ride on spreader speed & power

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by xtreem3d, Mar 16, 2009.

  1. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 801

    hi guys,
    will the ride on spreader save much time or just make things easier? i don't really care how much easier it gets i just want to go faster...also what kind of power can i expect w/ a 6HP kaw motor (lesco unit),?
    thanks again,
  2. Grandview

    Grandview LawnSite Gold Member
    from WI
    Messages: 3,251

    I would say 30-40% faster. Can you push 5 mph all day? I can do 30-35 lawns in a day and not get tired. You stay fat though.
  3. lawn king

    lawn king LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,414

    The hps is easy to adjust for ground speed. We always run high octaine fuel in ours for maximum performance. The 6 hp kawasaki gets the job done but its far from being a powerhouse.
  4. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Messages: 5,956

    Had a local LCO stop by this afternoon. He has been using a LESCO HPS, but he demoed one of our T3000's today (for the 2nd time). He can treat all of his lawns in 2 to 3 weeks per app, but his prob was ..... some properties were large (75,000 sq ft) and some prop's were small (4000 sq ft). Even some big ones with 36 inch gates. He also liked the carrier rack feature. Said he will call TURFCO tomorrow, cuz no other ride-ons met his needs. BTW T3000's spread & sprays 5 mph. (Faster if you want to tweak it, but 5 mph is the safe limit is you plan to spray herbicides at the same time)

    He took the T3000 up & down our (steep) front ditches -- never slowing down or spinning tires, and he steered it 'with just one hand'. Plenty of power. He was impressed. Hope this helps.

    Last edited: Mar 16, 2009
  5. WildLake

    WildLake LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 368

    Which part of his question led you to believe that he was inquiring about the

    Seriously, give it a rest.:sleeping:
  6. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,813

    Grandview is right, 30 to 40 percent savings. You still have to unload it each time. And you still have to pour the fert into the hopper. At 4 mph you cover about 3500 sqft per minute.
  7. ted putnam

    ted putnam LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,754

    Quite frankly...BOTH. It will go about 2 times as fast as you can walk and it will be easier on you all the way around. You'll really notice at the end of the monster days you'll be doing.(No matter what ride on you use you'll be leaps and bounds better off than hoofing it) My .02...
  8. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Messages: 5,956

    You might want to move on to your favorite teen chat room (unless you are truly interested in facts regarding lawn care).

    I will SPELL IT OUT FOR YOU.....

    "save time, easier, go faster, power" regarding ride-ons.

    Do you speak English? If so, I gave answers to the original poster. SH$T -----I even offered a testimonial (not from us) that came thru the pike TODAY!!!

    WTF bud????????? Why do you tell ME to "give it a rest"???? Think about it.

    If you never want first-hand experience from lawnsite members, why visit this site? Especially when feedback is fresh -- less than two hours old. :confused::hammerhead::laugh:


    RABBITMAN11 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,480

    Forget the rest, have the best( Z-spray ) Nuff Said!!!!!!!!!!!!
  10. br549oicu8

    br549oicu8 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,230

    We bought a Z-Spray max 1 1/2 years ago. The first property we tried it on had taken about 2 hours to hand spray with a hose (both applicators agreed on the time). So we loaded it up with "test" water and went at it. My guy even stopped and asked a few questions and then went back to it. The 2 hour spray was done in 25 minutes, including the chat time. So I guess the time saver with our ride-on of choice was 75%. It works for us. You have to choose what you feel is best for you. You'll get many opinions and just like which is better, a Ford or a Chevy or even a Dodge.....it's all personal preference.
    From my personal standpoint. the Z was good enough for us to now own 3 of them.
    Good Luck with your choice!

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