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changing spray setups

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by steve's total lawn care, Dec 22, 2010.

  1. steve's total lawn care

    steve's total lawn care LawnSite Member
    Posts: 64

    I was needing some help on deciding to putting a sprayer in the back of my truck and use my ztr sprayrig with a 15 ft boom to spray my big properties with. Or keep my current setup which is a sprayrig i built myself on a 6x8 trailer with 2 100 gallon pco tanks 2 hose reels with 200 ft of 3/8 hose on each reel a honda 5.5 gas engine with a 6 roller silvercast pump coupled to it. as of now i use a boominator nozzle that sprays a 10 ft pattern for walking my big lawns n a teejet floodjet nozzle that sprays a 4 ft swath for my small lawns and a green garde GS 505 handgun for tighter areas. I would love some suggestions on this topic thanks. btw i use the ztr on just my yard i have 3 acres to spray here its very handy especially 4 times a year spraying this yard.:)
     
  2. steve's total lawn care

    steve's total lawn care LawnSite Member
    Posts: 64

    If anyone has pics of the setup i am thinking about doing i would love to see as many as i can thanks.
     
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2010
  3. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,768

    I am thinking--if I understand the question--that you need a second trailer. Put the ZTR spray rig on the second trailer. Just choose which trailer you need for that days work.
    You are probably doing that already. Perhaps it would be best to put your sprayer on a skid. Slide it into the truck bed and pull the ZTR rig on a trailer--so--you can do both big lawns and small lawns. Slide it out onto to a picnic table or special (right height) stand when you don't need it. You may need a winch or come-along, when you need to "slide" it, (or little rollers). 200 gallons capacity does not sound big enough--200 foot hose seems a little short. Is roller pump adequate for your pressure and gals per acre?

    Look at my avatar and personal page pictures. Maybe a 400 gallon tank would not run out halfway through the day. (You need a one-ton truck, of course.) (Now sold).
     
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2010
  4. steve's total lawn care

    steve's total lawn care LawnSite Member
    Posts: 64

    i already have a second trailer that is my landscaping trailer for my mower and other equipment that i haul on it i have 3 trailers all together the other has a sprayer on it also its a 5x8 with a 125 gallon leg tank and 50 gallon pco tank so i have enough trailers.
    200 gals works great for me since i am getting 100 gallons a little over a acre and the 200 ft works fine also and the pump works great i dont have any trouble. I have always liked roller pumps have had diaphgram didnt like it, too much maint for me. the only thing that i have doubts about is the sprayer will be custom built no skid so it will be permanent in the back of my truck. so not much room for fert since its a short bed.
     
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2010
  5. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,946

    Equipment Cost to Benefit is a common question. There are many factors to take into account. The big question I have in this case is How many days a Year do you use this equipment. Is Spraying your full time job or do you cut grass etc also??

    Growth and Expansion plans also come into play when setting up Equipment. I don't want to keep up sizing my equipment each year or half year.

    I hate to dance around your question but I think there are far too many more factors to be considered before anyone can give you advice.
     
  6. steve's total lawn care

    steve's total lawn care LawnSite Member
    Posts: 64

    Ric i also cut grass but most of my profit is in spraying so i spray and fert about 90% the 10% is mowing and i work 10 months out of the year. And i wouldnt be spending any more money since i have extra sprayers and spray parts all over the place. I just need to know should i stick to how i have been doing it or would this new option i want to try will be profitable and not slow me down and is it worth it,
     
  7. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,946

    Steve

    Once again not enough information to advice you. How bad out your roads with Pot Holes Etc? Does pulling a trailer wear you out? Do you have several customer were turning the trailer around is a hassle?

    Is your Truck your only form of transportation? Do you ride your Kids, Wife, Girl Friend, Etc in that truck to the shopping mall at night? Is that Shopping Mall safe from being ripped off?
     
  8. AnotherOkie

    AnotherOkie LawnSite Senior Member
    from Newalla
    Posts: 362

    Steve, looks like we don't live far apart. I live a few miles west of Twin Lakes. I use a 200 gal skid with a silvercast roller pump and 300 ft of hose. I also have a 25 gal tank and a 14 ft breakaway fold up boom on my atv. It works great on large open properties.
     
  9. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,768

    I don't understand the 15 foot boom. Are you carrying the boom? Is it attached to a Z-Spray or mower? Is it going to be attached to your truck? Did you intend to drive the truck on the grass you are treating?

    You are applying about 100 gals per acre--so --do I understand, you have 175 gallons and the capacity to treat 1.75 acres. And then must return to refill.
    My calcuations show that you would cover 1320 sqft at 1 mph, and at 5 mph run out of 175 gallons of spray solution in 11 minutes. Is this what you mean?
     
  10. steve's total lawn care

    steve's total lawn care LawnSite Member
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    the 15 ft break a way boom is attached to my mower with the sprayer i can cover my whole 3 acres with 75 gallons my sprayer is calibrated at 25 gallons an acre. My trailer rig covers 100 gals an acre and i spray by hand with that sprayer thats why i use the boominator nozzle on my big lawns its conected to a spray gun with a 24 inch lance so it doesent take long to spray a big yard that way im just tired of walking all the time lol.
     

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