Turfco-Bob

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by robertsturf, Mar 23, 2010.

  1. robertsturf

    robertsturf LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Wanted to thank Bob for stopping by yesterday and taking the time to go over the T-3000 with me. I am about a year away from purchasing a new machine and it was nice to see a manufacture that takes the time to introduce a fairly new machine to an individual business owner. Granted we are not the biggest company on here and probably never will be, but it was nice to be treated in an courteous and professional manner like they do. I have not completely made up my mind yet it was just an impression that I got from them.
     
  2. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
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    Nice post bud - our opinion of TURFCO has been the same as yours for many years, and it has never swayed. When I asked if TURFCO thought about designing a ride-on applicator, Bob showed up 2 days later with the T3000 (fall 2007). We were unaware they even had a ride-on, but before Bob got out of our driveway I was on the phone with TURFCO giving them my credit card number so I could get one. Now we have 3, and we love them.

    We started round one today. We trained a new employee today on the T3000. He will go out on his own (solo) starting tomorrow morning with his own T3000. Thank you turfcobob, Larry. :usflag:
     
  3. SeedPro

    SeedPro LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Not to sound like I am bashing but i spoke with a guy today that has an early T3000 and he said he has burnt out two pumps because when the machine runs the pump runs continuously, and that the belt is always slipping on the hopper drive and he cant run a full load of fert in it or it will never spin. He said he took the agitator out and it helped but the belt still slips.

    He said he's selling it and buying a Z.

    Have these issues been fixed on newer models???
     
  4. a plus bob

    a plus bob LawnSite Bronze Member
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    That cant be right every body is switching to T3000 according to some :confused::laugh::laugh::laugh:
     
  5. Victor

    Victor LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Come on Bob. 9:15:14 PM Rich has customers who've had problems with their machines too. I personally know two guys who swear they'll never buy another L.T. Rich machine ever again. One of those guys frequents this forum.
    The thruth of the matter Bob, is that they're BOTH great machines, even though there are people who have bad things to say about both of them.

    No machine is perfect.
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  6. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
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    By the end of '08, all the "bugs were" fixed (thanks to A-Team members & TURFCO). NOTE: It's best to not let the pump run dry for very long (always leave a little juice in the tank), otherwise the Hypro diaphrams will not last as long. We change diaphrams twice per year and have no probs. In 2009, our total downtime was about 1 1/2 hours per unit. Not bad for a whole years' worth of production.

    "Burnt out pumps"? We have never replaced a pump. I'm guessing it was just the 2 diaphrams (not the entire pump). BTW the 2 diaphrams are cheap to buy & quick to replace (made by Hypro).

    Not sure regarding belts. All our belts last over a year (you can even buy replacement belts at local auto parts stores if you don't want to buy from TURFCO). None of our belts have ever "slipped", and removing the Spyker agitator should have nothing to do with this. BTW we use the original (wire) Spyker agitators instead of the plastic ones that TURFCO recommends (cuz our guys are careful not to stick their fingers down there while the impeller is spinning). :laugh:

    My guys often load up their T's to the max (both spreader hopper & saddle tanks), and I've always been expecting this weight to cause the units to break or something.....but so far, they all still run like new with no probs -- even when they hop curbs. :confused:

    I must admit, the new guy we trained today on the T3000 had previous/limited experience with a LESCO HPS in his Dad's business, and he was used to the hydrostic drive. Either way, he's confident & ready to go on his own tomorrow (even with just one day's experience running a T3000).

    None our T's show corrosion either (even the 1st production unit that we bought from TURFCO in early '08). That's all I know. Not saying one ride-on is better than any other -- merely first-hand experience. :waving:

     
  7. a plus bob

    a plus bob LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I know no machine is perfect but I had to add my 2 cents like others do also :waving:
     
  8. Victor

    Victor LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I understand. That's all I was doing too.
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  9. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    glad to hear you had a cool day with turfco bob. did the machine seem as it would fit your needs well, what did you like or not like about it?
     
  10. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
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    Thanks vic -- straight to the point --- I too have criticism for both. :laugh::laugh:

     

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