Ecolawn Owners

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by PlantscapeSolutions, Jan 14, 2012.

  1. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
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    I just picked up my Ecolawn and read about the slipplate.com graphite products to help prevent sticking. There are a bunch of products but the Ecolawn manual doesn't say which product it recommends. The first batch of compost I tried to use was a little moist and I was having major bridging issues.

    I also wanted to see which agitator you guys usually use for 3/8" screened compost. I've only used the agitator the unit came with installed so far.
     
  2. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
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    I also want to see if you other Eco guys know what the size of your screened material is that seems to work the best. I notice on the promo stuff I see the material being broadcast looks like it's extremely fine. Like the material may be 1/8"stuff that is almost more like soil it's so fine.

    If my current material is too difficult to spread I'm going to take it back. My soil/compost supplier is Phil Gosh with Organics By Gosh and he's a really good guy to deal with. Phil was going to add 15% sand to my next batch to exceed the 10% minimum recommended in the Eco directions.
     
  3. Snapper12

    Snapper12 LawnSite Senior Member
    from CE MO
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    to help prevent sticking just make sure to clean the unit every night so that compost does not dry up in the hopper.
     
  4. marquis de sod

    marquis de sod LawnSite Member
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    I sprayed mine down with Armor-All on the inside when it was clean and that helped. My compost is screeded to 3/4 inches and is easy to spread when it is not to wet. I think moisture content is the biggest problem.
     
  5. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
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    I got very lucky today. I was out using my Ecolawn when the conveyor belt stopping working. I had run about 25 yards through my machine so far. The key fell out of the keyway on the upper drive pulley.

    I looked for the key and didn't see it any where. I had one employee keep looking while I called the dealer to find the key specs. The chance of finding a key in the lawn was going to be zero I thought. My employee came around the corner a few minutes later with the key in his hand. After being down for less then ten minutes we were up and running again.

    It's a damn good thing we found that key because it is going to rain tomorrow and we would have had ten yards of wet unusable compost in out trailer.
     
  6. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
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    I used some Silicone spray and it helped. It's thinner then Armore-All and has less residue that stuff clings to.
     
  7. Marcos

    Marcos LawnSite Gold Member
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    Here's a regimen we're found to be pretty effective...

    1) Wash & dry hopper
    2) Make sure hopper is THOROUGHLY dry
    3) Coat hopper lightly using any non-flavored generic knock-off of "PAM" spray
    4) Smear "PAM" into hopper using designated rubber / latex gloves
    5) Wait about 10-15 minutes
    6) Thoroughly buff until dry with cotton cloth
     
  8. Turf Tech

    Turf Tech LawnSite Member
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    The material I use is pretty fine 1/2 screen and it flows pretty well. You some times have to bounce it a little especially when really full but it still beats any other method for putting out compost.
     
  9. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
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  10. Turf Tech

    Turf Tech LawnSite Member
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    Ive used several different materials in mine. Peat Moss, soil blend with sand compost with varying sizes and moisture content. I also use it to spread corn gluten meal.
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