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Customer Highlight:  Get to Know Lawn Doctor

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Jul 29, 2016


Not Just Another Lawncare Company

Our Customer Highlight Contest is one our favorite ways to get to know our customers. It's especially fun when we receive photos as part of the contest submissions and our recent contest, "Show Us Your Eat. Spray. Love T-Shirt"  garnered quite a few fun entry pictures.  EATSPRAYLOVE_CONTEST.jpg

We're excited to announce Glenn Farrell of Lawn Doctors in Stamford, CT as the winner of the contest. Glenn submitted a winning photo featuring one of our Eat.Spray.Love t-shirts and we're lovin' it! We asked Glenn to tell us a little more about Lawn Doctors, and here's what he told us:

1. Briefly describe your business and the type of     services you provide: Lawn Doctor provides                 treatments for lawns, t ree and shrub care, in addition to mosquito and tick control.

2. Do you use social media for your business? If so, what channels? (Facebook, Twitter, etc): Yes! We have a Facebook page for each of our locations, Lawn Doctor of Fairfield and Westchester County and Lawn Doctor of Metrowest and Worcester County.

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3. What type of equipment do you use most often? Proprietary equipment for lawn and power seeding; spray rigs for spraying trees, shrubs, ticks, and mosquitos.

4. What months of the year are the busiest for your business? March – June than again September - October.

5. What is one part or component you always keep on hand? I have a spare part for all my main equipment. I use an inventory system that allows me to see what I go through the most, and be sure to have two of those in inventory.

6. What is the biggest way Sprayer Depot helps make your life easier? I always call and speak to Brandon Grossman; he helps with any details and is pretty awesome (and a great asset to Sprayer Depot).

7. If you could choose the color of our next "Eat. Spray. Love" t-shirt, what color would it be? I'd like a fluorescent color so it would stand out.

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Topics: Sprayer Depot, Customer Spotlight, spray rigs

Customer Highlight: Get to Know Florida Lawn Solutions

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, May 18, 2016

The Customer Highlight Contest is a great way for us to know more about our customers and to MattB_Spraying3.jpgacknowledge their loyalty. Today we are excited to feature another one of our Customer Highlight Contest winners. Matt, from Florida Lawn Solutions, submitted a couple of great pictures of his recent job sites! 

Servicing Panama City and the surrounding areas in Bay and Walton counties, Florida Lawn Solutions has years of experience under their belt taking care of residential and commercial properties.

"We offer insect treatments for lawn-destroying insects such as mole crickets, chinch bugs, sod web worms, grubs, and more.  We can control weeds such as dollar weeds, Virginia buttonweed, sedges, chamber bitter, and much more. We also offer liquid and granular fertilization of many different blends."

Let's get to know him better: 

Name: Matt BabulaMattB_Spraying.jpg

Business Name: Florida Lawn Solutions

Location: Panama City Beach, FL 

1. Briefly describe your business and the type of services you provide: Lawn and Ornamental Pest Control - specializing only in diagnosis and treatment of lawn and shrubs.

2. Do you use social media for your business? If so, what channels? Yes! You can find us on Facebook: Florida Lawn Solutions and Instagram: FloridaLawnSolutions

3. What type of equipment do you use most often? Hypro D30 Pump and ZMaxx.

4. When using a sprayer, what are you typically spraying? Turfgrass.

5. What months of the year are the busiest for your business? Our service programs are effective all year long so we stay pretty busy, however, we see a spike in new starts in the month of April.

6. What is one part or component you always keep on hand? Hypro D30 Diaphragm Kit .

7. What is the biggest way Sprayer Depot helps make your life easier? They are so helpful and knowledgeable each time I call in. I can describe the part I need without actually knowing the name and they will know exactly what I am referring to.

MattB_Spraying2.jpg8. If you could choose the color of our next "Eat. Spray. Love" t-shirt, what color would it be? Orange!

Get featured in our next Customer Highlight blog! Contact us using the form below and we’ll get in touch with you ASAP. Remember to stay tuned to our FacebookTwitter and Instagram pages for future promotions, contests, and industry news. 

 

Topics: spray equipment, Sprayer Depot, Customer Spotlight, Hypro D30 Pump, Diaphragm Kit, customer highlight

Customer Highlight: Grantham Services Rebuilds Hypro D30 Diaphragm Pump

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Feb 12, 2016

Today we are excited to feature another one of our Customer Highlight Contest winners. Chris, fromGrantham_Services_SprayerDepot.jpg Grantham Services, submitted this great picture of his spray equipment set-up. He recently rebuilt his Hypro D30 diaphragm pump using parts purchased through Sprayer Depot.

