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A Guide to Equipment Management: How to Determine When You Should Buy New or Used, and When You Should Repair

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, May 23, 2017

Landscaper's Corner: Insights and Updates for Landscape Professionals

Contributed by Guest Blogger: Martin McGuane, owner and operator of McGuanes Landscaping and Tree Service, Enfield CT

In the landscaping industry, one of the biggest business expenses is for trucks and equipment; every landscaper wants brand new, shiny trucks and equipment. landscapers corner-2.jpg
While the temptation to buy all new equipment and trucks is there,
it’s important to take a close look at the dollars and sense of buying new or used.

Our First New Truck

I remember when I first started out. Money was tight and our budget was lean. So, we bought a used truck for $6000. In two years, we spent $4800 on repairs before finally replacing it. A few years later, while 'crunching the numbers' one winter, I realized that I was spending $200 per month on each vehicle in repairs. It was at that time that we decided to buy our first new truck.

While 'crunching the numbers' the next winter, we were surprised to realize that we saved a lot of money on our new truck purchase:

  • We saved a fair amount on taxes
  • There were no repair bills
  • Our fuel consumption went down

The bottom line was that the new truck probably only cost us about $100 per month more than continuing to run the old truck. Plus, we had the added benefit of not having any down time and the improved company image a new truck brought us.

That was 25 years ago. But the lesson I learned is timeless...know your numbers!

Purchasing New Equipment

The decision process to purchase equipment is very similar to buying a truck. The first step is to define the need: Do you need to buy a 1,000 gallon sprayer with tall tree capabilities to if your plan is to only spray crab apples and birches? The answer is "no".

It’s important to properly maintain all equipment ; over time the regular maintenance turns in to costly repairs. Once again, it’s important to 'crunch the numbers' and figure out at what point the repairs no longer make sense and when it's time to replace the old equipment with new.

This is sometimes a tough call to make. Kings-Sprayers-Electric-Sprayer.jpgNone of us are immune to the sticker shock of a $10,000 sprayer, but if you spent $2,500 in parts last year to keep a 12 year old sprayer running, it probably makes sense to replace it with a new one.

When buying new equipment such as a sprayer, do your research! Don’t run to the closest brick and mortar shop to buy whatever is in the showroom. Instead, we recommend building relationships with vendors you can trust. For example, we use Sprayer Depot for all spray equipment, including replacement parts for existing equipment like a JD9-C Spray Gun. In our business, time is money and we try our best to eliminate downtime, so we especially like Sprayer Depot’s same day shipping guarantee.

Know Your Needs

A key component to knowing your needs is having a solid business plan in place that identifies both short and long-term goals and determines specific equipment needed to successfully execute the plan. Figure out the true cost of running that all equipment. 

Having a disciplined approach to keeping track of maintenance and repair costs will help you make the right decision when considering whether to repair or replace, and whether to buy new or used.

About the Author:

Martin McGuane is the owner and operator of McGuanes Landscaping and Tree Service Inc, which has been servicing Central Connecticut and Western Massachusetts since 1987. Martin is a 1981 graduate of the University of Connecticut's School of Agriculture. He is a Connecticut licensed arborist and has a Custom Ground Supervisor license in both Connecticut and Massachusetts. He also holds a CT Irrigation License.









Topics: Spray Equipment Maintenance, JD9-C Spray Gun, Skid Sprayer, Landscaper's Corner, landscaping

A Simple Guide to Roller Pumps

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, May 19, 2017

Roller pumps are ideal for agricultural, landscape, and industrial spraying applications. They can be used to transfer a variety fluids and are an economical choice for professionals in a variety of field applications. These pumps work especially well for pest control professionals and landscapers alike because they are designed to handle a multitude of pumping needs including insecticides, herbicides, liquid fertilizers and many other liquids. Although different models are made with materials for best compatibility with certain liquids.

How a Roller Pump Works

It's important to understand the basics of how this type of pump operates, in order to identify the best pump to suit your needs: the pump operates by accepting fluids through an inlet port where it is captured and transported by the rollers (tiny balls that function as a conveyor for the liquid) before being expelled. A roller pump has 4 to 8 rollers, depending on the model, that revolve inside the pump housing to force the spray solution out through the nozzle. It is important to consider all the construction features of the housing and the rollers when deciding which pump to purchase.

