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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

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

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

Customer Highlight Contest: Win a $50 Visa Gift Card and Be Featured on Our Blog

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Mon, Oct 12, 2015

Let’s face it, everyone loves getting something for free. So, who is ready to win a FREE $50 VISA gift card? If you are, we are excited to share our Customer Highlight Contest where THREE of our customers will not only win a free $50 Visa gift card but will also be featured on our blog! If you are wondering why would you want to be featured, the answer is simple: it is a great opportunity to create more FREE awareness for your business.

We want to reward our loyal customers by highlighting YOU, who have helped us become the industry source for spray equipment. 

Want to know how to enter for a chance to win? Simply follow these steps:

1. Take a picture of your sprayer or any spray equipment (including parts and accessories) purchased or repaired through Sprayer Depot.


2. Share it with us! There are three ways you can do this. You can head to our Facebook page and upload it using the contest form. You can also upload it to any of our social media channels and tag us using hashtag #EatSprayLove or if social media is not your cup of tea, simply email it directly to marketing@sprayerdepot.com

Yes, it really is that easy! Contest ends Friday, October 16th and winners will be announced and notified on Monday, October 19th. We understand time is a commodity and we want to make sure this is a smooth process so we will also email you 5 questions that you can reply to at your convenience. Your answers will be used on our Customer Highlight blog series which will run through the end of the year. The $50 Visa gift card will be sent through regular postal service after we receive your email confirmation. Read more about the rules and restrictions here

Ready to enter? Get creative and don't be shy, we want to see your spray equipment shine.

Good luck! 

Enter to Win

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Topics: Kings Sprayer, Hoses, Hose Reel, spray equipment, Spray Guns, Sprayer Depot, sprayer, Customers, spraying, nozzles, customer base, giveaway, contest

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?

 

Topics: Kings Sprayer, Spray Equipment Maintenance, Hoses, Custom-built Skid Sprayer, Hose Reel, Hose Reels, Custom-built sprayer, Custom-build a sprayer, Spray Guns, Sprayer Depot, custom built sprayers, custom build sprayer, Customer, Sprayer Parts, sprayers, sprayer performance, Kings Sprayers, Skid Sprayer, sprayer pumps, Sprayer Pump, Skid Sprayers, Spray Hose, spray pumps, Sprayer Parts Guide, Kings Skid Sprayer, spot sprayers, sprayer equipment, sprayer tanks, Sprayer Set Up, parts, Kings Spot Sprayers, customer service

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

Spray Equipment Maintenance: What's Your Style?

Posted by Dan Rose on Tue, Jun 28, 2011

 

What's Your Style?

Are you the type that keeps extra parts and accessories on hand "just in case"? Or  do you wait until a crisis occurs before you even think of a backup plan? Check out our  "Preventive Maintenance Styles" to determine your style.

  • Prevention Maintenance: Very proactive; Regularly checksHose Reel  equipment wear status;  Maintains inventory to rebuild or replace  spray pumps, spray hoses, hose reels or other equipment
  • Condition Based Maintenance:  Monitors problem equipment, but waits for early signs of problems before taking action
  • Time Based Maintenance: Keeps everything in tip-top shape from Ocotober to May; From late May to September... not so much
  • Run-to-Failure Maintenance: Expects to order and receive parts within a day or two; Makes a thousand excuses to customers until equipment is fixed; Hopes and prays (instead of planning ahead) that everything will work out and customers won't leave

Whether your style is "Prevention Maintenance" or "Run-to-Failure Maintenance , it's safe to say that everyone wants their equipment to stay in good working condition. We've got great tips to help you do this. Check out  9 Fantastic Ways to Make Your Spray Equipment Last Longer. These tips go beyond the Preventive Maintenance Checklist.  Anyone using or maintaining spray equipment should keep this list close at hand.

Topics: Spray Equipment Maintenance, Hoses, Reels, spray pumps

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