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2019 HS-300-EH that is for sale questions

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Offline frieghtdog

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2019 HS-300-EH that is for sale questions
« on: Sat September 18, 2021, 04:52:06 PM »
Hello,  I have located a 2019 HS-300-EH that is for sale in MN.   It has a John Blue 3350 pump with the Honda GX390 engine.  On the TT website it states that model uses a MIG-30 pump.  Which model is currently being sold?  and what are the pros and cons to each?  The machine looks to be lightly used and very straight.  Is this a good starter machine?  I plan to use it on my property then sell or and may experiment with some residential side jobs with it.

I have also considered building one myself and using a 270 gallon tote that I have on hand.

Any info is very much appreciated.  I am amazed at how hard it is to find a hydro seeder contractor in my area.

Thanks in advance.

John
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Re: 2019 HS-300-EH that is for sale questions
« Reply #1 on: Sat September 18, 2021, 07:45:51 PM »
We only used the John Blue pump in 2019.  The John Blue pump worked well but had issues with poor quality mulch that has a lot of plastic in it.  For that reason we quit using it.

Currently we are using both a Riverside and Franklin Electric MIG-30 pump.  Pumps have been in short supply this year.  The Riverside pumps we ordered in May and were told we should get in September are now expected in December.  All kinds of things are hard to get this year.

If anyone does have issues with the John Blue pump we have an affordable option to switch the pump end to a Monarch MIG-30.  The change isn't hard.

If you decide to build your own I would suggest you don't use the tote.  Tanks are cheap and a tote is not a good choice. 
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Re: 2019 HS-300-EH that is for sale questions
« Reply #2 on: Sat September 18, 2021, 10:16:10 PM »
ok thank you for the reply and info.  I would like to seed about 2000 sq/ft at a time so I can keep it watered correctly until I get it up and established.  What machine would you recommend and what is lead time?

As far as the tote I agree it not ideal but i figured if I used a good 3" pump I could create enough turbulence to keep it mixed ok.

Thanks for your quick response. 

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Re: 2019 HS-300-EH that is for sale questions
« Reply #3 on: Sat September 18, 2021, 10:24:02 PM »
A 150 gallon unit will typically do about 2000 sq. ft. per load.  Soil conditions can affect the coverage.  Loose, powdery soils suck up the material faster than more compacted soils. 

If you decide to build your own get a round tank or an oval tank if possible.  A leg tank isn't my first choice but would be a million times better than a tote.
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Re: 2019 HS-300-EH that is for sale questions
« Reply #4 on: Sat September 18, 2021, 10:37:00 PM »
what is best option based on my scenario:

I want to plant 2000 sq ft fescue blend at a time so I can water to get up and established.  Its flat ground somewhat protected from wind,  mostly full sun.  I have a 72" tiller on my tractor, a box blade to do any grading,  a stinger 2400 super seeder slit seeder, and a 48" cultipacker to pack in after slit seeding, I broadcast seed then use the slit seeder with a low seed setting to bury all the seed, that process works real good.  I would like to cover with hydromulch/seed/fertilizer mix or blow straw.  I just did a 2300 sqft area with 8' wide straw blankets but they are a real pain in the ass especially for a 1 man show and wont do that again.

Should I buy a jet hydroseeder to cover or get a straw blower and just blow straw on it? straw seems to hold moisture better then paper mulch but I would put it on heavy and use that polymer stuff to help it hold moisture.

I hope that all makes sense.  And thank you for any recomendations.



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Re: 2019 HS-300-EH that is for sale questions
« Reply #5 on: Tue September 21, 2021, 10:44:27 AM »
Either straw or hydromulch should work.  Straw can protect from the heat better than hydromulch and hydromulch can hold the moisture better.   If you do straw make sure you do it nice and heavy.  I see too many people apply a light amount of straw and wonder why they have poor results.  Tacking the straw is good since it can blow away easily. 
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