Top Dressing Application's

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by Ray&Christine, Feb 27, 2011.

  1. Snapper12

    Snapper12 LawnSite Senior Member
    from CE MO
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    Also, a modification we made was to put a double wheel on the back. It is more balanced and handles heavy loads easier.
     
  2. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    I would LOVE to get into topdressing, and the machines on the market are very good, but the price they command is so premium right now, it is forcing me to sit on the sidelines for a while.
     
  3. JFGauvreau

    JFGauvreau LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Ya the machines are so much more efficient and profitable than using some wheel barrow and trowing dirt everything and then raking everything.

    You need to expect to do a lot of top dressing in one season if you want to pay back those expensive machines.
     
  4. Snapper12

    Snapper12 LawnSite Senior Member
    from CE MO
    Posts: 259

    Also, you gotta think about hauling the compost. An 8,000 sq ft lawn requires 8 yards... you get the point. An acre requires an 18 wheeler load.
     
  5. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    or you can buy an earth and turf 100sp and not worry about whether or not the compost is dry.....just saying. I spread moist compost all the time with mine.
     
  6. Snapper12

    Snapper12 LawnSite Senior Member
    from CE MO
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    Moist is ok. Wet is not.
     
  7. Turf Tech

    Turf Tech LawnSite Member
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    I spread about 150 yards of compost very easy last year with my Eco Lawn. I cant imagine any other way of doing it. I hope to do about 250 yards of compost this year. It spreads as thin or as thick as you want. Moist compost is no problem. Wet compost will clump up and is a mess. I dont know of any spreader that does great with really wet compost that includes the SP100. I have an older Turfco F15 that is the same set up. It spreads wet stuff ok but it is just mud balls on the yard. The Turfco unit is like dancing with an elephant compared to the Eco Lawn. If anyone is looking for an old Turfco unit I will make you a deal.
     
  8. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    that old turfco doesnt compare to the sp100. The ecolawn isnt much more than a giant rotary spreader. Im not knocking it, Im sure its decent but no way does it compare to the conveyor and brush expelled system on the sp100. The sp100 is also clearly built to last a lot longer with superior materials. Maybe treegal can check in, she was going to be a dealer for ecolawn and she can give a good comparison. I run my sp 100 on hills full with one hand no problem and thats not an exaggeration its a fact. If Phasthound see's this maybe he can chime in. I know he loves his sp100 even though he is selling it because his business is going in a different direction.
     
  9. Turf Tech

    Turf Tech LawnSite Member
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    My good friend is the Texas dealer for Ecolawn. I purchased his first unit. I looked at the Sp100 in Kentucky. I used both the units in the demo area. I liked the Eco more. If you like your Sp100 keep on trucking with it. I like my Eco pretty well don't think I will change anytime soon. Obviously it is pretty productive. If I can spread 150 cy per week. Like I said I hope to get up to 200-250cy per week.
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  10. jonthepain

    jonthepain LawnSite Senior Member
    from Raleigh
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    i'd love to lose the wheelbarrow but the cost is prohibitive at the moment.
     

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