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Why Preventing Freeze Damage Should Be a Top Priority This Month

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Dec 01, 2017

The cooler temperatures have arrived and that means that if you haven't already done so, it may be time to start winterizing your spray equipment to prevent unnecessary damage from the cold.  It's a relatively simple task but one that could save youK3PTH10027-Actual.jpg potentially hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in costly repairs and downtime if your equipment is impacted by freeze damage.  

How Does Freeze Damage Occur?

Most pest control operators and others who use high pressure equipment are aware of freeze damage. As a reminder, here is a rundown that can really help to visualize the potential risks. Almost all sprayers and many of the spray equipment components use some kind of pressure system to operate and also are exposed to water based solutions or fluids.  When temperatures outside get significantly cold enough, the water that remains in equipment is likely to freeze and of course, expand.  This expansion of frozen fluids is extremely forceful and will place great pressure on its container (picture a freezing bottle of soda) that can eventually burst or at the minimum, place undue pressure on spray parts. This would likely result in moderate to serious damage to your sprayer or its parts. The weakest parts of your equipment such as the underside of sprayer wands are particularly prone to damage since they are subject to regular friction. Even if you are lucky enough to not have damage, you may still have some downtime while waiting for the components to properly thaw. 

What Types of Equipment Are at Risk?

As mentioned, any component (both major and minor) that comes in contact with water based fluids, is at risk of freeze damage and parts that are weak or have any signs of wear are at the most risk.  Specifically, here are some of the most susceptible pieces of equipment that you should winterize if the weather in your area is projected to get cold enough:

  • Spray guns 
  • Spray wands
  • Spray pumps
  • Filters
  • Valves
  • Plumbing fittings
  • All backpack or compressed air sprayers

How Can I Prevent Freeze Damage?

Before you start feeling the winter blues, keep in mind that freeze damage is preventable! It takes just a few short steps to winterize your equipment and parts before any kind of damage occurs.  

Firstly, keep large pieces of equipment or agricultural vehicles stored in a warm place, covered and not exposed to the elements.  This way, there is less likelihood that any water residue will freeze.

Secondly, pay extra attention to the most expensive parts and components of your machinery and equipment.  Detach these parts if possible and store separately in a warm location or keep covered with blankets or other insulating material.  

Thirdly, make sure you have added antifreeze to your systems before storing by simply running the engine for long enough for the antifreeze to circulate throughout the components.  

Finally, make sure to completely drain equipment and if feasible, allow the components to completely dry before storing.  Make sure none of your parts are under pressure while stored and keep out of open air spaces.  

By making winterization a top priority now, you can safely avoid the perils of freeze damage.  For any questions or help with preparing for the proper storage of your equipment this winter, contact our expert Customer Service Technicians who are always available to help. 

 

 

Topics: Kings Sprayer, Winterizing Spray Equipment, Ag Sprayers

Our Most Popular Pump / Engine Combos

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Oct 04, 2017

We are often asked to recommend a pump/ engine combo. Since you asked, this post outlines the most commonly used pump/engine combos on the Kings Sprayers line of commercial sprayers. Below are the 3 most popular!
 

 

The Big Daddy!  This is used on the large tree GX630-Sprayer-Depot.jpgKings Sprayers models with KAPPA120GR diaphragm pumps.  When you need to spray tall trees or need a lot of flow, choose this engine coupled to your pump of choice.

 

Need help figuring out which pump/engine combo is right for you? We're here to help. Contact us via live chat on our website, email info@sprayerdepot.com, call 800-228-0905 or simply reach out on the social channel of your choice. We're listening.

Topics: Kings Sprayer, Udor Kappa 43 Diaphragm Pump, Sprayer Pump, pump engine combo

Show Us What You're Spraying: Win a $50 Visa Gift Card + Customer Highlight Blog Feature

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Mon, Mar 14, 2016

We know you've been waiting for the opportunity to win big, lucky for you the Customer Highlight Contest is back and so are the prizes! You could be one of THREE lucky winners to receive a FREE $50 VISA gift card and your very own Customer Highlight blog feature. 

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

1. Whether you’re spraying lawns, crops or pests, we want to see it! So go ahead and submit a photo that best showcases your work. Photos are not limited to the applications above, other spraying applications in a variety of industries are also welcome:

  • Landscaping
  • Vineyards
  • Nurseries
  • Athletic fields
  • Golf Courses
  • Greenhouses
  • Powerwashing
  • Weed Management and more!

