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How to Attract and Keep Good Employees

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, May 05, 2017

Landscaper's Corner: Insights and Updates for Landscape Professionals

Contributed by Guest Blogger: Martin McGuane, owner and operator of McGuanes Landscaping and Tree Service, Enfield CT

It Starts With The Money

As Rush Limbaugh once said, the way to attract and keep good employees is to pay them well. While pay is important, it's not everything. An underpaid McGuanes_Company_imgage_MartinM2.jpgemployee will never be happy, but good pay alone will not guarantee a happy and motivated employee. So let's take a look at some ways McGuanes Landscaping keeps employees happy and motivated.

Job Security

It starts with job security. Employees need stability and want to know that they have a dependable work environment. In the landscaping industry this can be done by providing work all year long, even during slow times. For example, tree work, winter maintenance, or snow removal jobs can be offered in the slower months. Business owners and managers shoiuld make a point to ensure employees have a productive and rewarding work load. 

Culture of Respect

Create a culture of respect. Value each employee for what they bring to the job. At McGuanes Landscaping, we have a lot of fun and joke around, at the same time we always treat each other with respect.

Training and Development

Some things that create job satisfaction in employees are training and development opportunities, and possibilities for advancement. In the landscaping industry there are countless seminars, certifications and workshops to help employees learn more about the industry. Participating in these can increase  employees' skills, helping them take on more responsibilities ,which may open up opportunities for promotion. At our company, we make it a priority to make these experiences available to employees. We sign-up the employees, pay for the training, and tell them when and where to show up.  We even make scheduling changes to make sure that their route is covered for that day. We keep it easy for employees to pursue development opportunities.

If budgeting does not allow for paid or outside training, there are plenty of free tools available online. For instance, Sprayer Depot offers helpful videos on their YouTube channel like Getting Started With a Standard Spot Sprayer and Repairing a JD9-C Spray Gun O-Ring. These videos teach valuable time-saving repairs and skills that can help landscapers deal with real life equipment issues.

Rewarding Work That Matches Skills & Abilities

Another important factor in developing happy employees is creating work that's rewarding, yet also matches skills and abilities. Not all employees at McGuanes Landscaping are able to be a foreman and run a job site, some simply make great general laborers. The point is, each employee needs to be matched with a job that fits their unique ability.

Give Employees Some Responsibility

At McGuanes Landscaping, we try to give each employee as much responsibility as possible. For example, If the lawn crew is out fertilizing, one person on the truck is responsible for blowing all sidewalks, roads and driveways. This person is also responsible for leaving all paperwork. This person may be an entry level employee, but he or she owns this responsibility.

Another example is how one of our entry level employees recently asked to be put in charge of redesigning our business cards. He worked with our local printer to create several proofs for the manager to approve. This helped free up some time for the owner and helped the employee develop some new skills while learning a new aspect of the business.

Final Thoughts 

Attracting and keeping good employees really does involve more than just paying them well; that's really just the first step. You need to create a company culture where:

 

  1. There is job security
  2. Employees treat each other with respect
  3. There are training & development opportunities
  4. There are opportunities for advancement
  5. Jobs are matched to skills and abilities
  6. As much responsibility as possible is given to each role

About the Author:

Martin McGuane is the owner and operator of McGuanes Landscaping and Tree Service Inc, www.mcguanes.com which has been servicing Central Connecticut and Western Massachusetts since 1987. Martin is a 1981 graduate of the University of Connecticut's School of Agriculture. He is a Connecticut licensed arborist and has a Custom Ground Supervisor license in both Connecticut and Massachusetts. He also holds a CT Irrigation License.

 

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Topics: JD9-C Spray Gun, Instructional Video, Apps on the Sprayer Depot blog, Youtube, Landscaper's Corner, o ring, landscaping

Introducing Tuesday Spray Tips Video Series

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Apr 27, 2016

We previously asked you to cast a vote on new instructional video topics for our YouTube Channel. We wanted to know more about the topics that interest you the most, and what types of videos you want to see on our social media channels. We appreciate the feedback and love when customers tell us exactly what they want. The votes are in, and it looks like we have a winner: Repair Videos! 

Here’s a quick breakdown of the results:

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We already offer a wide selection of repair videos on our website and YouTube channel, and are happy to learn you crave even more of this type of content! We are in the process of designing comprehensive instructional videos that will teach you how to repair and operate some of the most commonly used spray equipment in the industry such as diaphragm pumps, spray guns and strainers, just to mention a few.

