Strawblower for soil?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by GetSomeGOJO, Mar 28, 2005.

  1. GetSomeGOJO

    GetSomeGOJO LawnSite Member
    Messages: 47

    I've heard a rumor that one can use a straw blower for topdressing as well as for moving mulch? Is this true?
  2. GetSomeGOJO

    GetSomeGOJO LawnSite Member
    Messages: 47

    C'mon, It's such a simple question...
  3. Teiman

    Teiman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 103

    would probably work.

    I never put dirt through one but did
    put about 500 bales of really wet saturated
    old straw through one. It worked fine
    It was a Finn with a four cyl automotive
    type engine.

    Seems like a pain to load. would you really
    save any labor after you do what it takes to
    load soil in the blower ?

    Make sure it is a rental....... Ha!
  4. spoolinaround

    spoolinaround LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 331


    thats like a newbie I know renting a aerator and just driving it over the driveways and sidewalks when he went from one piece of grass to another :cool2:

    yes you can run dirt threw one but be prepared to replace alot of bearings/bushings and do alot of greasing too ;)
  5. Teiman

    Teiman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 103

    I just said that because around here they rent
    junk and charge enough to get full pay back in
    the first year of service. Most of the time you have
    to spend half your rental time working on their crap
    to get your job done. Dead batteries etc..........

    We even have a predatory
    rental shop in our area that sets up shop next door
    to all the other rentals and trys to buy them out or
    put them out of business so they won't have any
  6. muddstopper

    muddstopper LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,341

    Well, I am not going to blow dirt thru my blower but, I dont see any reason why you couldnt if you wanted to. A few things to look at before deciding if thats what you want to do.
    1. The bearings are on the outside of the blower housing so getting dirt in them shouldnt be a problem.
    2. You will have to shovel the dirt inside the blower, thats a lot of work when you can just shovel it on top of the ground.
    3. Dust is going to be a big issue and if there happens to be a rock in the dirt, I wonder just how far the blower will throw it.
    4. The wind speed of the blower will probably be so great that you wont be able to really put the dirt where you want it. Again the dust.
    5. If you are planning on using a hose to get around the house and other obstructions the dirt might clogg the hose and certainly cause more than the normal amount of wear and tear on it.
    6. I paid $6000 for my blower to blow straw and it wasnt designed to blow dirt. I would hate to spend $6000 more to replace it because I wore it out spreading dirt.

    With all that said, I do intend to use my blower to put out pelletized lime but, I am making a hopper to place the lime in and the blower will blow thru the hopper so that there isnt any lime in direct contact with the blower. And since i know someone is wondering why I want to do such a crazy thing I will explain.

    A lot of state work requires large amounts of lime be applied during the seeding operation. More than I want to run thru my hydroseeding machines. Since the areas that are being seeded are usually to steep for any other type of equipment mixing with water and spraying is about the only option to get the lime where they want it. I am hopeing that by using a large hopper made like a drop spreader that I can blow the lime onto the banks and such. I dont know if it will work but I can build the hopper cheaper than I can replace pumps on my hydroseeders. If it works, great, if it dont, I have only lost a little time and a couple of hundred$$$. I can probably sell such a piece of equipment to someone wanting to blow dirt. ;)
  7. GetSomeGOJO

    GetSomeGOJO LawnSite Member
    Messages: 47

    Well, I was actually thinking of baled Peat moss, for top dressing. Also maybe mulch? This is a HUGE unit. It looks like an anti-aircraft gun. Formerly a State DOT unit that I could take home for free I just don't know why I would want to clutter my equipment yard for it.

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