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post #1 of 9 Old 01-20-2012, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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Tractor mounted sprayer

With spring approaching I am planning to give my lawn service the boot and take over the job myself. I would like to mount about a 15 gallon sprayer on the back of my 212 and have a small spraybar that can be folded out of the way. I have about 1.5 acres plus .5 acres at a rental house acroos the road.
I want something that if fairly easy to remove in case I need to remove it to mow although the 212 is mainly a back-up. any mountingideas would be appreciated, want to keep it close to the seat if possible

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i took some angle iron and bolted it to the frame on my L130. then i just set the 15 gallon tank on it and strap it down when needed. only drawk back is the AI framework is not removable so it sticks out about a foot or so past the back of the tractor, but since with the tank removed it is not any wider than the inside of the tires it really does not get in the way. on my tank i have the boom mounted to the tank itself, so it comes off with the tank.

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You might want to look into how the Deere sprayer attaches to X7xxs.... I know it's different than your 212 but might provide some ideas. I've also seen a few people attach one of the removeable cargo carriers to the hitch (like those for SUVs) and then strap/mount the sprayer to that. Something like that should be able to be removed pretty easily.

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Re: Tractor mounted sprayer

Don't know if this will help but I'll put in my 2 cents about my plan 'cause I'm planning the same thing.

I have a 455 with a 3 point hitch and Al Z's forks. I now have a 15 gallon tank from HBT's with a sprayer wand. I plan to get a 7' boom designed to work with a sprayer like mine with the wand - it has a switch to go between the boom and the wand. Anyway....

Since I have the forks, my plan is to mount the tank and boom on a cut down and modified pallet that I can just back into it and raise it up (forks are wonderful). I haven't decided how I'm going to anchor it to the forks (for safety) but I'm not really that concerned - I can always just strap it to the fork rack.

Sorry if this isn't helpful or applicable to your 212. Just thought I'd share my thoughts.

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What are you going to spray on the lawn and how often? I have a 15 gallon tow behind sprayer and would like to do the same thing. I stopped using the lawn service for one year a few years ago and ended up having a huge problem with weeds. The next year I had the lawn service come back and they took care of the weeds. If I knew what they sprayed on the lawn I would just mix it my self and spray.

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Re: Tractor mounted sprayer

I take care of several yards and the football fields at the high school here. I built the frame and 10' fold up spray bar for my Ferris zero turn. It has a 30 gallon tank and can be taken off by removing 6 bolts. I also built a frame that bolts on just like the sprayer and added a fertilizer spreader.

The sprayer is outstanding on the zero turn, can cover ground quickly spending no time turning around.

I am in the process of putting a receiver hitch on my 455 and will modify the fertilizer spreader to be used on it so I can leave the sprayer on the Ferris all the time.

Here is pictures of the sprayer and will post pictures of the spreader when I get it modified.
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Re: Tractor mounted sprayer

I'd be inclined to go bigger tank and a pull behind.
That way you can use lower pressure/ higher volume ( big nozzles ) and dilute your mix better. Helps prevent drift into unwanted areas. ( may not be an issue for you ).
Are you planning gas power for the pump, electric ?

Definitely get a wand and set it up to control everything from the seat.

If you go frame mounted, 3pt is best, but a 15 gal wouldn't be dificult to put on a reciever type hitch.
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Re: Tractor mounted sprayer

Here is my set-up... 15 gal sprayer fastened to a skid I made and then I mount it either to my rear 3 pt hitch or my quick hitch..... I use mine all year long. Fertilizer in the summer thru fall and liquid ice melt in the winter... No need for a boom with this "Boomless" model cuz it sprays 10'-12' wide..
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Re: Tractor mounted sprayer

I have owned a Femco 25 gallon tow behind sprayer for six years now. I use either Ortho or Spectracide readily available from Home Depot and the like but I mix it just a tad stronger than the instructions and apply it only under optimal conditions. Been weed-free ever since. Now it's only a once a year application and spot spraying one or two times through the summer.

I would advise against a tractor mounted sprayer if you have any significant slopes in your yard. When filled a tank is very heavy and will raise your Cg increasing the likelihood of a rollover.

My Femco seems well made and I have no complaints with it.
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