Hydroseeding has been around since the 1950s and is a method to control soil erosion by planting grass. Hydroseeding machines consist of a mixing tank with paddles and a pump to pump the slurry mixture onto a prepared surface. The slurry mixture is usually composed of ingredients such as grass seed, fertilizer, mulch, and water.
The machine that does the work is called a hydroseeder and typically comes in two main types: jet agitated and mechanical agitated. Mechanical agitation is the most common type of hydroseeder because it allows more power to mix the slurry in the tank. There are two main functions of mechanical agitation: mixing the slurry liquid and pumping the fluid out. Powering those functions is a matter of turning the shafts of both the mixing paddles and the pump with adequate torque and speed.
The most essential function of the pump is its ability to push concentrated slurry mixtures through long application hoses. A diesel engine is required to efficiently discharge the thick slurry mixture at adequate distances in higher volume applications. Manufacturers often turn to WPT Power for assistance to achieve the necessary speed and torque. The WPT Pilotless™ Power Take-Off (PTO) is the number one choice for manufacturers looking to drive their hydroseeder pump at its max capacity. Attached to the diesel engine, the WPT Pilotless™ PTO turns a series of belts, or shafts, to power the slurry pump. The WPT Pilotless™ PTO has eliminated the pilot bearing, which allows for higher sideload capacity. Paired with a dual main bearing design, the WPT Pilotless™ PTO is the only well-thought-out choice for manufacturers looking to get the most out of their hydroseeder.
WPT has the solution to fit your agriculture application, whether it’s a hydroseeder, wood chipper, or manure agitator. Contact your WPT Sales Rep or Application Engineer today for more information at 940-761-1971 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written By: Ty Kirk, Sales Representative