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A Quick Wrap-Up of Our Week at the TPIE 2017

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Jan 20, 2017

The Broward County Convention Center (BCC) in Ft. Lauderdale, FL set the stage this week for the annual TPIE: Tropical Plant Industry Exposition. Held Jan 18-20th, tpie2017-481220-edited.jpgthis year's trade show showcased the latest trends in foliage, florals and tropicals from leading growers from around the world, spread out over 5 acres of space at the BCC. While the official numbers were not available at the time of this post, TPIE 2016 boasted more than 6,200 exhibitors and buyers from 43 U.S. states and 46 countries, and this year's show promised to even bigger.

2017 Booth Award Winners

Wow! There were many exhibit booths that blew it out of the park. Our friends at Costa Farms won Best in Show for their attention-grabbing booth design. Check out more pictures and a complete list of winners by clicking HERE.  

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Featured: Kings Sprayers 4-Wheel Sprayer

Even though Sprayer Depot's booth didn't win any awards this year (our fingers are crossed for the 2018 show), we saw old friends and met many new ones. We had a blast, and are already looking forward to next year's show. Our booth featured a Kings Sprayers 100 Gallon 4-Wheel Sprayer. Plus, we gave away some of our "Eat. Spray. Love" tee-shirts.

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Missed us at the show? Post your comments or questions in the box below and we'll be sure to get right back to you. Or, use the live chat feature on our website to connect with a customer service technician. 

Topics: Kings Sprayers, Quickship Sprayers, TPIE, eat.spray.love, Florida

Meet the Team: Yvonne Rodriguez, Accounting

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, Jan 17, 2017

At Sprayer Depot, we take pride in hiring knowledgeable, dependable employees who work hard and represent our core values. "Strives for perfection", and "takes initiative" are just a couple of the qualities that we look to exemplify in each employee.  

We all know that accountants work with numbers. But more than just math, Yvonne.jpgan accounting job involves problem solving and strategic thinking. Plus, the ability to collaborate across all departments within the organization. Meet Yvonne Rodriguez from the Accounting Department at Sprayer Depot. Yvonne has achieved a high level of success in all aspects of her job and has earned the camaraderie and respect of her colleagues.

When she's not at Sprayer Depot, Yvonne enjoys spending time with her family, and especially likes trips to the beach with her daughters (and a good book). 

Let's get better acquainted with Yvonne:

Name: Yvonne Rodriguez

Department: Accounting

Q: Where are you from?

A: While I'm originally from Newark, NJ, I have lived in Orlando FL for the last 17 years.

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

A: "What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise." --Oscar Wilde

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

A: Most people don’t know that my first choice when I left high school was not be an accountant, it     vvwas to be a nurse. I took odd jobs in offices while in college and I ended up enjoying accounting   vvmore than I thought I would.

Q: What is the last book you read?

A: Whispers by Dean Koonz

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

A: To me, the best part is gaining more family. I enjoy working with our team. We are one big   vvvfamily here. 

If you have a question for Yvonne, please leave it in the comment box below.

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

Topics: employee spotlight, Meet the Team

3 Reasons Why Aluminum Frames Are Better

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Jan 13, 2017

Sprayer Frames: Steel or Aluminum? 

We often get asked what makes Kings Sprayers better than other sprayers on the market. Our response typically explains how the high quality components that are used to build Kings Sprayers result in a superior sprayer. For example, all Kings Sprayers are built with 6061 aircraft grade aluminum. 

In this blog post we'll discuss the benefits of aluminum frames and highlight three reasons why they're better than steel frames.

Take a close look at the two pictures below of a NorthStar steel frame sprayer that was recently brought to our Service & Repair Department. At barely a year old, this sprayer looks like it's ready for the junk yard! The paint has chipped off, the straps look dangerous and it won't be long before this frame starts to corrode and fall apart. So, while it may have cost less initially, in the long run it'll be a more expensive choice because the short life of the sprayer will result in the need to replace it with a brand new one.

