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Pull type lawn sprayer

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04-22-2012 15:43:50

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I'm tired of of trying to kill the weeds, etc. in my yard with a 2 gallon spray can.

Have noticed pull type sprayers that can be used behind your lawn and garden tractor. The newer ones use an electric pump that connects to the vehicles battery.
Older sprayers had their own engine. There is one on ebay right now that has a 2 1/2 H.P. engine.
My question is will sprayers that use electric pumps driven by the lawn tractors battery do a good job? We all know an older one with a gasoline engine will probabily cost about as much to get in proper operating condition as you pay for the sprayer.
Best way would be to buy one with an electric driven pump. Does anybody have any experience with these?

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04-23-2012 05:34:12

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 Re: Pull type lawn sprayer in reply to WJD, 04-22-2012 15:43:50  
I rigged up one for my ATV. I made the booms. Use two flood jet nozzles. I have sprayed up to 10 acres of food plots with it. I dont put out that many food plot any longer, but the sprayer is still with me and works great.


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Jim G

04-22-2012 22:40:24

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 Re: Pull type lawn sprayer in reply to WJD, 04-22-2012 15:43:50  
I bought mine from Northern about 8 years ago and have had zero issues with the unit itself. It has 2 nozzles that you can raise and lower with separate shutoffs and sprays about a 50-60 inch swath. It has a 15 gallon tank and operates off the tractor battery. My only issue with it are the tires. Even with tubes, these things do not hold air for anything. Depending on how fast you drive, you can spray a lot with 15 gallons but if I was to buy another one, I would go with the 25 gallon unit. I mix 2 batches and usually don"t spray all that I need to spray!

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BrianJasper co. Ia

04-22-2012 21:53:15

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 Re: Pull type lawn sprayer in reply to WJD, 04-22-2012 15:43:50  
I have a 25 gallon Fimco. I pull it around with my zero turn. I'd guess the current used is about the same as the electric clutch for the deck. It works well. I can just about wet down all of the poison oak growing on my barn with the hand wand.

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rusty wheel

04-22-2012 19:42:58

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 Re: Pull type lawn sprayer in reply to WJD, 04-22-2012 15:43:50  
I have a 30 gallon sprayer from TSC. I mounted a battery on the tongue and the switch for the pump lays right beside the tractor seat. Easy to reach. It's about 5 years old and I haven't had any problems with it except every time I want to use it I have to air up the tires. Other than that it does a good job.

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04-22-2012 19:07:37

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 Re: Pull type lawn sprayer in reply to WJD, 04-22-2012 15:43:50  
Have one of the 15 gal from orschelns. It works very well. Even has a remote switch on the power line up close to the driver. I use it for a couple hours at a time behind the cub cadet and the charging system doesn't have an issue. I won't use it behind my old rear engine snapper though. That engine doesn't have as big of an "alternator".

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04-22-2012 17:56:19

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 Re: Pull type lawn sprayer in reply to WJD, 04-22-2012 15:43:50  
I have a tractor supply 15 gal pull type. has a 2 gpm pump, 42 inch beam, nozzles abot 7 inches from each end that does an excellent job covering lawn. Covers about 60 inches per pass. The hand held wand does real good also if you remember you don't have enough pressure to reach out past 30 feet or so. James

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04-22-2012 18:05:28

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 Re: Pull type lawn sprayer in reply to jamesinok, 04-22-2012 17:56:19  
Me too.

Just looked at it today. No herbicide to be found in the basement - Dandelions live for another week!

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Errin OH

04-22-2012 17:40:35

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 Re: Pull type lawn sprayer in reply to WJD, 04-22-2012 15:43:50  
One of the smaller store bought 10-15 gallon, 1GPM pump, with 3 or 4 nozzles would do ok behind a lawn tractor. Problem with anything bigger is not the battery so much as the inability of the tractors charging system. 1 GPM is less than 5 amps. 2GPM is 8 amp and 3 GPM is 11 amps. Most lawn tractors are 3-5 amp charge.

A store bought package will have all the figuring done for it. If you want to do you own you need to select number of nozzles needed for the boom (they need to over lap). Figure height above ground, and desired spray angel, GPM and such. Do the math to determin the size of pump. Off the top of my head I say you could throw toegther a 5' booom with 4 nozzles (15" apart), 1GPM pump and 30g plastic barrel and it'd work just fine.

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Ron A Anderson

04-22-2012 15:52:18

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 Re: Pull type lawn sprayer in reply to WJD, 04-22-2012 15:43:50  
The electric pumps work good. They can be purchased in different sizes so you want to look at that. Depending on circumstances you may need to have a car battery as a lawn battery may not provide enough current if you are doing a large area.

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big orange

04-22-2012 15:47:10

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 Re: Pull type lawn sprayer in reply to WJD, 04-22-2012 15:43:50  
Electric pumps work fine, you'll just need to wire a remote shutoff switch into the system as it is difficult to reach most srayer shutoff's from the tractor seat.

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