2. Share it with us! Use our contest form to upload and submit your photo. You can do it through your computer or directly from your phone for easy access! 

Upload Photo & Enter to Win Click Here

Contest ends Monday, March 28th and winners will be announced and notified on Tuesday, March 29th. We understand time is a valuable commodity, so we will email the winners with 5 questions that can be answered and emailed back. The answers will be used on our Customer Highlight blog series which will run in the upcoming months. The $50 Visa gift card will be sent through regular postal service after email confirmation is received. Read more about the rules and restrictions here.

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Ready to enter? Share your photo and you may win big!

Good luck! 

Topics: Kings Sprayer, spray equipment, Sprayer Depot, pest control, Customers, giveaway, contest, lawn spraying

Sprayer Depot Extends Flat Rate Shipping on Kings Sprayers®

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Feb 10, 2016

As one of the largest suppliers of professional spray equipment, sprayer parts and accessories in theFlat_Rate_Shipping-SprayerDepot.jpg U.S., Sprayer Depot is the industry source. With more than 40 years of experience, our team serves the lawn and landscape, pest control, golf and recreation, agricultural and horticultural industries.

We are excited to offer flat rate shipping on Kings Sprayers anywhere in the continental U.S. Qualified sprayers include 3-point hitch, skid, 2-wheel, and 4-wheel sprayer models (exclusions apply*).

As we expand our customer base throughout the United States, this flat rate shipping policy removes cost concerns typically associated with traditional shipping policies.

Qualified sprayers ship anywhere in the continental U.S. for a low flat rate.

Currently offering $199 flat rate shipping on 3-point hitch and skid sprayers, and $299 on 2-wheel, and 4-wheel sprayer models (in the continental U.S.), we take pride on having a unique niche, since flat rate shipping is uncommon in the spray equipment industry.

"Expanding our manufacturing space in 2015 has allowed us to increase production of our Kings Sprayers product line” said Al Reale, General Manager of Sprayer Depot. "Our growth demonstrates that our customers are looking for a better way to purchase spray equipment that is cost-effective, reliable and convenient. Our knowledgeable Customer Service Technicians are the best in the industry, offering technical advice and solutions that allow customers to select the right sprayer and equipment to fit their exact needs.”

Kings Sprayers® has been building high quality commercial sprayers for more than 30 years. Every sprayer is built from the ground up, using only the best parts like Hypro® and Udor® pumps, Honda® engines and 6061 aircraft grade aluminum frames. Durable and well-built, Kings Sprayers are made to last. Offering flat rate shipping adds even more value to your purchasing experience, and is one more way we strive to WOW you by exceeding expectations. 

Ready to take advantage of this offer?

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*Look on our site for the banner "Ships Same Day" for qualified models.

 

Topics: Kings Sprayer, Sprayer Depot, same day shipping, Flat Rate Shipping, Press release

Sprayer Winterization Q&As

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Dec 09, 2015

Winterizing your sprayer is not an option, it's a requirement. Before winter starts or after the end ofSprayer_Winterization_qa.png spraying season, make sure you winterize your sprayer before you put it away. We know we constantly talk about seasonal maintenance but we just can't stress it enough, performing regular maintenance will ensure a long life for your sprayer.

In this short Q&A, we answer the most common sprayer winterization questions we receive from customers.   

1. Should I perform any type of maintenance before winter starts?

You definitely should! Winterizing your spray equipment is an important step to ensure the performance of your sprayer.

2. When should I winterize my spray equipment?

You want to winterize your sprayer before temperatures drop below freezing. In areas like Florida, where the temperatures don’t drop too much, you should winterize your sprayer before you store it at the end of season.

3. What materials do I need to winterize my sprayer?

You will need clean rags, a bristle brush, clean water, pump oil (see manufacturer’s recommendations), antifreeze, an all weather tarp and a tire pressure gauge (if your sprayer has wheels).

4. As long as I wear gloves while cleaning the sprayer I’ll be fine, right?

Wrong. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is very important when handling any type of pesticide, herbicide or other chemicals. Make sure to wear a long sleeve shirt, pants, eye wear, respirator or mask, gloves and boots.

5. Which steps should I follow to properly winterize every part of my spray equipment?

Follow these 5 easy steps:

  • Flush the system with clean water
  • Drain the tank and open all valves; Use compressed air to blow out any liquid from solution lines
  • Run the pump just long enough to ensure that the system is drained of water
  • Run antifreeze through the system long enough to reach any hoses and booms; We recommend diluting the antifreeze 50/50 with either water or windshield washer fluid 
  • Cover the sprayer with the tarp so that dirt, insects, etc. cannot enter the equipment

6. Should removable parts remain attached to the unit?

No. Store any removable parts like spray guns, nozzles and strainers in a clean, dry place.

