Permagreen magnum question

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by wcb607a, Feb 16, 2009.

  1. wcb607a

    wcb607a LawnSite Member
    Messages: 132

    What have you guys done to prevent the open/shut off bar from bouncing around and keep closing the hopper a little? I just wonder why the company didn't put a spring at the bottom of the hopper like the lesco push spreader.
  2. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Do you mean during transport? I found that lowering handlebars helps prevent this. My friend's tech put's an elastic bungee cord around the bar (short one) and wraps it before transporting.
  3. lawntennis

    lawntennis LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 425

    I would love a good answer to this also. I end up driving around keeping it pushed out with my thumb. There has to be a better way.

    VARMIT COMMISSION LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 547

    I also have to keep my thumb on it. It's a PITA.
  5. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    I believe you can adjust the friction on that so it will hold itself open or closed better.

    On really rough ground I just keep a thumb either on it pushing it forwards or just give it a bump once in a while to be sure it's open 100% on a long run.

    For transport I use a bungee as well, a longer one, hook it to the hopper lever, over the handle and then back and down the backside of the spray tank, hooked the other end to the frame under the tank. There's really no reason for where I hook it other than the length, and it works good for me. I *had* a neat little velcro cord holder type deal I'd use, but then I'd forget to remove it and fold the handle back to pull it off the trailer. Snapped a couple of them in half, so I went with the bungee, it can survive me folding down the handle with it on there, lol.
  6. MStine315

    MStine315 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 789

    Thanks to Ross (spreadnspray) I think I have mine cured. Spring will tell for sure, but... check your handlebars where the 2 "tabs" attach(for lack of a better term). There are pan head screws through the tab and handlebar and this is what pivots when you let your handlebars up or down. Anyway, I replaced the screws and used loctite, and, added flatwashers on the outsides of the handlebars. The original assembly did not include the washers. It seems much more stable now. You can tighten these screws up pretty firm and still get the handlebars to go up and down while the screws stay tight. I know...poor description, but maybe I'll get some pics tomm. FWIW, of all the magnum design flaws, this is my biggest pet peeve-it won't stay shut and won't stay open?

    VARMIT COMMISSION LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 547

    I have pulled up to my next yard only to find the hopper empty and several bags of expensive fertilizer sitting in the floor of the trailer. Half of it blown away or fallen between the slats in floor of trailer. It took me several times of this happening to remember to bungee it closed.
  8. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    Well that was a stupid thing to do! What were you thinking??? :laugh:

    I've never done that before. :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

    Yes, been there, done that. scooped up what fert I could with my hands and tossed it into the hopper. :hammerhead:
  9. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Yeah,..atleast you had it to pick up off the trailer floor (been ther, done that). It's REALLY cool when you have it on the PG rack, and arrive to the next job to find nearly 2 bags of fert w/ Dimension or fert w/ something like Merit gone.:hammerhead::cry:
  10. bj22

    bj22 LawnSite Member
    from ny
    Messages: 69

    Leave a zip tie that just fits over hopper lever and handlebars.

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