Hose 'n' Reel or Tank/Cart Sprayer

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Laner, May 31, 2005.

  1. Laner

    Laner LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have just recently passed the necessary testing to become a certified applicator for turf. I have always used a tank/cart sprayer for spraying Trimec or 2,4-D on my own lawn. Keep in mind that I have landscaped my lawn to work well with my mower and sprayer. Now that I am looking at spraying other lawns, I was wondering if any of you could provide me with a little insight on what type of application equipment works best in general for 10-25K Sq Ft lawns? :)
     
  2. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    Myself, I like the Permagreen, but other than that, it would be pulling hose. Get yourself atleast a 200 gal. tank and 300 ft. of hose.
     
  3. Eclipse

    Eclipse LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,149

    TTT

    I have the same question myself as I am getting prepared to apply ferts & pesticides.

    I'm wondering, if purchase price was not an issue, if a tank sprayer or a Permagreen is a better way to go in the long run.

    I have weighed the advantages/disadvantages of each but I guess ultimately the guys who have used both can provide the best answers.

    Thanks.
     
  4. sjj14

    sjj14 LawnSite Member
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    pros for small, permagreen, z spray units far out way the cons. I will list some things to think about having a big tank and hose & reel besides the labor to use it.
    1. say your spraying broadleafs on most of your lawns and fill your tank accordingly. you come up on a lawn with crab or nutsedge that requires another product to take care of it. you have little flexibilty with a big tank, using small units you can mix up what you need for that specific lawn.
    2. unifrom applications, tough thing to do if your using a hand gun!
    3. what to do with left over material in the tank when the day is over. Never happens with a small unit.
    4. while not as important to production carrying a big spray tank always (to me) looks sloppy and is hard to load on and off your truck/van

    both have their place and I would think about your purchase for the future not what you need now. Hope this gives you food for thought, good luck.
     
  5. Eclipse

    Eclipse LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,149

    Thanks for the reply.

    I have done a little more thinking about this topic as well as talking to some friends in the industry and I'm convinced a Perma/Z-Spray are the way to go. Now I just need to enure I can keep the machine busy enough to justify the expense.
     
  6. slt40

    slt40 LawnSite Member
    from nc
    Posts: 30

    Well, I guess you could, but you can't spray much---Fungicides require much more H20 than herbicides.
     
  7. SHOWCASE LAWNS LLC

    SHOWCASE LAWNS LLC LawnSite Member
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    STARTING OUT NOTHING BEATS A TRUCK MOUNTED SPRAYER. I GOT MINE ALL KINDS OF CUSTOMIZED. I GOT A BIG DAY TOMORROW SO I WILL POST ON THIS LATER. FEEL FREE TO SEND ME A PRIVATE MESSAGE . I WILL TRY AND HELP YOU OUT AS LONG AS YOU ARENT IN MY MARKET HERE IN PA / NJ. SOME OF THE TRICKS ARE PRICELESS AND TOOK 10 YEARS TO DEVELOP. CAN YOU SAY CONSULTING FEE ? payup NAH , IM NOT LIKE THAT......SO IF I CAN HELP JUST SEND ME THAT PM . TIME TO HIT THE HAY. BE BACK 2MORROW.
     

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