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converting a zero turn momer into a spray/fert rig

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by big valley, Jun 19, 2004.

  1. big valley

    big valley LawnSite Member
    Posts: 23

    Any help would be appreciated, I have been in the mowing biz for 3 years, I have a 44 in Cub cadet Z force with an 18 hp intek engine. I have recently purchased an Exmark 60. I am wanting to get in to the spraying side of the lawn business. I would like to know from some of you that may have done this or can tell me if it is a waste of time, or just not fesible. Could I convert my cub cadet to a spray rig. My concerns are would the mower support the extra weight, say 15-20 gal tank,plus an electric spreader. or should I just bite the bullet and go for a Z-spray or perma. I am working with a tight budget.
    any suggestions out there, thanks
  2. James Cormier

    James Cormier LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ma
    Posts: 1,218

    bite the bullet, go for the zspray
  3. Buginout

    Buginout LawnSite Member
    Posts: 18

    Yes bite the bullet- Z-spray is the only way to go. If you go a head and convert your mower to be spreader/sprayer, after one season it will be a big pile of rust.
  4. Buginout

    Buginout LawnSite Member
    Posts: 18

    OH Don't forget to get your PCO Lic.
  5. specialtylc

    specialtylc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,656

    Well my MTD pro Z2554 I converted 4 years ago and has performed better than a factory machine. Here is a photo of it with the spray tanks. Also use a 100# fert. spreader on the front. I have used this on some rough and steep areas that a Perma green type machine would never go. You can convert your rider into a sprayer for less than 300 dollars and a fert spreader is about $600 more or less.

  6. philk17088

    philk17088 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 17,386

    I've been debating this also. I don't have any mowers but I'm looking for a used ztr to convert. I'm not laying out the huge bucks these guys want for custom made things that seem to have endless problems.

    My question is how much is a used ztr worth? Any market for selling the mowing deck off it?
  7. Luscious Lawns

    Luscious Lawns LawnSite Member
    Posts: 133

    I have an Exmark 52 I've converted for spraying. It is not a perminant hookup, it sets on and off with 4 bolts allowing it to be used for mowing also. It has a 2.5 GPM pump that is pressure adjustable 0-60 it has a 80" spray width boom, along with a 15 ft. hand hose. I've shot hundreds of gallons of chemicals through it, and it works like a charm. I think I'm into the setup for about $500

    I don't think I would buy a Z just for the conversions but if you already have one, for 500 extra they add a tremendious capability to a biz.
  8. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
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  9. big valley

    big valley LawnSite Member
    Posts: 23

    Thanks everyone for your replys. This cadet I have doesn't compare with my Exmark, If I can't sell it, I may as well attemp to convert it to a sprayer. Hey (specialtylc) what size tank is that on your rig, I think I could go to a 20-25 gl tank. thanks
  10. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,910

    big valley, I have a MTD Pro Z 2554, I used a 30 gallon spray tank on the back of it mounted above the motor. I ruined the right wheel axle because of the weight. I am still have trouble with it even after I changed the bearing out. I should have stripped some weight off the machine but wanted to use it for cutting too. I took the weight bar off but the damage had already been done, side hills were a killer on the axle bearing.

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