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Z-Spray Max or Intermediate

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by kbrashears, Apr 24, 2008.

  1. kbrashears

    kbrashears LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 778

    Money is not the issue. Which one will hold slight hills better? Which one is more bang for the buck?

    I'm leaning towards the Max.

  2. Tscape

    Tscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,370

    Max all the way! It is really good on hills if you keep the hopper weight low and ride the hill in a sensible pattern. The only limitation of the Max that I can see is that it won't squeeze through a 36" gate.
  3. Grandview

    Grandview LawnSite Gold Member
    from WI
    Messages: 3,251

    I just bought the Max. I like the dual tank feature. I will not have to clean the tank every time I want to switch herbicides.
  4. turf hokie

    turf hokie LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,751

    I have the max and have even gotten to the point of using it on a lot of residential lawns. I had originally bought for the large commercial only.

    It is a great machine.
  5. Grandview

    Grandview LawnSite Gold Member
    from WI
    Messages: 3,251

    Turf Hokie, How small of a lawn do you use your max. I currently use Magnums and like them for smaller lawns, less than 10M. I bought my Z-Max for the dual tanks and added capacity. I have used my Z just to fertilize some athletic fields one day. I feel like I do not have time to get comfortable with it on the smaller lawn. Most days are a mix of small and larger lawns. So I just take the Magnum.

    GREEN-UP LawnSite Member
    from sw ohio
    Messages: 97

    I have the intermediate and it can hold a hill if you know how to operate it. I have it on very steep hills, slide sometimes when loaded up. My only regret is only getting 1 tank. I use it for a everything and it has sved money for years w minumal maintenaince. Watch the pump on em, there not built for longevity. Overall I cant say enough good things about my Z - spray
  7. turf hokie

    turf hokie LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,751


    I set some of my days so that I pull a trailer and skip the smaller than 10k lawns and only do big houses. That being said, I have used it on lawns as small as 5k. Sounds crazy but I have some streets that I do 5-6 houses on and they range from 5k to 20k so I just pull the z and do them all. I keep a hand crank on the gas tank for the small areas and a 2 gal hand can in one of the bag holders on the back.

    When I do my spray only accounts I will put the z on anything. I run one tank with acclaim and the other with eliminate and I can easily spray 500k in a day by myself on residentials with it.

    This is my third season with the z and this is the first year I have really put it out in the field like this. (I have 2 pg that still are not running properly, so basically my hand was forced into using the z more than I would normally)

    As far as guys talking about hills.
    I have found that the z will hold a hill ALMOST as good as a pg. The only difference is you can muscle a pg if need be, you ARE NOT doing anything with a z once it starts to slide. Just put 1 bag or less in the hopper and make sure you have 2 bags in the trays for counter weight and you will be amazed at how it will hold a hill if you go at it properly.
  8. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Messages: 5,954

    The above posts mention pulling trailers, using careful techniques & tactics to maneuver hills & slopes. We truly appreciate this advice. Thanks for this info, but you probably know what we have now. It's coming. Actually available for serious buyers, but you may have to wait in line for a little bit.:usflag:
  9. turf hokie

    turf hokie LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,751

    Tired of the cat and mouse game.
    1 old encore spreader sprayer
    3 pg ultras
    1 z max
    countless push, hand crank and tank sprayers.

    I only make informed decisions on my equipment and feel left in the dark on this new fangled contraption that seems just like big foot b/c everyone speaks of seeing it but cannot prove..........

    Let me ride one for a week and I might get 1 or 3
  10. kbrashears

    kbrashears LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 778

    I'm a serious buyer, and this cat and mouse game has pushed me completely away from this product. 9 foot turning radius? What is it? A 98 Dodge 2500 LWB CTD? Ugh. No thanks.

    I sure appreciate the feedback on the Z-spray. I would appreciate more so I know exactly what I'm getting into. I'm a hose dragger, extraordinaire. I'm about ready to start working less.

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