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"Aluminum frames are often the best choice for spray equipment due to their resistance to rust and corrosion," said Sprayer Depot Sales Manager  Brandon Grossman . "Aluminum is also lightweight, typically 1/3 the weight of steel, which makes the wheeled sprayers easier to move around. Plus, because of the lighter weight, there's less wear and tear on any vehicle transporting a skid sprayer. We have had local customers bring in their 15 year old sprayer for pump repairs and the frame still looks brand new! It never needs a new coat of paint.  

In some situations, such as larger capacity sprayers with more weight, a steel frame may be a consideration," added Grossman.  "Steel is less likely to bend under weight, but this is only in extreme circumstances."

3 Benefits of Aluminum Sprayers 

  1. Aluminum sprayers will never rust or need to be painted.  All Kings Sprayers are built with 6061 aircraft grade aluminum so they will never rust or require painting. 
  2. Aluminum sprayers are easy to maneuver.  A lightweight sprayer is much easier to maneuver than a steel sprayer, especially when spraying tight areas such as greenhouses, orchards or nurseries.
  3. Aluminum sprayers are chemical-resistant. Unlike steel sprayers which will corrode over time, aluminum is chemical-resistant so maintenance is kept to a minimum. 

To learn more about the advantages of aluminum frames, and see the high-quality craftsmanship of  Kings Sprayers, review this previous blog post

Topics: lightweight aluminum sprayer frame, Kings Sprayers, 6061 Aluminum Frame, Steel Frame

Landscaper's Corner: Insights and Updates for Landscape Professionals

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Jan 11, 2017

What Can Landscape Experts Look Forward to in 2017?          Contributed by Guest Blogger: Martin McGuane, owner and operator of McGuanes Landscaping and Tree Service, Enfield CT

We saw modest growth in our Lawn Fertilization and Tree & Shrub divisions in 2016. I feel confident that the lawn care industry will continue to see substantial landscapers corner.jpggrowth in gross sales. In 2016 we saw the stock market improve, home sales increase and home prices rise substantially. These are good indicators that our industry and business in general will improve over the next 12 months.

Many lawn care professionals feel that the market is saturated and there may be some truth in that sentiment. However, I believe that there is great opportunity for growth by adding additional services such as aeration, seeding and tick & mosquito sprays. Over the winter months, our company will focus on up-selling these kinds of services to our existing customer base.

Up-Selling Additional Services

One question I have been asking myself lately is, “Why are we starting up a customer’s irrigation system and a different  company is fertilizing their lawn?” Let’s take care of the entire property. We have many irrigation customers who have signed up for our lawn program, but there are many more who have not.

One of our first projects this winter will be to identify those irrigation customers who have not yet signed up for our lawn care program. We plan to send each of those customers  a personalized letter with an offer to sign up for our lawn care program. We will then look at lawn care customers who have not signed up for our Tree & Shrub Spraying Program.

Another way we can up-sell is by communicating additional services at the time of a given application. For example, while applying our "Early Fall Feeding" we will let our customers know that it’s the ideal time to slicer seed or aerate.

Despite my prediction that a large portion of our industry’s growth in 2017 is going to come from existing customers, I still believe that there will be many new customers out there to be had. That being said, there are a few things to consider when building a marketing strategy.

Marketing Strategy for 2017

The Baby Boomers are aging. This presents an opportunity, as this group enters their top earning years resulting in more disposable income than ever before. Millennials, on the other hand, are not opting to buy new homes at the same rate as the previous generation. They are buying condos and doing most of their shopping on the Internet. Consequently, our marketing strategy should reflect this. The Internet has allowed our industry to market itself in a different way than we did just a decade ago: where we once relied on door hangers and direct mail, we now use websites and various social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, etc.

I predict that 2017 is going to have challenges just like any other year. We should expect to see growth in sales from both new and existing customers. Keeping these trends in mind when building a marketing plan can help a landscaping business like ours capture a larger piece of the expanding pie.

