thoughts on this spray rig?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by inzane, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. inzane

    inzane LawnSite Silver Member
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    its got a shurflo electric pump, 50gallon tank. only 150ft of hose but the reel looks like it would hold a bigger hose. manual reel though.. however, i need something i could spray with now and then that could be a nurse tank for later. they are asking $850.00 and say it was custom built in 2012. what should I offer or should i pass on this?

    i just want something small for my half ton truck. will use for filling a permagreen later.

  2. inzane

    inzane LawnSite Silver Member
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    the lady will take $650.00 seems like an OK deal for what it is.
  3. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,796

    Did you see it in person or is this an emailed photo? Does it actually work? Can you listen over the phone? How much pressure can it maintain? How many gallons per minute do you get? How many gallons per minute is the pump supposed to deliver? After a few years of wear and tear an older battery, and small guage wires--it may put out only 90 percent of factory-new condition. Then subtract 10 percent for each 100 feet friction loss in the hose--which is probably 3/8 inch. Friction loss is much higher if the speed of the fluid through the hose is high--such as when you are trying to get 5 gals per min through a skinny 3/8 hose. I think it may be suitable for 1 gal per minute, not so sure about 2 gal or more. Fine for herbicide.

    Later, if you are using it for a nurse tank for your Permagreen, you may need a bigger pump or bilge pump--otherwise refills will be too slow.

    Looks like new. The aluminum base will never rust, likewise the stainless tank straps. Hose and red paint are not faded which indicates indoor storage and not too much sunlight.

    Can you find a way to raise and rotate the reel so you can pull the hose off the curb side of the truck? Or do you have a van where you can spray out the side door? Electric reel would be helpful. Where do you stand as you are reeling up the hose?
  4. inzane

    inzane LawnSite Silver Member
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    it was built in 2012 at a place a few miles down the road from me. according to this lady she has went out of the business ,or never had time to do it... so i doubt it has been used much . I was gonna check it out sunday (found it local), gonna do a bucket check, see if i can get 2 gallons per minute. she claims it was strong, and used for tree and shrub (i notice the jd-9 gun on it) and supposedly could reach 20ft. atleast i can check it out first.. but it seems like a good price for what it is.

    definetly not ideal for the back of the truck, but was considering either mounting it on the trailer, or finding a way to raise the reel and rotate as you said. the company that made it is a stones throw a way and they built it new for 1300 last year.
  5. inzane

    inzane LawnSite Silver Member
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    looks like i'd have to upgrade the pump? gonna go take a look at it friday and if it is in good enough shape i'll probally grab it. any suggestions on electric pumps?

  6. inzane

    inzane LawnSite Silver Member
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    got it, looks new. 1.5 gallons per minute. jd-9 goes plenty high enough.. may be using it with a chemlawn gun with the blue nozzle at a 1.5 gallon rate for blanket post emergent weed control apps only so i can dry app pre-emergent and fert... wondering if i'll lose much gpm if i add 50ft of hose. hose is 150 ft... i could get by with it on most of the small lawns i do, and bigger lawns i could pull in the driveway to get a central location, however.. with extra 50 ft i'd probally be OK without adding to much.

    had to mount it in that location to be able to reach the hose.. not a big deal to real in, i can fit my fert and back pack behind the tank... spreader on the caddy attached to hitch if i don't have my trailer with mowers. for $650, its better than the gas powered backpack i was gonna buy. Its not like i'm gonna outgrow this anytime soon, i could only be so lucky. I have money set aside for bigger equipment when i need it. Truck and all equipment is paid for.. just got my truck title in the mail today, paid that thing off last week!


  7. Turf Dawg

    Turf Dawg LawnSite Gold Member
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    That is a nice looking rig and even better price. I have one like that [had two but sold one] and they are handy. I put one of those Northern tool 5GPM pumps on mine after the other went out but can not tell that much difference. I did not really care for the Chemlawn Gun on it but a two nozzle hand boom sprays great. Now that I have a 200 gallon skid I use mine for a nurse tank. I unhooked the hose reel and put a hose bib fitting on the pump and hooked up a piece of 5/8 water hose and it fills up the PG 8 gallon tank well.
  8. Cadzilla

    Cadzilla LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 903

    Cute little unit. I want one. I don't even know Only problem I see is where the thing sits you are going to have a very difficult time reeling it in. I have nothing against a manual reel for a small unit like that but ergonomically it's all wrong unless maybe you use a tailgate net but those look like ass.
  9. inzane

    inzane LawnSite Silver Member
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    there is no issue reeling it in, i pulled out the entire hose and tried it out yesterday.. i can stand to the right side and do it no problem, or even behind the tail gate and reach it just fine, no need to remove tail gate (which is what i thought i was going to have to do). manual reeling this thing was not as near as bad as i would have imagined, the 3/8 inch hose is easy to deal with.. i guess removing the tailgate would be ideal though, but not necessary as far as i can see so far.

    one thing that sucks for me but i will just have to deal with is having to put my dry fert and back pack sprayer between the sprayer and the cab. But i will just have to construct something or cut a pallet in half to set back there so that its not so much of a reach to get a bag of fert out.. but still, something i'm willing to deal with.. anything is better than trying to blanket app yards with a backpack sprayer. :laugh:

  10. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Can you swing it sideways and still reel up the hose with your right arm? If you graduate to an electric reel and angle the reel for curbside can slide the tank back near the cab and put the fert and spreader conveniently near the tailgate.

    I was surprised how much fert I could get into the cab of my Chevy when it rained. Of course, your truck is new and shiny--and just paid for--so maybe not, lol! Four bags on the front seat floor and four bags on the front seat, and ...Just be sure you can see your mirrors. No ripped bags.

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