Lesco Sprayer Quality?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by mx315, Oct 12, 2010.

  1. mx315

    mx315 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I know the Lesco sprayers used to be really good, but I've heard they started making them in China and quality has gone down. I was looking at a 50 gallon unit with the Kawi engine and electric hose reel for $1900. I have alot of Kawi engines and feel confident in the engine, but how is the quality of the rest of the unit? $1900 seems pretty good for a new unit.
     
  2. mx315

    mx315 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Anyone bought one of these lately?
     
  3. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    mx315

    I can't speak for current Lesco skids. I think the big issue after the Name brand pump and motor is the POWDER COATING. Many Years ago I bought a Northern Tool skid sprayer that rusted apart in a Year. Of course the pump and parts are still in use today on homemade frames.

    I priced the Space Saver 200 at both Lesco and GNC to find a $ 1000 difference in the price for the same skid made by GNC. However if you order a Skid on line the shipping cost might end up equal to buying from Lesco.
     
  4. mx315

    mx315 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks Ric
    I looked up the GNC site and they have a branch about 2 hours from here. I asked a guy that used to work at Lesco and he warned about the newer China models being lower quality. What would be the best pump to get for a 100 or 150 gallon mainly kill all rig?
     
  5. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    MX

    http://www.rittenhouse.ca/asp/Product.asp?PG=95

    I am a fan of the Tried and True D 30 Hydro pump. The one I am using on my Ant Truck is well over 10 years old. It has been torn all the way down and rebuild at a parts cost of just over $ 500.00. It works like a new Pump. HOWEVER they are over $ 900.00 with taxes Etc and that doesn't include the Engine. Note the Link I gave and get the one with the Gear reduction. It will bolt right up to a Engine. Other wise you must fool with Belts and Pulley.

    You can go Cheap with a Roller Bearing Pump for around a $ 100.00. They put out just over a 100 PSI and about 10 GPM. Big problem is they won't last very long.

    My advice is to get the GNC space saver if you can afford it being only 2 hours away. Shipping on a Space Saver to Florida is $ 500.00 The Tank alone is worth the cost IMHO. If you Price a 200 gallon Space Saver Please PM me the Cost from your local guy.
     
  6. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have the exact same skid, its a great unit. Its a bit small but its a quality unit. I purchased this unit because I needed something small that would fit in the back of my Tacoma. At my calibrated rate I am putting down 1 gal per/1000 so I can treat about 50k of turf...plenty for me.

    I paid $1400 for mine brand new old stock from JDL.
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  7. mx315

    mx315 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks for the info guys.
    I called the Mobile, AL office and the sales rep is out of town and supposed to call me back tomorrow with pricing on the 100 and 150 PCO models.
     
  8. prosteel

    prosteel LawnSite Member
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    MX315
    you contacted me about 200 gal rig for sale in florida this unit is frame less 100% american made
     
  9. mx315

    mx315 LawnSite Senior Member
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    cga, Is there a way to tell if it's old style or made in China?

    prosteel, how do those tanks hold up without a frame? Do they warp over time with the weight of the reel and engine sitting on top?
     
  10. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    Should say on the end just under the engine, here is a photo of mine taken a few moments ago

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