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Kings Sprayers: Building a Sprayer

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Sep 25, 2015

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Building sprayers is more than a job, it's a passion. Passion for ensuring customers' satisfaction, for finding set-ups that improve efficiency and ease of application, and most of all, a passion to build quality products that are cost-effective and time-saving. We are passionate about what we do and we are proud to manufacture Kings Sprayers in Orlando, FL. 

Do you want to learn more about how we build  Kings Sprayers? We thought you would so we've outlined the basic steps from start to finish.

The first step after we've received your order is for our production manager to go over the work order for your specific sprayer model. If it is a custom sprayer, he makes sure that it can be built according to your specifications while also following safety standards. If our production team identifies something that could be improved or changed to give you a product that may better meet your needs, our team will offer the solution and work with you to design the best set-up for your needs.  We love it when customers take an active role in customizing their sprayers. After all, no one knows your job better than you do! 

Then we move to the manufacturing process, where our welders will build a sturdy, yet lightweight, aluminum frame that will support all components in your sprayer. The next step involves assembly and this is where everything comes together. Our assembly technicians will carefully install all the individual components (hose reels, pumps, boomless nozzles, tanks, engines etc.) and make sure that every part is set up correctly. The unit then moves to our quality control station where it will be thoroughly tested.

Building Kings Sprayers at our Orlando facility instead of just outsourcing manufacturing means that we have control over quality, can offer better customization along with great prices and faster delivery times. We stand behind our products and can guarantee that our sprayers are built to the highest standards of quality and with the best available parts.

Have any questions or comments? Share them below!

Topics: 4-Wheel Sprayer, Custom-built Skid Sprayer, Hose Reel, Hose Reels, diaphragm pump, Roller Pump, Skid Sprayers, Boomless Nozzle, Pump, spray gun, poly tanks, 6061 Aluminum Frame, honda engine, 3-point-hitch

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

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

Quick Set Up on a Kings Sprayers 50 Gallon Skid Sprayer

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Dec 17, 2014


Great for tree, lawn and herbicide spraying, the Kings Sprayers 50 gallon skid sprayer can be used in a truck bed, utility vehicle, boat and even mounted on a trailer. More than that, this sprayer has a variety of uses and is popular throughout a number of industries.

Eager to share some insider tips on how to best operate this machinery, the team at Sprayer Depot put together this instructional video to share some of the ins and outs of utilizing this sprayer. We’re calling it ‘Quick Set Up on a KS50P5 Sprayer’. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or new to the Kings Sprayers line, we’ve included some helpful reminders and tips for everyone.

Take a look at the information for the Kings Sprayers model: KS50P5 below.

We’ve also put together this useful guide for the Kings Sprayers 50 Gallon skid sprayer that includes the following:QuickGuide

  • Understanding the intricacies when starting your sprayer
  • Critical steps to take when working with your sprayer for the first time
  • Tips for shutting off your sprayer

It’s free too. Download your copy of “Quick Guide: Kings Sprayers 50 Gallon Skid Sprayer” then contact us if you have additional questions.

 

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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

Quick Set Up for a Kings Sprayer 50 Gallon Utility Skid Sprayer

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Oct 08, 2014

Kings Sprayers skid sprayerIt’s always a good idea to review the manufacturer information when starting your skid sprayer for the first time. For the Kings Sprayers line we offer quick set up information in a variety of ways, through our website, YouTube videos and Customer Service Technicians. After all, many of our customers have tackled these steps many times over. However, as technology changes and sprayers are more and more customized, it’s always a good idea to take a second glance at the getting started information.

Follow these instructions when starting your Skid Sprayer for the first time. Then, check out the video below for more quick set up details for the Kings Sprayers 50 Gallon Utility Skid Sprayer with 7 gpm Roller Pump Model # KSU50P6.

Starting Your Skid Sprayer for the First Time

  1. First, set the ON/OFF switch to the “ON” position.
  2. Set the throttle to SLOW.
  3. Make sure the gas is set to the ON position.
  4. For a cold start, set the choke to FULL.
  5. Pull start the engine.
  6. Release the choke.
  7. Raise the throttle to FULL.
  8. Pressure should be adjusting to approximately 150psi. Notice a slight drop in pressure when the agitator is turned ON and rise when it is turned to the OFF position. The agitator mixes the tank to help evenly dispense chemicals.
  9. Adjust the spray gun to the proper setting and you are ready to spray!

 

This Kings Sprayers Skid Sprayer is part of the QuickShip program – order it by 12:00 p.m. (EST) and it ships the SAME DAY, helping to reduce down time and increase productivity. Click here to see our complete line of Kings Sprayers and all QuickShip sprayers. If you like what you see, head over to our YouTube Channel for that and more instructional videos.

 

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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.

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Why One Customer Decided to Build a Custom Sprayer

Posted by Marketing Manager on Tue, Jan 21, 2014

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

One Customer's Story:  Gathering the Right Information

There are many reasons why a customer may choose a custom-built sprayer versus buying a standard "off the shelf" sprayer.  We recently received an inquiry from Don at Integrity Termite & Pest Control Company, in Edgewater, Florida. He wanted a skid sprayer, but with custom dimensions: He parks his work vehicle at his home every night and has to abide by his neighborhood's Home Owner's Association's (HOA) rules regarding commercial vehicles.  

The HOA rules allow commercial vehicles to park overnight, but has strict guidelines stating that NO equipment is allowed to be visible over the side of the truck bed. This rule limits the size of the spray equipment he can use.

By the time he called Sprayer Depot, he had already spoken with a few manufacturers in his area, but was told they only had stock models and could not customize the units.  

The Solution

Sprayer Depot offered a solution. We recommended that Don consider a low profile tank and custom frame.  Our sales and manufacturing departments worked together and designed a custom frame and pump/engine assembly that would fit all of Don’s needs.  The design successfully concealed the sprayer within the truck bed, yet provided enough power to perform both termite and pest control applications.  

Exceeded Expectations

Sprayer Depot not only met the 21” max height requirement for the truck bed, but beat it by 4”!  This is just one customer's story about how and why they decided to build a custom sprayer. There are a multitude of other customers who have made the same choice. Many thanks to Don at Integrity Temite and Pest Control Company in Edgewater, FL for sharing his story and the great pictures. Take a look at Don’s custom sprayer! 

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Kings custom-built sprayer 

 

Topics: Custom-built Skid Sprayer, Custom-built sprayer, Skid Sprayer, Integrity Termite and Pest Control Company, low profile sprayer tank

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

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