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Read This Before You Buy a Sprayer Pump...

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Thu, Feb 04, 2016

There is more that goes into buying a pump for your sprayer than you may think. Whether it's a Pumps_SprayerDepot.jpgcentrifugal, diaphragm, roller, or piston pump, the right type of pump for you is definitely out there. It's easy to get overwhelmed by the many options available today but selecting the best pump doesn't have to be hard or time-consuming.

Our Customer Service Technicians handle many calls dealing with this very topic, so we asked them "What should customers consider when purchasing a pump?" and here's what they told us:

Flow Rate: This is measured in gallons per minute (gpm) and you'll want to determine your required flow rate before you shop. All pumps have a maximum gpm flow rate so you'll want to ensure the one you choose meets that number. A good tip to remember is: a higher flow rate means a larger pump size is needed.

Fluid Type: Are you spraying a clean fluid or an abrasive chemical? Is it low or high viscosity? These are just some of the aspects you'll need to consider when choosing a pump. The type of fluid being sprayed matters as there are specific pumps that will work best for your application, and some that just wont do the job.

Flow Pressure: Use this simple formula to calculate your required pressure:

 Desired Pressure at Nozzle (psi)
+ Hose Pressure Loss (psi)
Total Pump Pressure Needed (psi)

Once you've determined your requirements, you will have a better understanding about the type of pump you need. However, the search doesn't end there! Our Customer Service Technicians also recommend you ask these 8 questions before you purchase a pump:

1. What pump should I use to spray (insert chemical here)?
2. How far will this pump spray vertically?  
3. What other components do I need in order to use this pump on my sprayer?
4. What gas engine is compatible with my pump?
5. Which spray gun should I use?
6. How often should I replace common wear parts?
7. Which spray tip puts out the GPA I require?
8. What is the warranty on this pump?
A good spray equipment dealer should be able to answer all these questions to help you find the perfect match. A few other questions to ask to make sure you are getting the best pump and the best service are:
1. What are some of the most common issues with this specific pump?
2. How much maintenance does this pump require?
3. Besides the warranty, do you offer a repair service for this pump?
Our knowledgeable Customer Service Technicians have more than 30 years of combined experience in the spraying industry, so we can confidently help you make the right selection. We also offer a full service and repair department so we have expert Repair Technicians that can tell you what kind of performance you can expect from the pump and what to do if a problem arises.
Give us a call today and we'll make finding the right pump an easy process!

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