It's a New Year. Is It Time for a New Sprayer?

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Jan 06, 2017

The beginning of the year is the perfect time to focus on your business needs and to plan for the upcoming year, especially since taking the time to evaluate existing equipment, or take inventory of parts and components can be difficult during the busy season.

Deciding whether to tune-up your existing sprayer, or buy a brand new one can be a confusing process. To help, we've put together this helpful reference guide to our most popular Kings Sprayers models. Need a sprayer fast? We offer 13 Kings Sprayers QuickShip sprayers. These sprayers are in stock and ship the SAME day (order must be placed by 12:00 p.m. ET)

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If you're looking for more detailed information on any Kings Sprayer, call one of our knowledgeable Customer Service Technicians at 800-228-0905 or download this comprehensive Kings Sprayers Buyers Guide.

Download the Kings Sprayers Buyers Guide 2016-2017

 

 

 

 

Topics: spray equipment, sprayers, Kings Sprayers, Quickship Sprayers

A Countdown of the 5 Most Popular Products in 2016

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Thu, Dec 29, 2016

We sell a lot products at Sprayer Depot. As a matter of fact, there are tens of thousands of items in our inventory.

With one of the largest in-stock inventories in the spray equipment industry, we frequently get asked for product recommendations, and to identify which specific products are most popular. So we've compiled a list of Sprayer Depot's five most popular products of 2016. While a few of these may be expected, we think you may be a little surprised at what made the list. 

A Countdown of Sprayer Depot's Five Most Popular Products in 2016

  • #5: Kicking off our countdown with the 5th most popular product is the Kings Sprayers KS100P7027-Kings Sprayers.jpg100 Gallon Skid Sprayer. This multipurpose sprayer can be used in truck beds, boats, trailers or utility vehicles. An added bonus is that it's one of our QuickShip® sprayers, which means it's in stock and will ship the SAME day *Order must be placed by 12:00 p.m. (ET) for same day shipping.
  • #4: The 4th most popular product is the Hypro D30 Diaphragm Kit. d30 kit.jpgAs its name suggests, this kit is used to replace the diaphragms on the Hypro D30 Pump. Check out our YouTube channel to watch an instructional video with step-by-step instructions on how to do this repair.
  • #3: In the #3 spot is the Hypro D30 Diaphragm Pump. This ever-popular pump is ideal for use on small to medium-sized sprayers. It is featured on many Kings Sprayers models. 
  • #2: The 2nd most popular product of 2016 is the GXD30 "pump/engine combo". This engine assembly is effective when spraying herbicides, pesticides, liquid fertilizers, and many other hard-to-handle fluids.

Thank you for helping to make Sprayer Depot the #1 choice for spray equipment. We appreciate your business and look serving you in the new year.

Topics: JD9-C Spray Gun, spray equipment, Kings Sprayers, sprayer, spray gun

Sprayer Depot 2016: A Look at the Top 3 Highlights

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Dec 21, 2016

Goodbye, 2016. It's been a booming year for us here at Sprayer Depot. With strong growth and even some new additions to our team, here's a look back at three of theSprayer Depot 2016.png year's biggest pinnacles, and a peek at what's ahead for 2017. 

Economy Shipping

Fast shipping is a hallmark of Sprayer Depot's commitment to "WOW" people by exceeding expectations, and is often described as one of the things that distinguishes us from other spray equipment companies. To further improve the shipping choices available to our customers, we added an economy shipping option in October, 2016 available anywhere in the U.S., including Alaska, Hawaii, PR and Guam. Any order with a total weight of less than one pound qualifies for this shipping method. An added bonus? This service is available for Saturday delivery and can ship to a P.O. box!

Read more about our shipping options in this previous blog post.  

New 5:00 p.m. (ET) Cutoff Time for SAME DAY Shipping Guarantee

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the very same day. We even guarantee it, or the shipping is on us! Some exclusions may apply so be sure to check out the Policies page on our website for more information. 

