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Alternative to backpack sprayer CT application

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by mikesturf, Jan 2, 2011.

  1. mikesturf

    mikesturf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 797

  2. NattyLawn

    NattyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,643

    Like I mentioned in the other thread, a backpack or this sprayer will be way too time consuming. I pull hose for tea apps.

    CHARLES CUE LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,412

    You use a back pack sprayer for compost tea that's got to take for ever.

    Bit the bullet and buy the right equipment.

    Charles Cue
  4. mikesturf

    mikesturf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 797

    Two reasons why I cannot use a skid sprayer.

    1. I have an enclosed van, CO fumes.

    2. I do this part time, only 140 accounts.

    I've been wanting to incorporate more organics in my program and the Earthway sprayer will work for me. May not work for others, just putting this thread out there for people getting started with organics. Not everyone can drop over $2,500 starting out.

    CHARLES CUE LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,412

    Not to be mean Mike but the first 2 things don't seem to be reasons.They make electric pumps you can pipe the exhaust out of the van.leave the doors open. You have a 140 accounts and can't afford to spend $2500 over time. It doesn't sound like your just starting.

    And how good is the earth way sprayer will it last the year. Are the gears and housing made of plastic or metal. I always thought of earth way spreaders as home owner stuff. What would be the best investment 500. a year or 2500 that will last a long time.

    Good luck
    Charles Cue
  6. mikesturf

    mikesturf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 797

    Never thought of the vented piping-thanks, I'm going to look into that.

    By just getting started, I'm referring to brewing/using compost tea. I have a very happy and loyal clientele using granular organic based fertilizers. I just don't want to invest $2,500 when I'm just starting out with teas. If teas work for me, then in the future, I will take the next step with a skid sprayer.

    Thank you very much for your input and help!

    I don't know the quality of the Earthway sprayer-good point.
  7. tadhussey

    tadhussey LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 294

    Why not a larger container you can fill on-site and treat the water, mix the ACT you brought to the site in at recommended rates, and then apply by hose with a sump pump or some type of impeller pump? Even just sticking your thumb over the end as a makeshift nozzle. This is about as basic as you can get...
  8. Falcon50EX

    Falcon50EX LawnSite Senior Member
    from GA
    Messages: 994

    A 250gal tote is 60$ pump listed above is less then the tank and some hose and a real if you would like I have a Honda 4 stroke mini pump that works really well 275-300$ you could place it outside the van its only 5-10 bls. I have used it for 2 years and it starts on the first pull.
    Get creative
  9. Barefoot James

    Barefoot James LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    149 accounts and you don't have $2500 to invest in your long term business??? You are doing something REALLY WRONG dude. I would say you must not have but a couple accounts. Even if you are a low baller and have 149 accounts @ $39 per app thats $5811 per round. You for sure should be buying ICT cause you for sure will not be able to brew any quality tea. At least with ICT you will have some good stuff to spray and be able to use that little thing you are looking at. Keep in mind quality tea will for sure have some solids in it too and that little thing will clog.

    If you got something to ride on try this.
  10. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,334

    If the site has irrigation, a back pack sprayer is doable for small sites, even if it is not ideal.

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