So, what about the rest of the topics? Well, we have put your votes to good use! We want to give you even more content in a fun and easy-to-digest format. So, we are excited to introduce “Tuesday Spray Tips”, a video series where we share information in 30 seconds or less, twice per month. You can expect bite-size content covering topics from spray tips and tricks, to highlighting our Kings Sprayers®  line of commercial sprayers in these videos. Do you have a particular question about your pump? Or maybe you are just looking for tips on servicing your sprayer?  Let us know in the comment section below and we might feature your questions in our videos!

So far, we've showcased a very popular custom Kings Sprayers® Hot Water Pressure Washer sprayer and shared some tips on cleaning a Hypro D403 diaphragm pump.

Check out our current videos on our YouTube Channel and don't forget to subscribe.

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Topics: Sprayer Depot, diaphragm pump, Instructional Video, Hypro Pump, Youtube

Top 5 Most Viewed Instructional Videos

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Feb 05, 2016

One of the best things about the Internet is that learning a new skill is just a few clicks away. You MostViewed_InstructionalVideos_SprayerDepot.jpgcan find a variety of resources that can teach you everything from calibrating your sprayer to finding the best apps for your industry with a quick search.

Learning how to do something new is easier if you see how it’s done and then do it yourself. We believe instructional videos are one of the best learning tools out there. With that in mind, our YouTube Channel offers several videos with simple and practical content that will help you successfully repair and maintain your spray equipment .

Our videos are less than five minutes long, so you can easily get up to speed on a number of various topics. This comes in handy when a part breaks and you need to replace it quickly, whether you're at the office, home or out in the field.

We’ve rounded up the top 5 most viewed instructional videos:

1. Replacing a SHURflo Pressure Switch

SHURflo’s 8000 series diaphragm pump is one of their most widely-used pumps and a faulty pressure switch is one of the most common repairs. Our video features step-by-step instructions on how to easily replace this pressure switch.

 

2. SHURflo Check Valve Repair Kit

Another SHURflo repair makes the list! These economical pumps are used in a variety of settings, making them quite popular. Replacing the check valve is another easy repair that usually goes hand in hand when replacing the pressure switch.

 

3. Repairing a Hypro D30 Diaphragm Pump

The Hypro D30 is one of Hypro's most popular medium pressure diaphragm pumps. Its low-cost maintenance and almost wear-free operation help make it the ideal choice for a wide variety of spraying jobs. This video features instructions on how to replace the diaphragms.

 

4. Repairing a JD9®-C Spray Gun O-Ring

This heavy duty spray gun is adjustable from a fine mist to a long distance pencil stream. This is a very reliable spray gun and one of our best sellers. This is the video for you if your JD9®-C suddenly springs a leak.

 

5. Repairing an Udor KAPPA-40 Diaphragm Pump

Udor KAPPA series pumps offer reliable, high-quality and popular solutions when working with harsh chemicals. The Kappa-40 is one of our most popular diaphragm pumps. Watch this video to see the repair broken down into step-by-step instructions that are easy to follow. 

Topics: Diaphragm pumps, Sprayer Depot, Instructional Video, Shurflo, Youtube

Cast Your Vote For New Instructional Video Topics

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Jan 22, 2016

Here at Sprayer Depot, we want to be your go-to source for all content pertaining to spray equipment and related industries. Whether it's via our Monthly Deal Finder email, our posts on social media like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, blog posts or our YouTube channel, we want to share quality, fun and interesting industry-related content that YOU might need and want to see.

With more than 50,000 views on our YouTube channel, we know that videos are a popular platform to deliver great content and can be quickly accessed anywhere at anytime. We currently have a wide selection of quick and informative instructional videos and are planning on expaning our library this year. This is where your feedback comes in; tell us what you'd like to learn about and we'll do our best to get that content out to you in the near future.

We've come up with 4 different types of videos that we think you'll enjoy: 

1) Repair Videos: We want to help you reduce downtime by sharing some easy DIY repairs that you can perform with basic tools and spare parts. We already have a few of these videos on our YouTube channel like the ever popular "Repairing a Hypro D30 Diaphragm Pump".

