Need a new overseeder

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by The mayor, Jul 26, 2005.

  1. The mayor

    The mayor LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 592

    I am looking for a new overseeder. I currently have a mataway. It works nice on a flat surface but on any incline or sidehill It doesn't work so hot. I was curios about the turfco or the classen. Anybody use those or others.
  2. br549oicu8

    br549oicu8 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,230

    We have a Classen but from what I understand they are not making the drill seeder anymore. Was told the company that either made most of the parts for them or something like that is alos selling them and they can't compete!!
    That came from Classen direct!!
    We like the one we have though but I think any walk behind drill type seeders will be a challenge on a slope.
  3. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Who makes the Lesco slitseeder for them?
  4. nocutting

    nocutting LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 530

    We have [ 2] lesco's, think they're "Great" for lawns over 10,000sq.ft., smaller lawns the "Bluebird" is even better, lighter and almost as fast even though its not self propelled [ & 1/2 the cost] of the Lesco's. payup :waving:
  5. The mayor

    The mayor LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 592

    I overlooked the bluebird. After using their aerator I figured the overseeder wasn't much better. How are they on small slopes.
  6. GreenscapesofWestMichigan

    GreenscapesofWestMichigan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    i have a ryan slit seeder, id part with, in brand new condition.....used like tree times

    Erik Green

    Owner Greenscapes of West Michigan

    SHOWCASE LAWNS LLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 238

    i once had a ryan mataway...what a complete overly complicated unreliable overpriced rolling pile of crap. need i say more ?

  8. johnnyusa

    johnnyusa LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 514

    I have a lesco renovater w/ honda engine , i will sell end of sept. for 1300 Email me if interested.
  9. turfcobob

    turfcobob LawnSite Senior Member
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    Mr Mayor: On the subject of overseeders I would advise you to look seriously at the Turfco unit. It is very well designed with blades every 1.5 inches apart. the blades also pull the unit along very well, (if the soil is dry). I would advise anyone not to seed if it is wet. the seed hangs up in the top thatch area and you loose alot of seed. The secret to good seeding is stirring the seed up with dirt and then washing the seed and dirt into the slits. the Turfco also has large pneumatic tires for rough turf and a good seed flow gate system. It handles hills very well, just seed across starting at the top and working down at an angle going two different directions. Best of all you can get a Turfco overseeder from Turfco and you have a couple weeks to try it out. If it ain't what it is supposed to be send it back. but I assure you it is a tough reliable seeder good for small or large areas. I have done areas from one acre down and did a great job of levelling a two year old fescue planting that had washed out badly. Levelled it and got a great crop out of it. call turfco at 800-679-8201..

    On the subject of the ryan mataway overseeder. I was involved with the design and test of that unit. It was designed for Golf Courses not lawns. the thing ended up on lawns because of the high demand for lawn seeders in the 80s. So if it does not do well on lawns or slopes that is why it was designed for golf. sorta like taking your corvette to haul sod. Ya can do it but it ain't designed to do it. Use your truck that is what it is for. I have been in this biz for over 30 years and just laugh at the things guys try to make work where they were not designed to work.

  10. dmc456

    dmc456 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 386

    I currently have a Ryan Mataway seeder and there is absolutely nothing more effective at seeding than the Mataway.

    With that said, it is a BEAST to operate and gives you a work out. I use mine all the time and yes you better me mechanically enclined to fix and adjust thing or you will have problems. Mine works great and is relieable assuming I take the time to change and adjust belts at the beginning of the season. On hills, not so well. But is has so much more power and weight compaired to other machines it does a great job. Take a very strong worker to run one of these for any length of time. I'm 6' 230 with a muscular build. Most of my guys are pretty small.

    For hills, I'm getting a Lesco Renovator which also does a good job. Not the job of a Mataway, but a close second. Also, the design is very simple (low maint) and easy to operate. All employs can operate this machine does to size, weight, and wheel configuration.

    Let me know if you have any questions.

    Best setup for seeding....get a mataway and a renovator.

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