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ride on for 5k yards?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by georgialawn88, Apr 26, 2013.

  1. georgialawn88

    georgialawn88 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I mostly have 5 k yards. i have some 20k and 15k as well but a lot of 5 k. who uses a ride on for these small of yards and likes it? or is it just to crowded? thanks!
  2. kbrashears

    kbrashears LawnSite Senior Member
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    Gotta think a skid would be the way to go on mostly postage stamp yards. How many 15-20k yards do you have? That's a closer square footage to the majority of my accounts.
  3. WestGaPineStraw

    WestGaPineStraw LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 765

    Depends on which application your doing. Ride ons are a pain with the small ones. Whip out the hose and spreader for those.
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  4. georgialawn88

    georgialawn88 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,075

    i only have a few but its because i advertise for the small yards. i want a ride on badly and if i get one ill shoot for bigger yards. i feel like someone beat the actual f*** out of me right now
  5. WestGaPineStraw

    WestGaPineStraw LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 765

    I feel ya!

    Well you need the equipment if you plan to grow. Make the investment it will pay off soon. We service properties from 2k-300k. So a ride on is a must.
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  6. kbrashears

    kbrashears LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 778

    A ride on and a split tank skid would be ideal in your situation. One nurse skid for the ride on, one for spraying with the hose.
  7. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,276

    Skip the skid. You can do ride on for 5k sq ft. Get a nimble unit like Z Sprays rackable unit or a PG or a Ground Logic.

    Anything less than 5k sq ft you can push spray or backpack and use a push spreader. That way you do not have to wrestle with the immobility of a skid unit. Lets just say I have never owned one, and never will.
  8. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,707

    Brashers is right. A skid sprayer is the way to go. And a spreader for the dry ap rounds. You should be able to do 2000 sqft per minute with a spreader. 2.5 minutes per 5000 sqft lawn--the paperwork probably takes longer.
    Do a thousand sqft per minute with a skid sprayer.
    And when you do get a ride-on down the road...you can use the skid sprayer to fill up your ride-on. Make some calculations. You just have to deduct whatever weed killer is in the solution, before adding your weed killer to your ride-on tank.
  9. FdLLawnMan

    FdLLawnMan LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,246

    I have both, a skid and & a ride-on. It depends on what I am spraying or spreading. 5000 Sq. Ft. Is the normally the cutoff point between the dragging the hose and riding. I would rather drag a hose any day before I push a spreader.
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  10. lawn king

    lawn king LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,408

    I do small lawns with a push spreader, medium lawns with ride ons and large accounts with the tractor! By the time you unload, set up and struggle to do a small lawn with a ride on, you could have it done & be on your way with hand tools!

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