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Old 04-15-2012, 01:50 PM   post #1 of 22
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I'm setting up my new Fimco 25 gallon pull behind sprayer. I'll be starting with 24D on dandilions first. I'm looking for advise on speed & mixing. I'm thinking of what RPM to be at in low gear for the right coverage & ounces/ gallon in mixing. I have a coverage listing that came with it but it's a little vague.
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Old 04-15-2012, 02:10 PM   post #2 of 22
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I run in low at 2000RPM with forward pedal down when I use the 2305. Most of the time I use my 110 with a gear trans. slkpk
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Old 04-15-2012, 02:37 PM   post #3 of 22
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that's my method as well, 2000 rpm, low gear, foot to the floor. I mix at one ounce per gallon, but that's labeled rate for what I use. You really have to dig through the label of what you have and determine the rate. Do Not mix higher than the labeled rate, it won't kill the weeds any faster.
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you will want to go about 2-3 mph in most cases, so measure off 100' and time yourself.
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That's exactly the speed question I was looking for. Mix rate as well. Thanks guys. I'm going to wire in a plug in on the rear of the tractor as the wires it came with are too short to reach the battery. I'll post some pics when I get it done
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the speed does vary based on your application rate and how fast the sprayer puts it out. but 2 mph is a good middle ground to adjust from.

on my x500 i set my throttle about half way and go foot to the floor. i have a 15 gallon sprayer, and it takes about 20 mins to empty using the boom or under 15 mins with the wand.

also, wear a mask and googles when spraying 2,4-d and DON'T do it unless the wind is calm. that stuff gets in your eyes and it can blind you.
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the speed does vary based on your application rate and how fast the sprayer puts it out. but 2 mph is a good middle ground to adjust from.

on my x500 i set my throttle about half way and go foot to the floor. i have a 15 gallon sprayer, and it takes about 20 mins to empty using the boom or under 15 mins with the wand.

also, wear a mask and googles when spraying 2,4-d and DON'T do it unless the wind is calm. that stuff gets in your eyes and it can blind you.
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Old 04-16-2012, 12:35 AM   post #8 of 22
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I use a 0.5% solution for 2,4-D which works out to be 1.5oz per 2gallons. For my 30 gallon spray tank, that's 22.5oz. I run at a comfortable speed for any manuevering that I need to do and adjust the bypass valve on the sprayer to the the coverage I want at that travel speed.
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Play around with the sprayer with WATER ONLY to figure out how fast it goes through product. That way any mistakes don't matter. A driveway or a road work great for checking coverage.

I used to use the 2 4 -D available in the tractor supply places due to it be very inexpensive. Now I greatly prefer a triple acting compound that contains two different isomers of 2 4 - D along with Dicamba. The small price increase is worth it. Of the triple acting, MecAmine D is good and better than Tri-Mec.
A surfactant such as Li-700 also helps on the waxy type weeds such as creeping charlie and violets.

This year I am switching to Lesco Momentum FX-2 but that is not available to the public.
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Play around with the sprayer with WATER ONLY to figure out how fast it goes through product. That way any mistakes don't matter. A driveway or a road work great for checking coverage.

I used to use the 2 4 -D available in the tractor supply places due to it be very inexpensive. Now I greatly prefer a triple acting compound that contains two different isomers of 2 4 - D along with Dicamba. The small price increase is worth it. Of the triple acting, MecAmine D is good and better than Tri-Mec.
A surfactant such as Li-700 also helps on the waxy type weeds such as creeping charlie and violets.

This year I am switching to Lesco Momentum FX-2 but that is not available to the public.
I've had very good results with Speedzone. let me know how the Momentum works. I use Barricade and Dimension, to keep the use of speedzone down. I've tried Solitaire, but it's a BEAR to mix as it's pellatized, but it does kill just about every weed I've encountered, including mature crabgrass.
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I've had very good results with Speedzone. let me know how the Momentum works. I use Barricade and Dimension, to keep the use of speedzone down. I've tried Solitaire, but it's a BEAR to mix as it's pellatized, but it does kill just about every weed I've encountered, including mature crabgrass.
I used Solitaire last year for spot treatment of crabgrass that got by the pre-emergent control with good results. The only drawback was @ $100/pound it is mighty pricey. Mixing 1 1/2 gallons in a hand sprayer only used two tablespoons. I thought the pelletized product mixed and measured very easy?

I am not familiar with Speedzone. I see the active ingredients are different than most three way products.
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maybe my trouble with mixing the solitaire was the water? I put it in a quart jar with a pint of water and mixed until the pellets were dissolved, then mixed into the spot sprayer, not really too bad I guess, just not as simple as liquids. 5 gallon Stihl sprayer for me. The only thing I have 1 gallon sprayers for is insecticide and roundup. I have enough sprayers that I don't have to worry about what was in this sprayer last...

speedzone is a bit pricey compared to other 3 ways, but it is a beast for knocking down tough stuff like thistle or wood sorrel.
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You guys ever hear or use Quinclorac? I just got 2 pounds to control the post emergerence of crabgrass here.. I believe it is sold commercially as Drive?

Was pricey at $60/# but I'll try it when the wind quits blowin!

Also what do you guys spray any tank mix fertilizer? I tried the mixes at tractor supply and they dont seem to have any effect at all.

Thats why this year I went with Scotts Turfbuilder and the broadcast spreader.
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This is what I use and this is my second season with it.http://www.mytractorforum.com/showthread.php?t=181328
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I've not tried Drive, but I may this year if I run out of MSMA, which I probably will as I only have a half a jug left. As for liquid fert, I've been debating making the switch this year because of the atronomical pricing on granular. I have been using Lesco for about 5 years now and really like their products because I can fine tune a little better than with the Scott's stuff, and it's cheaper.
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