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Meet the Team: Cristan Oates, Administrative Assistant/HR Manager

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Dec 02, 2016

Administrative Assistants play an integral role in many businesses. Tasked with providing effective organizational services to the company, they are often the go-to person for Cristan .jpgmany issues, personal as well as professional.

Most office atmospheres can get hectic. It takes an organized person to keep things on an even keel, and maintain an efficient office environment:  meet Cristan Oates, Sprayer Depot's Administrative Assistant/HR Manager. Cristan oversees the general administrative tasks for the leadership team, such as project management and reporting, just to name a few. In addition, Cristan  is in charge of Human Resources, including recruiting and onboarding new employees, internal communication, and maintaining and updating the employee handbook. 

In her free time, Cristan enjoys playing video games and spending time with her husband and family. Let's get to know Cristan:

Name: Cristan Oates

Title: Administrative Assistant/HR Manager

Originally from: Alaska

Q: Where are you from?

A: Everywhere, due to the military! I was born in Alaska, but I’ve lived the longest in Central               Florida.

Q: What is the last book you read?

A: Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama (Manga)

Q: Do you have an inspirational quote that motivates you?

A: “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” - Dr. Suess

Q: Will you tell us something most people don't know about you?

A: I absolutely LOVE Latino music, especially “reggaeton”, and have loved it since I was 14 years old.

Q: Care to share the best tip for someone in the sprayer industry? 

A: Buy from Sprayer Depot!

Q: What’s the best part of joining the Sprayer Depot team? 

A: The people, hands down! I’ve met so many amazing people in the time that I’ve been                     here, all of whom love their jobs and do their best every day for our customers.

 

Got a question for Cristan? Leave it in the comment box below. 

 

Topics: Sprayer Depot, Meet the Team

Everything You Need to Know About Spray Nozzles

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, Nov 29, 2016

If you’re trying to decide which type of nozzle to use for a particular spray application, there are a number of factors you need to take into account. With a little research, you can become an expert on this topic. Here are a few of the most common types of spray nozzles, and some information regarding when they’re appropriate for use. Remember, the cost of replacing nozzles is minor compared to the effects of poor spraying, so make sure to choose wisely.

Cone Nozzles

Cone nozzles come in two basic variations - hollow cone and full cone.

Full cone nozzles produce large droplets that reduce drift and are typically used for directed spraying and other specialty applications such as chemical processing or dust control.

Hollow cone nozzles produce finely atomized droplets in a hollow cone, making them an excellent choice for fungicide and insecticide application. 

Flat Fan Nozzles

Flat fan nozzles shoot out a fan-shaped jet in an inverted “V” pattern commonly referred to as a tapered spray. Deposition is heaviest at the center of the pattern and dissipates Hypro flat fan spray tip.jpgtoward the outer edge. This is a general spray tip commonly used for broadcast applications, herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides. 

Adjustable Nozzles

Adjustable nozzles can be used when spraying requirements are anticipated to vary. The ConeJet spray tips have two settings on them representing different spray patterns: the first is labeled ConeJet-adjustable spray tip.jpgas setting "A" and results in a spray that allows for a wide angle and atomized cone spray, and the second is labeled as "B" and results in a straight stream spray. These nozzles are an excellent option if you think you might need more than one type of nozzle. 

Accessories

There are various accessories that can help make a nozzle assembly more efficient. For example, spray tip strainers help to protect spray performance and productivity with precision straining at the spray tip, and can also prevent leakage when the tip is not in use. 

Brands 

Our wide selection of spray nozzles, tips, and accessories includes products from a variety of top manufacturers, including:

  • Hypro
  • Teejet
  • Udor

Check out our selection to see our complete inventory. 

Want to learn more? Read this helpful blog post, Nozzles 101 published earlier this year or check out this resource from Teejet, A User's Guide to Spray Nozzles.

 

Topics: spray tips, Spray Nozzles, Teejet

Beginner's Guide: How to Complete Your Fall Sprayer Maintenance

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Nov 23, 2016

It's that time of year again...the leaves are falling, the temperatures areKings Sprayer Maintenance.jpg dropping and for many, it's time to put the spray equipment away for the winter months. It's the ideal time to perform preventive maintenance and put together a checklist (don't worry, we've got one you can download by clicking the button at the end of this post) for an annual maintenance plan.

