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Ecolawn or Turfco metrmatic topdresser for residential?

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by Dyllan78, Apr 1, 2013.

  1. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
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    11k of compost for $125....? Do you have a dump trailer that holds that much?

    Eco-scraps ....what exactly is white compost mix?
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  2. Rick13

    Rick13 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 408

    Eco-scraps....no idea....Home Depot's organic compost in a bag.

    Yep....I've got a 14,000 PJ Dump Trailer 7 1/5' x 16'. The Ecolawn Spreader rides on the rear of the dump trailer. Ecolawn sells a carrier for their spreader for $900.00. Fits in a 2" receiver and locks behind the front drive tires, so no one can steal your machine (at least they would have to work at it to steal it).

    I will post the pictures of My Organic Compost System once the weather changes here. It's snowing today and super windy! Crazy Spring weather!!!

    Rear View of PJ Dump Trailer with hitch.jpg

    Side View PJ Dump Trailer (small).jpg
  3. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,895

    Rick, thanks for the extra info! Yes I agree it is quite laborious to spread, say, an 8k sq ft lawn. You would need 12 hoppers full or more based on what you have posted!

    That said, I know from hand spreading compost what it can do.

    Could you spread compost at say, a 40% moisture content? The stuff I have access to at the county compost site would not be totally dry that is for sure.
  4. Rick13

    Rick13 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 408

    I don't see why not? I thought the rep said it could spread even higher than that for moisture. You would want the Ecolawn 200 though. The two discharge wheels can handle heavier material better.

    There is a black belt that drives all the material towards the front opening of the hopper. You can adjust how heavy you would like to spread your material by opening the white door larger or smaller. Plus you can control the width of the spray pattern by the idle of the engine. If you have it at higher rpm....the Ecolawn will spread farther. The heavier the material....it will spread even...just not as wide.

    Here's a picture of the hopper open with the black belt that moves everything forward. The white agitator will break up large chunks of material or they also sell a metal screen that you can place over the top of the hopper....so when you are filling it.....the metal screen will screen out large objects.

    Keith Schuler (the rep for Ecolawn) said that out West, he ran across organic compost that had sticks as big as his wrist that were 4" to 7" long and 3" to 5" thick. He said the machine doesn't like large objects like that....so some common sense comes into play here when using the machine.

    Our compost here in Northern IL....Keith said its some of the best he's ever seen....so I don't need the screen...so I didn't buy it.

    When I'm running the machine....some of the organic compost will stick a little to the sides.....but as I'm moving....you bounce the machine just a bit by lifting the rear wheel off the ground. By doing this the compost will slide down the side it might be stuck on, hit the black belt that pushes it towards the opening, to though the opening, drop on the two discharge disks, that will spray it evenly into the yard. Its a great system....very simple and easy to use.

    Here's a picture of Keith's Ford Explore....he has the carrier that I bought from him. Could you make something like it...yeah. But I don't have the equipment and he's be using his design all over the USA and Canada....so if its not broken....why try to fix it? It cost $900.00 to buy it....but well worth it. It locks the machine down onto the carrier....that's locked into your hitch. Plus the carrier has turn and brake light built in...which will hook up the rear of the dump trailer. Don't want the State Police stopping me over something that's pretty silly!

    So image the carrier off of his Explore and on the back of My Dump Trailer....that how the pictures will look. The machine weights only 300 pounds....and the carrier is maybe 100 pounds. So that's My Setup this Spring....if the weather would start to work with me???

    I have 15 different customer's yards to organic compost....and that's just off My Website and word of mouth. Oh yeah... I do post on Craigslist too. Won't advertise until I get caught up with all the work that's pilling up!

    Compost Spreading 14.jpg

  5. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,895

    Thanks! I wonder if a guy couldn't modify a PG Hitch rack a little and make that work? That Ecolawn is like 1/2 the weight of a PG and would ride nice even on a 1/2 ton truck.
  6. Rick13

    Rick13 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 408

    If the two large tires can fit on the rack......the rear tire only needs support. The rear tire sits in a bracket by turning is sideways. There is a rear steel bar that goes behind the two large tires that locks the machine in place.

    Will get pictures up soon.

    But yes.....the Ecolawn is very light....which makes moving it super easy! I'm sure you could modify your PG Rack to fit a Ecolawn.
  7. TX Easymoney

    TX Easymoney LawnSite Platinum Member
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    -thanks in advance

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