Ride-On Questions

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Spraytek, Mar 8, 2014.

  1. Cadzilla

    Cadzilla LawnSite Senior Member
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    It's the same principle as what you'd expect from hand spraying. Smaller nozzle/droplet size, bigger pressure equals more drift or easier drift and atomization.


    Yeah....with 1/3rd gallon tips at 40 PSI and 20" off the ground at 5 mph you can get drift pretty easy with wind. Less so with 1 gallon tips especially since you won't be able to maintain big pressure with a small pump on a ride on and the droplet size on a 1 gallon tip doesn't atomize as much as a smaller tip.

    You already know all this I assume.
     
  2. CHARLES CUE

    CHARLES CUE LawnSite Silver Member
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    I do a T3000
    No control of mowing here. Don't have any problems on lawns but 15 acre field that bends and rolls you can lose track of your tracks. You can always see the tracks going the same way your going but the ones you came back on are hard to see
     
  3. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Remember in agricultural spraying, the helicopter often sprays at 5 to 10 gallons per acre at 10 feet altitude.
    If your nozzles are 8 inches off the turf, the risk is low. And besides, drift of a fungicide is not near as problematical as herbicide drift. It won't hurt the flowers.

    The problem is that the tank runs dry too quickly at high volumes of carrier. Too many trips back to the truck for more water and to mix a new batch of fungicide.

    True, its hard to be accurate on the swath overlap following your tracks. You can always mark it in advance at 10 foot intervals. Use a measuring wheel with marker flags or tiny spots of shaving cream.
     
  4. Spraytek

    Spraytek LawnSite Member
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    That's kinda what I was thinking. I know Z has a foam marker upgrade, but it doesn't seem like they last too long according to some posts on here. Probably not using a 100% duty cycle compressor if its not working...that's really the only thing there is to a good foam marker.
     
  5. Spraytek

    Spraytek LawnSite Member
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    I think if I had to go around flagging every property before I sprayed, I would probably do just as good with the hose (with the exception of large properties).

    As for the tank running dry too quickly, that is one of my concerns. That's why I'm leaning towards a Z...bigger capacity = less fill time...even at 1gal/1000.
     
  6. CTPTURF

    CTPTURF LawnSite Member
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    I took delivery of a 36" jr two weeks ago. I ordered it with the 7 gallon min pump and had the white one gallon tips installed. It seriously puts out some material.
    Right now i am using it for our granular round and just spot spraying a few broadleaves and sedges, but for the next round, i will be broadcast spraying exclusively with the machine.

    I teed off the hose going to the hose reel on the spray truck to use as a quick fill and i can fill the 18 gallon tank in 2 minutes flat.
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  7. CTPTURF

    CTPTURF LawnSite Member
    Posts: 80

    I took delivery of a 36" jr two weeks ago. I ordered it with the 7 gallon min pump and had the white one gallon tips installed. It seriously puts out some material.
    Right now i am using it for our granular round and just spot spraying a few broadleaves and sedges, but for the next round, i will be broadcast spraying exclusively with the machine.

    I teed off the hose going to the hose reel on the spray truck to use as a quick fill and i can fill the 18 gallon tank in 2 minutes flat.
    Posted via Mobile Device
     

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