7. What about sprayers with a boom?

Just make sure to also include the following steps as part of your maintenance for the spray boom:

  • Remove the boom feed hoses from the boom section valves
  • Use compressed air to flush each boom 
  • Remove the nozzle tube end plugs and continue to blow out any water from the boom
  • Remove and clean out any boom section filters
  • Remove metal screens or fittings and store the parts in vegetable oil over the winter to prevent corrosion
  • Ensure that your boom is free of water, lubricate any O-rings and re-install non-metal components

Looking for more information? Download our comprehensive sprayer winterizing guide for free!

Download the Guide to Winterize Your Sprayer

Topics: Kings Sprayer, Spray Equipment Maintenance, Winterizing Spray Equipment, Maintenance, spray equipment, Boom Sprayer, winterize sprayer, sprayer, winterize your spray equipment, Pump, FAQ, Spray maintenance, seasonal maintenance, winter, Q&A

5 Tips to Help You Prepare for Winter

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Mon, Nov 23, 2015

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As we write this from our headquarters in Orlando, Fl., where it still feels pretty much like summer with highs in the mid-80s, many of us are really not thinking about winter time. However, we know many of our customers are already dealing with cold weather and even snow. We may not be able to share some of this hot weather with you but we can share some great tips!

Although you may not be ready to winterize your sprayer just yet, there are a few simple steps you can do today to avoid any delays when you are ready to store it for the season. We recommend five tips to help you prepare your spray equipment for the upcoming freezing temperatures. 

  1. Make any necessary repairs: Go through every part of your spray equipment and check for any component that might need to be replaced or repaired. Now is the time to get every part working properly. If you need help with any repair please give us a call to schedule a repair or service appointment. We are happy to help!

  2. Clean the sprayer thoroughly: Grab a clean rag and wipe every inch of your sprayer down. Pay close attention to the inside of the tank and small parts that come in contact with oil or harsh chemicals.
  • Test the battery: If your sprayer's pump runs on battery, like one of our Kings Spot Sprayers*, make sure to test the battery and recharge it as needed. 
  • Inspect your protective gear: Clean your protective gear and check for any damages that might pose a health risk next time you need to wear it.  
  1. Gather product manuals: It is important to follow manufacturer recommendations when servicing your spray equipment, so make sure you are not throwing away the product manuals. When the time comes to winterize you'll have the manual handy to know exactly what you need to do. If you have misplaced your product manuals you can easily find them on our website under each product.  

 Are you ready to store your sprayer? Check out some of our past blog posts for tips on how to properly winterize your sprayer. Also, stay tuned for even more upcoming winterization tips by subscribing to our blog!

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* Can also be wired up to an ATV/Truck.

Topics: Kings Sprayer, Spray Equipment Maintenance, Winterizing Spray Equipment, spray equipment, Sprayer Depot, sprayers, spray equipment checklist, sprayer performance, Kings Sprayers, winterize sprayer, sprayer pumps, spray tips, winterize your spray equipment, sprayer last longer, sprayer checklist, sprayer equipment, sprayer tips and tricks, customer service, sprayer safety, customer service technician, Sprayer Tricks

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

5 Tips to Winterize Your Sprayer

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Dec 03, 2014

Winterize Your SprayerWhile the winter season doesn’t officially start until December 21, many parts of the country are gearing up for (or already dealing with) snow. With that, our Customer Service Technicians often are asked, "How do I winterize my equipment?” or “Is there any maintenance I need to do before winter hits?” Regardless of your level of experience in the sprayer industry, this is the time of year to winterize your sprayer. Simply put, get it in tiptop shape before it sits idle for a few months. Putting in the time to prep your sprayer for hibernation now will pay in dividends come spring when the spray season picks back up.

Here we’ll talk about how to properly maintain and store your sprayer for the winter with these 5 tips.

