first day with the t3000

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by vaacutabove, Apr 20, 2013.

  1. vaacutabove

    vaacutabove LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Today may have been one of the worst days spraying and I only had one large property to do. Started out fill the t start it no pressure on the pump messed around with it for 30 min in the driveway could not get it. Called Bob from turfco he got me straight on a sat thank god he way awesome. Go back to the property and do two out of about 100 k and spin around on a hill tire hit a run of spot and t goes on its side and so do I. Flip it back over and and pump lost prime again. For some reason I have to take the discharge off the pump run it with my finger over it and it will start to pump. After that I decided I would come back tomorrow or monday. Nothing went smooth.
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  2. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Whats the gauge reading, is the needle bouncing?
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  3. vaacutabove

    vaacutabove LawnSite Bronze Member
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    when it "lost prime" I had no pressure. But after pulling the hose coming off the pump holding my thumb (yes with gloves and gown) over it it will pump with pressure slide the hose back on re clamp it and it will hold what ever I set it to. not sure what thats about but I have a fix for it till I can put the pump update on it way to busy right now. hints working sat and now sunday again the old lady is going to kill me.
     
  4. Cadzilla

    Cadzilla LawnSite Senior Member
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    Sounds like you're pulling air from someplace like the strainer gasket.

    Take it easy with those ride ons especially when the hopper is full. They can get a little top heavy if you aren't using one of the sprayers with a wider platform.
     
  5. Efficiency

    Efficiency LawnSite Bronze Member
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    My guys never have but ive flipped one of our zsprays twice. Welcome to the club?
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  6. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Ive come close to tipping my t-3000.
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  7. Cadzilla

    Cadzilla LawnSite Senior Member
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    I've never even come close to tipping or flipping my Z-Max's in 7 years and I am not a fan of the narrower platforms.

    There's geometry involved here.
     
  8. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
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    This seems odd to me. Demo'd a T in 2007. Switched over to T3000's in early April, 2008. We now run three T3000's on a daily basis. We even worked today (Saturday), and all three T's treated at least 24 lawns each. 40 - 52 bags of fert each. We put a lot of hours on our T's, and the Delavan pumps work great for at least 2 years with no maintenance whatsoever. Cool.

    I spose if you ever lose prime, just turn down the pressure gauge & slowly turn it back up to 40 or 45 psi.

    We flipped a T3000 one time. This happened when one of my T-Men was in a hurry trying to go too fast while he was loading it up on the carrier rack (we hate trailers). He popped the forward speed control & it flipped backward. But by the time he got to his next stop, it worked fine.

    The T3000 is capable of climbing hills as steep as 45 degrees. We documented this on older posts during the lawnsite "T vs Z-Wars". lol

    I know there are still some Z-Sprays out there. We just don't see them in our market like we used to. Might see a Z once a month. We see T's every single day. One local outfit ditched their Z's and now run six T3000's. Send me a PM, and I will tell you who.

    T3000 spray width: nearly 13 feet.
    Spread width: nearly 13 feet.
    Perfect overlap.

    I kinda wish our local competitors would start running Permagreens & Z-Sprays, yet I know they won't. Nearly thirty T3000's just in our town. Must be a reason. Just sayin'. :usflag:
     
  9. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    How much fert did you have to rake up and disperse OP?

    I had a minor flip of my Mag last season, spent a lot of time raking up granular fert.

    Larry how narrow can you trim down the spray width to on the T? I do a lot of 8k sq ft lawns with my PG but I can't be spraying 13' wide on those lawns that is like a bull in a china shop.
     
  10. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
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    Great to hear from ya buddy. Sure hope the weather straightens out soon.

    The one time my guy flipped his T was before the current (new) foot pedal was installed. Fortunately, he had little fert left in the hopper & he had a hopper cover. No fert was spilled. But if you ever have a spill, the only way is to use a shop vac to clean it up. IMO

    T3000 spray width patterns: 3 options with the T3000, and you can adjust all 3 options . Cool.

    1) Narrowing the "full spray" nozzle -- (just reduce the pressure). Then we're talkin' spraying just 5 or 6 feet.
    2) Use the "trim spray" nozzle. Up to 6 feet, but again, you can reduce the pressure, and get down to 4 feet spray pattern.
    3) Hand wand "on the fly" = 6 - 18".

    Take care, Larry

    The 13 feet thing applies to the unit standing still with no wind. We measured the speay width on concrete many times.
     

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