Ride-on hopper cover

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by klsgc, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. klsgc

    klsgc LawnSite Member
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    How many of you use a hopper cover for driving down the road if your machine is not in an enclosed trailer? At what speed will the fert start blowing around?
     
  2. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
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    sounds like a question i would ask..
     
  3. CHARLES CUE

    CHARLES CUE LawnSite Silver Member
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    It's always on only take it off to add more fert.

    Charles Cue
     
  4. grass4gas

    grass4gas LawnSite Senior Member
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    Only an idiot would ride down the highway with fert in a spreader and not have a cover on it. There should be a fine and revocation of their applicator/business license if caught in my opinion...maybe there is a law in place for that.

    It is no different than if you did not blow off your hard surfaces after an application...only the perception would be much worse if fert was flying out of the hopper going down the highway.

    JMHO
     
  5. klsgc

    klsgc LawnSite Member
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    I totally agree with you grass. In the past I always use 16' enclosed with a full pallet shoved in the front door. I am setting up another truck and am looking to use an open setup.I'm just thinking on all my resi's that it is 1/4 mile or less between and 35 mph and less if the fert is going anywhere.
     
  6. a plus bob

    a plus bob LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
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    Same here.I have lost 2 going down the road in the 10 years of using a Z.
     
  7. klsgc

    klsgc LawnSite Member
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    uh oh, what exactly does "lost 2 going down the road" mean? sounds like a good story.
     
  8. a plus bob

    a plus bob LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
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    When they get old they stretch and go flying off at 70 mph and hit the windshield of the car behind you :eek:
     
  9. grass4gas

    grass4gas LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have both the enclosed trailer and a open set up. With the open set up, I have driven with the cover off if I am in a neighborhood. I try to run most of my material out of the hopper if I am going to be running on open roads.

    When I am on a lawn, I usually have the cover off when on flat areas. The sunlight reflecting off the cover is enough to blind you.
     
  10. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    we always leave them on, to prevent bouncing fert out during operation.

    i have never lost a zspray cover, but lost several on our jrco spreaders we used to use, then we started stretching a bungie over the top to prevent and it worked well.
     

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