2) Product Highlight: These types of videos showcase some of our most popular Kings Sprayers. You get an upclose look at the sprayer parts and components, plus see them in action!

3) Tips and Tricks: Maybe you are looking for some tips for a better application? Or you want an easy way to take care of your sprayer? These videos fit the bill.

4) Behind the Scenes: If you've talked to any of our Customer Service Technicians, then you know we are fun and easy to do business with. These videos showcase the lighter side of Sprayer Depot. 

Make your voice heard and let us know what type of videos you want to see by answering the poll below. Like all of them? Vote for all four! 

What type of videos would you like to see on our YouTube channel?
Repair Videos
Product Highlight
Tips and Tricks
Behind the Scenes
Do Quizzes
 

 Thanks for voting! Check out our current videos on our Youtube Channel and don't forget to subscribe.

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Topics: Sprayer Depot, Instructional Video, Hypro Pump, Youtube

Product Highlight: Udor Kappa-43 Diaphragm Pump

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Nov 18, 2015

Udor Kappa series pumps offer reliable, high-quality and popular solutions when working with harsh chemicals. Due to their anodized aluminum construction, they are ideal for handling a number of common of professional chemicals, such as herbicides, pesticides, liquid fertilizers, de-icing materials, and other hard-to-handle fluids. 

One of our top sellers is the Udor Kappa-43 diaphragm pump. This is a commonly used pump in various horticulture, agricultural, lawn care, nursery, pest control and turf spraying applications. Let's take a closer look at some of its best features!

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Probably the most common issue we see with this type of pump is a diaphragm rupture. Fortunately, this is a pretty easy repair you can do yourself to save time and money. Continue reading below for steps on how to repair a Udor Kappa-43 Diaphragm pump and watch the easy instructional video that follows.

 For this project you will need the following tools:

  • A screwdriver
  • Wrench
  • 1/2" socket
  • 11/16" socket
  • Diaphragm kit (3 piston diaphragms, 6 sets of O-rings)

Let's get started! Follow these steps:

  1. Loosen the bolts on one of the 3 head assemblies
  2. Remove the head assembly
  3. Remove the diaphragm, nut, and washer
  4. Remove the diaphragm
  5. Remove the sleeve, and drain the internal oil
  6. Loosen the bolts on the 2nd head assembly
  7. Remove the head assembly
  8. Remove the diaphragm, nut, and washer
  9. Remove the diaphragm
  10. Remove the diaphragm sleeve
  11. Repeat this process on the remaining head
  12. Clean the inside of the pump with carb or brake cleaner
  13. Replace the sleeve, lining up the holes on the sleeve with the holes on the piston
  14. The diaphragm has a beveled side; this side will be pointing out
  15. Replace the diaphragm, nut, and washer; tighten with a wrench
  16. On each side of the 3 outer head assemblies remove the inside of the valve cage, replace the spring, small seat (beveled side down), and large metal seat
  17. Place the valve assembly back onto the head and replace the O-ring with a new one
  18. The other side has the same pieces in the opposite order
  19. Replace the spring, seat, and large seat
  20. Replace the O-ring with a new one
  21. Repeat this process on all 3 head assemblies
  22. Replace the head assembly
  23. Tighten the assembly skipping bolts in a clockwise pattern to evenly tighten
  24. Replace the piston sleeve on the 2nd side
  25. Replace the diaphragm with the beveled side out
  26. Replace the diaphragm, washer, and nut; tighten with a wrench
  27. Replace the 2nd head assembly, tightening the bolts with a wrench
  28. Using non-detergent 40W pump oil; fill the open side of the pump to the brim
  29. Replace the final piston sleeve, lining up the holes with the piston
  30. Clean off excess oil  Replace the final diaphragm
  31. Replace the diaphragm, washer, and nut; tighten with a wrench
  32. Replace the final head

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Do you have an instructional video you'd like to see featured? Let us know in the comments below.

 

 

Topics: Diaphragm pumps, Sprayer Depot, Instructional Video, Udor Pumps, Udor Kappa, pump repair kit, Sprayer Depot Instructional Video, Diaphragm Kit, repair kit, product highlight, kappa-43

Easy Steps to Repair a Kappa-40 Diaphragm Pump

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Aug 19, 2015

Our Repair Technicians are the best! Yes, we are proud of their excellent service and extensive knowledge in all kappa40_schematicthings sprayers. They are quick to diagnose issues and repair them in no time. They work hard five days a week to make sure your downtime is minimal. Usually, repairs are done within the same day unless we need to order parts or if we have a long queue for the day. Even then, most repairs only take 24-48 hours.

