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Follow These Simple Steps to Winterize Your Hypro or Shurflo Pump

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Sep 29, 2017

Whether you're storing your pump for an extended period of time, or storing your spray equipment for the winter, our friends at Pentair recommend the following procedures for storing Hypro or Shurflo brand pumps. In this post, we're providing Pentair's guidelines, broken down by pump type, along with everything you need to know to ensure your pump is ready for the next year.

Centrifugal Pumps:

Flush the pump and entire system with a solution that will chemically neutralize the liquid that was used. By doing this, the residue from the chemicals sprayedHypro-Centrifugal-Pumps-SD.jpg will dissolve, leaving the inside of the pump clean for the next usage. For winterizing or extended downtime we recommend flushing the pump with automotive antifreeze (ethylene glycol) that contains a rust inhibitor (Prestone®, Zerex®,etc) mixed at 50/50 with water. This will both protect the pump from freezing and from rusting. Plug the inlet and outlet ports of the pump if you are going to store the pump inside or off the sprayer system.

Diaphragm Pumps:

All diaphragm pumps are susceptible to freezing, so extra care is needed to prevent the pump from freeze damage during the off season. Flushing the pump out with a chemical neutralizer prior to Shurflo-2088-Pump.jpgstorage will help clean the surfaces from any residue that has accumulated. Then flush the pump with a RV antifreeze (propylene glycol) mixed at 50/50 with water. This will protect the pump from freezing. Removing the pump from the sprayer and storing it in a heated area will also prevent costly damage to the pump. This should be done AFTER the pump has been neutralized and flushed out with antifreeze. Plug the inlet and outletports if storing inside.

Roller Pumps:

Roller pumps have a tight tolerance inside and chemical buildup will greatly affect the performance and wear factors of the internal components, so flushing with a neutralizer prior to storage is critical. After neutralizing, flush the pump out with an automotive antifreeze (ethylene glycol) that contains a rust inhibitor (Prestone®, Zerex®,etc) mixed at 50/50 with water. This will both protect the pump from freezing and from rusting. Removing the pump from the sprayer and storing it in a heated area will also prevent costly damage to the pump. This should be done AFTER the pump has been neutralized and flushed out with antifreeze. Add an ounce of rust inhibitor or light oil to the inlet of the pump and then turn the pump shaft to allow the inhibitor to coat all the internal surfaces. Plug both the inlet and outlet of the pump so that air will not be able to enter the pump. Reusing the original shipping plugs is the best way to ensure that the pump is air tight during storage.

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Topics: Winterizing Spray Equipment, Hypro, Diapgragm pumps, Hypro Roller Pump, centrifrugal pump, SHURflo pumps

Our Top 3 Most Popular Products This Summer

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Aug 18, 2017

Summer is the busiest time of year for many of our customers. It's the height of the spray season which means the team here at Sprayer Depot is hard at work to make sure our customers get what they need.  

Take a look at a few of our most popular products of the summer:

High Pressure Spray Hose

Lawn, Pest & Ag high pressure spray hose is available by the roll, pre-cut length, or by the foot. 

Intended for pesticides, fertilizer, insecticides, horticultural solutions, and other agricultural spray applications, it's made of  kink-resistant rugged PVC and is a flexible, lightweight design.

hose.jpgJD9-C High Pressure Spray Gun

This heavy duty spray gun is adjustable from a fine mist to a long distance pencil stream by turning the barrel.

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Hypro Diaphragm Pump -  D30 

This Hypro medium pressure diaphragm pump is recommended for spraying herbicides, pesticides, liquid fertilizers, and many other hard-to-handle fluids. Pressure and output are designed for optimum performance of small to medium-sized sprayers.

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Topics: Diapgragm pumps, JD9 Spray Gun, Hypro D30 Pump, Greensmaster Spray Gun, high pressure spray hose

Your Sprayer Needs an Oil Change Too

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Oct 22, 2014

We get it. There’s a ton on your plate and often some maintenance practices, like changing the oil in your sprayer, can fall by the wayside. Our technicians often get asked how often we recommend changing the oil in a pump crankcase. Of course, we defer to manufacturer recommendations, but thought it might be helpful to run through the process with one of our more popular pumps, the Hypro D30 Diaphragm Pump, especially as the sprayer season winds down.

For those of you unfamiliar with this product, Hypro diaphragm pumps come with oil in the crankcase. Unlike your vehicle, accessing oil in the crankcase take a little more effort.

