Expensive 3 way mixes

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by hmartin, Apr 23, 2006.

  1. hmartin

    hmartin LawnSite Senior Member
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    It seems like most people are buying premixed products similar to Trimec or 3way for broadleaf control. A person can buy 2-4d, dicamba and mecoprop seperately and mix them for about $15 a gallon in a ratio similar to most trimec products. I am not including carfentrazone, but I know that it can be bought individually also. I would like to hear from someone who has bought seperately and has bought premixed. I want to know their thoughts on which makes more money when everything is said and done. I realize that it would be almost impossible to mix like this for a backpack, I am talking about 50 to 100 gallon tanks and up.

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
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    its not worth the chance of messing it up to save a few bucks in my opin
  3. philk17088

    philk17088 LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'm only paying $26 a gallon for Trimec. Not worth it having all that material handling.
    I used to work for a large lawn care company and we did mix it ourselves. What a mess.
  4. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
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    i been using MEC AMINE-D at 20 some bucks per gal. at the rate of 1.5 oz per/m early on works well


    CHASER ULTRA 2 SELECTIVE HERBICIDE cost me 50+per gal.. to expensive..
  5. lawnservice

    lawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
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    i'd be more concerned with the human saftey issue over the ooops i mixed it wrong issue.

    mixing concentrates opens you up to exposure of these products

    paying a little more for a premixed product is just safer, dont you think?
  6. LawnTamer

    LawnTamer LawnSite Gold Member
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    I've done both, I prefere the pre-mixed, less handling of concentrates, less risk. Back in the late 80s early 90s we would mix 2-4-d, mcpp and dicamba, but with the cost per k being only a few cents cheaper, why bother?
  7. somo1

    somo1 LawnSite Member
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    There is a reason why companies pre-mix their products. Different brand or seperate products may be suspended in mixes or have counter actions with each other. Example MSMA with 3-way or buy Trimec Plus. Premixes are proven and tested to be compatible and work.
  8. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
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    not worth it..
    what are you guys using this yr.?
  9. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    Three Way is too cheap to worry about messing up by mixing your own, IMHO
  10. hmartin

    hmartin LawnSite Senior Member
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    You may be correct, but if we cannot accurately mix 2 or 3 chemicals (I don't see a huge benefit in the mecoprop for my area) shouldn't we be looking for another line of work.

    Is see a lot of people buying Speedzone in my area. Isn't that stuff around 150 bucks a jug. With bermuda lawns in the South, broadleafs just aren't a big enough problem to justify buying such an expensive herbicide.

    I am sure that it may be a whole different ballgame on cool season lawns, so I will not make any inferences to those broadleaf herbicide needs.

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