Fall Sprayer Maintenance in 5 Easy Steps

  1. Check spray tips for wear and tear, and replace as necessary. Spray tips don't last forever! You can read more about how to tell when it's time to replace them in this blog post we published earlier this year.
  2. Change the oil in your pump, gearbox and engine. Consult your manufacturer’s recommendations on appropriate fluid changes.
  3. Flush the pump and tank with clean water and make sure to dry them using a clean rag.
  4. Remove any debris from the strainer and flush it with water. A clean and properly sealed strainer will allow proper flow to the pump and contribute to a longer pump life.
  5. Remember to calibrate your sprayer before storing it. Follow the steps outlined here for more information on how to perform a calibration.

We recommend the use of a Maintenance Checklist to keep track of each maintenance task. To help you get started, we have created a Sprayer Seasonal Maintenance Checklist that lists all components that need to be serviced daily, weekly, quarterly and semi-annually. It also includes a winterizing checklist! Check it out:

Download the Sprayer Seasonal Maintenance Checklist

 

Topics: Kings Sprayers, spray tips, fall tips, fall sprayer maintenance

5 Fun Thanksgiving Facts That Will Surprise You

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Mon, Nov 21, 2016

This time of year can get a little busy, and sometimes downright hectic. So let's take a break from the stressful stuff and kickoff Thanksgiving week with some fun Thanksgiving facts. Thanksgiving Post.png

5 Fun Thanksgiving Facts

  1. When President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863, it was largely due to the tireless efforts of a magazine editor named Sarah Josepha Hale. Her other claim to fame? She also wrote the nursery rhyme, "Mary had a Little Lamb.”
  2. Thanksgiving is not just an American holiday. Canadians also celebrate it, except they do it the second Monday in October.
  3. An estimated 46 million turkeys were eaten on Thanksgiving in 2015.
  4. What's the average number of calories an American will consume on Thanksgiving day? A whopping 4,500 calories, according to the Calorie Control Council.
  5. Not all turkeys "gobble, gobble". It turns out that only male turkeys, called toms, gobble. Females, called hens, cackle.

On a More Serious Note

On a more serious note, we want to thank our valued customers for trusting us with their business and helping to make us the #1 choice for spray equipment and sprayer parts. Whether you've ordered from us once or are a regular customer, we treat everyone with the utmost respect and courtesy. We know there are options out there when it comes to equipment suppliers, and we want to take this time to thank each and every one of you for the opportunity to serve your spray equipment needs.

Special Holiday Hours

This weekend, we hope everyone gets to spend time with family and friends. Our offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25th. We'll be back on Monday, Nov. 28th. 

Topics: customer service, thanksgiving

Landscaper's Corner: Insights and Updates for Landscape Professionals

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Nov 18, 2016

How Investing in the Right Equipment Will Make You Money                             Contributed by Guest Blogger: Martin McGuane, owner and operator of McGuanes Landscaping and Tree Service, Enfield CT

In the beginning, back when I launched my lawn care fertilization service, we started with a spreader and a hand can to spray weeds. It wasn’t long before we realized that we spent almost as much time filling the hand can as we did spraying the weeds, so we invested in a 10 gallon hand can on wheels. I was so happy to be able to treat three times the amount of square footage before refilling the tank.

Continuing to Invest

Once again we found ourselves being inefficient in the amount of time spent filling and mixing instead of spraying weeds so we decided to upgrade to a 200 gallon sprayer with a hose, reel and pump. This was by far one of the best investments I have ever made.

In the mornings we would fill the sprayer and for the rest of the day we would use the 300 feet of hose on a reel to spray without filling or pumping the hand can. With our new sprayer we were able to substantially increase efficiency and production. We doubled the number of lawns we treated during the course of the day.

Depending on the size of your business, choosing the right equipment can increase productivity. In my case, all three sprayers got the job done, but the 200 gallon sprayer with reel, hose and pump got it done much quicker.

Our Tree Spraying Business

We went through the same process with our tree spraying service. We started with a small 200 gallon sprayer on the back of a pickup truck. We could only spray one mix at a time so we had to make a return trip to the same property if we needed two mixes. We decided to buy a larger truck and put two sprayers on it. Now we can pull up to a property and spray two mixes in one stop. Once again, we doubled our production. Whether you have one sprayer on a pickup truck or two sprayers on a larger truck, or even a dual tank sprayer…all get the job done, but one is definitely the least efficient of the three options.

