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Top Dressing machines. Which one?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by fl-landscapes, Mar 30, 2009.

  1. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    Looking at three top dressers and wondered if anyone owned one and would have some input.

    earth and turf self propelled works with a conveyor and brush. Drops the material like a drop spreader. Has reverse. Anyone know the price? 10cubic foot hopper. 10.5 hp motor

    Ecolawn 11.5 cubic foot hopper. Don't know if it has reverse. Has the conveyor and also a rotary type spreader below. Don't know if that is good or bad. Does it make it tougher to keep uniform coverage and avoid overlap? 5.5 hp motor. $5400 Does this machine have reverse?

    Met-r-matic more similar to the earth and turf and has the same conveyor and brush set up so it works like a drop spreader. $7200 I think is the price. Has reverse. Looks pretty nice. But worth the xtra $$$$$??
     
  2. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    Three months and no replies??? Not even from maybe a site sponsor who sells top dressers. Well here it is, I bought my new earth and turf 100sp and it is awesome!

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  3. dave k

    dave k LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Nice machine, why is there a need for a top dressing machine in Fl. with sandy soil? Its like people who wants to aerate in Fl. sand.....
     
  4. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    Think you answered your own question. Improve sandy soil.
     
  5. dave k

    dave k LawnSite Bronze Member
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    So you will be top dressing with organic or topsoil?

    Than that makes sense, here in Ga. most people topdress with riversand to smooth the yard.

    How do you like it so far?
     
  6. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    You got it, adding organics to improve the sandy soil on st. augustine lawns. I see some of your old posts and you do some nice work on bermuda and I can see why you would wonder why I was adding sand to sand. Top soil compost sand mix after aerating and verti cutting. I love the machine so far even though I haven't used it much. I don't know why there arent more bermuda lawns down here but I'd like to start changing that and then I could also use the machine to level bermuda lawns. The aeration gets the compost down in better to the roots and thatch area.
     
  7. dave k

    dave k LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thanks on the Kudos, I used to live in Apopka and Deltona, my wife is a native Miami girl, been up here for 15 years now.
    Send some pictures when you get a chance.
    My e-mail is: davek@bellsouth.net
    I think the insects are the main reason Fl. doesn't have much in Bermuda lawns, but you being in No. Fl. I wouldn't think that would be a problem.
    Dave
     
  8. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    will do. I am actually in sw florida
     
  9. Pistol

    Pistol LawnSite Member
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    Just curious - how much did you end up spending? What type of accuracy are you getting putting down compost?
     
  10. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    Seems like a very accurate spread. I'll know more when I have used it a bit. Tax an all came to $6800
     

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