ride on for 5k yards?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by georgialawn88, Apr 26, 2013.

  1. kbrashears

    kbrashears LawnSite Senior Member
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    Well, I do around that many acres.....by myself with my ZMax.
     
  2. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
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    Not crazy at all. I do not have a use for ride on spreader sprayers on most of my accounts. So I equipped my truck with a boom and digital spray controller to do the odd multi acre lawn. I will take driving an AC truck with CD player and bottle of iced water at my side thank you.
     
  3. georgialawn88

    georgialawn88 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    why don't you go be the owner and get a ride on? you will still feel like a man. and be able to do a lot faster
     
  4. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
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    A manager not willing to unbend to buy a power sprayer is one out of many reasons why I am now my own boss. Setting up a truck like how mine is now would be unthinkable if I were working for someone else.
     
  5. turn3

    turn3 LawnSite Member
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    Kinda curious what kind of setup you guys have for filling tanks on the job when using something like a Z-Max with two 25 gallon tanks. For instance today I sprayed some sports fields, about 210sqft, used 425 gallons in about 2.5-3hrs. If we didn't already have two spray trucks (600 and 500 gallon similar to TruGreen) he might be more willing to get one. Hell I'd be happy with a ride on spreader only.
     
  6. kbrashears

    kbrashears LawnSite Senior Member
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    A 200 gallon skid mixed at the rate I use on my Z.

    I could have knocked that out in an hour plus, not been tired, and doing more work making more money while you were dragging on the same job.

    Your boss has a poor business model. It's old and broke.
     
  7. turn3

    turn3 LawnSite Member
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    What sqft do you cover with 200 gallons?
     
  8. WestGaPineStraw

    WestGaPineStraw LawnSite Senior Member
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    We run .5 gal p 1000 sqft put of our zmax. We would get 400k out of 200 gallons. We would murder those properties you did today and not even broken a sweat.
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  9. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
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    "mostly 5K lawns, but some bigger". All depends on "difficulty factors". (I sure hope you physically visit your properties before pricing them instead of using "aerial photos" etc)

    Small lawn options:

    1) Use a push spreader, then spot spray (if it ain't too weedy).
    2) If weedy, make a double app ..... using a push spreader & then pull out the hose ... or
    3) Blanket spray the entire lawn with liquid weed & feed
    4) Use a stand-on spreader sprayer (this is where difficulty factors come into place)

    Stand-on spreaders sprayers:

    Permagreen -- uses the Peerless transaxle. (gear shifting sucks)
    Ground Logic -- same thing (gear shifting sucks)

    "Hydrostatic" stand-on spreader/sprayers are much better:

    Z-Sprays:

    1) Both hands are required to maneuver the unit (2 joy sticks)
    2) They are heavy and are more likely not to be used when soils are wet/soft
    3) They suck on hills & wet slopes
    4) Bulky

    TURFCO T3000:

    1) Hydrostatic (easy forward & reverse)
    2) Requires only one hand to maneuver
    3) Handles hills & wet slopes better than any other unit on the market
    4) Has a "light footprint" (just 500 lbs) without causing ruts when the soils are soft/wet
    5) Very nimble in most 5K lawns
    6) 3 spray options (spot spray while driving "on the fly"/trim nozzle for trim spraying around flower beds, etc/full spray in open areas)
    7) Requires only one employee to treat lawns ... no need to have a "helper" for trim spraying (sorry Z-Spray)
    8) The T3000 can also treat "many acres per day" with just one truck & just one operator. Able to treat up to 5 acres per hour
    9) Smallest lawn we treat with a T3000 = 800 sq ft

    my 2 cents
     
  10. djagusch

    djagusch LawnSite Platinum Member
    from MN
    Posts: 4,168

    On number 7 why can't a zspray do this?
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