 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Any thoughts on size of motor/compressor?
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    CTPTURF LawnSite Member
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    A hypro d30 with 5hp engine is good for tanks up to 300 gallons. A bigger tank needs more agitation from a larger pump such as a hypro d50 with 8hp pump.
    I have both of these pumps with thousands of hours on them. I also like the udor kappa 55 and kappa 75.

    I also suggest a 400 ft hose in 1/2" id for those really deep properties.

    I would also reccomend that your frame of skid sprayer be made of i beam aluminum for corrosion resistance, especially if using liquid fertilizers and iron products.

    Also, ask for large filters if you are custom designing it. You dont have to clean as often.
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  6. guitarman2420

    guitarman2420 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks, that's a great help. Any idea of what to budget for this kind of system? Anyone had any luck or horror stories buying this kind of equipment second hand?
  7. Cadzilla

    Cadzilla LawnSite Senior Member
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    My suggestion is buy a unit with a piston pump and not a diaphragm pump. I have had great success with these sprayers. https://www.gnci.org/

    CTPTURF LawnSite Member
    Posts: 80

    These are approximate new prices:
    Electric hose reel for 300 ft of 1/2 " $500
    300 ft of 600psi hose $300
    Lesco gun $85-90
    Hypro d30 with honda 5hp pull start $1100
    300 gallon plastic tank $250-350
    Frame, filter, plumbing, labor, etc $500-750

    I bought all the parts separately once and bolted them all to a flatbed truck. That way i didnt need a frame but it was a one-dimensional truck. But thats all i do anyway.
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  9. Keep a watch and there is usually some good sprayers advertised on here.

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