hydro seeding

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by fullburn, Jul 13, 2004.

  1. fullburn

    fullburn LawnSite Member
    from ct.
    Posts: 42

    Thinking about getting into it, seems profitable. Not sure what type to get, mechanical mix or jet type. I like the plastic tank feature of the jets, no rust. I have spoke with reps from several companies, but they all promise you the best is thiers. Please help, want to get the right machine. Looking for around the 500 gal. size. Anyone with first hand expiereance?:confused:
  2. muddstopper

    muddstopper LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,342

    Determining the type of seeding you will be doing is the first part of choosing a hydroseeding machine. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. For the occasional lawn and light erosion control work either machine will suffice. For the more demanding jobs the mechanical machine might make the better choice. Advantages of a jet machine are price, low weight, dont rust, low maintenance. Disadvantages are mostly in the mulch rates and mulch type that can be used in one.
    Advantages of a mechanical machine are the fact that they can mix heavier mulch rates and can mix just about any type of mulch. Even some mechanical machines have a hard time mixing the Bonded Fiber Matrix mulches for serious erosion control work.
    Disadvantages include price, a mechanical machine can cost 3 and 4 times as much as a similar size jet machine. Weight, since the machines are made out of metal they will weigh considerable more than a plastic jet machine. Also since they are metal they are also subject to rust. They also require more maintenance because of all the moving parts.

    It doent matter which machine you purchase if you dont perform the hydroseeding process correctly. Either machine is capable of putting the same amount of mulch on the qround altho the mechanical machine can apply that same rate a little more efficently.
    Materials are more importaint than the machine. Using the best materials wont and cant make up for poor application procedures. A good operator can grow grass with either type of machine but neither machine type will make up for a poor operator.

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