What's out there in ride-on spray machines

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by hertelbr, Nov 14, 2001.

  1. hertelbr

    hertelbr LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    I am looking for a new ride-on spray machine for the spring. I would appreciate any advice on what works and what doesn't. I currently have a GT Promax made in Florida. It has some great features, zero turn, dual drive tires on each side, it holds 65 gallons of liquid, 4 bags of fert, plus whats in the spreader, and has front mounted booms about 8 inches above the ground. All this is great except the machine wasn't made to haul all of the weight, the hydros went after 2 years. The wheel bearings on the drive wheels burn up every year (they are in an oil bath), the axle snapped in half on one of the drive tires earlier in the year, as well as many other problems. I consistently put $ 2,000.00 into it a year. After paying $ 17,000 for the unit originally I am disappointed in it. It sits on a modified Walker frame. What about the Perma Green Supreme Model? Any ideas would be appreciated. I need the unit for lawns 1 acre to 40 acres of turf sites and it must have the capabillity of both liquid and dry applications simultaneously.
  2. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,469

    i have a small application business and do about 2 million sf. per application and the perm-a-green ride on unit has been working for me for 2 seasons.
  3. groundsguy1970

    groundsguy1970 Banned
    Messages: 166

    Look @ Lawrence X's ride on sprayer.
  4. Kent Lawns

    Kent Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 870

    You can't be serious about LS' unit.

    What about C&S Turf Tracker? They're reliable. Good for big areas.

    They're $13,000 new, but up in Michigans' Truck Trader Magazine, there is a used one for like $5,000.00
  5. hertelbr

    hertelbr LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    Thanks for the help I am still looking, The turf tracker has rear mounted booms that seem like they are kind of high off the ground. Has anybody experienced any drift problems, and at what rate are you spraying. I have also heard of some side-hilling problems. How stable are they?
  6. morturf

    morturf LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 476

    I have a Z-spray from L.T. Rich Products. It is without a doubt the most stable unit I have ever used on hills. It holds hills that are hard to walk on! I have had mine for a season now, love everything about it. I costs more than the Perma-green but a lot less then any of those others. If you want to know more about it, let me know.
  7. hertelbr

    hertelbr LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45


    Definitely interested in your machine, does the company have a website? What is its capacity? Any additional information would be greatly appreciated.

  8. Kent Lawns

    Kent Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 870

    You're right (about the the C&S on hills)
    The spray booms are about 14" off the ground. No drifting problems.
    Spraying herbicide at 32oz/1000.
  9. hertelbr

    hertelbr LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    Kent Lawns,

    Thanks for the info. I am currently applying at 1.5 gal. per thousand .5 gal. seems a lot more efficient less fill-ups.

  10. No web site for the Z-spray. Although I will be recieving mine near the first of Feb.

    120# spreader

    30 gal. sprayer

    Will also hold 2 bags of fert extra.

    Has a 20' hose with a spray attachment on it for those hard to reach areas.

    Here are some other thread you might be interested in looking at.


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