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What do you think of this idea?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by jajwrigh, Jul 20, 2004.

  1. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
    Posts: 1,405

    I have a 9hp Dixon ZTR with a small hitch on the back. I was thinking about using it to pull a 100lb spreader. What do you pros think about this idea?
  2. vegomatic40

    vegomatic40 LawnSite Senior Member
    from 6
    Posts: 406

    While this sounds like a good way to be more efficient and certainly less work, it has several drawbacks over walking a property. If you are doing large properties (2 acre+) it may do a fair job and would be a good alternative when spreading lime and other amendments that don't require precision.
    The other side of the coin is that you would be using equipment that has highly variable speeds. If applying fertilizer or seed the results would be dependant on putting product(s) down at specific rates and speeds. ZTR's by nature are difficult to regulate speed without some clever engineering such as governor's etc. Then you have the problem of turning the valves on and off while moving at the same time with both hands on the control levers. It can be done but calibration may be a nightmare.
  3. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
    Posts: 1,405

    hmmm....good point...thanks for bring those factors to my attention.
  4. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,372

    Yep, I've got plenty of stuff around here where I could rig up a spreader or a sprayer, but to be precise, I don't have the time to get that in-depth.

    Another reason I bought a PG Ultra.
  5. PaulJ

    PaulJ LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,776

    YOu might be better off mounting an electric spreader on the front. you'd have more control.
  6. BCSteel

    BCSteel LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 876

    Thats what I was thinking too.
  7. greenerpastures

    greenerpastures LawnSite Member
    Posts: 160

    Most drag types---sooner or later you are going to turn it over due to a pothole, sprinkler head, whatever, no matter how careful you are. Then you have a real mess to deal with.

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