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Keeping It Reel: Everything You Need to Know About Hose Reels

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Mar 01, 2017

Hose reels are an essential tool for spray applicators, no matter the industry. By allowing fluid to pass through the hose without taking all of the hose off the reel first, hose reels increase efficiency and offer ease-of-use, while keeping the hose Hannay-Hose-Reel.jpgorganized and out-of-the way. They are available in manual, spring rewind, and electric versions. But before you default to buying the least expensive or basic model, let's take a closer look at some of the features and benefits of each type of hose reel.

The Basics

There are two parts of a hose reel that influence what kind of hoses fit on it:

  1. The space between the discs 
  2. The diameter of the discs
A hose reel has two discs which keep the hose in place, and a wider space between them, along with larger discs means more hose can fit on the reel. Small reels may have only 7.5 inches between the discs, but larger ones may have discs that are two or more feet apart. In the specs of each model, you'll find information about what "ID" hose each can take, that's the inches in diameter and lets you know if the reel is appropriate for large or small hoses.

Manual & Spring Rewind Hose Reels

Hose reels can be powered by a few different sources, the most popular are manual and spring rewind. Manual hose reels require the user to physically roll the hose, using a handle or hand crank (dependent on the size and weight of the hose and reel). Spring rewind hose reels include a built-in pre-tensioned spring; once unlatched, the hose will automatically retract. 

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Electric Hose Reels

Electric hose reels are popular for jobs where the length & weight of the hose becomes much greater than a spring rewind can withstand, or in situations where reducing time between jobs is a top priority.

In deciding on a manual or electric hose reel, it's important to consider a few things. As their name implies, manual reels are cranked by hand and have many benefits including a more attractive price. However, they can be difficult to use especially if you have a very long and heavy hose. On the other hand, an electric hose reel can seem like a big investment but a key benefit is the simple click of a button will reel the hose back in an easy and convenient way.

Hose Reel Tips & Tricks

  • If you've got the space, select a reel with greater hose capacity than you require. This allows you to rewind the hose with less care and keeps the hose well protected within the disc dimension, even if the hose is not wound in uniform coils.
  • The hose reel swivel allows the drum to turn when the hose is unrolled and rolled. It contains rubber o-rings that are exposed to chemicas, weather conditions and heavy use. Regular inspection of the o-rings will prevent leaking and should be part of a regular maintenance program.
  • Keep an extra set of o-rings on hand so that repairs can be done in a timely manner

Need help? No problem. Our highly trained Customer Service Technicians can help figure out which hose reel best fits your needs, 800-228-0905.

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Topics: Hose Reels, o-rings, Electric Hose Reel, manual hose reel

Product Highlight: Spray Hose

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Mon, Mar 21, 2016

Spray hose is an essential part of your sprayer, but it's often overlooked. It’s easy to ignore the hose when there are many other spray components to consider. However, making sure you choose the right spray hose for the job is an important step to ensure the quality of your application.

Spray hose come in a variety of materials capable of handling different liquids like pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. It also comes in various diameters and lengths. A few other things to consider when selecting a spray hose include the spraying pressure needed, the flexibility of the hose, and temperature resistance. Our savvy and friendly Customer Service Technicians can help match you with the best type for your application.

Spray hose must be durable enough to handle different spray solutions, harsh weather conditions and rough handling. You will find three types of hoses for sale in our inventory: Suction Hose, Clear Braid Hose and High-Pressure Hose. Your sprayer likely uses one of these 3 hoses, or a combination of them.

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Let’s take a closer look at each of these hoses:

Suction Hose: This type of hose is used from the tank to the pump. It is rated for low pressure so you wouldn’t see it used anywhere else but the suction side of a sprayer. The suction hose is easily identifiable by it’s clear color and PVC reinforcement which spirals through it.

Clear Braid Hose: This hose can handle higher pressure than a suction hose, however, it’s commonly used only on the bypass line and also on the discharge hose for smaller units like a spot sprayer. It is a clear hose with a braid running through it, which helps to keep the hose from kinking or twisting. 

High-Pressure Hose: As the name implies, high pressure hose is rated to withstand a lot of pressure. How much will depend on the hose, but usually they are 600 or 800 psi. These type of hoses are also called discharge or spray hose and they are used directly from the discharge line to the spray gun. We stock Flextral brand spray hose which is extremely durable and made of PVC.

Don’t let an old and damaged spray hose affect your application. Whether you need hose by the foot,  or an entire roll, we've got what you need.

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Topics: Hoses, Reels, Hose Reels, Kings Sprayers, sprayer, Electric Hose Reel, stainless steel, hannay, manual hose reel, high pressure spray hose, clear braid hose, suction hose

Product Highlight: Hose Reels

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Oct 28, 2015

Hose reels are an essential part of your sprayer, but they can be easily overlooked. However, making sure that you have the correct size and type of hose reel is critical to preserve the life of the spray hose.

