Even the base configuration TurfMaker® 325 (the smallest unit in the TurfMaker® family of machines) will mix and pump any mulch product including BFM up to 125 pounds per tank load and pump that thick slurry through at least 200 feet of hose. Typical thickness slurries can be pumped through longer hoses. Load and mix time 5 minutes.
Mix any thick “super mulch” almost instantly.
With a powerful agitation system, loading mulch is quick and easy. Fast machine loading is the key to more tank loads in any work day.
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with steel gears are more precision internally than any other gear pump, providing better pumping power for thick slurries through long hoses.
TURFMAKER® GEAR PUMPS have incredibly hard steel surfaces throughout for much longer life.
Dried mulch in the hose is a major clogging problem. The system and the hose should be flushed with clear water anytime spraying is stopped for more than a few minutes. Avoiding clogs saves a lot of time.
An optional 50 gallon holding tank provides enough water for two flushes of 200 feet of hose.
The 50 gallon tank is integrated into the 1200 gallon flat top machine.
Inside a Deck and Railing Model TurfMaker®
Inside a Low Profile Model TurfMaker®
Inside a Tank - Competitor A
TurfMaker® machines are designed in such a way that the customer has numerous engine options. Most smaller TurfMaker® machines are ordered with gasoline engines. Most larger TurfMaker® machines are ordered with diesel engines. Diesel engines cost more and typically last longer. Diesel engines are typically more fuel efficient. Note, however that gasoline engines seldom need to be replaced due to being worn out. Replacing the gas engine usually costs less than the initial upgrade cost of the original diesel engine.
A hydroseeding machine has two primary functions: A mixing paddle system in the tank to mix the slurry of water, mulch, seed, and other ingredients and a pump for pumping the mulch slurry out of the tank for application onto the ground. Powering those functions is simply a matter of turning the shaft of the mixing paddles and turning the shaft and the pump with adequate torque and speed.
Mixing in the Tank
Loading and mixing a machine quickly is important for job-site efficiency. Mechanical drive systems typically provide massive power for mixing paddles to mix the slurry almost instantly. Some hydraulic systems do not deliver adequate power for instant mixing. That lack of power is addressed with a reversing function. Reversing the paddle blade direction will help achieve adequate mixing. However, reversing the agitator to obtain adequate mixing wastes time resulting in slightly more labor costs each tank load. A hydraulic system for the agitator should be designed to provide enough power for instant mixing and include reversing.
Pumping from the Tank
The most important pumping function for hose applications is the ability to pump thick slurries through long hoses. The most important pumping function for tower applications is to shoot any slurry, thick or thin sufficient distances. Whether or not the pump is driven with a mechanical system or a hydraulic system is of no importance if the pump is turned with adequate power and speed.
Points of Comparison
Any system, including hydraulics, is subject to good or poor design. Any system will wear out. Any system has it’s strong points and weak points. Below are a few of these points.
Reversing the agitator is valuable if the agitation system is weak. Reversing the agitator is also useful to deal with a common operator error of getting too much water in the tank before all the mulch is loaded.
This occurs when water is allowed to fill the tank too quickly. Reversing the agitator will take the mulch floating on top down into the mixing paddles and into solution.
Reversing a gear pump is very useful. If a clog occurs somewhere in the system, reversing a gear pump will most likely clear the clog. A centrifugal pump does not work in reverse.
SUMMARY – Hydraulic Power Systems versus Mechanical Power Mechanisms:
Operators typically prefer lighter weight collapsible hose. This is particularly significant when more than 100 feet of hose is needed. It is not uncommon for a jobsite to require more than 150 feet of hose.
Multiple sections of hose can be coupled together to reach the farthest point on a job site and lightweight hose is usually preferable.
A clear water hose flush system on a machine can pump clear water through the hose at any time.
Whenever hose is pulled out or reeled in, an empty hose is lightweight and easy to handle. Flushing with clear water also eliminates any possibility of hose clogging.
Hard hose (non-collapsible) allows a machine to be equipped with a live hose reel*. An amount of hose can be unwound and the pumping of mulch can begin with some of the hose still wrapped on the reel.
This is certainly convenient. The mulch slurry flows through the piping of the reel and into the hose.
Another advantage of hard hose is that it is more durable than collapsible hose and less likely to kink.
On the negative side, hard hoses are heavy. When full of mulch, a 1½” hard hose will weigh about 175 pounds per 100 feet. Hard hose is awkward to handle and transport without a powered hose reel. Further, a live hose reel* requires significantly more pumping power to provide adequate pressure at the end of the hose. Perhaps the most compelling reason not to use a live hose reel* is that clogs can easily occur in the pipes and hose of a live hose reel. Such a clog can be a major problem.
One Final Note
A live hose reel* with hard hose (non-collapsible) is much more tolerable if the machine is equipped with a clear water system AND a reversible gear pump. Both features will provide for the reel and hose being cleared of mulch at the end of every work session.
*A live hose reel has the hose connected to the plumbing of the reel so that the material being pumped flows through the reel and through the hose wrapped on the reel. Any amount of hose can be removed from the reel or re-wound back onto the reel while making an application. Historically this type of system has caused clogging. However, the use of tackifiers (providing lubricity) has reduced this nuisance significantly. Also, reels used by TurfMaker® are less clog prone than typical reels.