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Equipment for small operators (10 acre total)

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by jkilov, Mar 10, 2014.


What equipment combo is best for spray & fert of 10 acres?

  1. Z-spray

    10 vote(s)
  2. Turfco

    5 vote(s)
  3. Towing attachments for ZTR

    2 vote(s)
  4. ATV/quad with implements

    0 vote(s)
  5. Permagreen

    5 vote(s)
  6. Get a wheelbarrow sprayer and bigger spreader

    0 vote(s)
  7. Keep the backpack sprayer and manual spreader

    3 vote(s)
  8. Drop the application business, it's not worth your time

    1 vote(s)
  9. Other brands (Lesco, Cub Cadet, ...)

    2 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. jkilov

    jkilov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MS
    Messages: 1,415

    I have picked up a few accounts for fert and chemicals last year which now totals about 20 lawns with a cumulative area of about 10 acres. Most of these lawns have obstacles and only get 1-2x fert and 2-3x chemical applications per year.

    I have managed to cope with a 2-stroke Maruyama backpack sprayer and Shindaiwa spreader for years. But now I am considering investing into something more productive. About what size do you have to total to make a ride-on investment worth while and what equipment would you recommend in my situation?
  2. Cadzilla

    Cadzilla LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 903

    It's the size of your wallet that matters. Can you afford it? Do you want it?

    That and your age. Old guys like me need them. :)
  3. jkilov

    jkilov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MS
    Messages: 1,415

    I can probably afford it, depends on model though.

    Do I want it? Nope, it's just another piece of equipment to look after. Plus I hate washing out sprayer tanks and a backpack is better in that respect.

    That said, even though it's only a few weeks in spring and then some in summer, these manual units can get tiring at times and I was wondering what other people are using.
  4. Cadzilla

    Cadzilla LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 903

    In my opinion there isn't ever a time when it's too early to buy a ride on if apps is your thing.

    Beyond making your current work easier, it will open doors to new work you would never bid, get or want because of it's size.

    They pay for themselves 500 times times over. Trust me.

    Rinsing tanks? Why would you do that?
  5. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Ark
    Messages: 4,410

    Do you use a walking boom like GreenDoc on the Maruyama? if not maybe that would increase your productivity without going to a ride-on.

    CHARLES CUE LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,417

    I voted for you know what but kind of misunderstood.

    If I only had 10 acres to do 4 times a year I would buy a used good perm green you could always grow and move up
  7. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,003

    No skid sprayer? My Maruyama is only for areas completely inaccessible to a truck with 300 ft of hose or for lawns under 1/2 acre. With the walking boom, I am applying 1 gallon per 1000 sq ft, that can go up to 5 gallons with different nozzles.
  8. billythekid

    billythekid LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 439

    i just bought a new PG (for a good deal) and i only have about a dozen accounts. I know it first it will be overkill but like others have said, I would rather it be overkill at first and grow into than have to do an emergency purchase and pay top dollar for one. Also if you do other services you know the quicker you're in and out of the lawn the more money you can make.
  9. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,645

    This is probably the easiest part of the business to grow. Everyone needs weed control, I'd but what you can afford.
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  10. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,530

    I built one on a older mower unit I used to mow with
    I did this back early 90s at the time there wasn't a ride on like there is now if there was I never seen one.
    I took a 2050 Dixie Chopper took deck off Mounted a 30gal tank above the motor
    I made a fold up boom 3ft 5ft 3ft I can spray 12ft wide
    The set up cost me $350 I already had the ZTR
    My route took me weeks with my FMC dragging 600ft hose around Now takes me a week My lawns 10k to 20 acres I have more lawn 3 acres +

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