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What's in YOUR strainer?

Posted by Dan Rose on Mon, Aug 01, 2011

3 Reasons to Check your Strainer

The  strainer is one of the easiest parts of your spray equipment to check and maintain.  It's easy to access and it just takes a few minutes to check.  However, it's also one of the easiest parts to forget:  It's often overlooked because of its simplicity. All sorts of things can get caught in the strainer and keep your equipment from working at full capacity. Chemical build-up, leaves, frogs (this is more common than you may think), and other debris are common culprits.

Another reason to check the strainer regularly is to check the integrity of the mesh. Make sure there are no holes or rust. In addition, check the seal to make sure it is still pliable.

When checking your strainer, make sure the equipment is not under pressure and the valves are off.

 Clear Bowl "T" Strainers 

BanjoMiniClear actualWant an easier way to check the strainer for debris? Consider using a strainer with a clear bowl.  You could check for chemical build up, leaves and frogs with out taking apart the strainer.

To find more helpful tips on how to keep you equipment running great, click the link below.

Click HERE to Download "9 Great Tips to Help  Your Equipment Last Longer"

Topics: Strainers, sprayer, sprayer checklist, T strainer, clear bowl t strainers

Should You Custom Build Your Skid Sprayer?

Posted by Dan Rose on Thu, Jul 14, 2011

 

Custom Build Your Skid Sprayer to Fit Your Exact Requirements

How do you pick a Skid Sprayer that will deliver exactly what you need? Some customers say "Give me the Kappa 55 with a 9 horse with a 200-gallon tank." Others may say, "I want the little roller pump with a 5 horse and a 50-gallon tank." Often, customers are either buying more than they need, or they buy conservatively and out-grow their new Skid Sprayer in a short period of time.   It's important to find the right balance between too much and too little.

 Too Much or Too Little?

A customer in the landscaping business named Lee, (not his real name) was looking to add a Skid Sprayer to his fleet. He had just picked up three new large accounts that require him to spray ornamentals, all of which can easily be reached from the parking lot.  He would not need to go to the back or the side of each building.

Lee considered two Skid Sprayers:

Skid Sprayer #1: 200-Gallon Skid Sprayer w/ 10 gpm Diaphragm:

This model is equipped with 5.5 HP Honda engine, Diaphragm Pump (10.5 gpm, 560 psi), Manual Hose Reel with 150' of 3/8" ID Spray Hose and 200-gallon tank. It is a little over Lee's budget and the gpm and  tank size are more than Lee required. However, he thought he could "grow into it".

Skid Sprayer #2:Spray Skid  50-Gallon Skid Sprayer w/ 5 gpm Diaphragm

This model is equipped with 5 HP GC Series Honda engine and Diaphragm Pump (5 gpm, 275 psi) and 50-gallon tank. This Skid fulfills Lee's current needs but he is concerned that he will outgrow it within a year or two.

It's important to note that Lee determined that he would not pursue new accounts that would require tree or lawn spraying.  Rather, he would target new accounts similar to the three he just acquired.

The Right Skid Sprayer for Lee

Which Skid Sprayer did Lee choose?  He decided to go with Skid Sprayer #2, but upgraded to a 100-gallon tank. With this Skid Sprayer, he can add a hose reel with up to 300 feet of hose.  Now, he has the capacity to take on more work without having to run around and refill all day. Plus, it fit within his budget.

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Topics: Custom-built Skid Sprayer, Hose Reel, lawn sprayer, Skid Sprayers

Spray Equipment Maintenance: What's Your Style?

Posted by Dan Rose on Tue, Jun 28, 2011

 

What's Your Style?

Are you the type that keeps extra parts and accessories on hand "just in case"? Or  do you wait until a crisis occurs before you even think of a backup plan? Check out our  "Preventive Maintenance Styles" to determine your style.

  • Prevention Maintenance: Very proactive; Regularly checksHose Reel  equipment wear status;  Maintains inventory to rebuild or replace  spray pumps, spray hoses, hose reels or other equipment
  • Condition Based Maintenance:  Monitors problem equipment, but waits for early signs of problems before taking action
  • Time Based Maintenance: Keeps everything in tip-top shape from Ocotober to May; From late May to September... not so much
  • Run-to-Failure Maintenance: Expects to order and receive parts within a day or two; Makes a thousand excuses to customers until equipment is fixed; Hopes and prays (instead of planning ahead) that everything will work out and customers won't leave

Whether your style is "Prevention Maintenance" or "Run-to-Failure Maintenance , it's safe to say that everyone wants their equipment to stay in good working condition. We've got great tips to help you do this. Check out  9 Fantastic Ways to Make Your Spray Equipment Last Longer. These tips go beyond the Preventive Maintenance Checklist.  Anyone using or maintaining spray equipment should keep this list close at hand.

Topics: Spray Equipment Maintenance, Hoses, Reels, spray pumps

Diaphragm Pump Maintenance: Looking Beyond the Pump.

Posted by Dan Rose on Wed, Jun 22, 2011

Diaphragm Pump Rebuild?

How long should a Diaphragm Pump last before needing a rebuild kit?  The quick answer is a full season.  Keep in mind that the time frame may vary depending on the amount of time it's used and the type of chemicals that are sprayed.

Diaphragm rebuild kit

Beyond the Pump

If your pump needs to be rebuilt every 3 months, you may have an intake restriction issue. To illustrate what an intake restriction will do to your pump, try drinking though a coffee straw at the same rate as you would a regular soda straw.  The feeling you get in your head as your tongue gets vacuumed to the roof of your mouth is the same stress your pump endures when the intake line is restricted.  If you continue to drink though the small coffee straw at a consistent rate, eventually you will develop a headache or maybe even pass out.  Either way, you will STOP.  Your Diaphragm pump will do the same thing; it is going to stop sucking (no pun intended).

Follow this checklist to make sure your Diaphragm Pump stays in good working condition:

  1. Check the strainer to make sure they are clear and the holes are not plugged
  2. Check the size of the strainer mesh if you have a high flow pump. Over 7GPM, mesh size should be 20-30
  3. Check the intake hose diameter 
  4. Make sure that the bottom of your tank is free from chemical build up and debris
  5. If you have a homemade jalopy pump with a long intake line, make sure there are no kinks in the line

If you need a rebuild kit for a Hypro, Kappa or any other pump you can find them on the right side bar of the pump you select on our website.  Or you can go to our home page  to view our complete product line. 

              

Topics: Hypro, Udor, Kappa, Diaphragm pumps, Maintenance

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