The manufacturer recommends changing oil after 40 hours of break-in operation and then every three months or 500 hours, whichever comes first. So this means that you should change the oil in this particular model at least four times a year, if not more. Now Hypro recommends using its own brand of oil for this model - Hypro Oil (part number 2160-0038) is specially formulated, high-grade, nondetergent, SAE 30 weight oil designed to prolong pump life. 

Now that we have that covered, let’s talk about the three steps to changing the oil in your spray pump.

Step 1. After you’re done with your sprayer for the day, flush the pump with clean water.

Step 2. To drain the oil from the pump, remove the oil drain plug and rotate the shaft until the oil stops flowing out. If you have time to open the pump and inspect the diaphragms, now is a good time, but not mandatory.

Step 3. To fill the pump with oil, slowly pour the oil into the sight tube while turning the pump shaft. Turning the pump shaft purges all the air out of the crankcase. So you won’t have to deal with air bubbles or a less than full amount of oil. If you do decide to replace the diaphragms, always change the oil.

Hypro D30 Diaphragm Pump Schematic
Part Number 66 is the Oil Drain Plug

 

Need a closer look? Check out the Sprayer Depot instructional video series on our YouTube channel where we dive into the whole repair process for a Hypro D30 pump here.

One quick note, for winter storage, which we’ll get into later here on the blog, or if you encounter freezing conditions, flush the pump with a 50/50 mixture of water and antifreeze. 

Lastly, keep in mind that most manufacturers recommend changing the oil in your pump every year, if not sooner. We’d actually go as far as to say that it’s highly recommended that the oil be changed at both the start and the end of the sprayer season so that any contaminants entering the crankcase can be removed before sitting in the pump all winter and that you get rid of any buildup from the off season.

Topics: Spray Equipment Maintenance, Diaphragm pumps, Sprayer Depot, diaphragm pump, Diapgragm pumps, winterize sprayer, sprayer pumps, Sprayer Pump, Hypro D30 Pump, Sprayer Parts Guide, Sprayer Depot Instructional Video, Diaphragm Repair, oil change

3 Reasons Why You Should Buy a Pump from Sprayer Depot

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Aug 20, 2014

You’re on the market for a new spray pump. You have a pretty clear idea of what you need. After all, nine times out of ten it’s a replacement pump that’s on its last leg and in need of replacing. Not an easy pill to swallow when you have to buy one of the most vital parts for your sprayer. But where do you start?

Does this scenario sound familiar? Since we're more focused on your needs than your wallet, here we’ll share three foolproof tips to get you the best product for your needs at the best price. 

Tip #1: Inventory
Whether you’re in the market for a diaphragm pump, roller pump, centrifugal pump, piston pump, transfer or plunger pump, find a retailer that covers the spectrum with a variety of brands on hand for sale. Look for a retailer that carries major sprayer pump brands like Hypro, Udor, Comet, Banjo, Myers and SHURflo, to name a few. Since not all brands manufacture all pump types, at Sprayer Depot you’ll find a better selection for your needs and a more knowledgeable team to answer any questions. Sprayer Depot carries all the major brands for practically every type of spray pump at the best price.

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Tip #2: Price Matching
Speaking of price, don’t be afraid to shop around. You’ll find out more about the product you’re looking for from kicking the proverbial tires at a few shops before settling on one. That will also give you a chance to scope out who has the best pricing policy – for example Sprayer Depot will match any competitor’s price (must be an authorized dealer/distributor). We strive to offer the lowest price on all major spray pump brands, but if you happen to find a lower advertised price from an authorized distributor, Sprayer Depot will match or beat that price! When you’re shopping for a part like a pump you know your going to have to spend a pretty penny so why not get the best deal.

Tip #3: Customer Service
You’re a pro so the customer service team from any retailer won’t show you how to do your job, but they can offer some insight into the latest tricks of the trade. At Sprayer Depot, our knowledgeable customer service technicians have more than 55 years of combined experience in the industry. Many of them have worked their way into the role through production jobs building the very sprayer you use today. So they know their stuff and speak your language. Plus, they’re not sales guys aiming to make commission – they genuinely enjoy what they do and strive to assist folks in finding the product that’s best for their needs.

So the next time you’re in the market for a spray pump, or really anything for your sprayer equipment, remember to consider inventory, price match policies and customer service. Better yet, just give the guys at Sprayer Depot a call or visit the online store. You’ll be in good hands.

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Plumbing Your Sprayer the Right Way

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Thu, Jul 31, 2014

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. For purposes of this blog post we’ll share how to plumb your sprayer the right way when using a diaphragm pump.

