TURFCO is proud to formally introduce the T3000 lawn applicator

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Michael J. Donovan, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
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    One T3000 broke our previous production record today (nearly $3000 in one day). I realize that it may not be a big thing in certain markets, but here....that's alot of money for one guy, and I've never seen this before until now.

    One pickup truck w/carrier rack, one ride-on, one person (spread & spray).

    Thanks TURFCO. :usflag::canadaflag:
  2. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Fanatic
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    Hell Larry, that's a lot of dough in any market!
  3. Young Bros

    Young Bros LawnSite Senior Member
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    Way to kick some tail Larry! CPS is awesome, thanks for the referral.
  4. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
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    Thanks guys -- 2 properties treated: 1) 880,000 SQUARE FEET + 2 ) 800,000 SQUARE FEET. (Total square footage = about 1700 K).

    Just got these details from the applicator today. It took over 8 1/2 hours instead of the 6 1/2 I posted previously....(sorry, at least I try to be up front).

    One guy, one pickup truck ---PERIOD. Didn't have to pull a trailer either......just a guy & his pickup truck. (with a little help from his ride-on sprayer/spreader).

    Since this site seems to be a Z-Spray site, I won't disclose which machine accomplished this. Sad deal.........(in many respects) :dizzy:
  5. BeautifulBlooms

    BeautifulBlooms LawnSite Senior Member
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    I am extremely interested in finding out the true working efficiency of these machines compared to the other options. I am a relatively small company with only about 35 fert accounts all residential and most between 5000-15000 with only a couple greater than 20,000 (one that is 40,000). Is spending $9000 worth it for a lot of smaller properties?

    My current setup is push spreader and backpack spot spray. I am thinking the fert/spray capabilities will increase my efficiency greatly, but how many accounts will I need to justify the $9000. I am already on the higher end of the fert pricing compared to most people out there.

    Been thinking this all through thoroughly for the last 18 months probably. I would like to be able to get some of the larger properties but because of my current setup people who hire us for landscape services usually end up saying I am too high for the fert, so I am thinking this would get me way more of the larger properties, but I need to know how to price it beforehand.
  6. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
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    IMO if you have properties with landscaping, hills, slopes, etc, the best bet would be either a PG or a T3000, but the T3000 handles slopes & curves much better than any other (we have climbed slopes as high as 45 degrees without tearing up turf), yet it will not need constant maintenance like the PG's do. The T3000 also has the same capability of spreading/spraying as Z-Sprays, yet the T is much more maneuverable, does not tear up turf like ZTR's, and does not "burn turf while turning" (compared to ZTR units). Plus - the T3000 can easily be transported on a carrier rack (which we like, cuz NONE of my guys want to have to "pull a trailer").

    We've racked up several hundreds of hours during the past two years on our two T3000's. Total down time this year = about two days..... mainly for installing '09/'10 upgrades that TURFCO provided us (for free) on our '08 models for us to try out. Both our T's still run like new everyday.

    I know it's alot of money, but the T3000 will quickly pay for itself, and it will last for years. Z-Guys sometimes say the T's 'rust out' cuz they are not totally stainless steel. But guess what -- NEITHER of our T's have any corrosion -- "on any part whatsoever". (I figure them boys think the T is a "threat"). I agree, cuz them boys have not used T's like as long as we have, and their word is meaningless, cuz they certainly do not know what they're talking about.

    We also like the fact that we can spot spray with one hand while riding in cruise control, as it "does NOT take 'two hands' to steer" (compared to "ZTR" units). "Deflector shield on the fly" (thanks TURFCO) also reduces "blowing off granules". Sorry Z-Spray guys, cuz your deflector shield sucks. We're also talking ease of use & reducing operator fatigue. Plus running record profit this year.

    We tried them all --- listened to my employees's concerns. so...... we just bought another T3000 today.

    Thanks TURFCO and turfcobob for your relentless support. :usflag::canadaflag:
  7. FdLLawnMan

    FdLLawnMan LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I am 1 hour north of you. Unless you are serious about growing the fert business I don't think a ride on is for you. I think you need at least a 100 accounts to make one worthwhile. I started with a spreader on the back of a lawn tractor and pulled a boom sprayer around. I can do 1 acre of property now with a few obstacles in about 15 to 20 minutes. That is liquid weed control and granular fertilizer. I charge about $150.00 per acre and my minimum charge is $40.00. I hope this helps.
  8. growingdeeprootsorganicly

    growingdeeprootsorganicly LawnSite Senior Member
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  9. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
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    Here's a pic of our latest (2010) T3000. We added the boom & aux tank that we used this past season. I't's the setup that folks said we were full of BS. :laugh:


    2010 T3000 002.jpg

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
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    Now i like that

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