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Landscaper's Corner: Insights and Updates for Landscape Professionals

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Feb 24, 2017

A Complete Checklist to Get Ready for Spring

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

Finish Last Year’s Taxes

Many people look at landscaping as a seasonal business, which is partially true since actual field work is typically limited in many regions due to a cooler climate. Working Hard-1.jpgHowever, regardless of where you do business, there is a lot of work to do during the winter to prepare for the start of the spring season. One of the first things that we do once we finish our season in early January, is compile our tax files for the prior year. The last thing that we want when the busy season arrives is to be stuck in the accountant’s office. Complete your taxes as soon as possible: some of the numbers you come up with will be used to prepare for the spring.

Repair Trucks and Equipment

One of the more time-consuming projects you should do in the off-season is to get all trucks and equipment ready and inspected for the coming year. It’s likely that after a year of use, that both major and minor repairs will be required. Addressing these issues in the off-season ensures that once the weather cooperates, you are ready to hit the ground running.Kings-Sprayers.jpg This includes making sure that all trucks are registered and insured, with proper paperwork in all of the trucks.

Don’t forget to inspect your equipment and conduct all necessary repairs.

Our friends at Sprayer Depot published this helpful blog post with simple steps to get your spray equipment ready for spring. It also doesn’t hurt to pretty up some of the equipment with touch up paint.

“Crunch the Numbers”

Another project we do over the winter is take a long hard look at the numbers we gave the accountant in order to identify the key sources of revenue. Reviewing expenses is also important sprayer-depot.jpgbecause it helps determine which services are profitable. This is what I call “crunching the numbers”. This will help identify issues with pricing and determine whether or not specific services should be eliminated.

While “crunching the numbers”, be mindful of the fact that there is more to pricing than labor and material. It is very important to know your overhead. It can be broken down per week, day or man hour, but make sure to know your numbers.

 

Create a Marketing Strategy

Spring is EVERYTHING for most landscaping businesses. It’s the time when most homeowners make lawn and landscape decisions for the upcoming year. This is why the step of determining which services are profitable for your business is so important to do prior to developing a marketing plan. 

Timing matters. Scheduling your mailing or other advertising so that it hits potential customers at the time they are making their vendor decision is essential. For example, If you are in the tree spraying or lawn fertilizing business, homeowners typically make these decisions in April or early May. Don’t expect your advertising to work very well if they first receive information about you in June.

Meet With Vendors

Winter is a great time to meet with vendors and review pricing for the coming year. This information is necessary to determine if a new pricing schedule is needed. Most of our vendors submit their best quote early in order to secure our business, and most will honor this price for the entire season. We also use time in the off-season to take inventory and place orders for everything we need for early spring. If possible, we even try to schedule delivery dates. Preparation is the key to success! Make sure to look at your year-end numbers when ordering for the spring.

Send Reminder Letters

Reminder letters are a great opportunity to get in front of customers. Requiring a “signed contract” each year is one way to reestablish a connection with an existing customer and potentially “upsell” them additional services. For example, this year we are preparing a mailing to go out to all tree spraying customers who have not yet signed up for our lawn fertilization program. 

To summarize, here are the 6 steps to get your landscaping business ready for spring: 

  1. Finish last year’s taxes
  2. Repair trucks and equipment
  3. “Crunch your numbers”
  4. Create your marketing strategy
  5. Meet with your vendors
  6. Send out reminder letters

About the Author:

Martin McGuane is the owner and operator of McGuanes Landscaping and Tree Service Inc, www.mcguanes.com 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: Landscaper's Corner

Equip Your Company With the Latest Spray Equipment for a Successful 2017

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Feb 22, 2017

Now that the New Year has come and gone, it’s time to stock up for your next busy season. You can set yourself up for success by updating your spray equipment inventory. Need help figuring out what parts or equipment you need? Don't stress out over it. Spray Equipment Inventory Checklist.pngCall us instead. We specialize in providing our customers with the technical and product information to fit all types of spray equipment, even if you didn't buy it from us. In this post let's take a look at some of the top products all spray applicators should have to kick off the spring season:

Commercial Sprayers

We carry the complete line of Kings Sprayers, frankly because we've found that they are among the best sprayers available on the market. Using 6061 lightweight and chemical resistant aircraft grade aluminum frame, Kings Sprayers will never rust or need painting. Whether you're looking at a Kings Sprayer 100 Gallon Skid Sprayer, or a standard Kings Sprayer 25 Gallon Standard Sprayer, we're confident you're going to love your sprayer.

