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"Economy" static grass applicator, anybody tried this?
« on: January 04, 2013, 01:42:08 PM »
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The price is right, for sure, but I'm not particuarly sure I believe it works.

http://www.micromark.com/economy-static-grass-applicator-by-grass-tech-usa,10399.html

So has anybody tried this one?

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Re: "Economy" static grass applicator, anybody tried this?
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2013, 01:45:14 PM »
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It works, but you can build your own for about $10

http://www.harborfreight.com/electronic-fly-swatter-40122.html

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Re: "Economy" static grass applicator, anybody tried this?
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2013, 01:52:04 PM »
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Funny thing -- Grass Tech's applicator is precisely the same as the one that everyone makes.

It, literally, is that same exact electric fly swatter from Harbor Freight with a tea strainer attached to the end of it.
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Re: "Economy" static grass applicator, anybody tried this?
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2013, 02:18:27 PM »
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thats bougas, i paid over for the noch version :RUEffinKiddingMe:

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Re: "Economy" static grass applicator, anybody tried this?
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2013, 02:31:20 PM »
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Here's Kevin Rowbotham's groovy MRH article detailing how to build the flyswatter, 12V and 120V static grass applicators.

http://model-railroad-hobbyist.com/magazine/mrh-2010-MarApr/static_grass_applicators

I built the 12V one for under $30 (neg ion generator was $25) and it works great.
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Re: "Economy" static grass applicator, anybody tried this?
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2013, 03:05:47 PM »
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thats bougas, i paid over for the noch version :RUEffinKiddingMe:

I wouldn't be disappointed. From what i've researched the "fly-swatter" type has less potency than the Noch version. The Noch version better distance from the grounding point whereas the smaller, seemingly "kitbashed" version, only has a minimal radius from the grounding point and also requires the user to keep the applicator closer to the surface of where the grass is being applied.

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Re: "Economy" static grass applicator, anybody tried this?
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2013, 03:11:48 PM »
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I wouldn't be disappointed. From what i've researched the "fly-swatter" type has less potency than the Noch version. The Noch version better distance from the grounding point whereas the smaller, seemingly "kitbashed" version, only has a minimal radius from the grounding point and also requires the user to keep the applicator closer to the surface of where the grass is being applied.

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Re: "Economy" static grass applicator, anybody tried this?
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2013, 03:54:02 PM »
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Here's Kevin Rowbotham's groovy MRH article detailing how to build the flyswatter, 12V and 120V static grass applicators.

http://model-railroad-hobbyist.com/magazine/mrh-2010-MarApr/static_grass_applicators

I built the 12V one for under $30 (neg ion generator was $25) and it works great.

The Coona$$ Grassmaster is one of these, and it works really well.
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Re: "Economy" static grass applicator, anybody tried this?
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2013, 05:05:30 PM »
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I built a fly swatter and it seems to work ok. I've not seen a Noch so I can't comment on it's performance, but I've got about $5 in the fly swatter an as long as it keeps making grass stand up it's fine with me.


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Re: "Economy" static grass applicator, anybody tried this?
« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2013, 08:25:53 AM »
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I built my own based on a Joe Fugate design and am very happy with it:



It is essentially a Noch Grassmaster built with off-the-shelf parts for about $25 bucks. I posted step-by-step instructions on my blog a few years ago and have had reports from others that have successfully built one. I went with this style of static grass applicator over the fly swatter style because I find the vertical design makes it easier to control the application of the static grass.

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Re: "Economy" static grass applicator, anybody tried this?
« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2013, 11:43:46 AM »
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Jamie, nice design (and instructons)  Does that use a wall wart to power it?

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Re: "Economy" static grass applicator, anybody tried this?
« Reply #11 on: January 05, 2013, 11:49:56 AM »
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I built my own based on a Joe Fugate design and am very happy with it:



It is essentially a Noch Grassmaster built with off-the-shelf parts for about $25 bucks. I posted step-by-step instructions on my blog a few years ago and have had reports from others that have successfully built one. I went with this style of static grass applicator over the fly swatter style because I find the vertical design makes it easier to control the application of the static grass.

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Re: "Economy" static grass applicator, anybody tried this?
« Reply #12 on: January 05, 2013, 04:11:46 PM »
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I see a move to the crew lounge coming on.  :facepalm:

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Re: "Economy" static grass applicator, anybody tried this?
« Reply #13 on: January 05, 2013, 05:11:59 PM »
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I have the Noch one and it works really well. Once you break down the parts though and look at it, its not worth the $89 ( I got it on sale about 5 years ago) I paid for it, let alone its current MSRP.
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Re: "Economy" static grass applicator, anybody tried this?
« Reply #14 on: January 06, 2013, 04:05:27 AM »
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What will happen to the grass when a solar EMP hits us or the polarity flips ?