If you've visited our website or follow us in social media then you know we have many instructional videos available. For all of our customers who are not local thus unable to stop by for a repair, we thought it would be cool to have short, easy and convenient videos featuring some of the most common repairs that you can do right at home.

Today we are featuring steps on how to repair a Udor Kappa-40 Diaphragm pump. Watch the video and follow the easy steps outlined below.

 For this project you will need the following tools:

  • A screwdriver
  • Wrench
  • Half inch socket
  • 11/16" socket
  • Diaphragm kit (2 diaphragms, 2 sets of O-rings and an air accumulator diaphragm)

Let's get started! Follow these steps:

  1. Loosen the bolts in one of the two head assemblies to remove it
  2. Remove the diaphragm nut and washer using the wrench
  3. Remove the diaphragm
  4. Remove the piston sleeve
  5. Drain the internal oil
  6. Loosen the bolts on the second head to remove it
  7. Perform steps 2-5 for the second head 
  8. Clean both sides of the pump with break cleaner
  9. Place the piston sleeve back in place in one of the two heads
  10. Place the diaphragm inside. The diaphragm has a beveled side which needs to be facing up
  11. Use the wrench to tighten the nut and washer back into place
  12. On each of the two head assemblies remove the inside valve assemble
  13. Replace the spring, valve seat (beveled side down), and large metal seat
  14. Replace O-ring with a new one
  15. The other valve assembly has the exact same parts but reversed (follow steps 13-14)
  16. Switch to the other head and perform steps 13-15 for this side as well
  17. Place the head assembly back in place on the side where you replaced the piston sleeve (step 9)
  18. Tighten bolts in a clockwise pattern to tighten evenly
  19. Switch to the other head and use non-detergent 40 weight pump oil to fill that open side
  20. Place piston sleeve back in place
  21. Clean up any excess oil
  22. Replace diaphragm, making sure that beveled side is facing up just like in step 13
  23. Use the wrench to tighten the nut and washer
  24. Place the head assembly back in place and tighten screws in clockwise pattern to tighten evenly   
  25. There is a clear bolt on the side of the pump and the oil level should be visible right in the center
  26. Remove the air accumulator head by loosening the bolts
  27. Once opened, remove the air accumulator diaphragm and replace with new
  28. Close everything back and tighten for a secure fitting
You are all done!  We sell all the parts featured in our videos so just contact us if you have any questions on this repair or the specific parts you need to order. Do you have an instructional video you'd like to see featured? Let us know in the comments below.

 

 

Topics: Diaphragm pumps, Sprayer Depot, Instructional Video, Udor Pumps, Udor Kappa, pump repair kit, Sprayer Depot Instructional Video, Diaphragm Kit, repair kit

How to Repair a JD9-C Spray Gun With an O-Ring Kit

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Mon, Aug 10, 2015

Last week we talked about our recent Repair and Service Department expansion. We are so proud of being able to offer our customers even more options when it comes to repairs and maintenance on all of your spray equipmentparts and accessories. 

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However, we also understand that there are some repairs that are easy enough to take on by yourself. DIY repair projects can reduce your downtime and avoid repair fees by simply ordering the replacement part needed and following our helpful instructional videos.

This time around we are featuring a spray gun repair. The Greensmaster JD9-C spray gun* comes standard in most of our Kings Sprayers. It’s one of our preferred spray guns due to it being great quality, heavy duty and able to achieve a maximum pressure of 800 psi.

If your trusted spray gun is suddenly leaking, replacing the O-rings will usually fix it.

