Perma Green 'Ultra'

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by KenH, Jun 8, 2003.

  1. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Posts: 1,622

    What are the differences in the Ultra Ride On, as opposed to the older models. Do you think it is worth it to buy a used unit?? Thanks
     
  2. Ultra has both nozzles on the bottom, I only use the bottom anyways.

    I don't like the Lesco spreader, but mine are 100#-80# pushers. Hard to get an even pattern.

    It now has a briggs with electric start, big plus over the Robyn Subaru.

    Gear driven spinner, no biggy.

    Only really 1 plus to the new Ultra over the Centri.

    If I was able to upgrade my Centri to an Ultra I would in a heartbeat. The briggs has to be a better engine.

    The Lesco spreader I can fix to get close enough.
     
  3. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Posts: 1,622

    Thanks---When someone says they have a Centri with all the possible upgrades, is this what they are talking about?? I am looking at a used centri with the 'upgrades', and am wondering if it would be worth it.
     
  4. No, they went from a vert engine to a horizontal engine.

    The Ultra is the newest design, however a used Centri would not be a bad deal if the price is right to get you started.
     
  5. EJK2352

    EJK2352 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,150

    LGF,
    You are incorrect on the info. about the new Ultra. They are using a Briggs VERTICAL shaft engine w/ electric start. My friend just bought an Ultra a month ago. I have a Centri and like the spreader on it better than the Lesco on the Ultra. I helped my friend set his up and could not get as even of a spread pattern out of the Lesco as the one on my Centri. There are changes on the Ultra that I like are the mechanical brakes and both sets of nozzles down low. You can put the mechanical brakes on the newer Centri. I use the low nozzles as I found the high nozzles drift too much and will blow back on you. I was thinking about upgrading to the Ultra, but after trying out my friends Ultra, I'll stick with my Centri.
     
  6. grassguy_

    grassguy_ LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 633

    HAve to agree with EJK, I have both and even though the modifications to the ultra are nice, the pattern spread is a problem, especially with both outer ports adjustable, it's a task getting patterns uniform. The braking system was the best improvement, in fact I'm fixing my Centris over to the same brake system instead of using the hand brake. If you can get a Centri used relatively inexpensive then I would recommend using that with some minor adjustments, they're a decent machine. The Ultra with the Briggs seems to have a little more power and the electric start is nice but it is louder to run than the centri too.
     
  7. Lawn Tek

    Lawn Tek LawnSite Senior Member
    from u s a
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  8. That's what I thought, I saw one at Lesco, but didn't pay attention to the engine, but on their web site it clearly says "Horizontal"

    I have the Lesco 100# spreader in a push version, and I like the Spiker spreader soooo much better. I can get the lesco to spread right, but as soon as I change material, it takes 2 hours to readjust and calibrate.

    I use the PG for spreading and spraying as much as possible.

    The other spreaders are collecting dust.
     
  9. Hey you guys have starting problems with the Robyn?
     
  10. EJK2352

    EJK2352 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,150

    Nope. After I adjusted the throttle cable to give full choke and unhooked the neutral start switch, mine starts w/1 or 2 pulls. LGF check your e-mail.
     

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