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Spray Equipment Q & A:  Simple Answers to Your Questions

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Oct 13, 2017

We receive many questions on our blog from Sprayer-depot-QA.jpgpeople all around the world seeking answers to their spray equipment questions. Some are about specific product recommendations, yet many others are from people troubleshooting problems. Here, we’ll take a look at a few of the recent Q & As. 

Question submitted on our blog: Troubleshooting the SHURflo Pump 8000 Series:

Q: We have an 8000-643-236 pump that will run through a wand and then it takes longer and longer to pressurize. Eventually, it constantly runs and will not pressure up. Any ideas?

A: There are a few issues that can cause the symptoms you are describing. First, we would check the suction side leading to the pump and ensure there are no loose fittings or air leaks. If air is coming into the suction line it can get trapped inside the pump head or run through the pump to the outlet line.  This can cause the pump to not shut off or pressurize. If all fittings are tight and there is no air trapped in the system we inspect the check valves in the pump head for any swelling or debris. If the valves are in working order it may just be that the pressure switch on the front of the pump head needs to be replaced.

Question submitted on our Facebook page:

Q: We spray a lot of bleach with handheld pump style sprayers. However we go through a lot of them because of corrosion. Do you have something that is of a higher quality?

A: Bleach can be very corrosive and eat away at the seals of most handheld sprayers.  To combat this Solo manufactures a 1 gallon Bleach sprayer.  The Viton seals and poly wand increase the corrosion resistance and should increase the life of the sprayer.  Here is a link to it on our website:  http://www.sprayerdepot.com/Shop-by-Category/Solo-Handheld-Sprayers/405B.

Question submitted on blog post: Choose the Right Roller Pump

Q: We purchased a sprayer from you that has a Honda GX160 motor and a 410xl roller pump. We modified the system to have two spay guns, and with the added gun we are experiencing lower psi than we desire. What would be the best solution? Would the 6500XL-R work for us or would we need more gear reduction? Thank you for your help.

A: The best solution would be modifying the sprayer with a pump that has higher pressure capability like the 6500XL-R.  This pump does require a gas engine with gear reduction so you will have to change the engine and pump to make this work.  The 6500XL-R has a max pressure of 300 compared to the 150 psi of the 4101XL which will allow you to generate good pressure on both lines.  If you want to use the same engine you could change the pump to a diaphragm pump with a gear reduction built in.  Options for this would be the Hypro D252GRGI or D30GRGI.  

Question submitted on blog post :  3 Reasons Why You Need an Economy Sprayer

Q: I’m using a SHURflo 60 psi 3gpm pump with a 250 foot hose. Can I hook up two pumps to get more psi at the end of he hose or would one higher psi pump like a 100psi be better?

A: The higher pressure pump would be your best option.  Combining the two pumps in one system could cause issues such as cycling and cavitation leading to premature failure. 

Got a question about your spray equipment? Leave it in the comment box below.

 

Topics: Sprayer Pump, FAQ, commercial spray equipment

Sprayer Winterization Q&As

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Dec 09, 2015

Winterizing your sprayer is not an option, it's a requirement. Before winter starts or after the end ofSprayer_Winterization_qa.png spraying season, make sure you winterize your sprayer before you put it away. We know we constantly talk about seasonal maintenance but we just can't stress it enough, performing regular maintenance will ensure a long life for your sprayer.

In this short Q&A, we answer the most common sprayer winterization questions we receive from customers.   

1. Should I perform any type of maintenance before winter starts?

You definitely should! Winterizing your spray equipment is an important step to ensure the performance of your sprayer.

2. When should I winterize my spray equipment?

You want to winterize your sprayer before temperatures drop below freezing. In areas like Florida, where the temperatures don’t drop too much, you should winterize your sprayer before you store it at the end of season.

3. What materials do I need to winterize my sprayer?

You will need clean rags, a bristle brush, clean water, pump oil (see manufacturer’s recommendations), antifreeze, an all weather tarp and a tire pressure gauge (if your sprayer has wheels).

