The TurfMaker® 390 Hydroseeder

Available in both MECHANICAL and HYDRAULIC Configurations

TurfMaker 390 Hydro-seederThe Turfmaker 390® is a Real Hydroseeding Machine with Mechanical Agitation Priced to Compete and Out Perform Larger Jet Agitated Machines.


  • Powerful Mechanical Agitation
  • Positive Displacement Gear Pump
  • Hydro-Sprigging & Vegetative Planting


  • Wood Mulch (100%) 150 lbs per tank load
  • Paper Mulch 200 lbs per tank load
  • Blended Mulch 175 lbs per tank load
  • Bonded Fiber Matrix 150 lbs per tank load

The TurfMaker 390® Model Hydroseeder, with mechanical agitation, is a cost effective alternative to jet agitation machines. Typically, jet agitation hydroseeders are limited to soupy slurries of paper mulch. Soupy paper mulch applications washout easily and frequently yields spotty seed germination. Poor grass growing results make unhappy customers. The TurfMaker 390® easily mixes and pumps thicker wood mulch slurries associated with Sod Quality Results™ and happy satisfied customers.

The TurfMaker 390® fully loaded weighs about 4,500 pounds. With a base of 47 inches in width and 77½ inches in length, it is designed to fit easily in the back of a standard bed pick-up truck. Getting in and out of tight areas becomes much quicker and easier when there is no trailer involved to slow things down.

The TurfMaker 390® is a complete 390 gallon hydroseeding machine with mechanical agitation and a positive displacement pump. Normal mulch loading is 125 lbs of 100% wood mulch, 125 lbs of any Bonded Fiber Matrix product or 175 lbs of paper mulch. The base model hydroseeder comes ready to use, equipped with 75 feet of hose and one hose application nozzles.

When applying wood mulch products at moderate application rates with a TurfMaker ® 390 hydroseeder, one full tank load will cover about 3,600 sq. ft, when applying at a rate of 1,500 pounds per acre.  When applying Bonded Fiber Matrix products at recommended application rates, one tank load will cover about 1,800 sq. ft. Paper mulch products can be applied at typical jet agitation machine application rates and one tank load will cover about 9,500 sq. ft. Most TurfMaker ® operators seldom make soupy, paper mulch applications.

When water is readily available for quick filling, a TurfMaker ® 390 hydroseeder will easily produce three tank loads of application in one hour. When applying quality wood mulch products, along with tackifiers for Sod Quality Results™, three tank loads will cover from 7,000 sq. ft. to 8,000 sq. ft. Jet agitation machines, due to difficulty of loading and clogging, seldom get as much as one tank load per hour, and that tank load is applying soupy paper mulch.

For really small jobs or small touch-ups, a TurfMaker ® 390 hydroseeder will mix partial loads. A 50 lb bag of 100% wood mulch can be mixed with 135 gallons of water and cover about 1,000 sq. ft. A 50 lb bag of any Bonded Fiber Matrix product can be loaded with 125 gallons of water and cover about 500 sq. ft. A 40 lb bag of paper mulch can be mixed with 80 gallons of water and cover up to 3,000 sq. ft.

The TurfMaker ® 390 hydroseeder has all the features found on standard hydroseeding machine. However, it is missing some of the super features found on most TurfMaker hydroseeder. The most significant of these options is the self-filling and clear water hose flushing system. This system can be added to the Model 390 for $750. This add-on option is a great investment and highly recommended. Other additional features include 200’ of TurfMaker ® hose and storage reel, a long life pump, and various engine upgrades. Any of these additional features can be added at any time before or after your purchase.

The TurfMaker ® 390 hydroseeder provides a cost effective alternative to jet agitation machine. Many jet agitation machine buyers have wasted money, time in their career, and performed poor grass planting services for their clientele, just because they did not know what it takes to produce good results with the hydroseeding process. Spraying colored water is not good business. Providing grass planting services with appropriate applications of quality mulch will produce Sod Quality Results™ nearly every time. This good service results in satisfied customers and good future referral business.

The TurfMaker ® Model 390 hydroseeder, with mechanical agitation is by far the best choice, even when the buyer is faced with a limited budget.

TurfMaker Options

  • Clear Water Hose & Pump Flush System
  • Numerous Hoses & Reels Packages
  • Tower Gun For Long-Distance Spraying
  • Hydraulics – Reverse Pump & Agitator

The Power of TurfMaker®

The TurfMaker® 390 will mix and pump the thickest mulch slurries, such as Flexterra®, Soil Guard, and all other BFM type products, up to 150 pounds per tank load through at least 150 feet of hose, with a KOHLER CH440 14hp engine.

For long distance hose applications up to 300′, use a KOHLER CH620 19hp engine.

For greater than 300′ hose applications, up to a KOHLER CH1000 37hp engine.

TurfMaker 390 – Physical Specifications

Total Capacity – Total Gallons: 390

Approximate Empty Weight – Varies Depending on Options1,500 lbs
Approximate Weight of Slurry in Tank3,250 lbs
Approximate Loaded Weight – Varies Depending on Options4,750 lbs

Typical Length with Most Engines80″ – 85″
Skid Frame Width47″
Overall Width56″
Overall Height61″

Standard Engine: Kohler CH 440. Other Engines Available.
Standard Pump: Rotary Gear, Positive Displacement
Trailer Option: Single Axle (5,200 lbs axle)

TurfMaker 390 – Performance Specifications

Total Capacity – Total Gallons: 390

Total Pounds of Mulch per Tank Load

Maximum lbs Thick Wood Mulch (Flexterra or BFM)150 lbs
Maximum lbs blended Wood Mulch **175 lbs
Maximum lbs Paper Mulch200 lbs

Total Area Covered per Tank Load

Tank Load Coverage with Excellent Mulch Coverage
(Flexterra or BFM applied at 80 lbs per 1,000 sq ft
1,875 sq ft
Tank Load Coverage Typical Home Lawn Application
(Blended Mulch applied at 50 lbs per 1,000 sq ft)
3,500 sq ft
Tank Load Coverage with Thin Mulch Application
(Paper Mulch applied at 25 lbs per 1,000 sq ft)
8,000 sq ft

Total Time Required per Tank Load

Typical Time to Spray One Tank Load – Hose Application13 Minutes
Typical Time to Load and Mix One Tank Load
Cycle time. Add the time to and from the water source
4 Minutes

Pumping Power – Spraying Distances

Typical hose applications – Length of Hose up to 300 ft.300 hose length
Larger Engine Options – Length of Hose up to 1,000 ft1,000 hose length

Note: Long distance applications depend on larger engines to get the most distance from the end of the nozzle.

Up to 150 spray distance from the end of the nozzle

** Blended mulches can be loaded more or less depending upon brand and density.