whats the best ride on spreader

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

  1. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    West

    That is actually the 3rd Ric-A-Green. The first two were worn out. But they also were started with the oldest Walker I had at the time. This one is a 1997 model. I think the most expensive part was the $ 99.00 12V pump. I know there isn't $ 250.00 in the whole sprayer. The Spreader is no big deal so I didn't put it on when I took the picture tonight. You can see a heavy shadow as it was late in the day after Larry's post about buying baby wipes.


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    BTW My camera is a 14 megapixel and I am real Happy with the picture quality.
     
  2. indyturf

    indyturf LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Nice clean and simple design Ric. looks like it would do the job!
     
  3. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    If you look on the Forward control lever, you can see a horn button that activates the pump for boom spraying.

    If you look at the Hose to the boom you can see a fast snap coupling where I hook a Spray wand to do touch up or spot spraying. I also have a dual electric set up so I can turn the pump on full time without holding the button. That works great when I use the wand for spot spraying.

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    If you do a search here, you will find several set ups very much like mine. And at a very reasonable cost of fabrication
     
  4. Falcon50EX

    Falcon50EX LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ric, thanks for calling the other day. HD has all the fitting so I will start to experiment with them. The nozzles come in a pack of 4 0, 15, 30, and 40 degrees i think that is right 3000 and 4000psi.
     
  5. Ric

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    Richard

    That sounds about right, but I am thinking more like 0, 15, 25, and 40.

    Sorry I got you hooked on "Ric's Tricks". I am sure many are looking at these as pure Abe Goldfarb material and I really don't care what they think. The important thing is they work for me. I am a big believer in being set up. Everything from a Computer/Printer in the truck to quick change tips we are talking about.
     
  6. WestGaPineStraw

    WestGaPineStraw LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ric,

    The best investment you made was in that camera. I have alaways pictured your innovative ability in my head but, you have gone a step further. That setup is really nice. So thought out, yet so simple. All of these ride on spreaders have the same pump and spray system. No need to drop 6-9k on equipment when you have it already. I know you posted pics of that toro. Did you ever get the finished pics up?
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  7. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
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    Holy cow! That lawn is a "ten" on a ten scale. Nice pics! That Walker will turn on a dime. I also like the push button activation of the pump. We had a ZTR that did that, and it was nice. (LESCO Z-two sprayer/spreader --- same as Cub Cadet "tank"). This is a feature I wish the T3000 units had so if you're not spraying, the pump won't be on all the time. Thanks for the pics. :usflag:
     
  8. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    West

    Larry Stone billed himself as the Frugal Agronomist. Maybe I should be the Frugal Equipment Freak. Yep for under a thousand I turned a worn out Lawn mower into Spread & Spray machine. One thing I forgot to say is how easy the Walker is to handle ONE HANDED. I can also set the forward Speed control to a preset speed and it will keep that speed. Not the the fastest mower, but just fast enough to do a good job.

    The Toro is a work in progress and while I am using it, I am still a little embarrassed to show it until I actually get it the way I want it.


    BTW I have some other set ups I will show pictures of as a finish repainting them. Once again I am ashamed to show a Leopard spotted trailer with a couple of Skid Sprayer on it. But it comes in handy doing the Odd ball jobs where I need to tank up a special mix. One of those skid sprayers stays tanked with Roundup 24/7. I do a number of turf burn outs for several landscapers.
     
  9. Falcon50EX

    Falcon50EX LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ric, I have been in the air for 19+ years and some of the guys I fly with have 45+ years I never ignor experience. For the guy that thinks he know it all good luck to him.
    So keep the info coming ? Tips 3000 or 4000spi?
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  10. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    Richard

    3000 PSI tip is good enough. But remenber at a lower PSI you get lower GPM. Therefore my 2 gpm free flow pump uses a 5.5 GPM 3000 PSI tip.
     

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