Sportfield maintenance equipment to purchase

Discussion in 'Sports Field Management' started by richard99, Oct 5, 2011.

  1. richard99

    richard99 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    I am going to start a part-time sportsfield maintenance business, and I will need to purchase some equipment for applying fertilizers and spraying herbicides. I have looked at the z spray website and permagreen website, just open to any suggestions or experiences with the above mentioned. Any thoughts or comments would be appreciated.
  2. david bailey

    david bailey LawnSite Member
    Messages: 172

    my sprayer is mounted on my gator(sprayer is a Pro Edge).
    You'll want a good reel mower for cutting,maybe a verticutter and top dresser and aerator
  3. stansoph

    stansoph LawnSite Member
    Messages: 130

    What kind of field? Area? What type of grass?

    I can't advise too much on large sprayers as I use 3 Stihl back pack sprayers. I can tell you my set up. I maintain 3 lawn bowling fields and 6 residential accounts that I cut with reels. The bowling fields are bent grass cut at 1/4" or less with a 10 year old Jacobsen greens mower. My residentials are a mix of perennial rye and KBG cut with a 27" Tru Cut reel at 3/4" to 1". The Tru Cut has a Big League Lawns CheckMate roller mounted in the rear. I rent an aerator and verticutter 2-3 times per year--too expensive and not utilized enough to own my own.

    My sprayers are loaded with Weed B Gone, Triazicide and a fungicide. All dry chemicals are applied with an Earthway spreader with a 100lb hopper. I use a LOT of fertilizer and Iron year round.

    Bowling fields are cut M-W-F and the residentials on M and F. Residential owners are very wealthy and like biweekly service for a pristine appearence.

    This setup works well for te amount of turf I take care of roughly 3.5 acres total. Large areas such as Polo, soccer, baseball, football, etc.; these would need larger machinery to take care of. I do all of this with one helper; any more and I would not be able to keep quality top notch. Plus, more work doesn't equate to more money as I am operating at peak efficiency.

    Hope this helps--not a whole lot about sprayers--sorry.
  4. stlbft

    stlbft LawnSite Member
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    I started out with a Gator; mounted with a 150# hopper before I was able to upgrade to a pull behind Lely/Tractor set up. I also had a 50 gallon spray tank I could mount on the back from Broyhill. It had a boom width of about 12' and would allow me to spray at a psi of about 35. Nice little set up for small operation.

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