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Ecolawn 200 v Turfco Metrmatic v Earth and Turf 100SP

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by DA Quality Lawn & YS, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    Want to hear some compare contrasts of these machines esp from experienced users. I do understand that the Eco is different than the other two with its dual platter system vs a drop system. Not looking for fundamental information, looking for real life application info ie what works what doesnt, maint costs, etc. Thanks!
     
  2. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    I have the earth and turf 100sp and love it. Built like a tank and meters out moist material with little problem. It does operate like a drop spreader which is good and bad. It's very even but no overlap unless you manually drive slightly over the last pass. Chose it over the meter matic because that machine looked too bulky, the Eco lawn is plastic so I steered clear simply because I questioned the durability. Earth and turf has easily adjustable metering gauge, chain driven conveyor belt and brush, hydro gears for drive wheels. Awesome machine, fast and efficient. Don't remember exactly but I think I paid around 7k

    Here's a quick YouTube link I just found


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PO8a_CFWXo&feature=youtube_gdata_player
     
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2014
  3. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    Thanks FL - going to bump this up for additional opinions.
    I just sold my first topdress job today so I guess I am gonna need a machine:)
     
  4. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
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    There are some used machines on e bay right now
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  5. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have heard and compared that the Turfco machine is quite a bit heavier and more bulky than either the ecolawn or the earth and turf? Is getting a lighter, more nimble machine like the ecolawn or earth and turf a better idea. I don't want to buy a 'bear on skates' if the Turfco would be an overgrown beast on 7k sq ft lawns.
     
  6. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
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    My experience with the Earth & Turf 100sp was nothing but positive.
     
  7. Rick13

    Rick13 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I've got the Ecolawn 200. It has worked great for me. I'm able to have it ride on the rear of my dump trailer with it's carrier, thus saving me space and enabling me to carry more compost.

    I only spread compost, but it usually has a high moisture content. The is a little build up on the side of the plastic hopper, but running my hand across it will drop the little amount of compost down the the conveyor belt that runs it toward the front opening (adjustable to control amount of material spread) to the dual discharge wheels.

    The dual discharge wheels are made to handle higher moisture content, while spreading evenly, and if you want to reduce your spread pattern....just lower the rpms.

    I'm a solo operator, so I wanted something that would last, easy to work on, and could move quickly back to the dump trailer....because your time will be in making your runs and loading up the hopper. And this is where I thought and where the Ecolawn has its advantages for me.

    I'm going on my 3rd year with the Ecolawn 200 and it's never gave me any problems....and last year I moved over 82 tons of compost and looking this year to do 125 tons....but setting up my organic compost extraction tea spraying might take a chunk out of spreading numbers this year....but it's always good to have options.

    Ecolawn 200 Spreader 1.JPG

    Ecolawn Carrier 1.JPG
     
  8. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    Rick, how much does that machine weigh empty? Would it fit in the back of a short bed PU? Seems the most compact of the Big 3.
     
  9. Rick13

    Rick13 LawnSite Senior Member
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    The Ecolawn is 400 pounds empty, and 3 hopper full = 1 cubic yard. So it makes it easy to keep track of how much material you are putting down.

    The plastic bin is one piece and thick enough if you bump into something (ex: a tree) you won't hurt the blue plastic bin or the tree.

    Sounds strange, but with the hopper being "blue"....when ever I'm out, I get a lot of attention from people driving by and other yard companies wanting to know what I'm doing and how easy it looks.

    I think it would fit, if you look on their website....it tells the dimensions of the Ecolawn. But it's simple, well built, and you will think to yourself...."Wow, there isn't much to it". Which is true when you consider the price....but it works great and it's quick.

    I can mover 10,000 pounds of organic compost in 4 to 5 hours off of my dump trailer....alone. No help from anyone.

    So with two people or two wheel barrow system in the rear of the dump trailer or truck, while someone is running the Ecolawn, the other helper can fill up the wheel barrow. When you return with the Ecolawn, the helper dumps the material into the hopper of the Ecolawn (as long as your are above), and off you go.

    It takes me about 3 to 6 minutes to fill the hopper by myself....but I'm not really trying to push it too hard.
     

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