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3 Myths About Custom Sprayers

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Mar 27, 2015

Customizing a sprayer is simple and easy when you order from Sprayer Depot. Many people assume that anything "custom-built" is unaffordable or out of reach. Or that customizations equal complicated, and not worth the hassle. When it comes to sprayers... that is simply not true. 

Here, we'll debunk three myths about custom sprayers that were discussed in our recent Monthly Deal Finder newsletter and review some of the more common modifications you might consider with your next sprayer purchase.

Myth #1: Custom sprayers are expensive so only big companies can afford the price tag.

Fact: It may surprise you that some of the common modifications that our customers request are relatively inexpensive.

Myth #2: Custom sprayers require major modifications.

Fact: Whether you require a dozen modifications or simply need something like a bigger hose reel or a low-profile tank, no customization is too big or too small.

Myth #3: Custom sprayers are hard to come by.  

Fact: In 2014 we built more than 500 custom sprayers here at Sprayer Depot. Acquiring a sprayer with just the right features is just a click or call away.


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Now that we have those out of the way, let’s talk about some examples of sprayer modifications that might make for a better product for your unique needs.

Option: So the sprayer listed comes with a manual hose reel but you’d prefer an electric rewind hose reel. That’s no problem.

Option: Most of the sprayers we carry come standard with 150 feet of hose, but it’s an easy fix to add more hose to the hose reel if that’s necessary for  your line of work.

Option: You want a different engine than the one that comes on the sprayer? It’s also possible to change the gas engine to an electric start engine.

Option: Changing the tank size is an easy fix. We have a variety of poly tanks that could work for your needs and a number of frames that can be modified for that purpose.

We've made some of our most requested modifications available as stock sprayers that you can easily shop on our website at SprayerDepot.com. Shown above is a custom-built 300 gallon 4-wheel sprayer on the right, next to a 50 gallon skid sprayer that has been placed in the back of the a new Kubota utility vehicle. Each has a unique use and modifications that suit each customer’s needs.

The team at Sprayer Depot is one of the most experienced in the industry, and a simple conversation with one of our knowledgeable Customer Service Technicians is all it takes to turn your ideas into the sprayer of your dreams. Call (800) 228-0905 and get the conversation started.

Topics: Custom-built Skid Sprayer, Custom-built sprayer, Custom-build a sprayer, Sprayer Depot, custom built sprayers, custom build sprayer, Kings Sprayers

Top Sprayer Depot Posts of 2014

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, Jan 27, 2015

TopPosts2014We have a lot of fun at Sprayer Depot creating this blog, uncovering resources or industry news. We're always seeking out information that matters to folks from each of the industry segments we speak to on a regular basis. From the latest smartphone application to tips and tricks to utilize your spray equipment better, we try to cover it all throughout the year right here in this blog.

In case you missed them, here are the five posts that got the most views in 2014.

1.  6 Popular Apps for Tree Care Professionals

In June we reviewed six popular apps for tree care professionals. Like professional landscapers and horticulturists, professional arborists spend a lot of time working “in the field”.  The use of smartphones and tablets have helped make the workday more productive for these professionals by making every day tasks such as invoicing, project management and even research, easy to complete in a non-office work environment.

2. Plumbing Your Sprayer the Right Way

Then, in July, we dove into the inner workings of plumbing your sprayer the right way. The primary goal when you’re plumbing a sprayer pump is to route liquid from the pump to the spray nozzle with as little restriction as possible. By minimizing restrictions you’ll achieve the pump’s maximum rated capacity.

3.  4 Features of the New Sprayer Calibration App

We featured another smartphone application in September with the debut of a new sprayer calibration calculator app designed to assist spray applicators with calibrating a pesticide sprayer. The app was developed by the University of Illinois Extension and is available free to those with Apple and Android phones.

4.  How To Build the Perfect Custom Sprayer

When we say we know sprayers, it’s true. Our team builds more than 500 custom sprayers each year for customers looking to modify or completely reconfigure the makeup of this important equipment. After all, you don’t have to settle for less than perfect in the sprayer world. Just turn to our Sprayer Depot knowledgeable customer service technicians with your ideas and < bam > the perfect custom sprayer is born. Also in September we shed light on some of the common modifications to a few of our best selling sprayer models from Kings Sprayers.