4. As long as I wear gloves while cleaning the sprayer I’ll be fine, right?

Wrong. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is very important when handling any type of pesticide, herbicide or other chemicals. Make sure to wear a long sleeve shirt, pants, eye wear, respirator or mask, gloves and boots.

5. Which steps should I follow to properly winterize every part of my spray equipment?

Follow these 5 easy steps:

  • Flush the system with clean water
  • Drain the tank and open all valves; Use compressed air to blow out any liquid from solution lines
  • Run the pump just long enough to ensure that the system is drained of water
  • Run antifreeze through the system long enough to reach any hoses and booms; We recommend diluting the antifreeze 50/50 with either water or windshield washer fluid 
  • Cover the sprayer with the tarp so that dirt, insects, etc. cannot enter the equipment

6. Should removable parts remain attached to the unit?

No. Store any removable parts like spray guns, nozzles and strainers in a clean, dry place.

7. What about sprayers with a boom?

Just make sure to also include the following steps as part of your maintenance for the spray boom:

  • Remove the boom feed hoses from the boom section valves
  • Use compressed air to flush each boom 
  • Remove the nozzle tube end plugs and continue to blow out any water from the boom
  • Remove and clean out any boom section filters
  • Remove metal screens or fittings and store the parts in vegetable oil over the winter to prevent corrosion
  • Ensure that your boom is free of water, lubricate any O-rings and re-install non-metal components

Looking for more information? Download our comprehensive sprayer winterizing guide for free!

Download the Guide to Winterize Your Sprayer

Topics: Kings Sprayer, Spray Equipment Maintenance, Winterizing Spray Equipment, Maintenance, spray equipment, Boom Sprayer, winterize sprayer, sprayer, winterize your spray equipment, Pump, FAQ, Spray maintenance, seasonal maintenance, winter, Q&A

Sprayer Maintenance FAQs

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Mon, Jul 20, 2015

PumppicsOur savvy Customer Service Technicians handle many calls throughout the day, many of which are inquiries from customers regarding how to properly maintain their sprayers in top-notch condition. For this reason, we have put together the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to help you take care of your equipment:

Q: When should I replace my spray tips? 
A: If you notice a change in flow rate or a change in pattern distribution then this might indicate that your spray tips need to be replaced. You should replace your spray tips immediately if they are worn out or damaged.

Q: How often should I flush my pump?
A: After every use, especially if you are using herbicide or other harsh chemicals.  Flush the pump using clean water.

Q: How do I know when my strainer needs to be cleaned?
A: If you notice a loss of pressure or a drop in flow rate then you may have a clogged strainer that needs to be cleaned. However, you should never wait until that happens, so it is advisable to clean it once a week depending on how often you spray. Check out our 3 Reasons Why You Should Check Your Sprayer.

Q: How often should I perform an oil change? 
A: Please follow your specific pump's manufacturer recommendations.

Q: When should I calibrate my sprayer?
A: You should calibrate your sprayer at least once every season. For more information on calibrating your sprayer please check our Step-By-Step Sprayer Calibration Guide to get you started.

Q: I am using a diaphragm pump, when should I replace the diaphragm?
A: Every 500 hours or every 3 months, whichever comes first.

Q: Should I also check my pump's valve?
A: Definitely! If you are replacing the diaphragm it is the perfect opportunity to also check the valve and replace it if necessary.

There are also a few other things you should make a habit of checking as part of your sprayer maintenance:

Check

  • Hoses for any cuts, damage or bends
  • Nozzles to make sure they are clean
  • Tank for any damage or rupture
  • Pressure switch for any leakage 
  • Boom spacing
As always, we are here to help you so don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

Topics: Maintenance, spray equipment, strainer, spray tips, Sprayer Calibration, Pump, sprayer tips and tricks, FAQ, Spray maintenance

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