Spyker spreader complaint

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by americanlawn, Apr 3, 2014.

  1. CHARLES CUE

    CHARLES CUE LawnSite Silver Member
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    So why would lowering the spinner change the spread pattern ? the only difference is it would take a split sec longer for the fert to hit the spinner plate
     
  2. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
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    Not sure. All I know is we have about 10 spares in the warehouse, and each T-truck also carries a spare.

    NOTE: One thing I've been requesting from TURFCO is to incorporate some sort of shock absorbing system for the front end. I think this would reduce the Spyker (cheap plastic clip) spreader dial problem.

    Hey --- I'm always thinking. :laugh:
     
  3. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
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    Not sure, but it does make a difference. The "prill size" dictates everything. Right now we're throwing out granules about 14 feet, and the spread pattern is even.

    All I know is adjusting the impeller up or down really does change the pattern. I figure this would apply to any stand-on spreader.
     
  4. jbturf

    jbturf LawnSite Bronze Member
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    the 2 things that come to mind are that 1 the machine is in forward motion
    during operation ,and
    2 is the perhaps the granules are hitting the accuway as they fall out
    the gate opening and they are not going in straight down direction
     
  5. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
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    All 3 here are Spyker impellers.

    Left = current issue (2 curved/2 straight fins) = 11 7/8 inches
    Middle = old impeller I found in our warehouse (4 straight fins) = 11 7/8 inches (this is what I want, but I could not find a Spyker part number on it)
    Right = Spyker sent this to us yesterday (thank you). 4 straight fins. 10 1/2 inches. Also has 4 holes in it. ??? I'm concerned that it is only 10.5 inches in diameter, as well as 4 holes in it.

    We will test the new Spyker impeller very soon -- not sure if the holes will be a factor or if the smaller size will make a difference. My guess is...it will, cuz smaller impellers usually mean narrower spread pattern. :cry:

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  6. sprayboy

    sprayboy LawnSite Senior Member
    from Indiana
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    The holes are no problem..it spreads just fine
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  7. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
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    Today we tried the smaller impeller (right). Had to drill a small hole, but no big deal.

    Result >> spread width was less than 2/3 normal. Maybe 10 feet at best. So we installed it on another T3000. Same thing >> narrow spread pattern. That's all we know for now.

     
  8. Spyker

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    Was it evenly balanced?
     
  9. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yes. It spread evenly on both sides. Just way narrow.

    NOTE:

    1) We still have the Spyker 220 electric (huge) hopper that we used back in the 1990's -- it spreads very far & wide, and even on both sides. We stopped using it cuz it was a "spread only" unit (no weed spray option).

    2) We are still using a couple of Spyker 288 "push spreaders" (discontinued). Our 288's spread evenly & much wider than our "stand-on spreader/sprayer" units currently do. Go figure.

    Been using Spykers for a very long time (much longer than anybody else in our market). Main reasons: wide spread/nice overlap/never any streaking.

    Here's the Spyker 220. Spreads probably 20 feet. Also spreads evenly. Note the "impeller"....... 4 straight fins..........:confused:

    Please let me know what you come up with. We can test ANY part you send our way.

    Thanks much, Larry

    p.s. for all Nebraska viewers: the pictures look upside down, but it's cuz the spreader is stored upside down. :laugh:

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  10. sprayboy

    sprayboy LawnSite Senior Member
    from Indiana
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    Can't you speed it up to make it spread wider?
     

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