Roller Pump Options

For instance, a landscaper who is concerned about weed control Hypro-6500XL-actual.jpgmay want to consider the Hypro 6500XL series pump whose construction has been tested and proven to be compatible with the use of RoundUp. (Remember it is always important to flush your pump after every application to preserve the integrity of its internal components).

The economical rotary-action roller principle of the Hypro 6500C pump requires no check valves while providing positive displacement characteristics with less friction and lower starting torque than many other pumps on the market. This particular one has an internal roller direction of counter clockwise, as opposed the the 4001 and 4101 models which rotate clockwise.

With a slightly slower gpm rate, the cast-iron Delavan 6900C model pump
is an affordable option for most spraying needs. Cast iron pumps typically provide good performance with insecticides and pesticides. This roller pump has a 5/8-in. solid shaft and a max pressure of 300psi. 


We Can Help

Contact our expert Customer Service Technicians for assistance in determining which roller pump best fits your needs. Call 800-228-0905 or leave your question in the comment box.

Topics: roller pumps, Hypro Roller Pump, Delavan, Delavan cast iron pump

These New Items Have Been Added to Clearance

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, May 16, 2017

Spring is in full bloom and our inventory is moving fast. We've added new items to our Clearance section, where you can find one-of-a-kind deals on refurbished, gently used and equipment with missing parts. Act fast because these items don't last long! Plus, when you order by 5:00 p.m. (ET) your order ships the SAME day. Guaranteed

Here's a peek at a few of our best deals:

Hypro Diaphragm Pump D503DRGI (Missing Parts)

  • Regulator missing - pump works to specs
  • Medium pressure diaphragm pump recommended for spraying herbicides, pesticides, liquid fertilizers and other hard-to-handle fluids
  • Only 1 in stock

  $2,741  NOW $950



Udor KAPPA Diaphragm Pump 55/GR-5 (Missing Parts)

  • Missing pinion gear to attached gearbox to gas engine, inlet hose barb/ring nut/o-ring and regulator fittings
  • Never used
  • Only 1 in stock

  $2,065  NOW $800


Hannay Electric Hose Reel (Slightly Damages)

  • Damaged in shipping - frame slightly bent, damage to discs 
  • Holds up to 400' of 3/8" ID hose or 300' of 1/2" ID hose
  • Only 1 in stock

  $625  NOW $400

See something you like? Don't wait, quantities are limited. Talk to one of our Customer Service Technicians if you have any questions. Call 800-228-0905.

Click Here to Browse Our  Clearance & Refurbished Products

Topics: Hose Reel, Udor Kappa, Hypro Pump, hannay, clearance

The Best Timesaving Apps for Pest Control & Landscaping Companies

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, May 12, 2017

In today’s technology filled world the only way to get ahead is to jump on the techno band wagon. As a landscaper perhaps advanced technology doesn’t seem like an everyday tool. itimesheet.jpgYou may ask; Who needs a smart phone to mow a lawn? However, there are some really great business apps out there that may save you a lot of time! Check these out a few of our favorites:


What it does: With this app, you can easily take photos, create text and record audio files and upload them to the Evernote servers so you can access them from your smartphone, tablet or any other computer. Further, you can add tags and descriptions to these items. For instance, if you attend a trade show and see a piece of equipment you like, you can take a photo of it, name it and tag it with “equipment I want to buy” for access at a later date.


What it does: Contractors can easily keep track of hours spent on a jobsite with this mobile timesheet. Data can be exported via email as an Excel file attachment or in a table inserted directly within the body of an email. There is also an analytic module that includes charts to analyze the time spent for a specific client, project or task to help you take a closer look at how you or a field crewmember spends their time.


What it does: This app allows contractors to invoice directly from their smart device and email it to the customer. A PayPal button can be included in the email in order to encourage even faster payment. The app includes more than 20 invoice templates to choose from, all of which can be customized with a company logo. In addition, the app includes 12 different reports, such as dashboard and sales reports.


What it does: This free app helps you find the cheapest gas prices wherever they are—or via a search by city or zip code. GasBuddy keeps an up-to-date record of gas prices by asking users to help out. You earn points and also a daily chance to win $100 of gas by reporting gas prices in your area.

Got a favorite app to recommend? Share it in the comment box below.



Topics: landscaper, pest control, pest control app, landscaping

Meet the Team:  Michael Manning, Warehouse Expeditor

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, May 09, 2017

Operations is a busy department in most equipment companies. And Sprayer Depot is no exception. It takes a lot of organizational skills and IMG_20170508_140234518.jpgattention to detail to make the day-to-day tasks run smoothly, especially in the warehouse. On top of that, Sprayer Depot's Same Day Shipping Policy makes efficiency essential in this department. 

