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    Low Cost Wick Applicator

    Has anybody tried out one of the $100 wick applicators like agrisupply sells?

    I have some patches of Johnson Grass that I would like to eliminate. They sell a bracket to mount it to the FEL, but it seems like you might track the herbicide (roundup) onto crop grasses. Also, I'm not to crazy about driving my tractor through the gly.

    • Has anybody ever mounted one of these devices on the 3 point hitch?
    • How effective is the transfer to the target plant?
    • What about dripping?

    Thanks for any experience that you can enlighten me with.
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    Never heard of it, but now Im interested in knowing more!
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    I have never used an applicator with a tractor but heavily used them mounted onto the front rack of my four wheeler. The reason I mounted them to the front of the four wheeler is because the tires would smash down the weeds and the applicator was unable to wipe on the roundup if mounted on the rear.


    I did not have issues with tracking. The wick worked extremely well at target weeds. The majority of my use for the applicators has been in pastures. Using a wick applicator is the best/easiest way I have found for knocking down the taller weeds and not killing everything in the process. I have had some drips here and there but never anything excessive. Killing random spots/drips the size of a quarter is not bad IMO and beats regular cuttings with a bushhog trying to cut out the tall stuff.
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    One problem with this type of applicator is there is no "on/off". Once the tube is filled the wicks get saturated and there is no way to stop the application.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ky_shawn View Post
    ...The wick worked extremely well at target weeds. The majority of my use for the applicators has been in pastures. Using a wick applicator is the best/easiest way I have found for knocking down the taller weeds and not killing everything in the process...
    Based on your post, it sounds like it's worth a try for $100 (assuming that you used a "cheapie" like in my link, and not one of the higher end units).

    What concentration of gly did you use?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KeyboardJungle View Post
    Based on your post, it sounds like it's worth a try for $100 (assuming that you used a "cheapie" like in my link, and not one of the higher end units).

    What concentration of gly did you use?
    I have always used a cheapie, it's not identical to what you linked but close.

    I use a 50/50 mix.
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    It may be different with the higher end applicators but with the cheaper setups I have found it works best to drive over the weeds twice using the opposite direction as the first for your 2nd pass over the target weeds.
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    Does anyone happen to know what the adapter fitting is that holds the rope?

    It looks like some standard PVC pipe fitting of some sort,,,

    With two of those fittings, and some PVC pipe, you could glue up a hand held version very easily,,,
    if the handle is the tank, you could have a ball valve at the bottom for some flow control.

    I tried doing this with a refillable paint roller.
    You have to move REALLY fast because the watery mix flows out so fast,,,
    much faster than the thick latex paint it was designed for,,,

    The paint roller did an incredible job of applying zero drift Roundup or 2-4,D ,,,

    But, with the rollers high flow, instead of drift, I ended up with "DRIP",,,
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    Quote Originally Posted by CADplans View Post
    Does anyone happen to know what the adapter fitting is that holds the rope?

    It looks like some standard PVC pipe fitting of some sort,,,

    With two of those fittings, and some PVC pipe, you could glue up a hand held version very easily,,,
    if the handle is the tank, you could have a ball valve at the bottom for some flow control.

    I tried doing this with a refillable paint roller.
    You have to move REALLY fast because the watery mix flows out so fast,,,
    much faster than the thick latex paint it was designed for,,,

    The paint roller did an incredible job of applying zero drift Roundup or 2-4,D ,,,

    But, with the rollers high flow, instead of drift, I ended up with "DRIP",,,


    http://caes2.caes.uga.edu/commoditie...ipewickapp.pdf
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    That is interesting, thanks!!
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