Opinions on Z-spray/Zplug please!

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by mastercare, Feb 8, 2006.

  1. mastercare

    mastercare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 289

    I have been seriously considering buying a Z-plug machine, and have read EVERY thread about the Rich products here.

    Problem is that I can't find anyone who bought the Z-plug and purchased the attachments which make it able to do fert/spray too.

    I hear lots of praise for the Z-spray (spray system only)

    I hear lots of praise for the Z-plug (people who only use it as aerator)

    Can't find anyone who bought the Z-plug with the optional fert/squirt attachments. I'm assuming that an attachment would be more problematic or more "chincy" in its design, and would love some response.

    Anyone with an opinion,,,,,,let me have it!


    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 5,132

    i like the aerator it rocks i looked at the sprayer att but i already had perma greens so i stuck with them the aerator made do much money so fast who cares if it can spray

  3. New Green

    New Green LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    I second that Dusty
  4. Forever Green Lawn

    Forever Green Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 282

    I bought the spreader/tank attachments last year. They work just fine and are made just as well as the rest of the machine. It takes a little getting used to, but with some practice it works well. The spreader doesn't hold a lot and the tank is 20 gallons, but if your doing small to medium size jobs it's adequate. The spreader is really nice for those aerate/overseed jobs. The only complaint I have is switching the aerator for the tank. The aerator is heavy and it's nice if you have someone helping you. The spreader and boom are bolted up and not removed and don't get in the way when you aerate. We don't do a ton of fertilizing/spraying with it because we have several perma-greens, but if you are looking for 1 machine to do it all, this is a good way to go. As an aerator it really has no equal! Also, you may wan to get the chevron tires if you are working on hilly areas, they Do make a difference.
  5. mastercare

    mastercare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 289

    Thank you for the input. That's exactly what I needed to hear.

    I'll be looking at the machines at the upcoming MGIA show here in MI.

    Thanks again!
  6. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,362

    Been looking for a picture of the tricycle model hoping it would have the sprayer on it. We got the aerator and spreader and now trying to decide if we want to get the sprayer.

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 5,132

    i got the new model and it has the sprayer and its ok
    i really like the new aerator as it has down pressure
  8. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,362

    Thanks for responding....maybe you can educate me a little bit
    on sprayer. Rich quoted a sprayer with a speedometer.
    Can't put the liquid conrol system on units with disk brakes per their
    engr. I read a lot about air injection nozzles, is that standard these days? I am also a little concerned about how much area you can spray with a 20 gal tank?

    I am kinda at ground zero on my understanding but have a hard time thinking about spraying 5 acres with a 20gal tank.
  9. Cadzilla

    Cadzilla LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 903

    The best you can hope for from a 20 gallon tank is a little less than 2 acres and that's using the 1/4 gallon per thousand nozzles. Thats pretty low volume if you've never done this before. Especially on that big aerator/sprayer.
  10. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,362

    I am familar with Walker boom sprayer with 33gal and 3 nozzle and I can empty that in 20K. I am spraying water saver kind of product so little
    regard about nozzles. If I can get a half acre with the Rich I would be happy since we got a 250 gal supply tank. It sure would seem like it would be impossible to stretch 20 gals that far.

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