foam markers + ride-ons

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by americanlawn, Feb 15, 2008.

  1. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Messages: 5,954

    Both of our foam markers shelled out within 3 or 4 months. In each case, the motor failed. Same manufacturer. The first unit was installed by the maufacturer, and it lasted for about 3 months with very limited use. I won't mention the manufacturer, but these units sold for about $250.

    Anybody recommend a good foam marker for ride-on sprayer/spreaders that doesn't cost an arm and a leg? One that lasts longer than 30 hours?
  2. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
    Messages: 6,162

    Hey Larry!

    How are things out west? Still covered up with the white stuff?

    With running a boomless ride on (PG or Turfco)....there really isn't a way for foam to work (without a boom). They would work in the Z.

    I guess you could drop foam behind your back tire or something on the PG just for an identification line.

    I use a Richway Turftracker on my 3 pt boom sprayer. I love it!

    Let me know if you need any info on it?
  3. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
    Messages: 4,947

    ^^^^creech.....are you running dish soap in for richway or did you buy actual foam marker? I am assuming that you jugs for it are quart jugs....mine are. How much soap/foam marker are you adding to the jug? Can't get my foam to work quite right.
  4. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
    Messages: 6,162

    I would say they are a quart a piece. Without looking I think mine is the 4101 or 4401 or something like that. It has two pumps (left and right)

    I do run dish soap...but I have found that some soaps work better then others.

    I like to use Palmolive myself.

    Dending on the soap you use, will determine the amount you need to get good foam.

    You might already know this but just in case:

    If the foam is "runny" you need to add more soap, and if it is too thick you need to add a little more water.

    Once you find the correct ratio with your soap, it works like a dream.
  5. hdtvluvr

    hdtvluvr LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 507

    Does anyone have directions on making a foam marker? $250 seems high
  6. Grandview

    Grandview LawnSite Gold Member
    from WI
    Messages: 3,251

    I have an Arag 5 gallon model. The local Farm store carries it. It runs around 700.00. It is about 12 years old an I use about 12 times a year. It is made in Italy and parts are expensive. The main problems have been electrical connections. I would look for something different if I had to buy a new one.

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