anyone use a classen slit seeder

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by grassman177, Jan 28, 2009.

  1. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    we have the classen slit seeder, i cant remember the model, but the one that is real similar to the ryan mataway.

    it idoes a great job, but i have tensioned the belts a few times, but it always gets stuck up from thatch, not even that much. any suggestions or tricks anyone knows that can alieviate the problem. thanks,
     
  2. grassman177

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    to further explain, getting stuck is the machine literaly sits, like stuck and does not drive forward without a little rocking on it, then goes jsut fine for 5-10 ft. i know this cant be normal,
     
  3. Mr. Force® Billy Goat Industries

    Mr. Force® Billy Goat Industries LawnSite Senior Member
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    1. Depending on what machine you have you might be having wheel problems. If you've got a bearing that's acting up or mud/thatch that's wedging a wheel or wheels that could explain what you're describing.

    2. It might also be that your blades are engaging nicely and the unit pulls itself along but then a quick dip in the lawn occurs, the soil engagement ends with the blades and they simply spin and the unit will sit. If this is the case that's completely normal.

    Let me know if there are any other questions I can help you with.
     
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2009
  4. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    ah, i dont think it has to do with the tines missing the ground due to a dip as it is hydrolically driven, not ground driven by the tines.
     
  5. Mr. Force® Billy Goat Industries

    Mr. Force® Billy Goat Industries LawnSite Senior Member
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    If it's driven you're out of my area of knowledge. Sorry.
     
  6. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    thanks though. no problems, trying to help is the best thing. i emailed the company but have no response as of yet, guess i should check the email
     
  7. grassman177

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    anyone, obviously the company has crappy customer service now that larry sold it. theyhave never replied to me about this. i am hoping some of you all can helpo figure it out.
     
  8. Danscapes

    Danscapes LawnSite Senior Member
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    I hate those machines, when I rent a slit seeder I try and look for a self propelled one. A true self propelled one, not the "tines propel" it. If you even try to use those kind on a hill you better be a bad ass cause it aint easy.
     
  9. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    this one is hydro driven, i searched their webiste and dont think they even make it anymore otherwise i would link to it, but it is a copy of a ryan mataway slit seeeder that has the tubes and discs that meter the seed rightinto the slice at the same time. not to be confused with a verti cutter


    here is a linkto the ryan model. mine is different, but you can get the idea.http://www.ryanturf.com/products/specialty/mataway_osdt/
     
  10. allinearth

    allinearth LawnSite Senior Member
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    Can't offer help but I am curious what those sell for.
     

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