Spraying with Zero Turn?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by neblawncare23, Mar 30, 2013.

  1. neblawncare23

    neblawncare23 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Neb
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    I need some advice on how to maintain a constant speed while spraying with my zero turn mower. Do I just idle the mower down and run the bars all the way ahead, or run full RPM's and run bars half way? At full RPM's and full speed my mower runs a 9 mph. I want to spray around 3.5 mph.
     
  2. ghuber09

    ghuber09 LawnSite Member
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    I've heard it's bad to run your hydraulics at anything other then full idle
     
  3. gregory

    gregory LawnSite Bronze Member
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    i would think it would be easier to run full rpm's and install some kind of spacer in the bars.. take some time to get the right spacer but once its done then its done...
     
  4. Wes Parker

    Wes Parker LawnSite Member
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    You dont have to do all of that if you are willing to practice. I can hit a hundred feet with in a half second almost every time. measure off a hundred feet and time your self, at 3.5 it should take you 19 seconds, 4mph you should cover the 100 feet in 17 seconds, 4.5= 15 seconds. Run your course over and over until you get a feel for how fast you want to cover the 100 feet. Its not has hard as you think if you practice and pay attention...
     
  5. McFarland_Lawn_Care

    McFarland_Lawn_Care LawnSite Bronze Member
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    you could also get a gps speedometer relatively low cost.....that would help you get a feel for it and you could keep an eye on it while spraying.

    Jason
     
  6. neblawncare23

    neblawncare23 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Neb
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    What kind of GPS speedometer are you talking about? I have a regular garmin GPS, are you saying just use that?
     
  7. Wes Parker

    Wes Parker LawnSite Member
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    Someone told me yesterday about a guy that is the manager of the spraying dept for a local company. Said he used a GPS too. I haven't ever tried that but that may be worth looking into for sure.
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  8. McFarland_Lawn_Care

    McFarland_Lawn_Care LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Google it ...they make all kinds of portable speedometers that use gps for measurement. Can be used on anything, equipment, bicycles, etc. I'm pretty sure that's what Zspray uses to help you calibrate them as well - not 100% sure.

    Jason
     
  9. MasScape

    MasScape LawnSite Senior Member
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    Did you rig up a zero turn with a sprayer system instead of buying something like a Zspray? We have a mow that had its deck destroyed in a truck accident little awhile back. We have dropped the deck off for scrap and parts. Any advice if this is what you did? Or anyone know about any information where someone has done this before?
     
  10. neblawncare23

    neblawncare23 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Neb
    Posts: 306

    Thanks for the info. Im gonna have to do some research on a gps or some kind of odometer to use.
    As far as the sprayer, I run a John Deere Z645, and John Deere makes a mounted sprayer that fits right on to the baggers brackets. So I just take the bagger off and slip the sprayer right on, pretty darn slick.
     

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