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Flow meters

Has anyone found a flow meter for metering chem from a tote that is actually accurate?. If so, what is it?. I've only tried two different ones and the only difference is that one is a cheap POS (Sotera) and the other an expensive POS (Raven 221). Neither are accurate or repeatable. I'm not concerned about price (within reason) I just need accuracy.

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I installed a Durameter and after I calibrated it seems pretty close. Just using it for glyphosate right now and only emptied a few barrels and a shuttle so don't know exactly how accurate it is yet. I don't like that it seems to meter air so you kinda have to pay attention to the number when your barrel goes empty

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I tried various meters and went away from them.
Different chemicals with different viscosities made them unreliable.
Glyphosate in the summer versus glyphosate in the spring when its colder would need a different cal factor as well.

Been using the measurements on a chem handler and its pretty close for me that way.
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I have a mixing cone that works the same every time. I have used a few meter while metering into a cone. I have not tried another in a few years now. My 2" Banjo meter that meters everything I pump onto my sprayer has surprised me. Often with in 1% of what the meter out says I sprayed. Then today it was almost 50 gallon short on a 1250 gal load. Or was my rate meter off metering the spray out???
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I put my tote on a 5,000# scale. Accurate to 1#, or about 1/10 gallon. If you get a 10,000# scale, resolution may be 2# but you can stack two full totes. The cam-lock is hooked into my 3" pump with a check valve so if I leave a valve open it won't feed into the water tank. When loading a product at 2 1/2qt/acre, that 3" pump saves a lot of time.
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Would be nice if they would just put more markings on the containers in smaller increments. Having a meter is just one more thing to flush out.

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I put my tote on a 5,000# scale. Accurate to 1#, or about 1/10 gallon. If you get a 10,000# scale, resolution may be 2# but you can stack two full totes. The cam-lock is hooked into my 3" pump with a check valve so if I leave a valve open it won't feed into the water tank. When loading a product at 2 1/2qt/acre, that 3" pump saves a lot of time.
Where did you get the scale
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Chemical shuttles I've used the past 2 years:

Gly Star Plus
Border Xtra 8L
Satellite Hydrocap
Boundary 6.5 EC
Dual Magnum II

I've been coming out very accurately.

Banjo 2" Flowmeter.
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Go ogle pallet scale or floor scale. Shipping is a big cost, so your location matters. Get one with a weatherproof display.
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Great idea. I see numerous pallet scales online for around $500 USD. Constantly drives me nuts that all the Canadian sites are about double that, even if you consider the horrendous exchange rate right now.


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