Hose reels are made of different types of materials with the most common being aluminum, stainless steel or powder coated steel. Our Kings Sprayers come with a standard Titan hose reel, which is made from aluminum just like our frames. We find this type of reel to be incredibly durable, heavy-duty and lightweight.

Another excellent option is the Hannay hose reel. This is probably the most popular brand of commercial reels in our industry and they also come in various materials and sizes.

A few things to consider when choosing the type of material for your hose reel are temperature resistance, strength, flexibility, and a few other factors. Our Customer Service Technicians can help match you with the best type for your project. Once you've chosen the material, it's time to decide on whether you need an electric or manual reel. As their name implies, manual reels are cranked by hand which have many benefits such as a more attractive price, but they can be difficult to use especially if you have a very long and heavy hose. On the other hand, an electric reel can seem like a big investment but they are equipped with 12V motors and a simple click of a button will reel the hose back in an easy and convenient way.

On this product highlight, we are featuring two of our most popular hose reels:

4312 Titan 12" Aluminum Hose Reel

This is one of Titan's most widely used hose reel across many industries. It is available in both manual and electric ( look for the letter E after the part number 4312 for electric rewind).

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 Features:

  • Aluminum frame and discs
  • PVC spool
  • Stainless steel tie rods and fasteners
  • Iron Manifold (Stainless steel manifold available for handling fertilizer and other corrosives)
  • Resin bearing holders with stainless back plates for corrosion resistance
  • Lighter weight than steel

1520 Hannay Manual Hose Reel

This is a lightweight, compact reels designed for long lengths of hose in manual and power rewind.

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Features:

  • Direct crank rewind is permanently attached
  • Chain and sprocket drive is powered by electric, hydraulic or compressed air motor
  • Manual reels include: Cam-lock drag brake, spring actuated pin lock
  • Standard inlet is 90º ball bearing swivel joint with 1/2" FNPT threads
  • Standard outlet is 1/2" FNPT thread
  • Option roller guides available

We offer a full range of hose reel options for different types of hoses with different sizes, materials, capacities and mounting styles. We can customize them to meet your needs so just give us a call and we'll be happy to help!

Topics: Hoses, Reels, Hose Reels, Kings Sprayers, sprayer, Electric Hose Reel, stainless steel, hannay, manual hose reel

Kings Sprayers: Building a Sprayer

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Sep 25, 2015

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Building sprayers is more than a job, it's a passion. Passion for ensuring customers' satisfaction, for finding set-ups that improve efficiency and ease of application, and most of all, a passion to build quality products that are cost-effective and time-saving. We are passionate about what we do and we are proud to manufacture Kings Sprayers in Orlando, FL. 

Do you want to learn more about how we build  Kings Sprayers? We thought you would so we've outlined the basic steps from start to finish.

The first step after we've received your order is for our production manager to go over the work order for your specific sprayer model. If it is a custom sprayer, he makes sure that it can be built according to your specifications while also following safety standards. If our production team identifies something that could be improved or changed to give you a product that may better meet your needs, our team will offer the solution and work with you to design the best set-up for your needs.  We love it when customers take an active role in customizing their sprayers. After all, no one knows your job better than you do! 

Then we move to the manufacturing process, where our welders will build a sturdy, yet lightweight, aluminum frame that will support all components in your sprayer. The next step involves assembly and this is where everything comes together. Our assembly technicians will carefully install all the individual components (hose reels, pumps, boomless nozzles, tanks, engines etc.) and make sure that every part is set up correctly. The unit then moves to our quality control station where it will be thoroughly tested.

Building Kings Sprayers at our Orlando facility instead of just outsourcing manufacturing means that we have control over quality, can offer better customization along with great prices and faster delivery times. We stand behind our products and can guarantee that our sprayers are built to the highest standards of quality and with the best available parts.

Have any questions or comments? Share them below!

Topics: 4-Wheel Sprayer, Custom-built Skid Sprayer, Hose Reel, Hose Reels, diaphragm pump, Roller Pump, Skid Sprayers, Boomless Nozzle, Pump, spray gun, poly tanks, 6061 Aluminum Frame, honda engine, 3-point-hitch

3 Key Benefits of a Custom Sprayer - and Why It Won’t Break the Bank

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Jan 14, 2015

When you think about customizing just about any piece of equipment, price is always a factor. Or so it seems. With our line of Kings Sprayers, customizing your spray equipment isn’t out of reach. Consider that we offer many existing sprayer models at Sprayer Depot. So modifications to meet your needs are totally doable. Sometimes, simple tweaks can take an off-the-shelf sprayer and make it custom-built. In the end, get the product that meets your current and future needs without breaking the bank.

