Just purchased used PG

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by McFarland_Lawn_Care, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. McFarland_Lawn_Care

    McFarland_Lawn_Care LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Okay, I'm relatively new to the pesticide area of lawn care but working on setting up my program for next season and accepting a few clients now. I just purchased a PG Centri on Ebay and now have to have it shipped out to me. After paying for shipping and all it will end up costing me around $1,800 - it has just over 700 hrs. Never used one before and just printed off the manual online. I hope I got a good buy and that it will be a good investment. I'll post pics when it arrives - I'm just like a kid in a candy store! =D Hopefully it will help me get control of the TERRIBLE CG that everyone is having issues with right now.
  2. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    I am excited for you, also! A for real Permagreen! Its a little late for crabgrass--isn't it--you may need two treatments; summer is just 6 weeks of bad skiing where you are--or did you actually get some heat this year? Let us know how it works out. Get pictures.
  3. McFarland_Lawn_Care

    McFarland_Lawn_Care LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thanks I will get pics. I just got my license this spring and been working on educating myself before I advertise for it. We got 1/2 inch of rain for all of July here this year, so the CG is bad for us. I ordered some Drive xlr8 and some good sticker to give it a shot - also getting some req to take out Poison Ivy. Been a weird season so far but getting a lot of rain now which will help. Riggle - I appreciate your input on this site - learning a lot from your posts, thanks!
  4. jad004

    jad004 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have a Centri. Good machine. The lawns I treated with it have no CG. It did a great job on those. If you bought the machine and had it shipped all for $1800, then you got a great deal if the machine is in good condition. I have alot more than that in the one I bought this spring.
  5. McFarland_Lawn_Care

    McFarland_Lawn_Care LawnSite Bronze Member
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    So it arrived today and I tried it out. Never even seen one before let alone tried to work with it. I downloaded the operators manual and read it over a few times. Had to adjust the throttle because the engine was idling too high and engaging the clutch all the time. Now there is some "floaties" in the tank and 2 of the nozzles are not working. I'm sure there is a screen or filter that I need to find and then replace or clean out, but overall I am very happy with the machine. Right now I'm in it $1,805 so I don't mind making a few repairs if I need to. Any suggestions or things to check, keep an eye on would be VERY appreciated. Have a small handfull of customers signed up for a fall application, just gotta get her calibrated and ready to go. :walking:

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  6. indyturf

    indyturf LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indy
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    Looks clean and well maintained. The biggest thing on the PG to replace is the tranny, check it and make sure its not rotting out from fert setting on top of it. keep the throttle and hopper cable well lubed. I found that only washing the PG once a month was best. keep it dry as possible and blow off with a leaf blower after washing and between cleanings. In my opinion the Centri was the best PG they built. Pumps and nozzle screens are best to buy at tractor supply.
    Good Luck with your PG I'm sure you will love it!
  7. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Indy is right. Centri is the best Permagreen. And fert trapped in the upper cooling fins of the tranny will rot out the aluminum. Fill the cavities with silicone or something if you want to prevent accumulation of fert particles.

    Clean the filter screens behind each of the four nozzles. There is a filter which is screwed onto the end of the uptake hose inside the tank. Clean it. Scoop out floating debris in the tank with an aquarium net. Dry the tank and clean it out with a paper towel. Fluid Film or similar lubricant will help the open/close/adjustment mechanism underneath the spreader.

    Find the 5 lube points and grease. Find the tranny oil fill opening and check it. I am not sure what the level should be. Lube the 2 ball joints on the shifter arm.

    You can carry a squirt bottle in the bottle holder.

    Try to adjust to get the spread pattern even. Time yourself to find your coverage per minute. Calibrate. Use a stop watch. Say if you cover 3000 sqft per minute. A bag that covers 12,000 sqft should be gone in 4 minutes. Adjust up or down. Find a scoop to remove fert if you need to empty the hopper.

    Find the nozzle output per minute with water and calculate your gallons per 1000 sqft, using your speed per minute and spray swath width. Make a fill chart for filling your tank.

    Find some chrome hubcaps for the wheels.
  8. McFarland_Lawn_Care

    McFarland_Lawn_Care LawnSite Bronze Member
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    As always, love to read your posts, Riggle. I have learned a lot about it already. Think i'll replace one or all of the hoses, one has a couple deep cracks from dry rot and it could be drawing in extra air and messing up the nozzle pattern on that one. Thanks for ALL the tips, I will clean out all the screens and think i'll try a wet/dry vac to clean out the tank. The rpms aren't reading accurate and the governor surges when on high throttle, but I know a real good small engine guy who will look at that for me. I first thought it had a battery on board, but I guess the pump runs straight off the generator and not a battery. It was a little overwhelming at first but now that I am figuring things out I am totally in love - like a kid at Christmas! lol As soon as all the nozzles are spraying evenly I will set a morning aside to calibrate it all up. I will be happy then!
  9. meets1

    meets1 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Keep it clean. Wash off after every days treatments or at least once a week. I am on my 3rd Pg machine - the cleaning is a big issue.
  10. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    PG is factory set at 10 psi--no need to use the braid reinforced hose, ordinary vinyl tubing is just fine. I cannot remember exactly, but I think you should get about 80 to 100 ounces per minute from each nozzle--(big nozzles). Naturally you will find it easier to check it by placing a measuring pitcher under the nozzle and recording spray for 15 seconds. Aim it down, just for the test.
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