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7 Must Haves For Your Sprayer Emergency Kit

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Nov 11, 2015

Many of our customers are getting ready to store their sprayer. To make this task as easy as possible, we've been Emergency_Repair_Kitsharing our end-of-season tips and tricks in our previous posts. Now is also the perfect time to put together a sprayer emergency kit if you haven't already.

An emergency kit will cut your downtime and save you time and money by keeping  a few essential parts on hand so you can quickly repair your spray equipment. When breakdowns happen no one is happy, so avoid downtime by stocking up on replacement parts.

The parts in your emergency kit will vary depending on the type of spray equipment you use, but we've compiled a list of the most commonly needed parts for repairing and maintaining some of our most popular Kings Sprayers.

Spray Tips and Nozzles: Replace spray tips and nozzles immediately if you notice a change in flow rate or a change in pattern distribution. Damaged spray tips and nozzles are sometimes overlooked but can cost you money and precious time if not replaced in a timely manner.

Strainers: A clogged strainer is one of the most common repairs our Service Repair Technicians see on a daily basis. You can prolong your strainer's life by cleaning it often, however, it's a good idea to keep a replacement strainer, gasket and seal. 

Spray Guns: We recommend not only keeping a spray gun repair kit but also a spare spray gun that you can use, just in case. One of the most common spray guns is the JD9-C pictured below, we sell a repair kit to replace the seals if the gun starts to leak and we have a short instructional video that will make the repair a breeze. 

Spray Hose: Although hoses are pretty tough they can bend and crack which affects the performance of your sprayer so we recommend having spare suction, bypass and discharge hoses on hand in case you need a quick replacement.

Hose Fittings: Besides storing replacement spare hoses, reusable hose fittings should also be on your list. Check out our video on this easy repair!

Diaphragm: Having a diaphragm repair kit in your emergency kit is definitely a must. These handy and inexpensive kits can make all the difference when it comes to staying up and running, or increasing your downtime. We have a couple of instructional videos that will guide you on the steps necessary to replace the diaphragm in your pump.

Pumps: Just like the diaphragm, many parts in your pump can be easily replaced, but some can't and sometimes the pump will fail and the only solution is a replacement. We recommend keeping a spare pump as part of your emergency kit.

A sprayer emergency kit will also help you save money by avoiding a trip to the service and repair shop, but in case you need it, you can count on us to offer you the best repair service. Don't hesitate to give us a call if you need help with a repair, or if you want to schedule a repair and service appointment at our Orlando, FL retail location. Just call 800-228-0905.

What do you keep in your sprayer emergency kit? Leave a note in the comments below. We'd love to hear from you.

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Topics: Reusable Hose Fittings, Maintenance, Hoses, Spray Guns, Sprayer Depot, Sprayer Parts, Pump Repair, spray tips, Spray Nozzles, Diaphragm Repair, Boomless Nozzle, Pump, gearbox, Spray maintenance, repair kit, pumps, emergency

Using the Regulator on a Diaphragm Pump

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Mon, Jul 27, 2015

You may already be expertly familiar with your pump’s pressure regulator, or you might be on the other end of the spectrum wondering how exactly a regulator works. You may call it a control unit or an unloader as these are often terms used interchangeably to describe the same part. Just in case you need a reminder, let's do a quick recap on what a pressure regulator does.

 A pressure regulator is responsible for maintaining a certain pressure rating in the discharge line. This allows excess liquid flow to by-pass back to a tank or drain. Basically, the regulator will cut off the flow of liquid at a certain pressure to ensure safety in various applications.

Using a pump’s pressure regulator is as easy as turning a lever to the right direction. However, not every diaphragm pump works the same so it is best to check your manual and follow the directions. To make it easier, we've created a simple infographic with steps on using the regulator on five of our most popular diaphragm pumps.

If you are interested in learning even more technical facts about pressure regulators/control units, take a look at our previous guest blog post highlighting 5 Ways a Control Unit is Better Than a Relief Valve.

In the meantime, check out our infographic below:

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Even though using the regulator can be pretty self-explanatory, it pays to always check to make sure you are using it according to manufacturer's directions.

Topics: Sprayer Depot, diaphragm pump, Hypro D30 Pump, Diaphragm Repair, bypass, Kappa 40,

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

Instructional Video: Diaphragm Repair on a Hypro D30 Pump

Posted by Marketing Manager on Tue, Nov 15, 2011

Watch this Instructional Video to see our easy, step-by-step demonstration on how to do a diaphragm repair on a Hypro D30 Pump. This is the first in a series of instructional videos which have been developed to help customers get the maximum usage and performace from their spray equipment.

     
       
       
       

 

 

 Got a question regarding a diaphragm repair on a Hypro D30 Pump?  Our Customer Service Technicians can help.  Just call 800-228-0905 or Click HERE to chat online with a Customer Service Technician during regular business hours:  Monday -Friday, 8:30am - 5:30 pm (EST).

 

 

Hypro D30 Diaphragm Repair Kit

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Topics: Hypro D30 Pump, Diaphragm Repair, Diaphragm Kit, Instructional Video for D30 Pump

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