We asked him what made him choose Sprayer Depot as the source for his parts and accessories. His answer may surprise you! Read below to learn more: 

Name: Chris Grantham

Business Name: Grantham Services

Location: Moore, OK

1. What industries do you work in?

Lawn care and spraying

2. What  types of spray equipment do you use most often? 

I am currently using a Lesco 100 gallon spray rig with a Kawasaki engine and Hypro pump 

3. What are you typically spraying?

Residential and commercial lawns

4. What months of the year are your busiest spraying months?

Feb/March to Oct/Nov depending on weather

5. What is the biggest way Sprayer Depot helps make your life easier?

I was searching how to rebuild a Hypro D30 pump, and I found a video of it on your YouTube channel. It was a tremendous help and I ordered those parts from you, with super fast shipping!!

6. What was your favorite thing about your most recent transaction with Sprayer Depot?

The YouTube videos, fast shipping, and helpful people when I called with questions. 

Get featured in our next Customer Highlight blog! Contact us using the form below and we’ll get in touch with you ASAP. Remember to stay tuned to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for future promotions, contests, and industry news. 

Looking for a specific video? Visit our YouTube channel and see if we have it. If we dont, please suggest it in the comments below!

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Topics: Hypro, spray equipment, Sprayer Depot, custom built sprayers, Customer Spotlight, customer highlight

Customer Highlight: Roddie Inc. Showcases a Comet Diaphragm Pump

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Jan 15, 2016

A couple of weeks ago we ran a cool contest called “Customer Highlight” as a way to focus on our JaredPicture.jpgcustomers by offering an opportunity to be featured on our blog and win a $50 Visa Gift Card. Thank you to everyone who participated by sharing the contest and submitting photos.

Customer Highlight is also the name of our newest blog series where we will highlight YOU, our loyal customers! Today we are getting to know one of the contest's winners, Jared from Roddie Inc, who submitted an awesome picture of his recently purchased Comet diaphragm pump.

Let's hear what he had to say:

Name: Jared Shappell

Business Name: Roddie Inc.

Location: Columbia Falls, MT

1. What industries do you work in?

Trenchless Service Line Replacement (water, sewer, gas, etc)

2. What  types of spray equipment do you use most often?

Water supply systems for HDD drilling

3. What are you typically spraying?

Bentonite clay mixed with water

4. What months of the year are your busiest spraying months?

Year-round

5. What is the biggest way Sprayer Depot helps make your life easier?

Easy to navigate website

6. What was your favorite thing about your most recent transaction with Sprayer Depot?

The fast shipping!

Thanks for participating, Jared!

Get featured in our next Customer Highlight blog! Contact us using the form below and we’ll get in touch with you ASAP. Remember to stay tuned to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for future promotions, contests, and industry news. 

 

Topics: spray equipment, Sprayer Depot, custom built sprayers, Customer Spotlight, highlight, customer highlight

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

Simply Thank You from Sprayer Depot

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Nov 26, 2014

Sprayer Depot thank youAs the holiday season kicks into high gear and spray season winds down, we reflect on all that we’ve accomplished this year and the impact that you, our customers, have made. From your insight, sharing feedback with our Customer Service Technicians as you work with these products every day, to your contributions and support on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and even right here on the blog. We appreciate it. If you’re on our email list then you’ve likely seen the deals we shared on three of our most popular products. It’s just a little treat to say ‘thank you’ for being a Sprayer Depot Customer.

Note our special holiday hours.
The Sprayer Depot team will be enjoying some well-deserved time off this holiday season. Please note that Sprayer Depot will be closed on Thursday, November 27 through Friday, November 28 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. We’ll be back on Monday, December 1, but don’t let that stop you. You can place an order on our website, 24/7/365 by visiting SprayerDepot.com.

Giving back to our community.
Thanksgiving is more than giving thanks for the harvest and the bounty of the preceding year. This year the Sprayer Depot team has committed to giving back by volunteering hours on a Saturday to build a home for a family in need. Through our local Habitat for Humanity program, you’ll soon hear how we lent our hands for a day and contributed to providing a family in need with a roof over their head. It’s such a worthy program, and the team here at Sprayer Depot is excited to participate. Stay tuned for more information.

