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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

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

Water Use Peaks in July: 5 Tips to Smart Spraying

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, Jul 08, 2014

July is Smart Irrigation MonthWhether you manage a farm, run Public Works or maintain a golf course, managing and conserving resources to improve water availability is key. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, of the 26 billion gallons of water consumed daily in the United States, approximately 7.8 billion gallons (30%), is devoted to outdoor expenditures with the majority used for irrigation. As you might have assumed, the amount of water used outdoors
peaks during the summer, particularly during the month of July.

Kings Sprayers Skid Sprayer with Manual Hose Reel

We all need to do our part to conserve and given that it is Smart Irrigation Month, an initiative dedicated to promoting efficient irrigation empowering professionals with knowledge to help save water, we at Sprayer Depot thought it was only fitting to provide a refresher with a few strategies to help you do your part to conserve this natural resource. Here’s to spraying smarter.

Off the top of your head, you might be thinking of water conservation tips like determining the amount and timing of irrigation for efficient water use. You’re right on track. Another tactic to consider is monitoring water application for crop needs and soil moisture content. Take a look at the five tips below to ensure you spray smarter during Smart Irrigation Month: 

  • Consider soil type. Type of soil determines how quickly water can be absorbed without runoff. Watering more than soil can absorb causes runoff and waste. Light sandy soils hold less water than heavy clay soils.
  • Water only when needed. Saturate root zones and let the soil dry. Watering too much and too frequently results in shallow roots, weed growth, disease and fungus. Learn your crop’s water requirements by determining how much water the crop has used, then on the next irrigation only water long enough to replace that amount of moisture.
  • Water at the best time. Watering during the heat of the day may cause losses of up to 30 percent due to evaporation. Prevent water loss by watering when the sun is low or down, winds are calm and temperatures are cool – typically between the evening and early morning.
  • Water more often for shorter periods. For example, watering for three, 5-minute intervals let soil absorb more water than watering for 15 minutes at one time, reducing runoff.
  • Adapt watering to the season. Adjust the watering schedule regularly based on seasonal weather conditions. These vary by state and region. For example, many utilities rely on stored water from winter snowpack that gradually releases water from the melting snow during spring and summer. And the monsoon season in the Southwestern United States causes flash flooding during the summer season, effecting crops and landscapes alike.

In addition to these strategies to conserve water, you should also inspect your sprayer equipment to ensure it is in proper working order, free of leaks. Read our recent post on sprayer pump repair kits and routine maintenance if you haven’t already conducted your seasonal sprayer inspection.

Smart Irrigation Month is an initiative of the Irrigation Association, a non-profit industry organization dedicated to promoting efficient irrigation.

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Why Choose an Electric Sprayer? Read One Customer's Story

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Mon, Apr 28, 2014

Contributed by Guest Blogger: Brandon Grossman, Sales Manager - Sprayer Depot

A Quiet Sprayer

One of our Customer Service Technicians recently received a phone call from a customer who needed a custom-built skid sprayer. Topping the list of requirements? The sprayer couldn't make a lot of noise.  The customer explained that he had always used gas engine-driven sprayers. It had always been a good fit for his spray application needs.  However, he recently was awarded a new contract from a property management company. The new contract involved landscaping services for multiple condominium neighborhoods that were governed by Home Owner's Associations (HOA) Rules & Regulations. 

HOA Rules

The HOA rules required all spraying be completed during the hours of 6:00 -8:00 a.m. on specific days of the week. Since our customer admitted that his gas engine sprayers are loud, he was concerned that the disturbance would wake tenants if used at 6:00 a.m.  

Electric Sprayers: Quiet & Efficient 

Our Customer Service Technician offered a solution:  An electric sprayer.  Electric Skid Sprayer

We designed a skid sprayer using a Hypro XL series roller pump powered by a 12V motor. 

The pump head used is made for roundup and other corrosive chemicals, and also supplied enough flow and pressure to mimic his gas engine sprayers. Our customer was very pleased with the solution (as were the condo tenants, no doubt).  

Topics: Custom-built sprayer, custom build sprayer, lawn sprayer, Skid Sprayer, lawn sprayers, electric sprayer, electric sprayers, benefits of electric sprayers

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