Magnum hopper

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by RigglePLC, Apr 23, 2007.

  1. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    I talked to a guy who had a Perma Green Magnum today. He said he had streaking problems. He said he ordered a new special hopper from Permagreen. It has one big slot--not 3 small holes. Claims it spreads better and more evenly. He operated at about 7 to 8 feet between tracks.

    Anybody else try this?
     
  2. indyturf

    indyturf LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indy
    Posts: 1,873

    I have never had a streaking problem but that sounds like a good idea! has anyone found a way to keep the hopper open? I always keep my thumb on the handle to keep it open and I noticed the guy in the tux riding a Magnum has his thumb on the hopper control to keep it open in their magazine ad!
     
  3. UpNorth

    UpNorth LawnSite Member
    from NE,US
    Posts: 203

    I have not tried the hopper you are talking about, but the 2 magnums that I have don't seem to spread as much on the left side as they do the right. I tried playing with the "3rd hole shut off" but is didn't help. There is no skew adjustment, unless Im and idiot and missing something. But no striping yet!! So guess its not too bad!
     
  4. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have the Magnum, however I only have round 1 under my belt with it, but I had ZERO streaking with it, reguardless of how I traversed the lawn (either back and forth or round and round)

    Streaking problems should be adjusted with the 3rd hole adjustment. This would be determined by using the series of catch pans and a graduated cylinder to see if the pattern is even. Rarely have I seen a streak using GOOD QUALITY product with the lesco 3 hole design. Junk products, then yes, you will have trouble!
     
  5. NattyLawn

    NattyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I think my thumb on my left hand has developed arthritis over the last 2 years. One of the only downsides of the Magnum.

    As far as streaking goes, I roll with the 3rd hole wide open and the pattern is still skewed. Something you get used to, and I tend to use a counter-clockwise pattern on a lot of lawns. I usually only notice it going around sharp turns on a clockwise pattern because you miss tight corners.

    Is the one big hole the Spyker hoppers on the old Centri's?
     
  6. Grandview

    Grandview LawnSite Gold Member
    from WI
    Posts: 3,251

    I have used my Magnums for two years. I streaked one lawn. I think the roll pin that holds the impeller was rusted so the impeller was not turning as fast as it should. I did not notice when I did the job but it spread heavy in the center. I replaced the roll pins with stainless steel cotter pins.
     
  7. sclawndr

    sclawndr LawnSite Senior Member
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    The older Magnums had a real problem with keeping the hopper open. PG had sent out kits and info to help but in the end it was easier to hold it open with your thumb and have a strap handy to keep it closed in transport, since it also had a nasty tendency to pop open.

    As for the skewing, the one hole hopper you're referring to is a Spyker. It's okay but the 3 hole hopper should work just fine. Keep the spinner plate clean and in good condition and work in a counter clockwise pattern and you'll never streak a yard. I've seen way too many posts here from guys who go back and forth. The PG wasn't designed to do this, especially when it's full, and it's easier to get a good pattern if you work in a counterclockwise circle.
     
  8. Nathan Robinson

    Nathan Robinson LawnSite Senior Member
    from 47712
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    yea, its the same hopper on the old perma green ultra. I like that one way better. Way easier to calibrate as well....
     
  9. MStine315

    MStine315 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'm glad (I think!) we're not the only one's with the "hold the lever open" issue. I thought we got a bum machine. We've done about 8 pallets of fert. so far with no streaking yet, knock on wood. Clockwise circle here. I think I still like the Ultra better, but time will tell with breakdowns, or lack thereof.
     
  10. sclawndr

    sclawndr LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 326

    No, you didn't get a bum machine. Can't believe PG could screw up such a simple thing though. The Magnum is better than the Ultra - fewer things to break, Honda engine, easier to work on, looks better.

    Hard to take advantage of the deflector if you're going clockwise though.
     

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