z spray

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by jbturf, May 30, 2008.

  1. jbturf

    jbturf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,512

    so i brought the new rig to my house late this afternoon
    to run it around a little and spread some lime,

    i dont like it so far, it is very akward to operate,
    its difficult to manuever around obstacles while
    applicating, the hopper on this thing is obsurdly small,
    and it is not very controlled on slopes, the speed
    contol bar is useless 5mph on flat pavement equals
    4mph on turf and about 2 mph on incline, the deflector
    kinda sucks

    on the plus side, the spraying system is excellent,
    it came with red tip nozzles .49/1000@5mph
    exactly what i wanted- the reel is great

    it has a nice spread pattern, and being able to adjust
    the spinner plate speed is very nice. the machine is
    well built and runs great, the controls all operate
    easily and as designed

    anyone changed the rear tires out to something wider
    with better traction?
    should i run the motor at top rpms or what is best?

    im wondering now if i would be more comfortable on
    a new PG or even the mythed turfco rideon
  2. turf hokie

    turf hokie LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,753

    which z spray did you get?

    I have the z max and it took some getting used to but you will find it is great on just about any property and any terrain.
  3. gregory

    gregory LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,084

    i load my down with fert and run it in my yard to set the speed...like hokie said it takes awhile to get used to...i have a jr.
  4. jbturf

    jbturf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,512

    its the jr 36,

    is it possible to put the larger hopper on this thing?

    any1 in new england have the mythed turfco doohicky yet?
  5. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,469

    are you sure u got a z spray from lt rich? lol
    they are one baD to the bone unit. give it sometime. call andy at the company. may be it needs little tweaking. hack i cant live with out mine. i was a perm a green owner. owned 3 or 4 of them. got fed up with them and switched to the z units.

    LIBERTYLANDSCAPING LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 1,283

    If you aren't used to zero turn stand on mowers, or at least a sit down ztr, it probably will take getting used to. I already had experience w/ ztr's when I got mine, so it was a short learning curve. If you run machine in the lower rpm's you will see more speed changes on flat vs. hilly terrain, then if you run it in the 3,200 rpm+ range. If you wan't to truly realize what you have purchased, go take a Permagreen out for a spin...It will seem like a toy:laugh:
  7. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Messages: 5,958

    TURFCO is putting out T3000 units as fast as they can. Yes, there are some in the New England area. We have tried 2 different Z-Spray units, Permagreens, LESCO's, etc. Not saying any unit is bad, but the best ride-on we have used is the NEW T3000 by TURFCO. PM us if you need a testimonial. Otherwise just call TURFCO -- they can give you details about the machine and tell you where you can demo one.:usflag:
  8. jbturf

    jbturf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,512

    i ran a turf tracker for about 4 seasons back in the 90's-
    can run a ztr machine pretty good, maybe its just the standing
    thing- trying to balance etc...while operating it

    liberty i do use a PG every day, it holds 3 1/2 bags of most ferts,
    has a steady app speed and is relatively easy to operate,--
    but my pg has over 1600 hrs on it and is on the 3rd motor and tranny,
    she's sproutin grey hairs all over

    any one tried relocating the foot pump switch?
    i added a led light for the spray pump - in the control panel
    not sure why there wasnt one
  9. kbrashears

    kbrashears LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 777

  10. turf hokie

    turf hokie LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,753

    My foot switch broke 2 years ago and I never replaced it.

    That is a lot of fert in the PG, I never put more than 1 -2 bags in mine b/c it get hard to turn and wont hold a hill good at all.

    Depending on what I am running in the z it holds 3 to 6 bags. Some of the organics are bulkier and take up more room.

    I run at top rpm like mentioned above and never had any real problem with it slowing down unless the hill was very steep.

    It took about 40 hours to get comfortable on the machine for me. And a full season before I really got good with it on hills and the tendencies of it.

    Dont worry about the Trufco thing. The commissioned salesmen on this site will continue to hawk it no matter what. I dont have time to drive 5 hours to look at the friggin thing.

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