Fert and Squirt Set-ups

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by GreenHorizons7, Jan 8, 2011.

  1. GreenHorizons7

    GreenHorizons7 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    I left the industry three years ago and the individual who purchased my business does not want to be involved with fert applications. I have been doing them for him since he purchased my business. There are 40 accounts about 30,000 square feet on average. What do you recommend as far as a set-up?
     
  2. grass4gas

    grass4gas LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 588

    What are u using now?

    For that amount of square footage...1 million plus, a ride on is in the order IMO. As far as what kind...take your pick. They all do the job. All of them have their faults.

    Are you dealing with flat wide open areas? How about hills and small gates?

    Do a search, you'll get "ALL" kinds of opinions.

    Good luck
     
  3. GreenHorizons7

    GreenHorizons7 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    I was considering two options. The new cub cadet with the sprayer option. I little less expensive, or a z-plugger with the spreader and sprayer.
     
  4. grass4gas

    grass4gas LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 588

    What ever machine you choose, make sure it has the ability to spread "and" spray. A unit that only spreads granular is a waste IMO. It just doesn't make sense to not have the option.

    Even if you don't use the spraying system, you will "always" have the option to use it in the future.
     
  5. GreenHorizons7

    GreenHorizons7 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    How many steps do you guys do? What are the steps? My program is a standard 5 step program
     
  6. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,676

    Pennsylvania--you need something good on hills. Did you man 30,000 sq ft each or 30,000 sqft total?
    EAsiest is skid sprayer. Take a look at Lesco (Cub Cadet ) space saver. Or take a look at Gregson Clark--good people--just scroll down or left for a couple inches.
    Along with the skid sprayer--you need a push stainless steel spreader. Lesco or Andersons, or Spyker.
     
  7. GreenHorizons7

    GreenHorizons7 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    Average size lawn is 30,000. Do you think a cub cadet is justifiable. I would like to grow this business. s
     
  8. jasontimm

    jasontimm LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 362

    It's always easy to spend someone else's money, if you want to grow and with the large lawns you are doing now there is no doubt you should have a ride-on. But i'm NOT going to tell you the Cub is the one to buy.

    If you dont want to spend the money on a ride-on, you can buy a nice used skid for round $2k. Depends on your check book, and how hard you want to work.
     
  9. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,267

    For lawns around 30K each, and 40 of them, you really need to go the ride on route.
    Using a skid on 3/4 acre lawns is just painstaking - I would never do it.
    In fact, never owned a skid, went straight to ride on, best thing I ever did, even for my small lawns.
     
  10. GreenHorizons7

    GreenHorizons7 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    Plus i do want to grow the business. I hope within two more years, this will provide me with my sole income. If god is willing. I think the cub cadet is worth the investment for the next two years.
     

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