So, who's at the forefront of all keeping all this together? Meet Michael Manning. As Warehouse Expeditor Michael handles a variety of tasks and is a key member of the Operations Team. Working in a fast-paced environment, Michael has to prioritize on a daily basis and is often under strict deadlines. He makes it all look easy, and manages to do it all with a smile on his face . Around Sprayer Depot, Michael's known for his keen wit and sharp sense of humor. 

In Michael's free time, one of his favorite things to do is to sharpen colored pencils. Not making this up. This is seriously how he answered the question. Funny guy.

Let's get to know Michael a little better:

Name: Michael Manning

Department: Operations

Q: Where are you from?
A:  Boston, MA 
Q: What is the last book you read?
A:  Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't, Jim Collins.
Q: Do you have an inspirational quote that motivates you? 
A: "A good plan today is better than a better plan tomorrow"--Unknown Author
Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
A: Burlington, VT because it's situated between Lake Champlain and Mount Mansfield.
Q: Will you tell us something most people don't know about you?
A: No.
Q: What's your best tip for someone in the spray industry?
A: Shop at!
Q: What's the best part of joining the Sprayer Depot team?
A: The birthday presents.
Got a question for Michael? Leave it in the comment box below.

Topics: same day shipping, Meet the Team, Same-Day Shipping Guarantee

How to Attract and Keep Good Employees

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, May 05, 2017

Landscaper's Corner: Insights and Updates for Landscape Professionals

Contributed by Guest Blogger: Martin McGuane, owner and operator of McGuanes Landscaping and Tree Service, Enfield CT

It Starts With The Money

As Rush Limbaugh once said, the way to attract and keep good employees is to pay them well. While pay is important, it's not everything. An underpaid McGuanes_Company_imgage_MartinM2.jpgemployee will never be happy, but good pay alone will not guarantee a happy and motivated employee. So let's take a look at some ways McGuanes Landscaping keeps employees happy and motivated.

Job Security

It starts with job security. Employees need stability and want to know that they have a dependable work environment. In the landscaping industry this can be done by providing work all year long, even during slow times. For example, tree work, winter maintenance, or snow removal jobs can be offered in the slower months. Business owners and managers shoiuld make a point to ensure employees have a productive and rewarding work load. 

Culture of Respect

Create a culture of respect. Value each employee for what they bring to the job. At McGuanes Landscaping, we have a lot of fun and joke around, at the same time we always treat each other with respect.

Training and Development

Some things that create job satisfaction in employees are training and development opportunities, and possibilities for advancement. In the landscaping industry there are countless seminars, certifications and workshops to help employees learn more about the industry. Participating in these can increase  employees' skills, helping them take on more responsibilities ,which may open up opportunities for promotion. At our company, we make it a priority to make these experiences available to employees. We sign-up the employees, pay for the training, and tell them when and where to show up.  We even make scheduling changes to make sure that their route is covered for that day. We keep it easy for employees to pursue development opportunities.

If budgeting does not allow for paid or outside training, there are plenty of free tools available online. For instance, Sprayer Depot offers helpful videos on their YouTube channel like Getting Started With a Standard Spot Sprayer and Repairing a JD9-C Spray Gun O-Ring. These videos teach valuable time-saving repairs and skills that can help landscapers deal with real life equipment issues.

Rewarding Work That Matches Skills & Abilities

Another important factor in developing happy employees is creating work that's rewarding, yet also matches skills and abilities. Not all employees at McGuanes Landscaping are able to be a foreman and run a job site, some simply make great general laborers. The point is, each employee needs to be matched with a job that fits their unique ability.

Give Employees Some Responsibility

At McGuanes Landscaping, we try to give each employee as much responsibility as possible. For example, If the lawn crew is out fertilizing, one person on the truck is responsible for blowing all sidewalks, roads and driveways. This person is also responsible for leaving all paperwork. This person may be an entry level employee, but he or she owns this responsibility.

Another example is how one of our entry level employees recently asked to be put in charge of redesigning our business cards. He worked with our local printer to create several proofs for the manager to approve. This helped free up some time for the owner and helped the employee develop some new skills while learning a new aspect of the business.