  1. Rinse the whole sprayer system – from tank to hose, including filters and nozzles. Make sure there is no leftover spray mixture in the tank and drain all clean water to prevent freezing.
  2. Clean the outside of your sprayer just as thoroughly as you did for the inside components, using a bristle brush to get rid of any stuck on particles.
  3. Store any removable parts like nozzles and strainers in a clean, dry place. Gauges should be stored indoors to prevent freezing.
  4. Check the operator's manual for recommendations on winterizing the spray pump to prevent corroding. Some allow for use of oil, antifreeze or a radiator rust inhibitor. For Kings Sprayers models, we recommend running a 50/50 antifreeze solution through the system long enough to reach any hoses and booms. Dilute the antifreeze with either water or windshield washer fluid at a 50/50 ratio for optimal solution.
  5. Cover the sprayer so that dirt and insects can’t enter the equipment. This will also ensure all the hard work put into cleaning the outside keeps your sprayer looking good when it’s time to use it again.

These tips should help if you’re thinking: “I bought a sprayer from you earlier this year and wanted to make sure I store it properly while I am not using it this winter.” Make sure you wear protective gear when working with these materials.

Get additional information on winterizing your sprayer with this step-by-step guide.

Download the Guide to Winterize Your Sprayer

Topics: Kings Sprayer, Spray Equipment Maintenance, Winterizing Spray Equipment, spray equipment, Sprayer Depot, sprayers, spray equipment checklist, sprayer performance, Kings Sprayers, winterize sprayer, sprayer pumps, spray tips, winterize your spray equipment, sprayer last longer, sprayer checklist, sprayer equipment, sprayer tips and tricks, customer service, sprayer safety, customer service technician, Sprayer Tricks

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?

 

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5 Things You Already Know To Avoid When Setting Up Your Sprayer

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, Aug 05, 2014

You own a sprayer. It’s pretty important to your profession. You work in the lawn/landscape,Kings Sprayers pest control, agricultural, golf/recreation, or horticultural industries. You know how to spray. You’re smart. You understand what components are needed to get the optimal pressure from your equipment or how that simple little o-ring can make or break your day. Does that description sound familiar? Any pro who has been spraying for five to 30 years and more will understand that as technology in this field advances, so do your own tips and tricks of the trade.

Here we’ll share five tried and true things you should avoid when setting up your sprayer for the day, for the season or even for the first time. We’re talking routine tips you likely do every day that you use your sprayer, as well as a few deal breakers we’d be remiss if we didn’t share. So consider this more of a checklist, than an instruction manual as you beat the heat today.  

1.) Know your nozzle. From using the right tip for your application needs, to understanding how to clean it properly, knowing your nozzle is key. By now you know which tip offers the optimal performance, which spray pattern works best for your needs, and how to check flow rates. But as new technology comes to market and we’re better able to control drift or other outside forces, don’t forget the simple information from this buying guide for spray tips that can make all the difference for your season.

2.) Clean your equipment. Yes, this is a given, but a factor that often gets overlooked when you’re tired from a long day or running behind to get home for dinner. However, cleaning your sprayer after each use can take mere minutes compared to the hours you’ll spend cleaning build-up the next day – or worse if the next time you use it is weeks or months away. Once you’ve cleaned your sprayer, take a few extra minutes to calibrate your sprayer for optimal spraying and you’ll be happier the next time you’re ready to use it.

3.) Check your tire pressure. If you’re sporting a two- or four-wheel sprayer or even one that’s mounted to the bed of your truck, operating with the correct tire pressure is important for a smooth ride and sprayer stability. Be sure to check the tire pressure of your rig against the manufacturer’s recommendation. After all, tires act as both a spring and shock absorber so running with tire pressure too high can reduce traction and amplify any surface irregularities. That’s the last thing you want to deal with when you start spraying. To that end, if you’re using a smaller handheld or backpack sprayer the same tools apply – check the shoulder straps for a secure fit and wear the right shoes for that added spring in your step.

4.) Watch the weather.Whether you’re concern is 100 degree heat or that thunderstorm brewing just west of your location, watching the weather will make all the difference as you plan for your day. For more on watering tips and the weather, check out our recent post on water use and 5 tips for smart spraying. We know with the drought watches and warnings our friends in California are all over this one! 

5.) Don’t settle for mediocre. Have pride in the equipment you own and if something’s not working properly or not the best fit for your needs, don’t settle. Doing so could not only negatively impact your work, but also could lead to added frustration or longer work hours. Cut yourself some slack and don’t settle for anything less than the best. Spraying shouldn’t be a chore, have some fun with it and that means not settling for anything less than what’s best for your usage.

So there you have it. Now it’s your turn to share. What are your tried and true tips and tricks of the spraying trade? Share them in the comments below, on Facebook or Twitter.

 

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