Trailer for spraying?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by derbydon, Nov 7, 2005.

  1. derbydon

    derbydon LawnSite Member
    Messages: 82

    I use a 200 gallon Lesco sprayer that I mount in my pickup.

    Because the majority of my business is commercial, (under 25 residential spraying accounts right now) I would like to mount my sprayer on a trailer.

    Obvious advantage in time saved in installing and removing sprayer + added benefit of being able to tow sprayer across a property without me and my truck needing to be there (I have one licensed applicator besides myself)

    PROBLEM is I can't locate the right trailer. Every trailer the size I want seems to have a limit of 1500 lbs capacity. 200 gal x 8 lbs = 1600 lbs capacity plus the unit itself.

    Need a trailer about 6' x 6' with a 2000 lb capacity.

    Anybody out there use anything similar?
  2. cemars

    cemars LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 387

    Why would you want to tow a 200 gal sprayer across a property when you can accomplish the same thing with a low volume unit such as a Z-spray or a P.G.? If you are mostly treating commercial properties of any size, either will be better than a 200 gal tank. If you are determined to haul it, get a twin axle trailer and mount it so it can't budge, towing liquid is a whole lot different than towing solids.
  3. Killswitch

    Killswitch LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 438

    Dual axles.
  4. kaufmaninc

    kaufmaninc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 168

    Cemars-that's a great point. This I beleive is the way I'm going next year. Why not take the $'s that you would spend on a spray tank when you can take that same amout and be well on your way to a PG or Z-spray. Beside, I'm not that excited about dragging hoses which leads to Toxic chemicals on our bodies.
  5. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    I also use a trailer for my tank sprayer. Mines only 100 gallon Lesco, but I also didn't want it in my truck bed all the time. It's too hard to get it in and out of the bed. I added 4 wheels to my sprayer so it rolls and I can pull it onto my small trailer using the rampgate.

    I thought all single axle trailers were rated for 2,000 lbs? Pretty sure mine is... Iv'e had 2,000 lbs on it many times, no problems. If I had a dedicated trailer and a 200 gallon sprayer I would definately just bolt it onto it. I guess something as small as a 6'x6' you may have to have custom built with a single 3,500 lb. axle. Not too big a deal...

    I think a couple of posters thought u were wanting to tow it while spraying or something...

    You could get a permagreen or whatever, but you can't really ever replace the flexibility of a tank sprayer. You can spray anything you want with a tank sprayer and a hose gun, but a LV sprayer can only do limited apps.
  6. teeca

    teeca LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,202

    there are some good pictures at of trailers set up for spraying. i'm working on a set up for mine this winter. i figure a trailer mounted set up is a better idea for a small set up like mine, if i have truck problems, i can always find a truck to tow it behind.
  7. marko

    marko LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 963

    I use to use a small 5 x 8 trailer with 3500 lb axle. It was handy due to the above mentioned reason and leaving the bed free.
  8. Killswitch

    Killswitch LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 438

    I think some of you missed the point that he alreay has the 200 Gallon Lesco sprayer, and while a PG or a Zee spray may be a nice tool. he's trying to figure out how to use the tools he already owns.

    You could probably get away with hauling the sprayer in a single axle 6x8 or whatever but a double axle would be safer and more stable.
  9. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,904

    Call (812) 366-3540 tell them what size trailer and weight you need they can fix you up, good prices.
  10. derbydon

    derbydon LawnSite Member
    Messages: 82

    Thanks for the responses.

    You're all correct. Riders are much better for large properties, but I'm going in to my 3rd year and have a list of equipment to purchase for next year that is already going to have to be pared down some.

    When I first started, I concluded a tank sprayer would be the most versatile for all types of properties.

    For any newbies reading this (or newer than me LOL) I'll share with you the one critical mistake I made in my calculations. That is when evaluating equipment I mistakenly assumed that because riders and tow behind boom sprayers hold smaller capacities, such as 20 to 40 gallon tanks, that I would be forever filling and mixing.

    MISTAKE: I now realize that when using a ride on unit or towable boom sprayer you spray at a much higher concentration, thereby applying less volume. The advantage is faster application rate. However, your margin for error in mixing and applying is lower. Probably still a good idea to start with a tank sprayer and spray 2 gal per 1000 sf.

    Back to the trailer issue. I found a 4' x 6' trailer at a Lowes with a 2000 lb capacity for about $700. I'm sending one of my employees to school over the winter to become a RST (Indiana calls applicators a Registered Site Technician). He has his own pickup he is willing to use provided I reimburse him mileage.

    Thanks, think I'll go do a Google for a new Snow Dance! We need all the help we can get down here for a good snow.

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