Let’s take a look at three of the more popular modifications below that could benefit your business.

The Hose Reel

Does the sprayer you’ve been eyeing come with a manual hose reel? Perhaps you looked into the higher end model and felt it was out or reach or had too many bells and whistles. It is about $400 to upgrade the hose reel on most Kings Sprayers from a manual to an electric rewind hose reel. You also need a battery or other 12V power source to run it. This is food for thought when you’re thinking about daily use, convenience and just how long that hose is.

The Hose Length

Speaking of hose length, many of the sprayers we sell at Sprayer Depot come with 150’ of high-pressure spray hose. To upgrade the hose length from 150’ to 300’ is only around $120 and could provide the tools necessary to take on larger jobs that require more hose length. Looking long-term and with business growth in mind, doubling the length of hose isn’t such a bad idea for some companies.

The Pump

Arguably the heart of the sprayer, there are a variety of spray pumps that can be swapped on existing Kings Sprayers models. Of course upgrading pumps can be a little expensive, but not out of reach when you’re in the market for a new sprayer. Sprayer Depot offers an upgrade for $400 on poly headed diaphragm pumps that allow you to spray more corrosive chemicals. Another option would be to upgrade the standard roller pump to a silver series roller pump for roughly $200. The decision to upgrade your pump really boils down to what you’re spraying and determining what makes the most sense given the chemicals used.

These are just a few of the many options available when customizing your sprayer. Like we said before, why wouldn’t you want to explore getting the best sprayer for your current and future needs?  If you're interested in learning more about our custom sprayer options, follow the link below to learn more or contact us today to talk about your options.

 

Click HERE to See If a Custom-Built Sprayer Is Right for You  

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Topics: Custom-built Skid Sprayer, Hose Reel, Hose Reels, Custom-built sprayer, Custom-build a sprayer, Sprayer Depot, Kings Sprayers, Spray Hose, spray pumps, Electric Hose Reel

How To Build the Perfect Custom Sprayer

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Sep 05, 2014

Kings Sprayer 100/50 Dual Tank Skid Sprayer

When we say we know sprayers, it’s true. Our team builds more than 500 custom sprayers each year for customers looking to modify or completely reconfigure the makeup of this important tool. After all, you don’t have to settle for less than perfect in the sprayer world. Just turn to our Sprayer Depot knowledgeable customer service technicians with your ideas and < bam > the perfect custom sprayer is born. Here we’ll take a look at some of the common modifications to a few of our best selling sprayer models from Kings Sprayers.

You might be wondering if Sprayer Depot can modify one of the existing sprayers manufactured from Kings Sprayers. In a word, YES! Whether it’s adding more hose, swapping out the pump, or modifying the entire unit to your specific needs, Sprayer Depot can make it happen. We talked to operations manager David Herrera who mentioned “one of our biggest strengths is that we can get creative to solve space issues by creating custom frames and thinking outside the box.” Let’s take a closer look at a few scenarios as described by David:

One common customization is the dual tank setup (pictured above). Sometimes customers want two tanks so they can have chemicals in one tank and fresh water in the other, or another common scenario is having a need to spray two different chemicals while out on the job. We can make that happen within almost any parameter needed.

Another unique customization we created at the request of a customer is depicted in the same image above where you’ll notice that the hose reel is turned to the side. This is popular with the skid sprayer units in particular because the skid sprayer is usually in the bed of a pickup truck. It can be more convenient for the operator to have the hose dispatched from the passenger side when spraying lawns and shrubs. 

Gator Kings SprayersAnother example is  this custom Gator Kings Sprayers model. This skid sprayer unit fits into the back of a Gator utility vehicle. We had a customer request for a 100-gallon tank with a specific pump, engine, and hose reel. Given the standard way we build our skids, there was no way we could fit what the customer wanted in his Gator. So we got creative by using a low profile tank and designed a custom frame so that all of the components could be mounted above the tank. This is one of the most direct examples of how our team can creatively solve a problem a customer might have encountered with a standard off-the-shelf sprayer.

Below are a few of the most common modifications that can turn a stock sprayer into a custom model ideal for your needs:

  • Change the manual hose reel to an electric version
  • Add more hose to the hose reel
  • Change the standard spray gun to something else
  • Swap in a larger tank
  • Change the gas engine to electric start
  • Modify the orientation of the tank on the frame
  • Change the sprayer pump to a different manufacturer’s pump
  • Add another line on the suction side

So, what modifications would you love to improve your sprayer?

 

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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.

