Part of the rental agreement for this place is I spray the thistles on the entire farm which is 100 acres.
I been using my tractor show butt-buggy, pulling my home built sprayer trailer. It was a comfortable ride with its golf cart seat and its own shade canopy. Last year it rained every other day for months on end. The cows basically ripped up the pasture, walking around to find something to eat. The butt-buggy's 6X12 turf tires get stuck now often and the ride is rough to say the least. I could use the four wheeler with much more traction and softer tires but it doesn't like creeping around at a slow speed. Not a liquid cooled model, the 4 wheeler gets hot quick.
This spring the co-ops floater actually got stuck while fertilizing the pasture! I think an underground spring has found its way to the surface and the millions of pockets [hoof prints] hold water causing more problems.
Here is my spray rig. Been using this for many years. It has an on-demand, 12 volt pump and a spray wand. You can see the mud on the rims where I had just been stuck.
Nearly 15 years ago I got this piece of shipping crate out of the city dump thinking I'd someday make a carryall for my Power King 2418's 3 point hitch. Well, I have since bought a 1614 PK and I like it MUCH better. The 1614 has a drawbar style hitch but it is hydraulic lift so I made the carryall to mount on it. I designed the carryall to where I just back up to it and drop in the hitch pin. Raise the lift and go. Turned out way easier than mounting a 3 point implement.
Here is the 1/2 shipping crate.
The size was perfect for the PK. All I had to do was weld on a hitch, brace it up some, and cut plywood for the floor.
With minimal time and no money [except I had to buy some mig wire] I now have a spray rig that has bigger tires with ag tread, more ground clearance, and much more weight.
Not real happy with the limited travel of the lift, the carryall doesn't go high enough. I have some serious ditches to cross so there may be trouble there. I can play with the lift linkage later - as needed.
As the sprayer has its own framework, I just unbolted it from the trailer and have it sitting on the carryall for now. Once bolted down it'll be ready to use again.
The trailer had such a short tongue the tractors tires would get into the business [pump and hoses] on sharp turns and especially when I'd get stuck. Usual procedure was to shift into reverse and get off the tractor to help pull backwards from behind the trailer. When the rig got free of the mud it'd jackknife the trailer before I could get the tractor shut down. That usually meant ripping the hose off the pump and a quick repair before progress could resume.
The PK is so heavy that IF I get it stuck it'll be a long walk to the house to get the big tractor but I hope to not get stuck anymore.
Don't laugh at the pressboard. It was handy and nearly the correct size. Only had to rip 2" off one side and it fit perfect. I know it won't last long but it'll work for this year. I weigh nearly 100 pounds more than the tank loaded [25 gallon] and I was able to jump up and down on the carryall with no problems. I feel it should take the beating of rough ground with a full load.
Edited by Gtractor, May 30, 2016 - 10:21 PM.