5.  Introducing The Kings QuickShip Sprayers

Back in May we featured the Kings Sprayers QuickshipTM Program. We've made it easier than ever to get the high-quality commercial sprayer you want - without the wait! So we chose some of our most popular Kings Sprayers models and made them available for same day shipping*.  Sprayers in this program that are ordered by 12:00 p.m. (EST) will ship same day.

 

We’re grateful that you’ve chosen to read what we write and hope you find this blog to be a useful resource. Thanks for your time in 2014. We hope to see you here more often this year!

Topics: Custom-build a sprayer, Sprayer Depot, custom built sprayers, custom build sprayer, plumbing sprayer, Kings Sprayers, Quickship Sprayers, Apps for Arborists, Tree Care Apps, Apps on the Sprayer Depot blog, Spray apps, apps for spraying agriculture, Sprayer Calibration, top posts

3 Key Benefits of a Custom Sprayer - and Why It Won’t Break the Bank

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Jan 14, 2015

When you think about customizing just about any piece of equipment, price is always a factor. Or so it seems. With our line of Kings Sprayers, customizing your spray equipment isn’t out of reach. Consider that we offer many existing sprayer models at Sprayer Depot. So modifications to meet your needs are totally doable. Sometimes, simple tweaks can take an off-the-shelf sprayer and make it custom-built. In the end, get the product that meets your current and future needs without breaking the bank.

Let’s take a look at three of the more popular modifications below that could benefit your business.

The Hose Reel

Does the sprayer you’ve been eyeing come with a manual hose reel? Perhaps you looked into the higher end model and felt it was out or reach or had too many bells and whistles. It is about $400 to upgrade the hose reel on most Kings Sprayers from a manual to an electric rewind hose reel. You also need a battery or other 12V power source to run it. This is food for thought when you’re thinking about daily use, convenience and just how long that hose is.

The Hose Length

Speaking of hose length, many of the sprayers we sell at Sprayer Depot come with 150’ of high-pressure spray hose. To upgrade the hose length from 150’ to 300’ is only around $120 and could provide the tools necessary to take on larger jobs that require more hose length. Looking long-term and with business growth in mind, doubling the length of hose isn’t such a bad idea for some companies.

The Pump

Arguably the heart of the sprayer, there are a variety of spray pumps that can be swapped on existing Kings Sprayers models. Of course upgrading pumps can be a little expensive, but not out of reach when you’re in the market for a new sprayer. Sprayer Depot offers an upgrade for $400 on poly headed diaphragm pumps that allow you to spray more corrosive chemicals. Another option would be to upgrade the standard roller pump to a silver series roller pump for roughly $200. The decision to upgrade your pump really boils down to what you’re spraying and determining what makes the most sense given the chemicals used.

These are just a few of the many options available when customizing your sprayer. Like we said before, why wouldn’t you want to explore getting the best sprayer for your current and future needs?  If you're interested in learning more about our custom sprayer options, follow the link below to learn more or contact us today to talk about your options.

 

Click HERE to See If a Custom-Built Sprayer Is Right for You  

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Topics: Custom-built Skid Sprayer, Hose Reel, Hose Reels, Custom-built sprayer, Custom-build a sprayer, Sprayer Depot, Kings Sprayers, Spray Hose, spray pumps, Electric Hose Reel

Customer Spotlight: SunRail and Vegetation Management Spray

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Nov 28, 2014

SunRail Safety

SunRail, Central Florida’s new $1.3 billion commuter train that began service in May 2014, currently transports an average of more than 3,000 daily riders to and from work during weekdays. Using the existing rail system for the first phase of the project, the commuter train adds to the existing track usage by freight service provider CSX and passenger service Amtrak, making the need for additional railroad safety a high priority in the community.

So what exactly does that mean? As SunRail debuted in the Orlando market, the community 

learned more and more about rail safety measures. What many think of when discussing rail safety are the aspects that involve the public’s support – watch for trains, don’t stop on tracks, obey the crossing arms, etc. One aspect that is often overlooked involves the sprayer industry and ensuring tracks are clear of debris.

As SunRail looks to expand its offerings with new lines that it will maintain, the commuter train system looked to Sprayer Depot for support in custom building a unit that met its needs. Keep in mind that CSX and Amtrak have systems in place for maintaining tracks that they own, it’s just not something you often hear about.

How does Sprayer Depot fit in? Sprayer Depot worked with SunRail to develop a sprayer system to manage vegetation growth. We worked with the SunRail team to provide most of the sprayer system’s components like a giant tank, pump, engine, connection fittings, hoses, spray gun, etc. Everything for the sprayer system, except the truck and trailer to mount it on.

