Yeah, I get that. Starting to look at used self propelled sprayers and seeing them in the $150k range with around 2000 hours. I was going to stick with pt's, but I think in my case the other way may be better.
I dont blame you. You know your operation, I do not. Though I may eventually sp one of my pts, towing them with a truck has been truly a fun experience.
Before I bought the pts, I took a good look at what it would take to get the sp to a one man operation. I thought about towing a tank with the sprayer. But the sprayer was not equipped to do so safely and would take too much work and money to make it so. Then a truck with a trailer to haul the sprayer was looked at. But it too, ended up being too much risk loading and unloading the sprayer and anchoring it each time, plus I would not gain the tank capacity I wanted to reduce fill ups.
So I ended up looking at my location to all the distant fields and decided a pt with at least a 1500 gallon tank would reduce all fills in the field as our biggest field is 145 acres, and our "average" gpa is 10. So now with a 2000 gallon sprayer behind a truck, I can fill at home, drive comfortably to the field and spray with only the risk of getting hit by another driver. No loading and unloading the sprayer, no slipping off the steps to fill and load chems in the fields........... It works for me, but may not for anyone else as each operation is different. But I do like the effiency I gained even though I use a pt, over the cost of the sp and the support equipment it would take "for my operation
" to run it.