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A Guide to Equipment Management: How to Determine When You Should Buy New or Used, and When You Should Repair

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, May 23, 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

In the landscaping industry, one of the biggest business expenses is for trucks and equipment; every landscaper wants brand new, shiny trucks and equipment. landscapers corner-2.jpg
While the temptation to buy all new equipment and trucks is there,
it’s important to take a close look at the dollars and sense of buying new or used.

Our First New Truck

I remember when I first started out. Money was tight and our budget was lean. So, we bought a used truck for $6000. In two years, we spent $4800 on repairs before finally replacing it. A few years later, while 'crunching the numbers' one winter, I realized that I was spending $200 per month on each vehicle in repairs. It was at that time that we decided to buy our first new truck.

While 'crunching the numbers' the next winter, we were surprised to realize that we saved a lot of money on our new truck purchase:

  • We saved a fair amount on taxes
  • There were no repair bills
  • Our fuel consumption went down

The bottom line was that the new truck probably only cost us about $100 per month more than continuing to run the old truck. Plus, we had the added benefit of not having any down time and the improved company image a new truck brought us.

That was 25 years ago. But the lesson I learned is timeless...know your numbers!

Purchasing New Equipment

The decision process to purchase equipment is very similar to buying a truck. The first step is to define the need: Do you need to buy a 1,000 gallon sprayer with tall tree capabilities to if your plan is to only spray crab apples and birches? The answer is "no".

It’s important to properly maintain all equipment ; over time the regular maintenance turns in to costly repairs. Once again, it’s important to 'crunch the numbers' and figure out at what point the repairs no longer make sense and when it's time to replace the old equipment with new.

This is sometimes a tough call to make. Kings-Sprayers-Electric-Sprayer.jpgNone of us are immune to the sticker shock of a $10,000 sprayer, but if you spent $2,500 in parts last year to keep a 12 year old sprayer running, it probably makes sense to replace it with a new one.

When buying new equipment such as a sprayer, do your research! Don’t run to the closest brick and mortar shop to buy whatever is in the showroom. Instead, we recommend building relationships with vendors you can trust. For example, we use Sprayer Depot for all spray equipment, including replacement parts for existing equipment like a JD9-C Spray Gun. In our business, time is money and we try our best to eliminate downtime, so we especially like Sprayer Depot’s same day shipping guarantee.

Know Your Needs

A key component to knowing your needs is having a solid business plan in place that identifies both short and long-term goals and determines specific equipment needed to successfully execute the plan. Figure out the true cost of running that all equipment. 

Having a disciplined approach to keeping track of maintenance and repair costs will help you make the right decision when considering whether to repair or replace, and whether to buy new or used.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Topics: Spray Equipment Maintenance, JD9-C Spray Gun, Skid Sprayer, Landscaper's Corner, landscaping

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

Do These 3 Things to Get Your Sprayer Ready For Spring

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, Apr 11, 2017

Spring brings with it a long to-do list for all of us. This is especially true for businesses involved with the spray industry because it's typically the start of the busiest season of the year. No matter if your business is lawn and landscape, 20150827_154727.jpgpest control related, or agriculturally focused, you’ll want to have your spray equipment in tip-top shape and ready to take on a busy job load. By following just a few simple tips you'll have your sprayer ready to go, and you'll reduce the chance of unfortunate equipment break-downs. It's always a good idea to be as prepared as possible in order to keep your work flow on track.

Just follow these three easy tips to ensure your sprayer is ready for action:

1. Temperature control: You should always make sure the weather is warm enough for your sprayer to function properly and avoid damage before you start running it. It doesn’t have to be a balmy, beach-worthy day, but the temperature should always be above the freezing point of water. If liquid has frozen in any of the lines and hoses it can cause damage the sprayer's ability to function. Replacing spray hose is a simple process and it comes in a variety of lengths. You can purchase new hose by the roll or by the foot

2. Flush and Lube:  After a long winter of standing idle, it's important to flush out your sprayer with clean water before you use it. Remember to drain your sprayer in a safe location, especially if you’ve had toxic materials inside. You will also want to lubricate the pump following the manufacturer’s directions.

3. Restock your extra parts: It’s generally a good idea to have a stockpile of parts on hand, including a variety of spray tips and nozzles. You should also consider buying a JD9C-Spray-Gun.jpgcommon spray gun repair kit  like one for the popular JD9-C Spray Gun. Restocking sprayer parts every spring as part of your seasonal inventory plan is a great way to make sure you aren’t forgetting anything.