Final Thoughts 

Attracting and keeping good employees really does involve more than just paying them well; that's really just the first step. You need to create a company culture where:


  1. There is job security
  2. Employees treat each other with respect
  3. There are training & development opportunities
  4. There are opportunities for advancement
  5. Jobs are matched to skills and abilities
  6. As much responsibility as possible is given to each role

About the Author:

Martin McGuane is the owner and operator of McGuanes Landscaping and Tree Service Inc, which has been servicing Central Connecticut and Western Massachusetts since 1987. Martin is a 1981 graduate of the University of Connecticut's School of Agriculture. He is a Connecticut licensed arborist and has a Custom Ground Supervisor license in both Connecticut and Massachusetts. He also holds a CT Irrigation License.


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Topics: JD9-C Spray Gun, Instructional Video, Apps on the Sprayer Depot blog, Youtube, Landscaper's Corner, o ring, landscaping

How to Overcome the Top 3 Problems of Tall Tree Spraying

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, May 03, 2017

Spraying tall trees can be tricky business. The need to reach extreme heights can present challenges for spray applicators. At Sprayer Depot, we're always touting the importance of having the right equipment for the job, and this is especially true in tall tree spraying. The "one size fits all" approach does not apply!

tree-spraying.jpgFor example, we get calls from customers who want to use their existing sprayer and simply purchase a new spray gun to spray to further heights.  Unfortunately, this is not how it works: the whole system needs to be adequate.  If you don’t use the right tank, pump, spray hose or spray gun you won’t hit the desired distance.  

Here are 3 important things to consider when spraying tall trees: 

  1. Pick the right tank size - It's necessary for the tank capacity to be 5 - 6 times the max flow rate of the pump. We recommend the largest tank possible while still fitting space requirements. One of the main issues with using a tank that's too small is that the high flow rate of most pumps will empty a small tank quickly and create cavitation in the lines which leads to decreased performance. 
  2. Pick the right pump, spray hose, and spray gun - In order to proper height when spraying tall trees, both flow and pressure are required. So a spray hose with with a diameter large enough that it does not restrict  the flow of the liquid is essential. High pressure will atomize the droplets and allow them to reach increased heights. 
  3. Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) - PPE protects the body from  hazardous chemicals. To reduce the risk of harm or injury, professional spray applicators should wear face, eye, skin, and hand protection.

Use this helpful guide when determining what equipment to use for tall tree spraying:

Height Pump Engine Spray Hose Spray Gun
Spray 40'

Hypro D30GRGI 


 5.5 HP Honda Engine 1/2” ID Spray Hose

JD9C Replacement 


Udor Turbine Spray Gun

Spray 50'

Hypro D50GRGI8


9 HP Honda Engine  1/2” ID Spray Hose 

JD9-C with XL Tip

Udor Turbine Spray Gun

Spray 60'

Hypro D813GRGI


 13 HP Engine 1/2” ID Spray Hose
Udor Turbine Spray Gun
Spray 70'

Hypro D1064GRGI


 20 HP Engine 3/4” ID Spray Hose Long Range Spray Gun 
Spray 80'-90' KAPPA120GR 20 HP Honda Engine 3/4” ID Spray Hose

Long Range Spray Gun 

FMC 785 Spray Gun

To read more about tall tree spray guns, take a look at this prior blog post

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Topics: spray equipment, JD9 Spray Gun, Tall Tree Guns, spraying trees

What No One Will Tell You About Spray Nozzles

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Apr 28, 2017

The topic of spray nozzles is an important one for spray applicators and one that's often underappreciated. While spray nozzles may be Hypro-Spray-Tip.jpgamong the least expensive inventory items on your shelf, they are among the most important in the application of chemicals. Since they have a huge effect on the accuracy and efficiency of each spray application, it's important to include them in your equipment maintenance plans and replace them on a regular basis.

When to Change Nozzles

Nozzles come in a variety of materials including stainless steel, ceramic, and polyacetal.  Nozzles will wear out at different rates depending on their use and spray solution. For example, stainless steel nozzles wear almost twice as fast as polyacetal nozzles.  Make sure to check the label of the chemical solution to check for compatible nozzle material.

Another important consideration is the change in spray applications. It's not likely that the same nozzle will work well for all applications. 

Nozzles should be routinely inspected for any visible wear-and-tear. If you're observing an interruption in the intended spray pattern, it's most likely an indicator that it's time for a new nozzle. 