Spray Guns

Looking to replace an old spray gun for something with a more powerful performance? The gold standard for heavy duty spraying is the JD9®-C High Pressure Spray Gun. If your budget won’t allow you to stock up on these top-quality spray guns, an alternative is our Replacement for Greensmaster JD9®-C Spray Gun. At almost half the price of the original model, this product is an affordable option that allows your operation to still get the same performance as the original spray gun. Since the Replacement Gun is a copy of the Greensmaster JD9®-C High-Pressure Spray Gun, it has the same pressure rating and uses the same nozzles and repair kits.

Spray Hoses and Sprayer Accessories

Of course, to reduce downtime it’s always a good idea to to keep sprayer parts and accessories on hand, like high pressure hoses, diaphragms kits and pumps. Some of our customers order a length of hose by the foot for a custom amount, or many choose a pre-selected roll, like this 400 foot roll.

For the do-it-yourselfers who want to give their spray equipment a little TLC, we offer repair kits and many instructional videos to help get your equipment back to tip-top shape. Check out this Diaphragm Pump Repair Kit as an inexpensive option vs. purchasing a new pump. 

Remember to keep on hand replacements and sprayer accessories for your fleet of sprayers, like strainers, pressure gauges, and pump oil, to name a few.

Investing in the right equipment can help make 2017 your best year yet. By ensuring your equipment is in excellent working order, your team can tackle even the toughest customers’ needs better and faster than ever so you can get started on the road for another successful and lucrative year in business.

 

Topics: sprayers, Spray Hose, spring checklist, diaphram pump

3 Products Every Pest Control Operator Wants

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Feb 17, 2017

Here at Sprayer Depot, spray equipment is serious business. We live, eat and breathe it. We make it our top priority to know as much as we can about every piece of spray equipment available on the market. 

One of the biggest industries we serve is the pest control industry. According to the report “A Strategic Analysis of the U.S. Structural Pest Control Industry” from Specialty Consultants, and published in Pest Control Technology, the professional pest control industry generated an estimated $7.8 billion in total service revenue in 2015, a 4.7 percent increase from the $7.4 billion measured in 2014. It's expected to grow to $10 billion in service revenue in 2020.

Voted "Most Popular"

With a positive business outlook for 2017 and beyond, U.S. pest control operators should plan ahead and keep essential parts and equipment on-hand in order to maximize growth opportunities. These products top the list of our most popular pest control equipment:

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 Same Day Shipping Available

Orders placed by 5:00 pm (ET) ship the SAME DAY. Guaranteed! While some sprayer models are exempt from this policy, we offer 13 QuickShip.™ sprayers that are in stock and ready to ship. These are identified by the "Ships Same Day" banner on our website and must be ordered by 12:00 p.m. (ET). 

Need product recommendations? Our knowledgeable Customer Service Technicians can help. Call 800-228-0905 or use the Live Chat feature on our website.

Topics: Kings Sprayers, Quickship Sprayers, pest control, solo sprayers

Essential Pressure Washer - Car Wash -Auto Detailing Supplies You Need Now

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, Feb 14, 2017

One of the great things about the car wash and auto detailing industries is that they are truely industries for all seasons. Even businesses located in cold weather climates are busy in the winter due to all the salt and other components used in snow removal and ice management.  This constant need requires that these businesses remain stocked with the best available equipment.

The Right Pressure Washer Makes All the Difference

Start with a Kings Sprayers Pressure Washer Skid Sprayer. Made from lightweight aircraft grade aluminum, this sprayer utilizes a 5.5 horsepower Honda GX160 series engine to generate a pressured stream of up to 2500 psi, making it ideal for cleaning dirt and mud and grime buildup from sidewalks, buildings, vehicles and concrete surfaces.  

Kings Sprayer Skid Pressure Washer.jpgAt only 180 lbs., this sprayer can easily be transported in the bed of a truck and its 100 gallon tank allows for uninterrupted use. Plus, it's included in our QuickShip™  Program: any qualifying Kings Sprayer® ordered by 12:00 p.m. (ET) will ship the same day! Look for the corner banners on our website sprayer images that read "Ships Same Day" for qualifying models.  

If you need to accommodate a larger workload, this sprayer is also available with a 200-gallon tank and a stronger engine. 

If you do a good deal of off-site work, consider going with the 200-gallon Highway Ready 2-Wheel Pressure Washer Sprayer, also from Kings Sprayers. This unit comes equipped with a Department of Transportation-approved 2-wheel trailer (complete with VIN) featuring a 2” ball hitch that allows it to be transported using any standard truck, sport utility vehicle, or even crossover. Once on the job site, the 13 horsepower engine generates plenty of pressure (4000 psi) to clean any vehicle surface. The 200 gallon tank is easily refillable, giving you the freedom to tackle off-site jobs of any size.

