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Do This One Thing To Eliminate Half of Your Spray Equipment Problems

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Sep 22, 2017

At Sprayer Depot, we hear about a lot of different issues that can affect the proper functioning of sprayers. The most common issue however, is one which is easy to prevent and one of the simplest to fix: a clogged and neglected strainer. Before we discuss the steps to take to ensure that your strainer is in tip top condition, lets briefly go over the reasons why the strainer is such an essential part of your sprayer and its optimal functioning. 

What Does The Strainer Do?

The strainer is a basic component which helps to ensure that hypro_line_strainer-resized-600.jpgyour sprayer pump works efficiently. When properly sealed and maintained, it allows the fluid to flow freely by its three basic functions:

  1. The strainers main function is, as its name implies, to strain larger and smaller particles in the liquid from entering the pump, the flow meter, and other parts of the sprayer. 
  2. The strainer provides proper fluid circulation throughout the pump. 
  3. The strainer prevents the clogging that may occur over time when the large particles enter the other sprayer components. 

Strainer Screens and Strainer Types

Every strainer uses a mesh screen to filter out the unwanted particles and most of time, this is where we find problems with the strainer.  It is very important to use the proper size screen for your particular strainer and fluid application type.  The mesh size refers to the number of squares per inch of screen (for example, 12 mesh has 12 x 12 squares per inch of screen). In addition, using the proper kind of strainer for your application and sprayer is important.  There are two main types of strainers which we carry at Sprayer Depot and they are:

  1. Y-Style Strainers - These can vary in size from 1/2" to more than 12", are corrosion resistant, lightweight, and are commonly made of polypropylene.  Our Banjo Y-Strainers are one of our most popular strainer styles and available with several mesh sizes ranging from 12 to 80 mesh. 
  2. T-Style Strainers - Typically more compact in size than other strainer types, T-Style strainers are easy to check for clogs.  For high pressure or suction applications, we recommend the Hypro Nylon-line Strainers or the wide selection of Banjo T-Strainers we carry in polypropylene or poly/ stainless steel. The Banjo Poly T-Strainer Clear Bowl line have clear bowls that allow for quick and simple visual inspections for debris without disassembly. We also carry a complete line of TeeJet strainers and components including the TeeJet aluminum head and nylon bowl styles.

Basic Maintenance of Your Strainer

Proper maintenance of your sprayer unit requires both the use of appropriate mesh screens for your application and fluid type as well as regular inspections and cleaning of your strainer.  Mesh screens that are not designed to filter out particles for your fluid will be ineffective in preventing the ideal flow of liquid.  The recommended mesh size for most pesticides and other agricultural uses is between 16-30 but keep in mind that fertilizers and other chemicals require a larger mesh size screen than water based fluids. 

Inspecting and cleaning the strainer is very easy, takes only a few minutes and can save you both time and money.  The strainer should be inspected and cleaned after every use.  It doesn't require removal from the line but can be flushed by unscrewing the bowl from the cap and taking out the screen.  Once all sediments and debris have been flushed off the screen, you can simply reassemble by replacing the screen to the flange in the bowl and then tightening the bowl back onto the cap.  

Another helpful tip is to maintain your inventory with extra strainers, screens and gaskets.  This could save you many hours of wasted productivity time, especially since these items are very inexpensive components to purchase ahead of time and keep on hand for when they are needed! If you have any questions regarding the proper strainer type, mesh screen size, or any other inquiries about your sprayer needs, we're here to help. 

 

 

Topics: Strainers, hypro line strainer, lawn sprayers, sprayer equipment, T strainer, Pest control sprayers

3 Reasons Why a Strainer Is an Important Part of Your Sprayer

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Dec 16, 2015

Recently, our Customer Service Technicians have fielded a few calls regarding clogged strainers. While it may seem like a basic sprayer maintenance issue, it's often overlooked by even large companies with fleets of trucks and multiple sprayer units. 

So, we've updated this helpful post to emphasize the importance of good spray equipment maintenance.

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Clogging can cause a number of expensive problems on your sprayer. The fix to this common issue is Clogged_Strainer-filter.jpgsimple and economical: properly install and service your strainer. The strainer in your sprayer is one of the easiest parts to maintain, however it's probably the most overlooked one. A clean and properly sealed strainer will allow proper flow to the pump and contribute to a longer pump life. For most applications, a standard Buna Gasket is adequate. However, if you find that you are replacing the Buna Gasket frequently, a Viton Gasket is a more durable option. 

Why is such a small part on your unit so important? There are three main reasons:

 

  1. Maintains consistent fluid circulation throughout the pump

  2. Keeps nozzles from clogging 

  3. Helps achieve optimal sprayer operation

Prevent Clogs
 
Some of the main reasons why a strainer gets clogged include: (1) incorrect mesh size; (2) lack of maintenance; and (3) insufficient consideration for the liquid that getting sprayed (fertilizers require a larger mesh strainer than water based chemicals). When shopping for strainers, pay close attention to the mesh size. It generally ranges from 10-200 and the higher the number the tighter the mesh. On most agricultural and pest control sprayers the recommended mesh size is 16-30. We manufacture all of our Kings Sprayers with a 20 size mesh screen. However, depending on your application and the type of liquid being sprayed you may need a different size. If you need a recommendation just let one of our Customer Service Technicians know and they will fit your sprayer with the appropriate mesh. 
 
Cleaning the strainer should be done after every use. We get it, after a hard day's work you are ready to put the sprayer away and head home. But taking 5 minutes to flush it out will pay off in the future. We've seen it before, many customers have brought their sprayers to our service department for a repairafter they've spent hundreds of dollars replacing every other part in an attempt to figure out why there's a loss of pressure. The first thing we typically check is the strainer, and we often find it clogged like the one pictured above. 
 
Clean Your Strainer
 
No need to remove the strainer from the line in order to clean it. Simply unscrew the bowl from the cap and take out the screen. Next, flush any debris and sediment from the screen. Finish up by reassembling the strainer by first fitting the screen to the flange in the bowl. Hand tightening the bowl provides a sufficient seal.
 
Popular Strainers

Strainers come in all types of materials, from nylon to poly, and even aluminum. Their shapes also vary, with "T" strainers being the most popular styles and "Y" strainers coming in a close second. Some of our best sellers include:

3350 0056 actual resized 600Clear T strainerBanjoYStrainer actual resized 600

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