whats the best ride on spreader

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by EARTH5, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. WestGaPineStraw

    WestGaPineStraw LawnSite Senior Member
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    Larry,

    That's your "2011 TK3 with the devlan pump"? Lol
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  2. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    that never ends well:hammerhead:

    i used tanks however and other things with Jrco attatchments. worked very well for a while. not good however for serious commerical use:walking:
     
  3. EARTH5

    EARTH5 LawnSite Member
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    lol... i love the rops model..... not sure what an xp is .... anyone??
     
  4. gregory

    gregory LawnSite Bronze Member
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    cup cadet.... not a bad looking spreader for what you pay. i myself have a z spray jr. if it were me i would look at them in person if you could and demo them before you buy. the only thing in town at the time i got mine was pg and z spray. i looked at the pg first then seen the jr after i seen it my mind was made up. also there is somebody on here who has a groundlogic and that one to me looks better then the pg. do you need just to spread or spread and spray?

    cub cadet...http://www.cubcadet.com/webapp/wcs/..._10051_14101_545456_1210602_-1_600002_1210602

    groundlogic.com http://www.groundlogicinc.com/pathfinder-xc.html...
    http://www.z-spray.com/
     
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  5. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    Well it looks like is doesn't take a rocket scientist to see the hassle of a bad design. But I am old school and like my Home made Ric-A-Green on a Walker mower. Sure it takes up just a tad more room to haul, but It is a sit down unit that really has maneuverability. BTW it is also hangs on hills not that we have many here in flatland country. Of course my design has the weight much lower for that reason. Walker Mower are also build low to the ground.

    One of the advantages of the Ric-A-Green is the electric Broad cast wheel with a rheostat to control throw by the speed of the wheel. I can also pull up to a Planting bed straight on and then open the hopper to spread fert in the beds.

    I build the Ric-A-Green for Ric and his smaller yards. Therefore it only sprays the 42 width of the mowing deck and it does so from a boom only 8 inches off the ground @ 20 PSI with NO DRIFT @ a gallon a thousand. The way I build the Ric-A-Green has it's disadvantages on bigger yards and for that reason I build Ric's Ride on a used Toro Multipro sprayer I got from a Golf Course. It will gallop across large areas.
     
  6. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
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    Turfcobob always told me, "Any time you can sit down instead of standing is always better". I agree. Sounds like the Ric-A-Green units are pretty cool. (any pics?)

    We treat a cemetery that has hills/slopes. They mow it with Walker mowers and trade every two years for new Walkers. Those guys swear buy them.

    Rheostat/wheel speed/8"above ground spray also sounds logical to me. I think the "full spray" nozzle on our T's is almost twice that high, but we prefer the single nozzle compared to a boom for versatility.

    IMO you have good ideas that sprayer/spreader manufacturers should be aware of. I still remember the video when rayholio tried to operate his Z-Spray unit .... could have used rheostat controls there.

    I realize every market is different. Comparing/demoing a ride-on sprayer/spreader is always best. That's what we did. Even traveled to PG, Z-Spray, TURFCO headquarters so we could try all models first-hand. The model we currently see the most here is the T3000. Main reason is guys with older Permagreens are going to the T. A few others had Z's. One friend of mine sold all of his Z's and bought six T3000 units, yet he hauls them on Z-Spray carrier racks. Go figure. Whatever works is always good.
     
  7. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    Larry

    You need to wipe your nose. There some Brown stuff on it.
     
  8. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
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    Been busy, but goin' to Wal-Mart tonight to buy some Ric-O-Wipes. :laugh:
     
  9. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    Larry

    I am sure you will find your size in the infant section. But just for your enjoyment here is a picture of the Ric-A-Green with out the spreader attached. BTW that is my front yard I mowed 8 times last year and I have cut it 5 times this year. I spray Roundup on it every month in the growing season after I cut it. I will cut it again in the middle of August and then again in Sept. Some time in late Oct or early November for the final cut of the year.

    The Ric-A-Green is a pretty simple design but it WORKS.

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  10. WestGaPineStraw

    WestGaPineStraw LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ric,

    Very nice!
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