Accessories 

All Kings Sprayer Pressure Washer Sprayers are built in the USA using high-quality components and 6061 aircraft grade aluminum which is lightweight, chemical resistant and will never rust or need painting.

Regular use of your pressure washer sprayer will require routine parts maintenance and replacement over time to keep your equipment running in tip-top condition. Click here to see our complete inventory of pressure washer sprayers, car wash and auto detailing products including pressure washer hose, spray tips and poly tanks. 

Shop Pressure Washer Supplies

 

Topics: pressure washer, car wash, auto detailing supplies

Why More than 6,000 Fans Follow Us on Social Media

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Feb 10, 2017

Here at Sprayer Depot, our mission statement says it all: “To WOW people by exceeding expectations,” and our use of social media reflects this philosophy. We’ve gone from a handful of "fans" to more than 6,000 followers across all of our social channels. In this post, we'll take a look at which platforms we use and what that means for our customers.

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Facebook

Facebook is often the first place that customers find us. Our Facebook community is active, with frequent questions, comments and conversations about spray equipment use.  With daily posts covering topics that are specific to the spray industry, along with instructional videos, and product features and photos, Facebook is a great educational resource for customer and industry professionals.

Many of our customers share their experiences by posting reviews on our Facebook page. We're proud of our 4.6 star rating (out of 5), and love hearing customer feedback. 

Twitter

If you’re on Twitter a lot, guess what? So are we! Follow us for product information and the latest industry news. If you have a quick question, send us a tweet. Customer satisfaction means a lot to us, so we respond to all questions in a timely manner.

Instagram

Instagram is where you can find photos. Lots and lots of photos (and short videos, too). See custom-built sprayers, product repair videos and sometimes even employee selfies. Need to chat? You can leave us a comment and our response time is typically within a couple of hours.

YouTube

Our extensive instructional video library can be found on our YouTube channel. Whether you're trying to repair a diaphragm pump, or are looking for instructions on how to operate a sprayer, our YouTube channel is a valuable resource.
 
Google+

Check us out on Google+ . If this is your preferred social network, you'll be happy to know we maintain a strong presence on this social platform. Plus, you can search for specific topics using hastags (#) like #sprayequipment and #sprayerdepot.

LinkedIn 

Here, we mainly enjoy connecting with suppliers, distributors and other businesses in the professional spray equipment industry. Be sure to check out our page if you work in agriculture, horticulture, recreation, pest control, landscaping or lawn care. Looking to work at Sprayer Depot? LinkedIn is a great place to check for job postings.

One reason why our customer satisfaction numbers are so high? It's simple: we help customers. We do this by providing useful and entertaining information to them no matter where they are: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ or LinkedIn.

We want to make it easy and convenient for customers to order spray equipment and sprayer parts, and easily connect with us via phone, email, live chat and social media.

How do you use social media to connect with customers? Leave your comments in the box below.

 

Topics: spray equipment, customer service, social media

It's A Winter Blowout for These Clearance Items

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, Feb 07, 2017

   

We're making room for new inventory so check out the winter blowout clearance items just added to our website.

Save up to 70% on select pumps, hose reels, refurbished items and MORE! Quantities are limited so act fastmany items are one-of-a-kind. Plus, get SAME Day shipping when you place your order by 5:00 p.m. (ET). Guaranteed

Take a look at a few of our featured clearance items:

 

Udor KAPPA-40/GR Diaphragm Pump (Refurbished)

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  • Sight glass broken in transit -has been repaired and works to specs  
  • KAPPA-40 pump with gear reduction for 4-6.5 HP gasoline engines with 3/4" shafts
  • Only 1 in stock
$1,685.00 NOW $650

  

Hypro D503GRGI Pump (Missing Parts)

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  • Regulator missing
  • Pump works to specs
  • Only 1 in stock
$2741.00 NOW $950

 

Delavan PowerFLO Electric Diaphragm Pump (Used)

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  • Delavan pump model #7870-111Y-SB
  • Slightly used - works to specs
  • Only 1 in stock
$314.00 NOW $ 125

 

 

Click Here to Browse Our  Clearance & Refurbished Products

 

Topics: spray equipment, pumps, clearance

Product Highlight: Diaphragm Pumps

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Feb 03, 2017

Having the right equipment to get a job done is essential to making sure that projects get done efficiently. Choosing the right diaphragm pump is no exception. Costly equipment repairs and lengthy downtime can disrupt the day-to-day operation of your business so it’s important to evaluate product options thoroughly to make the best possible purchasing decision.