Quick side note, as you probably know the type of pump you use makes a difference when it comes to proper plumbing. Diaphragm, piston and roller pumps are all types of positive displacement pumps, whereas a centrifugal pump is the most common non-positive displacement pump. When you’re looking at positive displacement pumps the output is proportional to speed and independent of pressure, but when we use a centrifugal or non-positive displacement pump the output is influenced by pressure. So needless to say, plumbing on these two types is different.

Now that we’re all on the same page, for the best performance of your sprayer with a diaphragm pump and hose reel, follow these 10 steps and you’ll be well on your way to maximizing pump performance and efficiency:

Hypro diaphragm pump diagram

  1. Place the outlet fitting in lowest point in the tank.
  2. Connect a ball valve to the outlet tee (or elbow) so you can turn off the flow in case you need to service the pump or check the line strainer.
  3. Include a line strainer between the tank and the pump to prevent debris from clogging the pump, relief valve, gun and nozzle.
  4. Tank outlet fitting, elbow, suction line, and strainer should be one pipe size larger than the suction port of the pump. Suction line should be reinforced, so it does not collapse, but flexible so it absorbs pulsation. Clear suction line helps you see air bubbles if there is air entering the system.
  5. Although diaphragm pumps prime well, try to position the pump lower than the tank for gravity feed.
  6. Most diaphragm pumps include a “control unit” consisting of a relief valve, multiple discharge ports with ball valves, and a pressure gauge. It can be mounted on the pump or remote mounted. If a remote mount is used do not put a shutoff valve between the pump and the control unit.
  7. Connect the relief valve bypass port with an unrestricted line to the top of the tank, venting to atmospheric pressure. Do not put a shutoff valve in this line. Do not connect the bypass line to the agitator. Restrictions may prevent the relief valve from bypassing properly and so causing damage to the pump.
  8. Connect one of the discharge lines to the agitator(s). You may use a ball valve in this line to throttle the flow.
  9. Connect one of the discharge lines to the inlet swivel on the hose reel. You may use a ball valve in this line. Do not use hard plumbing when connecting the discharge line to the hose reel swivel.
  10. Connect the gun.

Additional considerations:

  • A minimum number of elbows, fittings, and valves should be used to reduce pressure losses. These should also be sized properly to prevent flow restrictions.
  • Hoses should be the same size as the pump’s suction and discharge port. A straight run of 10 times the suction hose diameter is recommended prior to the pump inlet. For example: 1.5” hose diameter = 15” of straight hose.
  • An agitation flow rate of 5% of the tank capacity is recommended for most chemicals. A higher rate of 10% is suggested for wettable powders and materials difficult to keep in suspension. See the chart below for common tank sizes.
Tank Capacity 5% 10%
500 gallons 25 gpm 50 gpm
750 gallons 37 gpm 75 gpm
1000 gallons 50 gpm 100 gpm

Topics: Spray Equipment Maintenance, Diaphragm pumps, spray equipment, Sprayer Depot, Strainers, Sprayer Parts, diaphragm pump, Diapgragm pumps, sprayers, spray equipment checklist, sprayer performance, plumbing sprayer, plumbing diaphragm pump sprayer

A Complete Guide to Udor Pumps

Posted by Marketing Manager on Mon, Nov 05, 2012

Contributed by guest blogger:  Bill Roberts, The J.W. Roberts Company

Many of the current pump manufacturers were “born” out of the agricultural markets and have developed products suited for those applications. UDOR, on the other hand, was designed for the demanding industrial chemical markets where extreme service conditions require pumping corrosive and abrasive products for long extended periods. The knowledge gained from these markets allows UDOR to design products that will far exceed most typical applications, both agricultural & industrial.

UDOR offers one of the most diverse and complete Diaphragm Pump product lines available on the market today. The product line is grouped into the following series:

KAPPA

            Udor Kappa 43 Diaphragm Pump         

ZETA/R0

Udor R070GR5 Diaphragm Pump 

BETA

 Udor Beta Diaphragm Pump

There are many factors to consider when determining which pump to purchase.  To help make the process easier, we've put together a comprehensive comparison of all Udor Diaphragm Pumps:  The Complete Guide to Udor Pumps.  Download it by clicking this box:

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Our knowledgable Customer Service Technicians are available from 8:00-5:30 M-F. They will answer questions and provide detailed product information.  Just call 800-228-0905.

Topics: Diapgragm pumps, Udor Pumps, Guide to Udor Pumps, Udor Kappa, R070-GR5 Pump

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