We moved the cutoff time from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (ET) to better help our customers reduce downtime and increase productivity. We understand that oftentimes replacement parts and equipment orders are placed in the afternoons, and with customers all over the U.S. and Canada, it's easier now more than ever to ensure meet a 5:00 p.m. cutoff time for SAME DAY shipping.

We're Growing!

2016 has been a busy year at Sprayer Depot, and we've added more employees and expanded our training programs to meet the demand. New roles in our organizational chart include a Director of Operations, a Customer Service Technician, and a Warehouse Manager. Our team is the most knowledgeable in the industry, and we're proud of the rigorous training program we provide to our employees. These positions support our 2016 goal to provide an improved production and shipping schedule.  Sprayer Depot Goals.jpg

What's Ahead in 2017

We've got some exciting things in store for 2017! We've set  some some pretty big goals for the upcoming year and we'll be talking about them here in the weeks ahead. Stay tuned for future announcements about approaching improvements to our website to make online shopping for spray equipment easier than ever.

 

 

 

 

Topics: spray equipment, Shipping

Plan Ahead: Sprayer Depot's Holiday Hours

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Dec 16, 2016

'Tis the season! It's that time of year again. Days full of holiday cheer....and busy holiday schedules. The team at Sprayer Depot will enjoy some well-deserved time off in the upcoming weeks to spend time with family and friends, relax, and set new goals for 2017.


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To help our customers plan ahead, we've posted our holiday hours:

 

Sprayer Depot Holiday Hours

Friday, December 23rd - CLOSED

Monday, December 26th - CLOSED

Monday, January 2nd - CLOSED

 

Happy holidays and best wishes for a wonderful New Year.

 

 

Topics: Holiday Hours

Real People. Real Reviews.

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Mon, Dec 12, 2016

Customer satisfaction is one of our top priorities, and we strive to "WOW" people by exceeding expectations. Customer feedback is so important to usbecause it provides insights that can help us improve our product offerings, pricing, and the overall customer experience. We credit our high customer satisfaction to our diligent attention to customer feedback.

We treat all of our customers fairly and with the utmost respect. Whether they purchased a complete sprayer unit or a single spray tip, customer satisfaction is one of our main goals.

In this post we want to share some real reviews from real customers. Like a large pepperoni pizza, good news is even better when shared.

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Do you have some feedback to share with our team? Use the comment box below. 

Topics: sprayers, spray tips, customer service, Reviews

See What's New in the Clearance Department

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, Dec 06, 2016

The Clearance section on our website features items that are deeply discounted in order to make room for new inventory. While some of the Clearance-featured items are brand new, others are refurbished or returned (unused and typically without the manufacturer's packaging). It's definitely worth glancing through this inventory on a regular basis, as the inventory changes frequently and the savings are significant.

Quantities are limited so act fast: many 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 these featured items:

Ace Roto-Mold 510 Gallon Free Standing Elliptical Leg Tank

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Our Price: $450

Features:

  • Brand new! 
  • Straps and fittings shown in picture are sold separately
  • Dimensions: 57" W x 80" L x 38" H
  • Ships Truck Line 

Click here for more information.

Kings Sprayers 50 Gallon 2-Wheel Sprayer

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Our Price: $2,300.00

Features:

  • Never used!
  • 10 gpm Diaphragm & 18' Spray Boom
  • Great for tree, shrub and turf spraying

  Click here for more information.


 

 

 

 

Kings Sprayers 200 Gallon Low Profile Skid Sprayer

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Our Price: $2,000.00

Features:

  • Never used! 
  • Great for tree-spraying and can be used in truck beds, utility vehicles, boats and trailers
  • Udor KAPPA43GR Diaphragm Pump (10.5 gpm, 560 psi)
Click here for more information.
 

Click Here to Browse Our  Clearance & Refurbished Products

Topics: spray equipment, Sprayer Depot, Kings Sprayers, poly tanks, clearance

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