To all Z-Spray Jr. Owners...

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by grass4gas, Nov 12, 2009.

  1. grass4gas

    grass4gas LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 558

    I was looking and was able to demo the Mini-Max, Jr. 36 and Intermediate yesterday. I have been using a PG Centri for almost 10 years now and is going to need to have major parts replaced...they are wearing out (all original parts).

    While I really like the Intermediate, I think it may be to big for my needs...I don't have alot of real big lawns, and gated lawns would be an issue. That being said, I have not completely ruled it out.

    The mini-max is to choppy and vibrates to much for my liking. After just a couple of minutes I had ruled that one out completely.

    I like the Jr. 36 because you can get through gates. However, it does not come with the AI nozzles. They come with your standard spray nozzle such as what is on the PG. I believe I could get that set up on the Jr., but then you can't get through a 36" gate.

    My question...How is the weed kill with this machine compared to the ones that have the AI nozzle set up? This is really going to be the deciding factor for me buying one machine over another, so I need some real honest answers here.

    You can see a difference in the spray coming from the different nozzle set ups. The AI is a finer spray, whereas the Jr. has a larger droplet. Unfortunately yesterday it was drizzling, and I could not check the spray pattern on hard surfaces.

    I know there are a few on here who have the Jr. 36 I believe, so I would like to here from you and get your opinion on this machine as a whole.


  2. Rayholio

    Rayholio LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,461

    I have the Jr.. but with the boom.. based on what you've just said about your lawns etc.. I think you're a perfect fit for a T3000..

    LT rich talked me outta the Jr36 when I was looking at it.. I guess the nozzels arn't a favorite. I actually baught all the parts to put the T3K style sprayer on my Z.. (will install this winter) but that sprayer is GREAT.. single tip with about a 10 ft width.. doesn't clog easily, and can be tuned down to do 6 ft or less..

    My main problem with the Jr was hill performance.. It's not terrible anymore.. but I put bigger tires on mine. it doesn't fit thru hardly any gate I have.. whereas the T3K fit in every one.
  3. gregory

    gregory LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,074

    i have the jr 36 and have no problems with weed kill out of great have sprayed atrazine quicksliver and certainty and manor thru it and has worked very well with the 1/3 per k tip.....

    CHARLES CUE LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,320

    Why cant you change out the spray nozzels there cheap

    Or try a T3000

    Charles Cue
  5. brizine

    brizine LawnSite Member
    Messages: 153

    Talked to Andy at zspray today. They have a jr36 with ai tips on a new boom there designing so that the machine stays 35.5 inches wide. He expects it to be finished in a couple of weeks or so. If you want one, I would call now. When I talked to them they already had 14 presold.
  6. grass4gas

    grass4gas LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 558

    I also spoke with Andy today, and was told the same.

    RABBITMAN11 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,449

    Don't listen to a word Rayholio says, he still can't figure out how to run the zspray. Thats like taking advice from a mechanic thats been working on cars for a couple of weeks! Hey Ray, m:hammerhead::hammerhead:maybe you should stay with a push spreader!
  8. Rayholio

    Rayholio LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,461

    I'm one of the few that has over 50 hours on both machines.. and most people who DO have over 50 hours on both machines agree with what I'm saying.. which is that the Z is not the be-all-end all machine.. and neither is the T3k for that matter.. they both have their applications.

    BTW I'm now at almost 150 hours on the Z.. and I'll say it again.. if I can't learn how to use it 'properly' in this amount of time, that points to a flaw in the machine.. especially when the T3K took about 2 hours practice to drive sideways on a 30 degree slope.. and the Z still has trouble with 'em.
  9. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
    Messages: 6,153

    Can you name one person that has 50 hours on both machines?

    I personally don't know anyone that has 50 hours on both a Z and a T?

    Just curious because it sounds like you know many? :confused:

    If you can't ride your Z on steep slopes...come over this winter and I will show you how. I stick some seriously sick hills with mine!

    I agree that both the T and Z have their place! The Z is on any lawn...and the T is in Larry's barn! :)

  10. Rayholio

    Rayholio LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,461

    I've had several people contact me via PM about this topic that agree with me, and don't want to discuss it in open forum because of how agressive you Z die-hards are.. and I don't want to drag them into this.. but think about guys who have large operations.. fleets. many of them used Z for years, and then got on board with the T3K..

    I'm sorry.. I just gave a little tid bit of advice to this guy.. and you fellas have to turn the topic into something else.. a fight I guess... and there's no reason for it.. You're NOT helping Zs image.

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