Topics: Spray Equipment Maintenance, Maintenance, Hoses, Reels, Custom-built Skid Sprayer, Hose Reel, Hose Reels, Custom-built sprayer, Custom-build a sprayer, ATV sprayer, spray equipment, herbicides, Boom Sprayer, fertilizer sprayer, Spray Guns, Sprayer Depot, custom built sprayers, custom build sprayer, lawn sprayer, public works, UDOT, Customer Spotlight, Utah Department of Transportation, Department of Transportation, DOT, Customer

Which Hose Reel is Right for Me?

Posted by Marketing Manager on Wed, Mar 05, 2014

A hose reel is a necessary piece of equipment for most spray technicians. With many hose reels available on the market, what are the top things to look at when choosing which hose reel to purchase? Consider these 4 factors:

Know the Options

Hose reels come in a variety of sizes and options. They can be made of aluminum, carbon, or stainless steel and have special coatings or finishes. Some of the popular categories of hose reels are spring rewind, compact manual rewind, manual or electric rewind, and portable. Electric rewind models can operate on air, electricity, or hydraulics.

Hose reels can usually accommodate 3/8” and 1/2” hose of lengths up to at least 500’. 

What are the Differences Between Manual and Power Rewind Reels?

Manual or power rewind reels are best suited for lawn care, pest control, pressure washing, agriculture, and steam cleaning, among other things.  These reels are usually lightweight and compact, which is ideal for long lengths of hose. They can handle pressure from 2,000 psi to 10,000 psi and temperatures from -40° F to 400° F.


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Manual rewind reels have a handle that must manually be cranked to reel-in the hose whereas power rewind reels are connected to a 12 volt power source and just pressing a button reels in the hose. Manual rewind reels have a permanently attached hand crank, cam-lock drag brake, and spring actuated pin lock. Power rewind reels come equipped with a motor of 1/3 HP.

What Types of Hose Reels are Popular?

A manual hose reel is often used in pest control, lawn care, and agriculture while an electric hose reel is an apt substitute for the manual hand crank shaft because it provides speed and efficiency along with ease of operation. electric hose reelThe hose reels used in agriculture are usually made of heavy-gauge steel with sealed ball bearings and ribbed discs. These reels will need to possess the ability to withstand corrosion and rough handling. Yet another type of electric reel is of the dual variety. It can hold two lengths of hose at a time and will have two swivel joint inlets as well as two outlet risers to serve the purpose.

Spray Hoses and Swivels

A spray hose is used to deliver various types of liquids including water and chemicals such as insecticides, fungicides, and herbicides. Spray hoses can be bought by the foot and are usually made of rugged, lightweight PVC material. Obviously, the heavier the hose the more difficult it is to retrieve. However, keep in mind that the hose has to be strong enough to withstand getting dragged across dirt, rock, cement, weeds, sticks, and so on. The right type of hose reel swivel can improve performance and flexibility of the hose.

Hose Reel SwivelWhen using heavy duty hose reels, the durability of the swivel assumes a more significant importance. Most swivels have a 90˚ movement capability and are available in various finishes such as brass, nickel-plated, and steel. Hose reel swivels are available in various diameters such as 1/2”, 3/4”, 3/8”, 1”, and 1-1/4”.









Topics: Hose Reel, Hose Reels, Spray Hose, Sprayer Hose, Industrial Spray Hose

Hose Reels: Used and Abused

Posted by Matt Drndak on Wed, Jul 20, 2011

 

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Be Kind to Your Hose Reel

Hose Reels can take a lot of abuse.   Whether you’re a professional landscaper, pest control technician or golf course superintendent (or other professional that uses a hose reel on a regular basis), you’re most likely using your Hose Reel every day, all day long.  As a result of this constant use, you may find yourself replacing the Hose Reel Swivels several times during the life of the Hose Reel.

Hose Reel Swivels:  Tips and Tricks

Got a leaking Hose Reel Swivel?  The quickest and easiest repair is to simply replace the Swivel.  A less expensive option may be to repair the Swivel with a Repair Kit of seals and ball bearings.  

To replace the seals and ball bearings on the Swivel, follow these steps:Super Swivel Repair Kit

  1. Remove the grease fitting

  2. Rotate the swivel to remove the ball bearings

  3. Pull the two halves apart and clean the swivel thoroughly

  4. Install the replacement seals and ball bearings

Choose a Hose Reel that’s Right for You

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When you want a Hose Reel that just gets the job done, a Manual Hose Reel is the hose reel of choice. Its basic design is easy to use:  Simply turn the crank handle to rewind the hose, and using your other hand, guide the hose back onto the reel.

Electric Hose Reel

Fast and easy, an Electric Hose Reel can make your day a little brighter.  By coiling the hose quickly and efficiently, you not only save your arm muscles from a workout, you may even extend the life of your hose.

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Topics: Hose Reels, landscaper, pest control, golf course maintenance, hose reel swivels

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