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    We have in the past couple of years cleared thicket and shrub to make additional pasture for my CFO's horses. As the grass/pasture area has expanded so has the bill for traditional type fertilizer and weed control. Besides, granules don't work well with horses and by the time you wait the 6-8 weeks for the granules to dissolve, half the summer is over here in WI. We used and still use Milorganite for fertilizer but Milorganite doesn't know the difference between fescue, dandelions or lamb ear and feeds them all.

    With that said, I did my research over the winter for a sprayer. I knew I wanted something with a boom but wasn't sure if I wanted an ATV or trailer style. That wasn't until I saw a posting on MTF by royrector. So below is my sprayer build. Again, this is not an orginal idea of my own but information I gained here and other forums and this seems to be the best fit for me. I decided I like the idea behind NorthStar's broadcast lance nozzle versus a boom since I would not have to worry about trees or fence posts as much since nothing was extending further beyond the width of my tractor.

    I was able to find a brand new 26 gallon ATV style on Craigslist even though a 16 would have probably been sufficient. I have used it 3 times since we purchased and so far am quite happy with it.


    Went to the local Fastenal store and purchased 6 ft of 2 x 2 square tubing, made my measurements, cut the tubing to length and welded. (please go easy on the weld comments)
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    Primed, painted and added 2 x 2 end caps.

    Don't get jealous of my state of the art paint booth.
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    Final fitup and electrical connectors. I replaced the alligator clamps with a cigarette style outlet and am using a 10 amp fuse (blew through both 5 and 7.5's).
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    Final results...
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    2011 JD 2520, 200CX FEL, iMatch Quick Hitch, 48" JD Box Scraper, 54" JD FM Snowblower, Artillian 36" Forks w/Backrest, Frontier PHD200, Woods RM59 Finish Mower & Heavy Hitch

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    sprayer mount

    Great job on that sprayer. I thought of building one like that myself. great inspiration for me. the welds look fine, as good as mine...

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    Nice job! I have a fimco sprayer I use in my Gator to spray. Its a boomless and cover about 40 feet wide. I agree with you on liquid fertilizer!



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    Nice write-up! Thanks for pics and instructions. The welds look fine from here.
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    That worked out great! I have a trailer-mounted one I pull behind my lawn mower. Or I should say, I used to have a trailer mounted one. After seeing this build, I'm going to weld up a mount to just use it with the new 2520.

    Thanks for posting this!!!!!
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    Looks good! I have a similar unit that I use with the Gator. I haven't built a boom for it yet, I use the wand. Works alright for weed control.
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    Randy D agrees with Andy B.... I used to have a trailer mounted one now too. I like it alot. So...now that I'm going to copy the copier,I gots some questions.How wide does that nozzle spray and is it pretty even coverage? Where do you get the 2x2 plastic plugs?...those are slick and makes it look professional. Thanks!
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