For this project you will need the following tools:

  • 10 millimeter socket
  • 10 millimeter wrench
  • Pick
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Crescent wrench
  • O-Ring Kit

Let's get started! Follow these steps:

  1. Remove the nozzle
  2. Remove the O-ring located inside the nozzle
  3. Replace it with a new ring that matches its size
  4. Use the Phillips screwdriver to loosen the set screw to remove the barrel
  5. Remove the O-ring with a pick and replace it with a new one of the same size
  6. Use the crescent wrench to loosen the barrel nut to remove the inner barrel
  7. Remove the Teflon seat and replace with new one
  8. Use the 10mm wrench to remove the outside nuts to remove the trigger fixture
  9. Use the crescent wrench to remove the nut in the back of the spray gun
  10. Remove the O-ring and Teflon seat inside using a pick and replace both
  11. Tighten the rear nut
  12. Now, time to put everything back into place, replace the spring fixture and then tighten back the inner barrel using the crescent wrench
  13. Use the screwdriver to tighten back the screw in the outer barrel
  14. Add the nozzle and make sure it's secured
  15. Place the trigger fixture back into place and tighten all the nuts
  16. Replace the second rear nut to adjust the spray and you are done!

Watch the instructional video below for an even easier guide to follow:

   

*This is a copy of the Green Garde JD9®-C Spray Gun. It has the same pressure rating as the Green Garde JD9®-C Spray Gun and uses the same nozzles and repair kits.

Topics: JD9-C Spray Gun, Spray Guns, Sprayer Depot, Kings Sprayers, Instructional Video, JD9 Spray Gun, O-Ring Replacement on JD9 Spray Gun, Sprayer Depot Instructional Video, Greensmaster Spray Gun

Quick Set Up on a Kings Sprayers 50 Gallon Skid Sprayer

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Dec 17, 2014


Great for tree, lawn and herbicide spraying, the Kings Sprayers 50 gallon skid sprayer can be used in a truck bed, utility vehicle, boat and even mounted on a trailer. More than that, this sprayer has a variety of uses and is popular throughout a number of industries.

Eager to share some insider tips on how to best operate this machinery, the team at Sprayer Depot put together this instructional video to share some of the ins and outs of utilizing this sprayer. We’re calling it ‘Quick Set Up on a KS50P5 Sprayer’. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or new to the Kings Sprayers line, we’ve included some helpful reminders and tips for everyone.

Take a look at the information for the Kings Sprayers model: KS50P5 below.

We’ve also put together this useful guide for the Kings Sprayers 50 Gallon skid sprayer that includes the following:QuickGuide

  • Understanding the intricacies when starting your sprayer
  • Critical steps to take when working with your sprayer for the first time
  • Tips for shutting off your sprayer

It’s free too. Download your copy of “Quick Guide: Kings Sprayers 50 Gallon Skid Sprayer” then contact us if you have additional questions.

 

Get your free copy of the  Quick Guide: Kings Sprayers 50 Gallon Skid Sprayer

Topics: Custom-built Skid Sprayer, Sprayer Depot, Kings Sprayers, Instructional Video, Operating Instructions on a Kings Sprayer, Sprayer Depot Instructional Video, 50 Gallon Skid Sprayer, free download, guid to skid sprayers

Instructional Video: How to Install a 3/8" Reusable Hose Fitting

Posted by Marketing Manager on Wed, Apr 18, 2012

We recommend using reusable hose fittings.  Kings Sprayers builds all their sprayers with reusable compression hose fittings and we encourage our customers to use them in place of hose barb fittings that require a clamp.  Watch this video to see how easy it is to install a reusble hose fitting:

Advantages of Reusbale Hose Fittings

  1. Eliminates the need to buy clamps 
  2. No more slicing spray hose (and possibly fingers!) with clamps 
  3. No need for special (and expensive) clamp tools - Just a wrench  

Our knowledgable Customer Service Technicians are available to answer your product questions  Monday -Friday 8:00am - 5:30pm or you can chat live online on our website.

Topics: Kings Sprayers, Instructional Video, Spray Hose, Reusable Hose Fitting

Diaphragm Repair on a Udor KAPPA- 43 Diaphragm Pump

Posted by Marketing Manager on Wed, Apr 04, 2012

Our latest Instructional Video demonstrates a diaphragm repair on a Udor KAPPA - 43 Diaphragm Pump.  This step-by-step tutorial show you everything you need to know to complete this repair on your own! 

       
       
Watch our newest Instructional Video!    
       

 Our knowledgable Customer Service Technicians are available to anwer product questions, provide technical information and address your concerns.  You can call 800-228-0905 or simply click the "Live Support" box on the home page of our website www.SprayerDepot.com to chat live with a Customer Service Technician.

 

Topics: Instructional Video, Udor Kappa 43 Diaphragm Pump, Pump Repair

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