ride on hand sprayers

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by vaacutabove, Jun 27, 2013.

  1. vaacutabove

    vaacutabove LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I replaced the hose wound on my t with a generic metal one from tractor supply drove by today one I sprayed and its spotted where I used it. What tips are you using.
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    CHARLES CUE LawnSite Silver Member
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    I use a TEE JEt AI tip

    I don't like the cone tip that comes with the spray wand

    Charles Cue
  3. FdLLawnMan

    FdLLawnMan LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I am with Charles. All my hand wands have ends in which I can use low drift or flat fan tips.
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  4. ted putnam

    ted putnam LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Did you not calibrate the system when the new wand/tip was installed???

    Any time any part of any spraying system is repaired/replaced with a new or different part, the whole system needs to be recalibrated. Flow rates change for some of the seemingly most insignificant reasons
  5. vaacutabove

    vaacutabove LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Kinda at a loss on how to calibrate this feel dumb but I only use it for spots.
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  6. ted putnam

    ted putnam LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Ever hear of a "bucket check"? You'll need a bucket/measuring device and a stop watch.The output of the wand needs to match the output of the boom. It may take adjusting the pressure to certain readings on the gauge to achieve this when switching from one to the other. After that, its really up to you to be able to cover the same amount of area with either at the same rate and for your mix to be effective(but not too effective). The easiest way to apply at a constant rate with the wand is to "ditch" the adjustable bullet tip and get some form of Fan nozzle, preferably a T-Jet. You need to do this ASAP. The hotter it gets the more customer complaints you'll be answering if you continue to use your current setup.
  7. vaacutabove

    vaacutabove LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The tip will be gone today. I also think I'm dropping a lot of pressure when I open my full spray about 10-15 psi and I don't drop any with the hose.
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  8. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    To Calibrate a Back Pack Sprayer just mark of a 10 x 100 section on a hard surface where you can see your coverage. Then fill your back pack half full with plain water. Next spray the entire 10 x 100 area as heavy as you would spot spray. This is a 1,000 sq ft. Now measure how much water you used. Read the herbicide label for thousand sq ft rates and mix it to the gallons per thousand Sq Ft you just measured.

    You might try this a few times to get an average Gallons per thousand. Changing tips? Do it all over again.

  9. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
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    Bucket check? Stop watch? Flat fan when you're driving 3-5 miles per hour? >>> You're looking for off-target drift probs there my friend.

    Flat fan nozzles are all we use regarding battery-powered back pack sprayers.

    Ride-on units = cone nozzles. Several reasons for this. Won't go into detail.

    I think it all depends on what equipment one is using. We run three T3000's everyday. Small lawns = push spreader + SRS-600 battery-powered back pack sprayers. Often times treating over 100 lawns per day.

    We pretty much have it down pat, and I've been doing this since 1978. Just sayin'
  10. Cadzilla

    Cadzilla LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ok....you calibrate a back pack sprayer?

    LOL. Did I mention LOL

    Hows LMAO.

    You've got to be kidding me.

    Calibrate a frickin back pack sprayer?


    Who in the hell do you guys think you're kidding here.

    If any of you tell me you have actually calibrated a back pack sprayer I'll call your truthfullness into question.

    If you convince me you have? I'll call your sanity into question.

    Because it's so stupid I can't believe you would waste your time.

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