Ecolawn Season Two

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by PlantscapeSolutions, Apr 25, 2013.

  1. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
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    I thought I post how well my Ecolawn has held up and give anyone pointers on things to watch out for. If anyone else has any feedback feel free to post up.

    At the very first yard we ever top dressed the allen head bolt that holds a key in place backed out and the key fell out of the pulley wheel into the lawn. WE got super lucky and were able to find the key which is like trying to find a needle in a haystack.

    The allen head bolts should really have Loctite on them since the machine vibrates a lot by design.

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  2. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
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    This season the upper and lower pulley wheels in this picture started to walk back and forth on the shaft which caused the belts to want to walk out of the grooves.
     
  3. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
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    About halfway through season one the mounting tab broke off the long blue belt cover. The tab was very thin metal which made it prone to breakage from having to shake the machine from time to time to keep material flowing when you get to the bottom of the hopper.

    My local shop did a warranty repair and made a thicker mounting tab. Ecoloawn needs to put more durable mounting tabs that can handle stress better.

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  4. PlantscapeSolutions

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    Make sure you keep material away from the gas cap when loading because even trace amount of top dressing neat the cap will plug the breather holes and the engine will vapor lock and act like it's running out of gas. My mechanic has a mod he can do to help prevent the clogging issue. He has seen the issue on other Honda engines as well.

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  5. PlantscapeSolutions

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    The pulley wheel on the front started to slide down the shaft which caused the belt to start rubbing. At the start of this season I had to check all of the allen bolts in the keyways.

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  6. PlantscapeSolutions

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    Yesterday the handle for the conveyor belt broke off the end of the shaft. The design with the handle being mounted on the end of the small shaft is problematic and flawed.

    The picture shows how I drilled and bolted the handle back onto the left side of the shaft after it broke off. The handle would be 100 times stronger if it were made from a single piece of steel and kept on the left end of the shaft. The shaft needs to be there as a pivot point but it was a crazy weak design to mount the handle on the opposite end of the shaft.

    If you want to replace the handle when it comes off you have to replace the entire bracket on the end of the hopper. The bracket on the end of the hopper should probably has some small legs on the bottom at a 45 degree angle to give it some reinforcement.

    I would think stress cracks are going to be a problem over time at the base of the bracket on the end of the hopper.

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  7. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    How extensively do you use this machine?

    Sounds like Ecolawn has some homework to do. To only get one season out of your machine with all these problems isn't a good scenario. I think I'll hold off on my purchase.
     
  8. djagusch

    djagusch LawnSite Platinum Member
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    How many hrs is on the unit?
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  9. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
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    The problems are minor overall. I've run about 325 yards of material through my machine so far. The reason I like the Eco over the SP is the wider spread pattern. I would buy one again. I want to see if they are going to sell a retrofit kit so I would have two wheels for dispersing material.

    At one time I was on an engineering degree plan so I tend to scrutinize and evaluate things way more then your average person.
     
  10. imownh

    imownh LawnSite Member
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    My spinner pulley was the same way. Key fell out and I never did get the allen to lock it in. Fell out a couple more times. Overall i think the machine sux. I paid way more than it was worth. I would like to see the problems addressed in a new machine, one that you don't have to carry a shovel or rake with to stop the compost from bridging.
     

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