Dual tank sprayers such as the Kings Sprayers Dual Tank Skid Sprayer are a great way to maximizing the utility of spray equipment. With two 50-gallon tanks, this sprayer is great for tree spraying and can be used in truck beds, utility vehicles or trailers.

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Leave a note in the comment box below to share your story of how investing in the right equipment has made a difference in your business.

Topics: Kings Sprayers, Skid Sprayers, dual tank sprayer, Landscaper's Corner

Follow the Cool Kids: See Why Sprayer Depot is the #1 Place to Buy Spray Equipment

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Mon, Nov 14, 2016

 We Strive for Perfection

Sprayer Depot is one of the top choices for spray equipment and sprayer parts in the U.S. But
what’s behind the secret to our success? There are a number of things we do better than any other spray equipment company, and these differences help us rise above our competitors.

#1: Our Customer Service

We are committed to customer service. That’s why our knowledgeable customerchoice.jpegCustomer Service Technicians work hard to make each step of the customer journey - from the order process to product support - simple and easy. We strive to "WOW" customers by exceeding expectations, like offering a variety of perks such as same-day shipping for orders placed before 5:00 PM (ET).

#2: Our Prices

One of the top reasons we remain the leading provider of spray equipment is simply our unbeatable prices. By making quality equipment cost-effective, we’ve managed to become one of the most respected names in the industry.

#3: Our Inventory

We have a massive inventory - in stock and ready to ship.  Whether you need spray tips, storage tanks, hose reels or gas engines, we've got it.  And that’s not to mention our line of commercial sprayers, Kings Sprayers, which range from spot sprayers to highway-ready trailer sprayers. 

#4: Our Partnerships

We have partnered with several major manufacturers in order to offer you the best possible quality products - at unbeatable prices.  Some of the brands we carry include:

  •  Honda
  • Kings Sprayers
  • Hypro
  • Teejet
  • John Deere
  • Ace
  • Comet
  • FMC John Bean

 #5: Our Core Values

One of our core values is to "WOW customers by exceeding expectations", and we plan to keep doing so in the future. Feel free to contact us to learn more.

Topics: Hypro, Kings Sprayers, customer service, fast shipping

No One Can Beat Our New Shipping Policy!

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Nov 09, 2016

Fastest Shipping Guarantee 

Place your order by 5:00 p.m. (ET) and it ships the SAME day. Guaranteed! Talk about fast shipping.....

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Now it's even easier for our customers to get what they need FAST because we've extended the cutoff time for our same day shipping guarantee from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (ET). No other spray equipment company offers this and it's just one of the reasons why we are the #1 choice for spray equipment and sprayer parts.

Reduce Downtime

There are many benefits to fast shipping, but reducing downtime so that customers aren't impacted by gaps in service, is probably at the top of most business owners' priority lists. Plus, by not wasting time or resources postponing jobs due to lack of equipment, businesses can operate on schedule and stay on track with customer's expectations.

We Want to WOW People 

Our corporate identity is anchored by this core purpose: To WOW people by exceeding expectations. We strive for perfection in all aspects of our business and are constantly identifying areas for improvement. By extending the cutoff time for same day shipping to 5:00 p.m. (ET) customers have the entire business day to place an order - and still get it shipped the SAME day. We think that deserves a "WOW". Do you agree? Let us know what you think by leaving a note in the comment box. 

For details on our Same Day Shipping Guarantee, click here.

 

Topics: customer service, same day shipping

At Your Service: A Quick Look at the Main Industries We Serve

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Nov 04, 2016

An Overview of the Spray Equipment Market

Spray equipment is used by many different businesses in various industries from roof cleaners to small farms and nurseries. In addition, some main sprayer components such as pumps and spray hose, can be used by a wide audience with little to do with the spray industry.

The main industries we serve can be funneled into the following industry segments:

  • Pest Control
  • Lawn & Landscape 
  • Golf & Recreation
  • Horticulture
  • Small Agriculture

A Closer Look at Our Main Industry Segments

Pest Control: Pest control companies use a variety of spray equipment to spray pesticides. Some of common products include backpack sprayers, handheld sprayers and spray wands. solobackpacksprayer-resized-600.jpg

Lawn & Landscape: Sprayers such as the Kings 100 Gallon Skid Sprayer are popular with landscape professionals because they can be used in truck beds, trailers, utility vehicles or boats. Other popular products used by this group include high pressure spray guns like the Green Garde JD9-C and the FMC John Bean model 705 due to their efficacy in tree and landscape applications.

