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Beginner's Guide: How to Complete Your Fall Sprayer Maintenance

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Nov 23, 2016

It's that time of year again...the leaves are falling, the temperatures areKings Sprayer Maintenance.jpg dropping and for many, it's time to put the spray equipment away for the winter months. It's the ideal time to perform preventive maintenance and put together a checklist (don't worry, we've got one you can download by clicking the button at the end of this post) for an annual maintenance plan.

Fall Sprayer Maintenance in 5 Easy Steps

  1. Check spray tips for wear and tear, and replace as necessary. Spray tips don't last forever! You can read more about how to tell when it's time to replace them in this blog post we published earlier this year.
  2. Change the oil in your pump, gearbox and engine. Consult your manufacturer’s recommendations on appropriate fluid changes.
  3. Flush the pump and tank with clean water and make sure to dry them using a clean rag.
  4. Remove any debris from the strainer and flush it with water. A clean and properly sealed strainer will allow proper flow to the pump and contribute to a longer pump life.
  5. Remember to calibrate your sprayer before storing it. Follow the steps outlined here for more information on how to perform a calibration.

We recommend the use of a Maintenance Checklist to keep track of each maintenance task. To help you get started, we have created a Sprayer Seasonal Maintenance Checklist that lists all components that need to be serviced daily, weekly, quarterly and semi-annually. It also includes a winterizing checklist! Check it out:

Download the Sprayer Seasonal Maintenance Checklist

 

Topics: Kings Sprayers, spray tips, fall tips, fall sprayer maintenance

Taking Care of Your Sprayer's Honda Engine

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Mon, Oct 19, 2015

On our last blog, we shared a comprehensive Sprayer Maintenance Seasonal Checklist to help you keep track of GX120-actualyour spray equipment's maintenance requirements. We often focus on the tank, strainer and pump more than anything else when it comes to maintenance, however, the engine also needs some TLC.

Here at Sprayer Depot we get plenty of questions regarding equipment care, and a common question is "How often should I change the engine oil?" As always, we recommend to follow manufacturer recommendations. To help you stay on top of your equipment's maintenance, we've written down a quick how-to on changing the oil on some of our most popular commercial engines, the Honda Engine Models GX120 and GX160.

Honda recommends changing the oil after 100 hours or every 6 months, whichever comes first. Honda also recommends 4-stroke oil or an equivalent high-detergent, premium quality motor oil certified to meet or exceed U.S. automobile manufacturer's requirements for Service Classification SG.SF/CC.CD. 

Before performing any type of maintenance make sure the engine has been shut off and drain the oil while the engine is still warm to assure rapid and complete draining. 

Now that we have that covered, let’s talk about the four steps to changing the oil in your Honda Engine GX120 - GX160

Step 1. Remove the oil filler cap and drain plug to drain the oil.

Step 2. Install the drain plug and tighten it securely.

Step 3. Refill with the recommended SAE 10W-30* and check oil level.

Step 4. Install the oil filler cap.

A few things to note:

  • Do not use non-detergent oils or vegetable oils as they are not recommended
  • Be sure to check the engine on a level surface with the engine off
  • Make sure to thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water after handling motor oil
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What other "How Tos" would you like to see featured on our blog? We appreciate your feedback so let us know in the comments box below!

*SAE 10W-30 is recommended for general, all-temperature use. Other viscosities may be used depending on outside temperature. Please consult manual

Topics: Spray Equipment Maintenance, Maintenance, Sprayer Depot, winterize sprayer, sprayer, oil change, Spray maintenance, honda engine, fall tips, GX160, seasonal maintenance, GX120

Spray Equipment Maintenance Tips to Implement This Fall

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Oct 14, 2015

maintenanceHow diligent are you when it comes to servicing your spray equipment? If you are guilty of waiting until your equipment fails in order to repair and replace parts and accessories, don’t worry, we have all been there once or twice. However, with fall season already started and winter just around the corner, we want to remind you of the importance of timely maintenance of your spray equipment. Low spraying season is the perfect time to perform preventive maintenance and establish a maintenance schedule for the rest of the year.

Waiting for problems to arise will not only cost you time but will also cost you a lot of money. It pays off to be proactive, so don’t delay... keep your sprayer in tip-top shape!

Here are a few things you should check off of your maintenance list this fall:

1) Change the oil in your pump, gearbox and engine. Consult your manufacturer’s recommendations on appropriate fluid changes.

2) Check spray tips for wear and replace as necessary.

3) Flush the pump and tank with clean water and make sure to dry them using a clean rag.

4) Clean the strainer by removing any debris and flushing it with water to avoid contamination and loss of pressure. If the filter in the strainer is beyond cleaning make sure to replace it.

5) Don't forget to calibrate your sprayer before storing it. Follow the steps outlined here for more information on how to perform a calibration.

You should also create a maintenance program you can use to keep track of each maintenance task. To help you get started, we have created a Sprayer Seasonal Maintenance Checklist that lists all components that need to be serviced daily, weekly, quarterly and semi-annually. It also includes a winterizing checklist! Get it now by clicking below:

 Download the Sprayer Seasonal Maintenance Checklist

Have more questions regarding sprayer maintenance? Check out our Sprayer Maintenance FAQ's for more information. You can also give us a call and one of our Customer Service Technician will be happy to help!

 

Topics: Spray Equipment Maintenance, Maintenance, diaphragm pump, spray equipment checklist, Kings Sprayers, sprayer, spot sprayers, fall tips

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