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Pesticide application rig. Whats everybody think?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by derek_mp, Jan 3, 2009.

  1. derek_mp

    derek_mp LawnSite Member
    Posts: 35

    Okay, so i asked for some advice on pesticide application and everyone told me to buy a skid. i didn't have 4000 dollars to cough up at the moment so i went and got a $200 50 gal spot sprayer with a pump 100 ft of hose and a spray gun with a 80 degree flat spray. works great. has anyone every tried this? check it out at this link:

    http://www.fimcoindustries.com/lg40ss.htm

    tell me what you think?
     
  2. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,768

    Swell, but how are you going to reach the back yard? Or, do you intend to mount this on a trailer or some pirce of equipment? Also I think the pictures look rather optimistic, I don't think 45 pounds pressure is going to be spraying trees. Remember the longer the hose, the more pressure loss results from friction in the hose. Around 10 percent for each hundred feet. Remember you cannot "wave your wand" with a flat fan spray tip. If you want to move your arm back and forth to get 7 feet coverage, you need a raindrop or solid cone type nozzle. Later you can always buy a bigger tank, and an electric hose reel, they are handy.
     
  3. azjojo99

    azjojo99 LawnSite Member
    from S.C.
    Posts: 70

    It's real hard to get good coverage on a lawn with a "spot sprayer". These are made to spray spots. Maybe changing the tip as above would help. I feel a battery powered back pack is better than a 100' hose for spot spraying.
     
  4. DLAWNS

    DLAWNS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,778

    Looks good man! Let us know how it works out for you.
     
  5. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,946

    derek

    Been there done that only with a 300 ft hose reel. You can mess with the pressure switch and increase the PSI a little. Be sure you have a "by pass" to stir the tank before each job depending on what you are spraying. These tanks generally have a problem mixing so use your wand to stir the tank when first mixing or before spraying some products.
     
  6. derek_mp

    derek_mp LawnSite Member
    Posts: 35

    This isn't the exact setup i bought. Just the closest pic i could show everyone. it actually pumps at 80 psi. So i think i should be fine. Seems to work very well for me. Set up almost just like a skid just not as big.
     
  7. RAlmaroad

    RAlmaroad LawnSite Silver Member
    from SC
    Posts: 2,160

    Good Evening Derek: If you are not fully committed with a unit just yet, please check out this on craigslist: http://miami.craigslist.org/mdc/grd/966894892.html

    It has a small Hypro D252 pump. The only drawback is that it only produces 6GPM.

    Anyway check it out.
    Roy
     
  8. jspray

    jspray LawnSite Member
    Posts: 155

    We use front mounted boom push or self propelled units from Proedge--web site is proedgesprayer.com.
    Application coverage on a lawn that belongs to your customer is critical. Will the sprayer spray the lawn will one coat evenly? If not, an over application will cause you a major problem--possibly even dead turf.
    Buy a sprayer that is easy to calibrate--one that calibration info. is furnished by the manufacturer. Check out Proedge and get all the calibration info. you need furnished with each sprayer unit.
    Get a sprayer easy to calibrate, with excellent coverage, with low volume and low drift for speed of application. You will make high quality and safe applications and make money.

    Good spraying,

    Bill J.
     
  9. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,946

    derek

    At 80 psi you should be able to easily push 300 ft of hose depending on your tip size and gpm. Your area normally requires low volume applications and this unit should work great for you and be quite enough to not disturb your customers.
     
  10. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,768

    Derek, Since you already bought it. What exactly did you intend to spray? Roundup? Weed killer? Crab killer? Image? Wettable powers? Simazine? Drive?

    Do you need to buy a battery? Is there good bypass agitation--or is pump "Demand switch" type? Calibrate with water and let us know how it came out. Spray some cement with water and photograph the pattern showing the eveness or lack of it. How many gallons per minute do you get? There is a good chance the manufacturer exaggerated the output slightly. You can get high pressure or high volume--but not both at once.
     

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