If Zsprays are so great...

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by gqnine44, Jun 13, 2006.

  1. gqnine44

    gqnine44 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I am considering buying a Z-Spray or Perma Green sometime in the near future. But I was wondering, If they are so great and such great time savers why doesn't Chemlawn or Davey or other national companies use them? They certainly can afford it and they want to save $ every way possible. Do they know something those of you with Zsprays don't or is it the other way around? Just wondering.
     
  2. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    Scumlawn does use permagreens. They are making a transition and have more and more of them every year. One of the things that is considered by tru-brown is the cost factor of maintenance...yes,...you do have tokeep these machines up. When you have 20 year old hosejockeys out there who are spraying for what are basically Walmart wages, you have to expect there is going to be some neglect and abuse there. Another thing is that the guys actually have to know what they're doing when messing with sprays that are that hot. It is nothing like the 2 gallon per 1000 water cocktail they are used to working with....It is serious business.
     
  3. indyturf

    indyturf LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indy
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    I would say they don't use the PG's and Z sprays because they don't want their employee's tearing them up! you know how employee's are.. They do have large capacity spreaders and boom sprayers for the larger properties but I'm sure they don't let just anyone use them. I have the PG Magnum and it saves me a lot of time and energy! just yesterday I serviced a commercial account that use to take me an hour to do in about 30 min. when I did this property with the hose I had to move the truck 6 times. Plus it has saved me over $500 this spring in herbicide cost by being able to spot treat weeds. you cant go wrong with the PG or Z spray, if you do a lot a large commercial accounts go with the Z, if you have mostly smaller residential lawns I would go with the Magnum.
     
  4. sclawndr

    sclawndr LawnSite Senior Member
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    Chemlawn is an all liquid company and it just wouldn't make sense for them to switch everything over to granular and liquid. It's much easier to train someone to drag a hose and there isn't much to break. You'll get a very quick payback with either unit. I'm averaging 300,000 SF a day and I'm not half dead at the end of the day. You'll never push a spreader or drag a hose again.
     
  5. Tscape

    Tscape LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Ah, you're thinking too much here. It is a no-brainer to switch to a Z-spray, and proof that Chemlawn does in fact have NO brain.
     
  6. rodneyskip

    rodneyskip LawnSite Member
    from KY
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    Mowed an account on Friday that chem lawn had granular- saw another this week with granular on the drive and the Chemlawn sign right with it.
     
  7. Tscape

    Tscape LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Chemlawn does granular. That's not news.
     
  8. ThreeWide

    ThreeWide LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If I had high turnover employees who made a relatively low hourly wage doing applications, one of my concerns would not be how tired they were at the end of the day. Nor would I want them using a piece of equipment where there is so much potential for abuse or misuse. These pieces of equipment are great for true professionals who have interest in doing the job more efficiently, not big volume companies using shotgun approaches. I cannot see training someone for a week and then turning them loose with a PG or ZSpray.
     
  9. teeca

    teeca LawnSite Bronze Member
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    the TRUE question is, do you think that trugreen cares if their employees are tired at the end of the day?? just like many employers, NO, as long as you have someone willing to do the work and someone to fill his shoes (sparyboots) if he doesn't.
     
  10. PR Fect

    PR Fect LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Joe hit it on the head. In my area they do use them on some of their crews. Mags and Z-sprays trailered behind the tank truck. My guess would be its their season guys who use them. New guy gets the hose. Also check out ProLawn Shielded sprayers. If you can get one from Randy they work very well and cost a little less.PR
     

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