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How to Install a Reusable Hose Fitting in 5 Easy Steps

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Sep 20, 2017

Have you ever struggled with installing  a 3/8" reusable hose 3-8_reusable_hose_fitting.jpg
fitting on a spray hose? Follow these steps to complete this task in quickly and easily. 

  1. Thread the female end of the fitting on to the hose
  2. The fitting is back-threaded, to tighten it twist counter-clockwise and tighten with a wrench
  3. The male threading fits into the hose and tightens clockwise
  4. Place the male side snugly in a vice
  5. Tighten with a wrench

If you're a visual learner, watch this short instructional video. It's less than 45 seconds long and will clearly demonstrate how this is done. Talk about easy.....

 

 


 

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Topics: Industrial Spray Hose, hose fittings

Quick Guide To Spray Hoses In The Off-Season

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Mar 04, 2015

31038-revised-actual This winter has been no laughing matter. Snow has pounded the Northeast, the groundhog predicted six more weeks of winter (to our dismay), and warrants have been issued for Elsa and Jack Frost. As daylight savings time approaches (March 8, 2015) we’re typically talking about how spray season is on its way. But it seems like there’s no end in sight for this snow

Realizing that each part of the country is impacted by the weather in a different way, we thought it would be fitting to review some off-season inspection tips for hoses. It’s a great idea to conduct an inspection on equipment that has been idle for a while, or stored for a long time. After all, if the spray pump is the heart of the sprayer, then the spray hose must be the arms of the machine.  

Let’s take a look.

It goes without saying that if you store your spray hose inside away from the elements it should last longer. That’s why some even go so far as to remove hoses from equipment that might otherwise be stored outdoors, and choose to store the hoses indoors. Keep in mind that hoses don’t have a set lifespan. The longevity of the product really boils down to how you use it, how it’s stored, etc.

Your spray hose might look good on the outside, but inside it could be disintegrating or deteriorating due to stress or incompatible attachments. Use a flashlight to look inside. Alternatively, your spray hose could look bad on the outside, but appear just fine on the inside. Hoses really should look like new to a certain extent.

  • If the inside of the hose is rough and/or partially collapsed, replace it.
  • If you have to ask yourself whether the hose should be replaced, replace it.
  • If you’re trying to convince yourself that you should keep the hose, replace it.

Now when you’re actually inspecting the spray hose, look for these signs that it’s in need of replacing:

  • Cuts or scrapes
  • Scuffs or rubbed areas
  • Burn marks
  • Kinks
  • Deformation
  • Bubbles
  • Soft spots (due to oil or grease)
  • Dry rot
  • Cracking
  • Bulges
  • Defects
  • Corrosion

To that end, if clamps affixed to the hose are collapsed, rusted, broken, have worn parts such as a screw or band, etc. it’s a good idea to replace these parts as well.

Learn more about why hoses fail in an effort to lengthen the lifespan of this important spray part with our quick guide.

Download the 'Quick Guide: Two Reasons Hoses Fail'

Topics: Sprayer Depot, Sprayer Parts, sprayers, Spray Hose, Industrial Spray Hose, sprayer tips and tricks, spray season

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.


manual hose reel

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

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