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I purchased a fimco 40 gal 3pt sprayer with a small folding boom and wand. I wanted more sprayer hose and auto recoil of the longer hose. So I welded together some scrap and mounted an air hose reel on the top. I painted the welded up assembly green. Reworked the plumbing to use the reel and added a pipe to hold the wand (the Fimco factory clips are junk).

What I didn't account for is that where I mounted the reel made it wanted to fall over toward the hitch when the sprayer was empty. I had some 10 lb sand-filled rectangular weights laying around. I bolted 2 of those under the front to counterbalance the hose reel. Nice and stable now.

It'll have to sit until May before I'll put any fluid in it and try it out.

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Nice job gittyup, :good2:

I will be looking for something like that in the near future, once I get my fruit trees planted. I assume that the pump on yours is 12 volt electric? Let us know how this works for you.

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Nice job gittyup, :good2:

I will be looking for something like that in the near future, once I get my fruit trees planted. I assume that the pump on yours is 12 volt electric? Let us know how this works for you.

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Yes, Rich, it is 12V. I will be using it behind my X739 GT, and I don't have the rear PTO on this tractor. For my needs the 12V is a better option: easier on/off and cheaper to buy. This 40 Gallon is by far the cheapest 3pt sprayer I could find (~$329) and is more than big enough for my yard needs.

If your tractor has a PTO, you might want to consider a PTO pump if your trees are very tall or if you will be a heavy user. I think this model has a max height of 25 feet. PTO pumpers can do much better and definitely more durable. But cost a few hundred dollars more and come with a bigger tank (my GT couldn't lift bigger).
 

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Thanks for your reply gittyup,

I will be putting in dwarf fruit trees this spring so height is not an issue. Even if I would add semi-dwarf I would keep them pruned fairly short so the electric would be sufficient. I intend to use it on my 1026R so I think this model would be a great fit. Depending on the amp draw of the pump, I may even be able to use it on the aux. 12 volt plug.

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Nice modification! I bought one of these last year and it works great. I also painted it green last summer.:good2:
 
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