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Should I buy a skid sprayer???

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by mcw615, Aug 31, 2009.

  1. mcw615

    mcw615 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 473

    I am currently treating about 100,000 sq. ft total. I use granular fertilizer and spray twice a year, in the spring and now for broadleaf. I use granular fertilizer for the other apps. This is my second year doing this, and I have been using a 5 gallon Lesco backpack sprayer and it gets the job done, but my gosh it takes forever to spray at 1.0-1.5 gallons per 1,000 sq. ft.

    Should I suck it up and buy a ex. 200 g skid sprayer? I plan to expand the lawn apps more and more each year. I have been thinking buy a 50-100 g sprayer only $1,500-$2,000 and just run back home and refill my tank 2-3 times, only spraying twice a year --- but also don't want to expand and end up needing to buy a 200g-300g sprayer and be stuck loosing on selling the small skid.

    Any advice/suggestions?

    Thanks...
     
  2. ted putnam

    ted putnam LawnSite Platinum Member
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  3. RCA

    RCA LawnSite Member
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    A Lesco 200 gal space saver is the way to go! I started out with one in my 1 ton pickup and one customer. I eventually outgrew it at about 250 customers but still have it around as a backup. I paid about 3500.00 years ago when I bought one but it made a lot of money and still comes in handy. Spraying at a 2 gallon per min rate you'd be able to do 100,000 square feet exactly. It's a great unit!!!!!
     
  4. VARMIT COMMISSION

    VARMIT COMMISSION LawnSite Senior Member
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    I started with a 200 gallon Lesco. I can get just over 3.25 acres sprayed with it. Thats a whole lot of small yards. My second year I built another 200 gallon sprayer so I would not have to refill half way through the day. Then I got a permagreen. Then I used the second tank to apply flea and tick. And use the PG on large lots and use the original 200 Lesco to drag a hose on the small lawns and refill my PG. If I were to do it all over again I would get a 300 gallon tank to start off with. I really think you would never regret it. I saw a flatbed yesterday with a 300 gallon sprayer and two 200 gallon sprayer on the bed with a PG sitting on the azz. I almost got a stiffy, it was one good looking rig.
     
  5. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Get the bigger tank. Small tank--big tank--either way the plastic tank is the cheapest part of the rig. They only cost a couple hundred for the tank. You don't have to fill it to the top--(300 gal is heavy when full. ) Scroll down 2 inches and click on the Gregson Clark in the middle. Good guys and loyal sponsors.
     
  6. mcw615

    mcw615 LawnSite Senior Member
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    What I am trying to decide is I make my money on the fertilizing apps, $380 Lesco spreader, use it for 8 apps per year on an account, a skid sprayer, $4,000 and use it 2x per year on an account. I guess it's an investment, seems highway robbery for a $300 plastic tank you can get at Northern tool and a Honda 5.5 HP engine that you can buy for about $800. Anyone tried making one with buying the parts?
     
  7. mcw615

    mcw615 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 473

    I do fertilizing as a side to my landscaping and lawn maintenance just to add some extra money and get the yards looking better. I live in Southwest, VA and basically all the grass is tall fescue.

    This is my app schedule, tell me if this sounds good to you guys with experience have been using.

    March - 18-0-10 w/dimension 50% PPSCU
    May - 24-5-11 50%PPSCU
    May/June - 3way broadleaf
    June/July - Merit 14-0-14 0.2% 30%PPSCU
    August - 5-10-31
    August/September - 3 way
    September (2weeks after spray, aerate overseed and fertilize) 18-24-12 25%PPSCU w/ starter
    October/November - 32-5-7 50%PPSCU
     
  8. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Great program MCW. I don't think you really need the phos in the 18-24-10 starter. No need to use phos if the P is adequate in the soils in your area. 20 pounds per acre is probably enough for grass.
     
  9. mcw615

    mcw615 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Lesco priced me a 200g skid sprayer, 5.5 honda elec reel, 3x8"x400' for $3,870.. Northern Tool has the same exact set up listed at $1,999. Half price, plus don't have to pay taxes on the sprayer from northern tool, and free shipping. Should I start with that and then add a 300g tank connected to it in the future?
     
  10. mngrassguy

    mngrassguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,167

    Buying any equipment for just one account is always risky. That being said, I started 20+ years ago with a 225 gl tank from Northern and built my own. I'm still using it today and have never looked back. It has paid for itself 100 times over. I figured I could always change it to a 300 gl but I've never needed it.
     

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