Golf & Recreation: Two-Wheel Sprayers are widely used in this industry segment for spraying golf courses and athletic fields because they can be easily pulled with a utility vehicle or compact trailer. 

Horticulture: Customers in this industry segment frequently purchase spot sprayers such as the Kings 25 Gallon Spot Sprayer with AgitationKings Sprayers Spot Sprayer.jpg

Small Agriculture: Sprayer maneuverability is important to this customer segment, so the Kings 3 Point Hitch sprayers are popular, in addition to roller pumps such as the Hypro 7560C.

 

 Other Industry Segments

From pressure cleaning to car wash/auto detailing, sprayers and spray equipment are used in a wide range of businesses, and our knowledgeable Customer Service Technicians are trained to help customers identify the equipment that best fits their needs. 

Talk to a Knowledgable  Customer Service Technician

Topics: spray equipment, pest control, lawn sprayers, tree spraying

You'll Never Guess Who Won the Sprayer Depot Halloween Costume Contest

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, Nov 01, 2016


It's Halloween at Sprayer Depot

The Sprayer Depot team is always up for some fun, and Halloween is the perfect backdrop for some good old-fashioned silliness. We kicked off the morning with a costume contest - check out some of the entries and make sure to read to the end to see the winner!

What a crazy crew!

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From the "Ultimate Party Animal" to a "Screwdriver" we saw some creative costumes today!

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And the Winner Is:

Competition was tough, but here's the winner of the 2016 Sprayer Depot Halloween Costume Contest. Which costume was your favorite? Tell us in the comment box below. 

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Topics: Sprayer Depot, Halloween

Landscaper's Corner: Insights and Updates for Landscape Professionals

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Oct 28, 2016

 How to Calibrate Your Spreader Sprayer                                                                  Contributed by Guest Blogger: Martin McGuane, owner and operator of McGuanes Landscaping and Tree Service, Enfield CT

There are few things more important in the chemical lawn care business than ensuring that your spreader sprayer is calibrated. Calibration is the process used to make sure that the spray equipment properly disperses the pesticide at the proper rate.spreader_sprayer.jpg

Why Calibrate Your Spreader Sprayer?

Key reasons why calibration is so important include:

  • Applying a mixture too heavy wastes material and money.
  • Applying a mixture too light will not effectively control your target pests.
  • Operating an uncalibrated sprayer is environmentally irresponsible.

A Brief Overview

There are many factors involved in calibrating a sprayer. You could spend weeks learning about calibration. However, our purpose in this blog post is to provide a simple, yet effective and accurate way to ensure you’re delivering the correct amount of solution.

Steps to Calibrate a Spreader Sprayer

Let’s walk through the quick and easy steps to calibrate a spreader sprayer:

  • Make sure your screen is clean.
  • Set your sprayer to the desired PSI.
  • Set your ground speed.
  • Measure the width of your sprayer bar. For this example, we will assume the sprayer bar measures 7 feet.
  • Determine the amount of feet you will need to spray to get 1,000 square feet of coverage (1000/7 (length of sprayer bar) = 143ft).
  • Add a known quantity of water to your sprayer.
  • Blanket spray the determined length from above (In this case, 143 feet).
  • Once you finish spraying, determine how much water you used.

Determine the Rate

Let’s assume we used 1 gallon on our 1,000 square feet. Let’s also assume that the manufacturer’s recommend rate for your weed killer is 1oz. per 1,000 square feet. Based on this, we know that we will need to mix 1oz. of weed killer per gallon.

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Keep an Eye on Your Calibration

Once your sprayer has been calibrated you should confirm the calibration regularly throughout the day. Using the example from the previous paragraph, if we are applying a blanket application to a 10,000 sq. ft. lawn, we should be using 10 gallons of dilute. If not, we need to adjust our mix, our speed or possibly our pressure.

Get More Information

Want to learn more about calibration? Check out Sprayer Depot’s previous blog post, How to Calibrate a Boom Sprayer.

Topics: sprayers, landscaper, Sprayer Calibration, spreadersprayer, Landscaper's Corner

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