Slit Seeder Purchase - help us determine which one

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by ITL, Sep 7, 2005.

  1. ITL

    ITL LawnSite Member
    from SW OH
    Posts: 188

    Trying to determine which walk behind slit seeder to purchase for mostly residential lawns of 7,000 to 15,000 square feet. Most are level to small grades. We have the list down to Turfco LS-20 at $2065 or the Lesco Renovator 20 for $2999. The Lesco has power drive which we like but are concerned with the 2 MPH top speed being to slow. Would the push Turfco be able to cover ground faster then the Lesco. Does the push Turfco rotating blades pull the machine foreward? Need advise to make sure we are not choosing the wrong machine.

    Thanks for the help
     
  2. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Posts: 4,900

    Can only comment on the lesco 20 , Heck of a machine that I've been completly satified with the machine and results since 99. And I'm not sure about the 2 mph It seems faster than that but I'm looking for great results not speed and it seems to give me that at a reasanable speed
     
  3. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,494

    The Lesco moves at a CONSISTENT speed and always delivers a perfect, even distribution. With any push type model, as you hit harder ground, the machine will want to speed up and before you know it, your seed is spread thin. Bare ground, or sparse ground = weeds. You can't lose with the Lesco. It is PROVEN in the field.
     
  4. crzymow

    crzymow LawnSite Senior Member
    from Pa
    Posts: 378

    I have a question about the lesco seeder, the rates on the lid, is that for one pass or 2 passes?(crisscross).. thanks
     
  5. Killswitch

    Killswitch LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 438

    Im sure its for the complete job.

    By the way....double it.
     
  6. DUSTYCEDAR

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 5,134

    buy the lesco
    its easy to get parts for when u hit a big rock ;)
    the machine is going to go up hill as fast as it comes down no runaway
    it will also pull itself into a pickup so no lifting :D
     
  7. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,494

    The rates on the lid of the Lesco are PER PASS. You have to cut that in half when doing a criss-cross pattern.
     
  8. 6'7 330

    6'7 330 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,822

    The lesco-20 is very maneuverable, gives good precise results, and lot less fatigue on our workers, then the big Ryan Matteways we also run.
     
  9. ITL

    ITL LawnSite Member
    from SW OH
    Posts: 188

    LawnSite Team

    Thanks for helping me confirm the choice to the Lesco Slit Seeder. I was leaning toward the Lesco direction but thinking about not spending the extra for the power drive. Well my always helpful Lesco Manager will be happy to see me when I say 500 pounds of seed and wheel that slit seeder onto the trailer as well. I will be happy to saying goodby to the Bluebird rental process (getting it reserved, the extra 10 miles roundtrip to pickup and return machine, and trying to finish in time to avoid the extra hours charge. Maybe I will even get to my yard this year.

    Thanks for the help
     
  10. crzymow

    crzymow LawnSite Senior Member
    from Pa
    Posts: 378

    Thanks runner, i aksed my lesco guy, he said it was figured on the crisscross, seemed like a lot of seed at that rate
     

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