epic-manufacturing_logo Epic Advantage #2: All Hydraulic Controls

When you are in the market for landscaping equipment like a hydroseeder or hydromulcher, you have the option of choosing equipment that is powered differently but some operation choices aren't as efficient or cost-effective as others. Typically you can pick a hydroseeding machine that is operated by belts and chains, a direct-drive system or a fully hydraulic controlled machine. 

But which choice is the best option and value for your money? It's the hydraulic controlled system that can be found on every hydroseeder and hydromulcher made by Epic Manufacturing! It's important to understand why the other two powering methods are ineffective and you'll see why hydraulic controlled hydroseeders and hydromulchers are the best option.

Disadvantages of Belts & Chains

It's a fact that any machine operated and powered by belts and chains will require regular maintenance which will cost you money. A hydroseeder or hydromulcher powered by clutches, belts and chains have a huge disadvantage because the components are constantly subjected to wear and tear. There's constant slippage from wear, belts require tensioning which affects the length of performance and everything is tied to the engine. Then, there is the user who must find the sweet spot for the throttle – is it up or down, too much or too little power? This means that everything must be driven at the same capacity – paddles are running faster, the sprayer is at capacity and nothing is reversible. The user doesn't have the ability to independently control the speed of the machine and if something breaks on the worksite, the project has to be stopped until the repair is complete, ultimately costing you money.

Disadvantages of Direct-Drive

A direct-drive system is almost like a hybrid between the above and a hydraulic powered machine but the direct-drive system still carries major flaws in operation. The direct-drive system powers the spray pump through a clutch and has hydraulic controls to run the paddles but still is inefficient and costly. A clutch still needs to be engaged to adjust the speed of the engine which requires the belts and chains from above. It results in a machine that requires maintenance from all the wear and tear of the belts/chains while carrying the potential to break at any given time.   

hydraulic controlled hydroseedersBenefits of Hydraulic Controls

When you choose equipment by Epic Manufacturing, you eliminate all of the above disadvantages because a hydraulic control system gives the user independent control of the paddles, sprayer, and engine. A hydraulic pump on the engine runs on a fixed throttle that doesn’t require belt/chain tensioning or a clutch and eliminates the need for the user to find the operational range when engaging the clutch. Also, everything on the spray pump is run through a hydraulic valve that acts as a throttle – giving the user maximum control. This hydraulic valve does everything you need to independently operate different components on the hydroseeder or hydromulcher.


Hydraulic controls reduce maintenance costs because belts, chains, and clutches are non-existent. Additionally, a hydraulic system will not fail out on the worksite so you can continue working without dealing with downtime of a break from belts and chains. On top of this, users only need to occasionally check a color-coded gauge that states the status of the hydraulic filter! Hydroseeders and hydromulchers by Epic Manufacturing give you ease of use, minimal maintenance and a low cost of operation.