Uses for Diaphragm Pumps

Diaphragm pumps are used extensively in many industries and can handle a very wide variety of liquids. Diaphragm pumps can transfer liquids with low, medium or high viscosities and also liquids with a large solids content. They can also handle many aggressive chemicals such as acids because they can be constructed with a wide variety of body materials and diaphragms. They are especially popular for high-pressure tree spraying and lawn spraying.

Cost, quality, maintenance, shipping time, product warranty and reviews are important things to take into consideration when choosing a diaphragm pump so be sure to evaluate your needs carefully and compare pump options across a few different brands or manufacturers.

In this post we'll take a closer look at a few of Sprayer Depot’s most popular diaphragm pumps:

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  • Medium pressure diaphragm pump
  • Recommended for spraying herbicides, pesticides, liquid fertilizers, and many other hard-to-handle fluids
  • Gearbox and pressure regulator  allow for the pump to be connected to a gas engine

Comet MP20

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  • Medium pressure diaphragm pump
  • Twin diaphragm pump with universal drive face and mounting rails
  • Great for lawn care and pest control

CDS John Blue DP-43-P

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  • 2 Diaphragm pump
  • Compact and lightweight -can be driven by PTO, gas engine or electric motor depending on your specific application needs
  • Ideal for gardening, small sprayers, washers, and liquid transfer

 


More Top Brands

Do your homework and take a look on our website at our complete inventory of diaphragm pumps. Check out more top brands like Udor, SHURflo, Everflo and Delavan and make sure to give yourself the time you need to browse and comparison shop,. You can also review this previous blog post to learn more about how centrifugal pumps differ from diaphragm pumps. For expert advice call our Customer Service Technicians at 800-228-0905.

Don’t forget to stock up on parts and repair kits to keep your new pump operating efficiently. At Sprayer Depot we stock a full range of control units, repair kits, shaft kits  and more, for all the brands we sell on our site, so it’s easy to make sure you have all the parts you need before checking out with your new pump purchases. With Sprayer Depot’s SAME DAY shipping guarantee, all orders placed by 5:00 p.m. (ET) ship the SAME DAY.

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Topics: Hypro, Udor, Diaphragm pumps, Comet Pumps, Delavan

How to Avoid Being Lazy This Winter

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, Jan 31, 2017

That chill that you’re feeling in the air means a number of different things: winter is in full force, it’s time to plan your Super Bowl party, and your business may be smack dab in the middle of its slow season (or at least shifting to another seasonal service). That likely means less use for your spray equipment. Yet before you go covering it with a tarp, ask yourself this question: Have I properly winterized the system to avoid unnecessary equipment repairs in the spring?

Why Winterize?

Why not just store your spray equipment away after your last application and forget about it until spring comes around again? Well, the longer your spray equipment is left inactive, the greater potential there is for it to fail. Any chemicals or residue left in SprayerDepot_Winter.jpgthe system can saturate into soft components such as hoses and valves, weakening them to the point of not functioning properly when you first start your sprayer back up again. Plus, having leftover residue in the system increases the chances of cross-contamination if you use your sprayer for multiple purposes.

For these reasons, winterization needs to be a vital part of your sprayer maintenance program. By not slowing down on your sprayer upkeep during the winter months, you help ensure that your spray equipment's ready to hit the ground running once warm weather returns. Plus, you’ll prolong its operating life and ultimately net a greater ROI.

Winterization in Four Easy Steps

Winterizing your sprayer can be accomplished in four simple steps:

  1. First, read the labels of the compounds you use typically use in your sprayer to see what agents are recommend to clean and neutralizing them. Follow those recommendations as you thoroughly flush both the pump and tank. Any system components that can be removed (i.e., strainer or screens) should be cleaned separately to prevent and residue buildup.
  2. Next, avoid the all-too-common temptation of simply draining the system. Instead, flush the system with clean water. Then drain the tank and open all valves. If possible, use compressed air to blow out any remaining liquid from the solution lines.

  3. Run the pump just long enough to ensure the system is drained of water. 

  4. Run antifreeze thoughout the system, making sure it reaches the hoses and booms. We recommend diluting the antifreeze 50/50 with either water or windshield washer fluid.

Cover the sprayer with a tarp so that dirt, insects, etc. can't compromise the equipment and you're done.

When to Winterize

We're often asked about the best time to winterize a sprayer. While we can't provide a specific day or month to answer this question, we recommend that it get done before temperatures drop below freezing. In warm climates where the temperatures don’t drop too much, you should winterize your sprayer before you store it at the end of season.

