Tried the T, Z, and GL out at the GIE...my take

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by DA Quality Lawn & YS, Nov 2, 2013.

  1. ted putnam

    ted putnam LawnSite Platinum Member
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    The sticks come very close together. Center your left hand across the two sticks while resting your fingers on the speed bar. Pivot between the end of your thumb resting on the right stick and the base of your palm on the left stick to make left and right turns. Squeeze hand together with both sticks and speed bar to go full forward. Reverse is a little tricky to do without being jerky but with practice, its not too hard. Right hand is free to run controls or hold spray wand on hose reel and spot spray. Easy...

    Its not like a zero turn mower. The sticks come much closer together and are more sensitive to movement.
     
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2013
  2. Service 1st Lawn Care

    Service 1st Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
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    I think Ted explained it perfectly:)
     
  3. master gardener

    master gardener LawnSite Member
    from Mich
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    Ted is correct. That is how it is done. Very easy and productive.
     
  4. gbmatt

    gbmatt LawnSite Member
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    I was training a new hire on the zspray, and after three days he could not get the one handed skill down. We let him go, in my opinion there are way more complicated issues to negotiate as a lawn tech than controlling the zspray with one hand (I unload the thing with one hand). It's like it was made to operate that way, and with time it becomes an effortless motion.
     
  5. gregory

    gregory LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I would think after running that machine for several days and several hrs a day you could run it with one very easly.. I use mine once every few months and I run it with hand...
     
  6. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    Kinda harsh man.
     
  7. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Posts: 5,842

    DA -- If your lawns are only 5000 -6000 s/f, buy a Ground Logic (unless you have larger accounts or hills, slopes).

    RE: ZTR units >> I call B.S.

    Any ZTR owner's manual says DANGER:

    Keep both hands on steering controls at all times

    Do Not operate on slopes when grass is wet

    Do Not operate near drop-offs or near water

    Do Not operate on slopes greater that 15 degrees

    Reduce speed and use Extreme caution on slopes

    Avoid sudden turns

    I've tried ZTR spreader/sprayers many times. We even drove 500 miles to demo all sizes. I have operated ZTR units for many years (hundreds of hours). Latest being a brand new Exmark stand-on aerator.

    I always try to buy the best/most productive machine. I don't need a new truck -- just need equipment that will make me the most money.

    DA -- you know what we run. Don't even have to mention the name. Good luck my friend. GO HAWKS!
     
  8. Efficiency

    Efficiency LawnSite Bronze Member
    from zone 6
    Posts: 1,520

    We are standardizing next year with one of these machines. We will have all 3 of these machines at our shop Wednesday when turfco brings one of their machines over to compare to our GL and z sprays.
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  9. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    Please do report back. Try to be as unbiased as you can.
     
  10. Service 1st Lawn Care

    Service 1st Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
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    Unlike T-3000 American, or me buy a Z-spray best machine hands down:laugh:
     

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