 If you need any help choosing the right nozzles or other accessories for your specific sprayer please contact our knowledgeable sales team at 800-228-0905 to assist you in choosing the parts you need. Our wide selection of spray equipment, parts and accessories are in-stock and available to ship. Contact us today to get yourself ready for the spring season!

 

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Topics: JD9-C Spray Gun, Spray Hose, spring checklist, sprrayers

Product Highlight: High Pressure Spray Guns

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Mar 17, 2017

At Sprayer Depot, we offer various types of spray guns for the lawn & landscape, greenhouse, tree, and pest control industries.  From low-pressure, shower head pattern spray guns to high-pressure tall tree guns, our huge in-stock inventory means we can offer same day shipping on all orders placed up to 5:00 p.m (ET).  

Let's take a look at a few of our most popular spray guns:

Spray Guns 

JD9®-C High Pressure Spray Gun

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  • Green Garde JD9®-C high pressure spray gun 
  • Max 1000 psi
  • Adjustable from fine mist to long distance pencil stream by turning the barrel- Option to attach Green Garde 38919 root feeder
  • $136.75

FMC Jon Bean Model 785 Spray Gun

 

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  • FMC John Bean Model 785 spray gun
  • Heavy duty tall tree gun - 48 gpm and up to 800 psi
  • Adjustable from fine spray mist to a solid stream by mere twist of the wrist
  • $394.00

Lesco Chemlawn Spray Gun

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  • Lesco Chemlawn spray gun
  • Spray nozzles sold separately 
  • Popular for lawn care applications
  • $79.63

 

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Topics: JD9-C Spray Gun, lesco spray gun, tall tree spray gun

A Countdown of the 5 Most Popular Products in 2016

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Thu, Dec 29, 2016

We sell a lot products at Sprayer Depot. As a matter of fact, there are tens of thousands of items in our inventory.

With one of the largest in-stock inventories in the spray equipment industry, we frequently get asked for product recommendations, and to identify which specific products are most popular. So we've compiled a list of Sprayer Depot's five most popular products of 2016. While a few of these may be expected, we think you may be a little surprised at what made the list. 

A Countdown of Sprayer Depot's Five Most Popular Products in 2016

  • #5: Kicking off our countdown with the 5th most popular product is the Kings Sprayers KS100P7027-Kings Sprayers.jpg100 Gallon Skid Sprayer. This multipurpose sprayer can be used in truck beds, boats, trailers or utility vehicles. An added bonus is that it's one of our QuickShip® sprayers, which means it's in stock and will ship the SAME day *Order must be placed by 12:00 p.m. (ET) for same day shipping.
  • #4: The 4th most popular product is the Hypro D30 Diaphragm Kit. d30 kit.jpgAs its name suggests, this kit is used to replace the diaphragms on the Hypro D30 Pump. Check out our YouTube channel to watch an instructional video with step-by-step instructions on how to do this repair.
  • #3: In the #3 spot is the Hypro D30 Diaphragm Pump. This ever-popular pump is ideal for use on small to medium-sized sprayers. It is featured on many Kings Sprayers models. 
  • #2: The 2nd most popular product of 2016 is the GXD30 "pump/engine combo". This engine assembly is effective when spraying herbicides, pesticides, liquid fertilizers, and many other hard-to-handle fluids.

Thank you for helping to make Sprayer Depot the #1 choice for spray equipment. We appreciate your business and look serving you in the new year.

Topics: JD9-C Spray Gun, spray equipment, Kings Sprayers, sprayer, spray gun

Customer Highlight: Get to Know McGuanes Landscaping & Tree Service

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, Apr 19, 2016

We know it takes hard work, long hours and a lot of effort to make it in the spray industry, so our Customer Highlight Contest is a fun way to recognize customers who exemplify these industry values. Today, we are featuring one of the winners of our most recent Customer Highlight Contest.

McguanesLandscaping_Spraying1.jpgMcGuanes Landscaping and Tree Services submitted a couple of great pictures of their crew doing one of the things they do best: spraying trees and shrubs to keep pests at bay and customers happy! 

With over 28 years of experience providing landscaping and tree services to Central Connecticut and Western Massachusetts, McGuanes Landscaping and Tree Service can design a customized lawn and/or tree spraying program to meet commercial or residential customers' needs. 

Let's read more about them: 

Name: Martin McGuane 

Business Name: McGuanes Landscaping and Tree Service Inc.

Location: Enfield, CT 

1. Briefly describe your business and the type of services you provide:

We are a locally owned and operated lawn and tree spraying company. We have been in the chemical lawn and tree care business for 28 years. We provide insect and disease control to our residential and commercial customers. Our lawn and tree care programs are preventative; we design customized programs to meet the needs of each property.