According to Pentair-Hypro, nozzles should be replaced "if the flow from a nozzle varies more than 10% above or below the average of all the nozzles or the factory stated flow at 40 psi."

Help With Selecting the Right Spray Tip

These helpful selection guides published by Hypro and Teejet (respectively) are excellent tools to help determine which spray tip to use. 






To read more about spray nozzles, check out our previous blog on this topic. 

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Topics: Hypro, spray equipment, spray tips, Teejet

The Top Questions From Our Blog: Asked and Answered

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, Apr 25, 2017

These days, information is literally at our fingertips; a quick Google search can find an answer to a question that would have taken hours or even days to research just a few decades ago. At Sprayer Depot, we're on the leading questions-answers-723x334.jpgedge of technology. This is evident in everything from our state-of-the-art inventory management system, to our communication on social channels like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and our commitment to digital media.

We realize that time is money for our customers. The LESS time they have to spend researching how to do a quick equipment repair on the fly, or a reputable parts vendor,  the MORE time they have to service customers and grow their business. So we quickly respond to all questions on our blog, or social channels and post the answers so they can be referenced by anyone.

In this post we'll feature a few questions that have recently been posted to our blog comment box. 

Q:  "My Shurflo ATV sprayer pump (pump model #8000-543-936pulsates. What's wrong?" - Tom R.    

A: To prevent pulsing try holding down the trigger on the spray wand and adjust the small Allen    screw in the front center of the pump head until the pulsation subsides.     

Q: "I bought a used Fimco 55 gallon PTO sprayer. I have a John Deere 1025R tractor and want to use the sprayer to do broadleaf control, liquid fertilizer, and things like that. What roller pump should I use?" - Wes T.  

A: We recommend the Hypro 7560XL "Silver Series" Roller Pump. This pump has great flow and  pressure and is cast from a stainless alloy specially designed for pesticides and herbicides.

Q: "My rig is pulsing and has very low pressure. It will start spraying perfectly,but then go back down to low pressure. I tried cranking up the psi, but it didn't  work. I've been working with a very frustrating rig. Please help! There is no clog in gun isn't the issue. I think motor is going out, but maybe you can help" - Joe M.

A: Intermittent performance indicates that you may have a bad pressure switch. This switch is located on the front of the pump and has two red wires attached to it. Replacements switches are available for most models. 

Q: "I'm starting up our Hypro D503 for the season. It will build up pressure to 400 psi but when I engage the nozzle, it drops below 200 psi or lower but returns to 400 psi once the nozzle is turned off. I've checked and tightened all the connections. Cleaned the strainer on the intake and it's good. Thoughts?" - Chris T.

A: A drop in pressure when engaging the trigger normally indicates an air leak on the suction side. We suggest making sure the suction strainer gasket is set properly to form a tight seal and the bowl is not cross threaded or over tightened. You may also try watching the intake line to see if any air bubbles appear when activating the gun. 

If you've got a question about your spray equipment, leave it in the comment box below and we'll get right back to you.


Topics: Hypro, spray equipment, Hypro D30 Pump, Shurflo

4 of the Best Apps for Landscapers

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Apr 21, 2017

Landscaping is hard work - there are so many aspects to the job that center on the ability to create someone else's perfect greenery. TurfPath-App.jpgHere are four of the best apps that landscapers can use to "work smarter, not harder". 

  • Landscaper's Companion App - user friendly, this app contains a massive database of local plants, consisting of over 26,000 plants in their database. 21,000 photos of plants will help you identify on the go with the mobile app. Possesses neat tools for landscapers to make plant lists and share with clients in just minutes.
  • TurfPath App - a mobile app designed to help landscapers and enthusiasts alike determine turfgrass pests with visual identification. A necessity for any landscaper to get the job done right, with a constantly expanding database and an open network - communicate with other experts for advice and opinions. No pests, no problem.
  • PRO Landscape Companion App - the first of its kind, this app is designed specifically for iPads and tablets. Create and design your landscaping ideas within minutes to give clients a visual and a quote. With the ability to move your designs to your computer and over 12,000 images to use in the expansive image library, this is a definite must have for landscapers.
  • Weather Underground App - any landscaper worth their weight in salt knows how important the weather can be when trying to work. This app gives current microclimate conditions around the globe from over 200,000 weather stations around the world. Features also include crowd reports and webcams concerning weather - don't ever sweat the weather again.

Topics: landscaper, pest control, landscapping

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