We love to hear from you.
Speaking of the New Year (can’t believe we’re already talking about 2015), if there’s anything you like, dislike or want us to share here on the blog, let us know. Better yet, let us share your sprayer story. Our recent "Customer Spotlight" featuring the Utah Department of Transportation generated such a buzz, we want to write more of them! We'll make it easy on you – promise. Contact marketing@sprayerdepot.com for more information.

Topics: Sprayer Depot, Customer Spotlight, Department of Transportation, Customer, sprayer, customer service, customer service technician, Thank you, Customers, Holiday Hours, Giving Back, Happy Spraying.

Choose the Right Roller Pump

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Nov 12, 2014

Hypro roller pumpChoosing the right roller pump for your sprayer and application needs can be tricky. After all, the pump is the heart of the sprayer and roller pumps are the top all-around choice for agriculture and industrial spraying. This includes turf spraying of herbicides and pesticides, liquid fertilizers and many other liquids. These spray pumps have a low initial cost and are pretty versatile too. Still, there’s no one solution that meets everyone’s needs making the search for the best solution at times mystifying.

Before we get into the nitty gritty, it’s important to note the basics. A roller pump has 4 to 8 rollers depending on the model, that revolve inside the pump housing to force the spray solution out to the nozzle. These pumps operate at PTO speeds of 540 and 1000 rpm – a definite point to note for choosing the right pump. Roller pumps have a pressure range up to 300 psi and flow rates up to 74 gpm. These products are self-priming and easily adapt to PTO or gas engine drives. These pumps require no check valves while providing positive displacement characteristics. Got it? Good. Now let’s get into choosing the right roller pump.

Consider this real-life scenario that one of our customers shared with us:

“I bought a used 55 gallon tank sprayer with wand and boom for spraying weeds and fire control. It had a 4 roller pump on it that quit/froze a year and a half ago. I replaced with another 4 roller pump and this spring it froze again. The sprayer has a 3hp Briggs motor with a 5/8'' shaft. I would like to know if I can use a larger pump and/or what you would suggest.”

Know the answer? If not, take a look at the steps below for easy identification of the roller pump that will meet your needs. Or skip ahead and check out the solution for this particular scenario.

3 Steps for Pump Selection:

1.) Determine your highest spraying pressure (psi).

For spray guns, 40 psi is often typical at the nozzle, but to properly select a pump that can deliver the right spray pressure, you should calculate it yourself. Keep in mind that pressure losses are normal and should be factored into the equation. It’s recommended that you add 120 psi for system pressure losses.

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

2.) Calculate the total pump flow (gpm) using the formula below.

Now you’ll need to know the boom flow and agitation for that calculation. You can determine your boom flow (gpm) by multiplying the gpm per nozzle by the number of nozzles. The flow required for agitation is a little easier as that is determined by tank size. For a 500-gallon tank you’re looking at 25gpm, 750-gallon tank will be 37 gpm, 1,000-gallon tank at 50 gpm and 1,500-gallon tank at 75 gpm.  

Boom Flow (gpm)  
+ Agitation (gpm)
Total Pump Flow (gpm)

3.) Choose the pump based on the manufacturer’s catalog performance charts.

Sounds simple, but in addition to the numbers you just crunched you’ll also want to keep chemical compatibility in mind. Specific seal, roller and casting materials can be selected for compatibility with certain herbicides, pesticides, fungicides and fertilizers. The three housing material options – Cast Iron such as the Delavan line, Ni-Resist or Silver (for these purposes we’ll be referring to Hypro’s Silver Series XL roller pumps) – are particularly important for total pump life. Studies have shown, especially with weed control chemicals such as Roundup that the Silver Series XL line is more durable and affords a 10x longer pump life.

Now back to our example. This customer had a standard gas engine without gear reduction. In that case, the best solution was to replace the pump with another 4 roller pump (product 4101C) and keep an eye on maintenance for better long-term wear. Another solution would have been to use a different model, but that would have resulted in purchasing a gear reduced engine. In the long run, this customer was better off just replacing the pump with the same model.

Have anything to add or a dilemma our technical gurus can assist with? Share in the comments below or contact us today.

Topics: Hypro, herbicides, Sprayer Depot, Customer Spotlight, Roller Pump, roller pumps, Hypro Pump, Hypro Roller Pump, Ag Sprayers, insecticide, boom, spray gun, delavan cast iron

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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