So as SunRail grows, so will its eye towards safety and we at Sprayer Depot are happy we could be a part of it.Uncontrolled vegetation around railroad tracks is a huge safety and operational issue. The overgrowth can often reduce visibility for operators, pose a fire hazard and in some cases cause train delays. When you’re trying to catch a commuter train, no one wants to hear the word "delay", that’s for certain. So railroads have programs to proactively keep vegetation growth in check by using a combination of herbicide spray and mechanical brush cutting. The programs aim to eliminate weeds before they grow, kill those that may have already sprouted and constant maintenance surrounding tree and bush growth. One way to relate it is that it’s much like how most Department of Transportation agencies operate as it relates to roadways, just for a railroad line. Instead of asphalt, it’s tracks and instead of a stream of cars, it’s a train.

Happy Spraying.

 

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Topics: Custom-built Skid Sprayer, Custom-built sprayer, Custom-build a sprayer, Sprayer Depot, custom built sprayers, Customer Spotlight, customer service technician, Happy Spraying., weed control, vegetation management, railroad maintenance

How To Build the Perfect Custom Sprayer

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Sep 05, 2014

Kings Sprayer 100/50 Dual Tank Skid Sprayer

When we say we know sprayers, it’s true. Our team builds more than 500 custom sprayers each year for customers looking to modify or completely reconfigure the makeup of this important tool. After all, you don’t have to settle for less than perfect in the sprayer world. Just turn to our Sprayer Depot knowledgeable customer service technicians with your ideas and < bam > the perfect custom sprayer is born. Here we’ll take a look at some of the common modifications to a few of our best selling sprayer models from Kings Sprayers.

You might be wondering if Sprayer Depot can modify one of the existing sprayers manufactured from Kings Sprayers. In a word, YES! Whether it’s adding more hose, swapping out the pump, or modifying the entire unit to your specific needs, Sprayer Depot can make it happen. We talked to operations manager David Herrera who mentioned “one of our biggest strengths is that we can get creative to solve space issues by creating custom frames and thinking outside the box.” Let’s take a closer look at a few scenarios as described by David:

One common customization is the dual tank setup (pictured above). Sometimes customers want two tanks so they can have chemicals in one tank and fresh water in the other, or another common scenario is having a need to spray two different chemicals while out on the job. We can make that happen within almost any parameter needed.

Another unique customization we created at the request of a customer is depicted in the same image above where you’ll notice that the hose reel is turned to the side. This is popular with the skid sprayer units in particular because the skid sprayer is usually in the bed of a pickup truck. It can be more convenient for the operator to have the hose dispatched from the passenger side when spraying lawns and shrubs. 

Gator Kings SprayersAnother example is  this custom Gator Kings Sprayers model. This skid sprayer unit fits into the back of a Gator utility vehicle. We had a customer request for a 100-gallon tank with a specific pump, engine, and hose reel. Given the standard way we build our skids, there was no way we could fit what the customer wanted in his Gator. So we got creative by using a low profile tank and designed a custom frame so that all of the components could be mounted above the tank. This is one of the most direct examples of how our team can creatively solve a problem a customer might have encountered with a standard off-the-shelf sprayer.

Below are a few of the most common modifications that can turn a stock sprayer into a custom model ideal for your needs:

  • Change the manual hose reel to an electric version
  • Add more hose to the hose reel
  • Change the standard spray gun to something else
  • Swap in a larger tank
  • Change the gas engine to electric start
  • Modify the orientation of the tank on the frame
  • Change the sprayer pump to a different manufacturer’s pump
  • Add another line on the suction side

So, what modifications would you love to improve your sprayer?

 

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Customer Spotlight: Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT)

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, Jul 22, 2014

UDOTThe Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has the responsibility to plan, construct and maintain the state highway system. The state reported 45,881 total public road mileage, including state, county, city, forest service, national park service, native American and other roadways. That’s a lot of surfaces for the 13th largest state by size in the United States. To keep those roadways in tip top shape, UDOT uses a variety of equipment including, as you may have assumed, sprayers.

So we asked the Urban Area Supervisor for his insight on how sprayers are use in his line of work.

1. What type of spray equipment does the UDOT use?
We have several types of equipment that are used here from 250-350 gallon tanks in urban areas and up to 2,000 gallon tanks in rural areas. Smaller tanks are operated from our maintenance one-ton trucks with the large tanks mounted in our ten-wheeler trucks. We also use an ATV mounted sprayer with a small tank to get the areas that are not accessible by trucks. Plus, we have hose reels, side bar sprayers, and boom buster sprayers that spray up to 35'.

