First Time Buyers
Know the differences in hydroseeder and hydromulcher equipment before spending thousands of dollars. A good hydroseeder can quickly mix and apply any kind of mulch mixture, thick or thin. A very thick mulch mixture is frequently needed for serious erosion control applications. Sometimes, a highway right-of-way can be adequately covered with a soupy mixture. For landscaping and sod quality results hydromulching, premium mulch products are most appropriate.
Don’t be misled that a larger tank and engine is the answer. A re-circulation or ‘jet agitation’ machine will not mix even moderately thick slurries limiting mulch applications to low budget projects. There is no substitute for a machine designed to efficiently mix and pump good mulch materials at appropriate rates. The purchase of a cheap hydroseeder machine can be a disaster for a new contractor intending to enter the business of planting quality grass on new lawns and fine landscapes or serious erosion control. Read more...
TurfMaker Features & Design Differences Improve Productivity
» CALL FOR A TURFMAKER DEMONSTRATION - Compare to any competitor. You WILL be impressed with the simple design, the user friendliness, and the higher productivity.
» POWERFUL DIRECT DRIVE MECHANICAL AGITATION - Load and mix the thickest wood mulch slurries almost instantly. No wasted time reversing the agitator for total mixing.
» PROPRIETARY ROTARY GEAR PUMP is capable of pumping very thick slurries through long hoses without loss of pressure at the end of the hose. A TurfMaker® is THE MACHINE to use when pumping with 500 feet of hose up the side of a mountain.
» USER FRIENDLY LOW-PROFILE LOADING PLATFORMS - This design feature minimizes user fatigue caused by lifting heavy bags of mulch onto high loading platforms.
» CLEAR WATER HOSE FLUSH SYSTEM - This system pumps clear water through the hose pushing the heavy mulch out of the end of the hose. The hose drains completely resulting in the hose becoming very light weight, making it easy to handle and store.
» DOUBLE THE MACHINE CAPACITY - A TurfMaker® can fill itself from an auxiliary water tank, effectively doubling or even tripling capacity by avoiding extra trips to the water source. This is particularly important when a high volume water source is not close by. If garden hoses are the only close water supply, an auxiliary water tank can be filling during spraying operations.
» CONTROL HOSE PRESSURE - The pumping pressure control is independent of the engine speed and agitator mixing speed. This allows the user at the end of a 300’ hose to precisely spray around flowerbeds with low-pressure or spray the mulch slurry as far as 100’ from the end of the hose with high pressure.
» SIMPLICITY OF DESIGN - There are no clutches or hydraulic systems to fail, just tensioned V-belts that operate like most riding lawnmowers. Yet, the pump, the pump pressure, and the agitator are all controlled independent of each other.
TRY IT - YOU WILL BE IMPRESSED - In almost all cases, when an experienced or new person uses a TurfMaker®, they are impressed and sometimes amazed at how such a simple machine can perform at such a high level. AND yet costs no more, and in some cases costs considerably less than other similar machines.
TurfMaker at the Panama Canal
TurfMaker Gear Pump or Centrifugal Pump
A TurfMaker gear pump is the best choice for thick mulch slurries. A centrifugal pump will pump less dense mixtures and project slightly further with a tower gun, assuming adequate horsepower.. Either pump will provide good service for most hydromulching operations.
More Technical Information
Mechanical Agitation Hydroseeder vs. Jet Agitation
Soupy Mixes are needed on dry powdery soils and on sandy soils. Jet agitation hydroseeder machines can only make soupy mixes. Although they are slow, jet agitation hydroseed machines can spray a soupy mix of paper mulch onto loose soil and grow a nice lawn some of the time. Imagine what a TurfMaker® with mechanical agitation can do with soupy mixes.
Thicker Slurries are needed on hard soils and wet soils. Soupy mixes run when applied to hard or wet soils. Inadequate mulch applications are an invitation to washouts and poor germination. It is not possible to make thick slurries with jet agitation machines. Handling thicker slurries are easy with mechanical agitation. Mechanical agitation is standard on all TurfMaker® machines.
Wood Fiber Mulch is frequently specified by landscape architects and governmental agencies. It is not practical to use 100% wood mulch in any jet agitation hydroseed machine. It will clog. Wood fiber mulch is easy with a TurfMaker®.
Bonded Fiber Matrix products are special wood mulch products that must be mixed and applied more thickly than regular wood mulch applications. These products cannot be used in any jet agitation hydroseeder machine as specified by the mulch manufacturer. Think TurfMaker®!
Hydro-Sprigging is becoming more widely used to plant vegetative grasses with substantially less costs than laying solid sod. The chemistry and technology are emerging making hydrosprigging a highly reliable way to plant new grasses. Some grasses can be planted by using living pieces of grass instead of seed in the tank of a TurfMaker®.
A TurfMaker® with mechanical agitation can do soupy mixes, thicker slurries, wood fiber mulch, bonded fiber matrix products, and even hydro-sprigging.
There are no limitations with a TurfMaker® hydroseeder