 

Download the Guide to Winterize Your Sprayer

Topics: Winterizing Spray Equipment, sprayers, sprayer maintenance

Why 2017 Is a Great Year for a New Sprayer

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Jan 27, 2017

The beginning of a new year is a great time to think about buying KS100P7027-Kings Sprayers.jpgnew spray equipment.  For many, the colder weather means a break in the spray season and using this "quiet time" to take inventory, evaluate equipment needs, and research new spray equipment options will pay off in the long run.

2016 Was a Record Year For Sprayer Sales

At Sprayer Depot, 2016 was a record year for sprayer sales, and we're gearing up for the new year by having plenty of Kings Sprayers Quickship™ sprayers in stock and ready to ship. Just order any of these thirteen sprayer models by 12:00 p.m. (ET), and they'll ship the very SAME day.

Take a look at this list of our five most popular sprayers of 2016. To see our complete sprayer product line, click here. Remember we can also custom-build a sprayer to meet your exact needs (it's easier and less expensive than you think). Read more about custom-built sprayers in this previous blog post.

Most Popular Sprayers of 2016

  1. The Kings Sprayers 100 Gallon Skid Sprayer tops the list as our most popular sprayer of 2016.  This versatile sprayer is great for tree-spraying and can be used in truck beds, utility vehicles, boats and trailers. It's one of our best-sellers and is part of the Kings Sprayers QuickShip™ program.
  2. The second most popular sprayer in 2016 was the Kings Sprayers 50 Gallon 3-Point Hitch Sprayer. This sprayer is great for hitching to a tractor in order to spray large areas like golf courses, athletic fields, pastures and lawns. An added bonus is that it's part of the QuickShip™ program.
  3. The third most popular sprayer in 2016 was the Kings Sprayers 4 Wheel Sprayer, Model # K4C100P7027. This easy-to-maneuver sprayer is great for use in tight areas due to a pivoting front axle and T-handle. It's perfect for greenhouse, nursery or orchard use. Plus, it's part of the QuickShip™ program so it ships the same day if it's ordered by 12:00 p.m (ET) 
  4. The Kings Sprayers 50 Gallon Skid Sprayer was our fourth most popular sprayer last year. One of our best-selling sprayers of all time, this QuickShip™ skid sprayer is ideal in truck beds, utility vehicles, boats and trailers. It's also popular for spraying trees. 
  5. The Kings 100 Gallon 2-Wheel Sprayer came in fifth place on our list. Great for tree, shrub and turf spraying, this 2-wheel QuickShip™ sprayer can be pulled with a utility vehicle or compact trailer and is ideal for lawns, pastures, golf courses and athletic fields. 

Need help in finding the right sprayer for your needs? Our Customer Service Technicians can help. Just call 800-228-0905 or use the Live Chat feature on our website.

 

Topics: Sprayer Depot, sprayers, Kings Sprayers, Quickship Sprayers

3 Reasons Why You Should Invest in a De-Icing Sprayer

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Jan 25, 2017

What Is a De-Icing Sprayer and Why is it Useful?

There are many reasons why removing ice from equipment and other surfaces is a good idea. After all, it's common sense, right?  In many situations, the best piece of equipment for this job is a De-Icing Skid Sprayer. Investing in the right sprayer for the job can be confusing, so in this post we will highlight the benefits of the Kings Sprayers 100 Gallon De-Icing Skid Sprayer.     

Removing ice from utility vehicles, equipment, sidewalks and other icy surfaces is an important safety step and should be a consideration when operating in DE-Icing_Skid_Sprayerjpg.jpgwintry conditions. A De-Icing Skid Sprayer is a great option for these jobs and is also ideal for de-icing treatments of smaller spaces like parking lots, and office or condominium common areas. In the warmer months, the same sprayer can be used for weed management and dust control in these same areas, offering year round versatility.

3 Reasons to Invest in a Kings Sprayers De-Icing Skid Sprayer

Let's recap the top three reasons why you should invest in a Kings Sprayers De-Icing Skid Sprayer:

  1. It's versatile: Get the most out of one piece of equipment by using it for for various purposes.
  2. It's cost effective: At a list price of only $2,000, this sprayer will pay for itself in no time.
  3. It's a companion service to snow removal: Many landscaping companies offer various services in the off-season, like holiday lighting and snow plowing to help boost revenue opportunities in the slower months.  Adding a de-icing service creates a new opportunity to market to potential "off season" customers and stand out above the competition.

Got a question or need help determining the best sprayer to fit your needs? We can help! Just call 800-228-0905 or use the Live Chat feature on our website. 

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Topics: Kings Sprayers, de-icing sprayer, de-icing skid sprayer

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