HOW THEY WORK
Turbo Turf makes Jet Agitated Hydro Seeding Systems from 50 gallons to
2000 gallons and Mechanically agitated units in 500, 750 and 1000 gallon
sizes. Turbo Turf makes the finest hydro seeding systems of both
types on the market and all Turbo Turf systems have many major advantages
over competitive units. Jet systems are simple, powerful, lightweight and
easy to use. They are the best of a great technology that has
changed hydro seeding and the way lawns are seeded. Our
mechanical systems are a break through in hydro seeding design and offer
convenience, reliability and design features no one else has.
THERE ARE TWO MAIN
TYPES OF HYDRO SEEDING UNITS
Until the end of the 1980's most all hydro seeding units
had metal tanks and were what is called a mechanically agitated
hydro seeding unit. Mechanical units have one or more rotating
shafts with paddles inside the tank
stir the material to blend the mix. These units work well
and are good quality units. One disadvantage of a mechanically
agitated system is that to rotate the paddles it requires
a complicated drive system with hydraulic motors, chains sprockets and other
parts. The metal tanks and added mechanism makes the units much
heavier and usually requires a heavier tow vehicle. The second major
problem is with the metal tank rusting. The
manufactures work hard to make mechanically agitated units as rust resistant as possible by
putting a coat of rust resistant material such as epoxy inside the
tank. However with vibration that coating will crack, and all metal tank units will
eventually rust. Frequent, thorough cleaning will help delay the
rust, and will prolong the life of the unit. Some owners of
mechanical systems will apply the fertilizer separately with a spin
spreader since the fertilizer is the most corrosive
part of the hydro seeding mix. Turbo Turf mechanically
agitated units have a poly tank that can never rust and is so reliable the
tanks in those units now have a 20 year pro rated warranty. The
paddle assembly is mounted on heavy exterior metal supports and carry any
weight and stress from operation of the paddles and the poly tank simply
acts as a carrier for the liquids. Turbo Turf makes the only paddle
units on the market where you never have to worry about the tank rusting.
TURBO TURF, THE FINEST PADDLE SYSTEMS MADE
Turbo Turf's mechanical systems use a poly tank that
can never rust. You will never spend your winters sand blasting
your tank and coating the inside with smelly coal tar epoxy.
Turbo Turf's Hybrid units combine the best of Jet and
the best of mechanical units. The design is simple and has few
moving parts. This is the easiest to run paddle machine on
the market and has the lowest maintenance.
Turbo Turf's HARV and HARV-E use a hydraulically
driven Bowie Gear pump and hydraulically driven paddle assembly.
Unlike other competitive units both the pump and paddles can be
reversed. Should you get a clog in the suction line you can
simply reverse the pump and blow it out. Paddles can be reversed
and you can control the speed. This makes it the best unit on
the market for handling difficult to use erosion control products.
Turbo Turf's T series has a belt driven Bowie gear
pump. The T series offers a low cost machine capable of spraying
difficult materials and to spray through up to 500 feet of hose
Jet agitated hydro seeding systems began to appear about
1990. Turbo Turf's jet agitated hydro seeding systems offer fast
even mixing with no moving parts inside the tank. Turbo Turf's
agitation system has two
large jets on the lower left side of the tank. Inside the tank these
jets are pointed up, and parallel to the outside surface of the
tank. A very high volume of water and materials (up to 740 g.p.m.)
shoot out of these jets creating an intense rolling action inside
the tank. Turbo Turf's jet systems have a plastic tank that can
never rust. A fast mixing action that will mix a full load of
materials in minutes. A light transport weight that allows the use
of a lighter towing vehicle. They offer wide open passages that
virtually never plug. Turbo Turf systems have low maintenance cost
and only 4 moving
parts excluding the engine (an impeller that screws right on to the engine
shaft, and 3 ball valves).
Turbo Turf's jet systems are equipped with a very powerful
centrifugal pump with an adjustable bypass into the tank. The
operator has full control of the pressure at the gun which means You can
reduce the flow to trim, or totally shut off the gun valve without making
adjustments at the unit. Some mechanical systems
(including our HARV units use what is called a positive displacement gear
pump. This type of pump has great power and is a high quality pump.
As long as this type of pump is turning, material must come out the
discharge. These pumps are good quality pumps but are not nearly as
easy to use and have much higher maintenance.
Units with a gear pump are harder for one person to operate, are much more
difficult to use in trimming, require the pump to be dismantled
every 6 months or so to remove paper gaskets and generally go about 2
years between total rebuilds. A centrifugal pump will goes years and
years without ever being touched. Gear pumps however are better for
some hard to use erosion control materials and do have some advantages for
TURBO TURF, THE FINEST JET SYSTEMS MADE
Turbo Turf has bigger pumps with great pressure.
Turbo Turf's ZX series have 4" x 4" pumps with
a maximum flow of 740 G.P.M. and maximum pressure pressure of 78 P.S.I.
More pressure mean more spray distance and the ability to use longer
More horsepower. compare our units to
other jet systems. Our standard engine on the ZX series is a 27 H.P. Kohler Command Pro.
Bigger hoses to flow more material and get
the job done faster. Our hoses are 1 1/4" inside diameter on all
models except the ZX series and are 1 1/2" I.D. on the ZX units.
Bottom Suction. We feed
our big 4" x 4" pumps using a 4" suction line that
feeds from a small sump in the bottom center of the tank. Others drain with
a fitting vertically mounted on the end of the tank. Turbo
Turf's units won't leave 4" of material on the bottom of the tank
like other units.
Typically when you are done with a load you will see about a cup of
material left not the 25 gallons you see with other units. Turbo Turf
mixes are good to the last drop.
Jet bale buster. A Turbo Turf exclusive
is the jet bale buster that minimizes breaking up the mulch.
The bale buster is standard on the gallon and larger units and
optional on the 300 and 500 gallon units. It allows you to
add mulch in any size clump that you can fit through the
opening. Speed loading 75%. Turbo Turf's ZED series
accepts full bales of mulch.
Continuous Agitation. In normal operation you
are always bypassing material into the tank, and always mixing.
Unlike some other units on the market, you can shut this down temporarily if you need
that little bit extra to reach maximum distance. The
ability to control your bypass gives Turbo Turf better trimming
ability than other units.
Big Jets, Some other jet systems use a
long tube running along the bottom of the tank from the front to back
for agitation. This tube has small 9/16" holes for their jet
mixing. Turbo Turf's powerful 2" jets can provide up to 6
times the mixing power. The tube machines have a rear
clean out and they say to take a stick and put a nail in it to free
the clogs (which happen often). Turbo Turf big 2" jets virtually never
clog and if they do they are quickly accessible through quick coupler
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