Help build me a sprayer?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MOW ED, Nov 19, 2000.

  1. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,028

    O.K. its a topic that should be in the Pesticide Forum but things are slow here.
    Has anyone built their own sprayer. I have been thinking about it for next year. I am wondering if it is worth it or is it a hassle and just but a commercially available unit?

    Looking at a truck mounted type - 250 gal., no bigger. If you gents would put one together what parts would you use?

    Tank= size
    Pump= type, specs.
    motor= h.p. , brand
    hose reel= brand, hose size.
    spray gun= brand.
    Other things I forgot.
    Reasons to do it or not do it.

    If you can throw your prices in and lets see what it adds up to. I'm not being cheap, I like doing this kind of stuff.
    Thanks.
     
  2. jeffyr

    jeffyr LawnSite Senior Member
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  3. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,910

    Mowed, my suggestion is to buy a well used one and rebuild what you need. The engine and pump are the most important parts and are both easy to replace. The tank, frame, reels, etc usually last a long time and won't need to be replaced. I built a sprayer for my Walker mower it was cheaper to buy a brand new pull behind and rework it to a front mount than to build from scratch. I have a used skid mount that I will be rebuilding this winter, I bought it pretty cheap thinking something was wrong with it. Everything seems to work good, so it just needs a clean up and it's For Sale.
     
  4. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,555

    I built my own,about 8 yrs ago,but it is heavy and 21 ft wide folded,42 ft open.I use a little 150 gallon tank,and a briggs 5hp gas with a 70 psi 100GPM pump.I made mine out of 1" square stock,1/8".I bought all the fittings and nozzles locally$$$$$,but would buy them mail order if i did it again.Iused big door hinges found at the hardware store to allow it to fold up and down.I do not use it out of a truck,it is only used onsite,and mounted in a cushman truckster,so I do not have a hose or reel setup for it.
     

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