How do I empty the hopper in my Lesco HPS?

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by hackitdown, May 28, 2014.

  1. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,619

    Rookie question. I know it sounds like a simple problem, bit I can't figure out an easy way to get out the unused granular fert left over in the machine. I have been using a push spreader for a couple of years, I would just spin it upside down and pour the leftover back in the bag. But obviously that won't work with a riding spreader.

    So what do I do if I need to switch product between customers, or at the end of the day when I want to clean up?
  2. cotyledon

    cotyledon LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 609

    I use my kids sand shovel
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  3. pomticks

    pomticks LawnSite Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 37

    I tried to judge my properties with how much I needed so I didn't run into an issue with a full hopper to the end of a day or when a product switch was needed. When I did need to bail it out I used a small sand bucket.
  4. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Messages: 5,954

    It's always best to empty the hopper at the end of each day. Here's what we do:

    Scoop out as much as granular fertilizer as possible & put it in an open bag.

    Then use a shop vac to get the rest out. Then empty the contents of the shop vac into an open bag.

    It's a pain, but I don't know of any other method. Leaving fert in any hopper can accumulate moisture overnight.

    I posed this question to TURFCO back in 2008. I wanted some kind of opening near the bottom of the hopper where I could open or close it. Problem is -- it's up to Spyker to design this option.

  5. jc1

    jc1 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,091

    Get one of the little 5 gallon bucket vacs at Home Depot
    It goes on a 5 gallon bucket. Vacuum the hopper snap a lid on the bucket and your done.
  6. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,664

    A little shovel from a plastic dust pan and brush works fairly well. But its difficult--slow--I seldom emptied mine. I had a small spreader or hand held spreader for separate products. Shop vac or dust buster works OK.
  7. lilmarvin4064

    lilmarvin4064 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 757

    I like the vaccum idea. I keep a a couple empty buckets in the truck but usually only need one, cut the bottom off a gallon milk jug to use as a scoop, then use a small plastic cup when the hopper is almost empty; cheap and easy.
  8. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Messages: 5,954

    If you want to really do it right. After using the shop vac, pressure wash it. Then in the morning, toss in a little bit of oil dry/floor dry. Keep the spreader cover off until you get to your 1st stop. :waving:
  9. Falcon50EX

    Falcon50EX LawnSite Senior Member
    from GA
    Messages: 994

    Small shop Vac works great.
  10. Shades of Green LService

    Shades of Green LService LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,011

    Shop Vac and a small sand shovel works fine.

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