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SS220 ride-on applicator

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by americanlawn, Jan 25, 2009.

  1. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
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  2. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,225

    Several nice features, but i do not like the electric controls, electric spinner and three electric pumps. I love that it has hand operated hydraulic brakes on the big front wheels.
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2009
  3. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Posts: 5,852

    When I stood on this machine, it "wobbled" -- without even moving. (not good) .....we then noticed that it was "top heavy"....not good either. Dry weight is only 265 pounds?? --- Makes ya wonder?

    It's best feature was the Spyker spreader.

    So far, "it's gotta be" (no offense PG) a T3000 or a Z-Spray. IMO. (Z-Sprays for open ground or T3000 for open ground as well as small areas).

    Turfcobob & we looked at the unit at the Iowa Turfgrass Conference this past week. Bob will never criticizes any competitors, but I will......My opinion = It's junk. Please keep in mind that we have never demo'd this unit in the field, so I could be wrong.

    Still looking for folks who have used the SS220 in the field. thanks, rscvp
  4. ted putnam

    ted putnam LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,539

    "Wobbly" doesn't surprise me. The frame looks like the frame that was on a POS BBQ grill me and my 3 roomy's had back in college. Difference is that thing would have to work hard every day. The grill only had to cook a few burgers every now and then. :laugh:

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 5,137

    till i get a chance to beat on it i wont call it crap.
  6. SpreadNSpray

    SpreadNSpray LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
    Posts: 363

    The specs do look good. But I would agree with Riggle, on the electrical. I would also have to take a look at the frame and construction. Im not too sure I would even consider this machine...I would have to be 100% confident on parts availability and customer service.

    I'm interested to see what the feedback is on the T3000 during the 2009 season. Considering this will be the first year the T3000's are in full production. Since the T3000 is priced $1000.00 more than the Zspray Jr, it should be able to kick out some big production numbers with quality results.
  7. ted putnam

    ted putnam LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,539

    I am interested for all the reasons you stated here but the #1 question I have is will it "take a licking and keep on ticking"?
  8. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
    Posts: 6,057

    All I can say is...you only get one chance to spend your money on a ride on (unless you trade, or upgrade)! Why would one buy a unit like that when there are so many others out here that we know WORK?

    With the Z, PG and T...I don't think one needs to look much further IMO anyway!
  9. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Posts: 5,852

    This unit might be good...I can't say cuz I never used it. I noticed billyc's snide remarks have been deleted cuz he had nothing to offer other than critizing members....duh, so do away with his input. (as usual)

    "M" & I checked out this unit closely (in person) -- immediately we experienced the same thing. It "wobbled" - even on a flat surface -- not a good indication. Then there was the "tank" It features an elongated tank that starts from the bottom and rises up to just under the handler bars. It was top heavy with no liquid - then we thought what if it had lawn juice in the tank.....it would be even more top heavy (IE: not safe)??

    Not trying to tear this unit down, just saying what we saw. Keep in mind - I could be totally wrong. Anybody have actual experience with this unit?

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