UDOT using an ATV mounted sprayer     UDOT using a spray gun extension

2. What is typically being sprayed?
We are using pesticides and herbicides for weed control and vegetative management. We are targeting our areas that have noxious weeds like Kochia, Thistles, White Top and nuisance weeds.

3. Who is in charge of maintaining the spray equipment?
Our station maintenance personnel who hold an applicators license take care of the equipment that they are using. If it is a major repair, then we have our region maintenance shop fix the problem.

4. What months of the year do you use spray equipment?
We start using our equipment in March and will spray into June. Then we have areas that spray in September and October.

5. What are the general responsibilities of the DOT?
Our general responsibilities are preserving infrastructure, maintaining our roadways, and keeping roads and interstates clean and safe for our traveling public. Doing all we can to help with zero fatalities.

6. Are there custom-sprayers in your fleet?
Yes, we have built custom over the years.

7. How often is the spray equipment used? (Daily? Weekly?)
It’s used weekly in our peak seasons. We have also used these sprayers for maintenance operations where water is need to help the activity.

8. Do you typically place orders for sprayer parts and accessories on the website? Or is the order phoned in?
Prefer to phone the order in.

Topics: Spray Equipment Maintenance, Maintenance, Hoses, Reels, Custom-built Skid Sprayer, Hose Reel, Hose Reels, Custom-built sprayer, Custom-build a sprayer, ATV sprayer, spray equipment, herbicides, Boom Sprayer, fertilizer sprayer, Spray Guns, Sprayer Depot, custom built sprayers, custom build sprayer, lawn sprayer, public works, UDOT, Customer Spotlight, Utah Department of Transportation, Department of Transportation, DOT, Customer

Is a Custom-Built Sprayer Right For You?

Posted by Marketing Manager on Tue, Dec 18, 2012

 

We consult many of our customers on this issue.  As a matter of fact, it's such a hot topic, we're going to repost a popular Blog post from last year:

Custom Build A Sprayer to Fit Your Exact Requirements

How do you pick a Sprayer that will deliver exactly what you need?  Some customers will call one of our Customer Service Technicians and say something like "Give me the Kappa 55 Diaphragm Pump with a 9 HP Honda Engine  and a 200 Gallon Tank." Others may say something like " I want the little Roller Pump with a 5 HP Honda Engine and the smallest Tank you've got." Often, customers are either buying more than they need, or they buy conservatively and out-grow their new Sprayer in a short period of time. It's important to find the right balance between too much and too little.

Too Little or Too Much?

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 to the side of each building.

Lee considered two different Skid Sprayers:

  1. 200-Gallon Skid Sprayer with 10 gpm Diaphragm Pump: This model is equipped with a  5.5 HP Honda engine, a Hypro D30GRGI Diaphragm Pump (9.5 gpm, 580 psi), and a 200- gallon tank. Lee opted to add a Manual Hose Reel with 150' of 3/8" ID Spray Hose. While this sprayer is a little a over his budget, and the gpm and tank size bigger than he requires, Lee figured he could "grow into it".  

  2. 50-Gallon Skid Sprayer with 5 gpm Diaphragm Pump: This model is equipped with a 5 HP GC Series Honda engine, and Udor IOTA-20/GR Diaphragm Pump (5 gpm, 275 psi), and a 50-gallon tank.  This sprayer fulfills Lee's current needs, be he is concerned that he will outgrow it within a year or two.

50-Gallon Skid Sprayer

It's important to note that Lee decided not to pursue new accounts that would require tree or lawn spraying.  Rather, he would target new accounts with similiar profiles to the three he recently acquired.

The Right Sprayer For Lee

Which sprayer did Lee choose? He decided to go with #2:  50-Gallon Skid Sprayer with 5 gpm Diaphragm Pump, but upgraded to a 100-gallon tank. Now, he can add a Hose Reel with up to 300 feet of spray hose and he has the capacity to take on more work wothout having to run around and refill all day.  Plus, it fit within his budget.

Choosing the right sprayer can be a daunting task.  That's why we've created "A Complete Guide to Skid Sprayers".  Download it now or call one of our knowledgable Cutomer Service Technicians for help.

 

A Complete Guide to Skid Sprayers

Topics: Custom-built sprayer, Custom-build a sprayer

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