2. Do you use social media for your business? If so, what channels? (Facebook, Twitter, etc)

While we have been in business for over 28 years, we are very new to social media. About a year ago, we brought on a former employee, Michael Chant, to build our website and establish our social media presence. We can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Yelp and YouTube. We like to focus on a specific audience and our followers are growing every day!

Website: www.mcguanes.com

Facebook: Facebook.com/McGuanesLandscapingandTreeService

Twitter: @mcguaneslandsc1  

Instagram: @mcguaneslandscaping

YouTube: McGuanes Landscaping and Tree Service

McguanesLandscaping_Spraying1.jpg3. What type of equipment do you use most often?

Our lawn care crews use John Bean Sprayers and Turfco Spreaders. We also use Z-Spray Spreaders.

4. When using a sprayer, what are you typically spraying?

For our lawn care customers, we are spraying insecticides and herbicides. Our tree care crews are spraying non-toxic insecticides, dormant oil, fungicides, insecticides and deep root fertilizer. Depending on the time of year, we might be spraying hemlocks, arborvitaes, fruit trees, birches and other ornamentals.

5. What months of the year are the busiest for your business?

March, April, and May are the busiest months for us. During this time, we are applying dormant oil to all hemlocks, arborvitaes, and fruit trees. We also need to have our first lawn care application complete by the end of April.

6. What is one part or component you always keep on hand?

We always try to keep at least one extra spray gun (Green Garde JD9-C) on each of our tree trucks and as well an extra reel of hose in the shop. 

7. What is the biggest way Sprayer Depot helps make your life easier?

What we really like about Sprayer Depot is that that they have everything we need from complete sprayers to replacement parts in one place and they ship right to our door, fast!

8. If you could choose the color of our next "Eat. Spray. Love" t-shirt, what color would it be?

It seems like everyone in our industry has green t-shirts so the right color of gray would really stick out!

Do you want to be featured in your very own Customer Highlight post? Contact us using the comments form below and we’ll get in touch with you ASAP. Remember to stay tuned to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for future promotions, contests, and industry news. 

  

Topics: JD9-C Spray Gun, spray equipment, customer highlight, tree spraying, John Bean Sprayers

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

Choosing The Right Spray Gun

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Jun 24, 2015

In the past, we've talked about the importance of selecting the right spray tip for your application. Since spray tips and spray guns go hand in hand it is only appropriate that spray guns also get their fifteen minutes of fame. After all, ensuring that you are using the right one will improve your spraying efficiency. When choosing a spray gun consider the following: 

Fluid Pressure: Check the psi rating of your pump and make sure that your chosen gun meets or exceeds the same rating to ensure proper pressure.

Flow Rate: The gallons per minute (gpm) rating is also important to keep in mind. Nozzles, pressure, and flow rate all need to work together so the sprayer can work at its full capacity.

Type of project: The type of application will determine the type of gun better suited for your project. Some spray guns, like our standard GreensMaster JD9-C*, can be used for multiple purposes such as spraying trees and shrubs. However, If you are spraying very tall trees, using a root feeder, spraying big distances, lawn or other specific applications then you might choose other better-suited spray guns.

These are three of our most popular spray guns:

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Choosing a spray gun can quickly become a daunting task so let our Customer Service Technicians simplify this decision by matching your sprayer with the best gun option for your application.

 

*GreenMasters JD9-C 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, Sprayer Depot, spray tips, spray gun, psi, gpm

You Could Win 3 Reusable Hose Fittings

Posted by Marketing Manager on Tue, Apr 24, 2012

Become a FAN of our FACEBOOK page and you're automatically entered into our Monthly Giveaway. 

This month, we're giving away 3 Reusable Hose Fittings (winner's choice of item #s). To enter, simply click the "LIKE" button on our Facebook page, or click HERE.

   
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Why become a Facebook Fan?  Here are 5 reasons why you should "Like" our Facebook page:

  1. You're automatically entered to win all of our Monthy Giveaways!  This year, we've already given away these cool prizes: $100 Credit Towards ANY Sprayer, Hypro Roller Pump Repair KIt, and a JD9-C Spray Gun!

  2. You'll be the first to get the latest industry news and product information.

  3. Receive special promotions and discounts!

  4. Interact with industry leaders and company representatives.

  5. Join the conversation:  Got some helpful information to share? Post it on our page.

This month's winner will be announced on our Facebook page on Thursday, May 3rd. 

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    Topics: Reusable Hose Fittings, JD9-C Spray Gun, Hypro Roller Pump Repair Kit

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