z spray fertilizer hopper agitator wire

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by ant, May 4, 2011.

  1. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
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    Do you find that fertilizer agitator wire necessary on the hopper shaft ?
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  2. kbrashears

    kbrashears LawnSite Senior Member
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    Not at all. It's more of an agitation of my nerves than anything else. I chunked mine.
     
  3. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
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    Reason why I asked. I was having issues with fert not being distributed properly.
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  4. turf hokie

    turf hokie LawnSite Silver Member
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    It caused more problems using than not, stoped suing it about 4 years ago. All it did was cause the fert to cake up around the shaft and then clog the hole. Fert flows just fine without it.
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  5. R&S Lawn Care

    R&S Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
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    I took mine off, manual says if you use good fertilizer you don’t need it. I found it was grinding up the fert at the bottom. Much better with it off.
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  6. indyturf

    indyturf LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I took mine off the second day I used it, was grinding the fert into dust.
     
  7. specialtylc

    specialtylc LawnSite Bronze Member
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    When I get some fert that is clumpy I use the wire. As to the grinding the fert into dust when not spreading, I wish that you could turn OFF the spreader when not in use. Maybe the factory will come out with a shutoff for these machines. Hint to LT Rich.
     
  8. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    some flow is good but i think it is adjustable, call them for shutting off the hyrdo spinner.

    i too had none, but then made some of my own with materials i got from ltrich(stainless). so far, no issues from them, dont know if they are helping either!
     
  9. ted putnam

    ted putnam LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I'm not sure, but I don't think you'll be able to turn it completely off. If I'm not mistaken, oil must be kept running through the spinner motor to keep it somewhat cool. I have noticed that my Jr. slows down more than my Jr.36. Also, the rheostat goes to "11" on the Jr.36 and only "10" on the Jr. With the high quality fert I use, the agitator is unnecessary in my opinion. If I were using "ag grade" fert with moonrocks and asteroids in it, it might be different.
     

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