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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

At Your Service: A Quick Look at the Main Industries We Serve

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Nov 04, 2016

An Overview of the Spray Equipment Market

Spray equipment is used by many different businesses in various industries from roof cleaners to small farms and nurseries. In addition, some main sprayer components such as pumps and spray hose, can be used by a wide audience with little to do with the spray industry.

The main industries we serve can be funneled into the following industry segments:

  • Pest Control
  • Lawn & Landscape 
  • Golf & Recreation
  • Horticulture
  • Small Agriculture

A Closer Look at Our Main Industry Segments

Pest Control: Pest control companies use a variety of spray equipment to spray pesticides. Some of common products include backpack sprayers, handheld sprayers and spray wands. solobackpacksprayer-resized-600.jpg

Lawn & Landscape: Sprayers such as the Kings 100 Gallon Skid Sprayer are popular with landscape professionals because they can be used in truck beds, trailers, utility vehicles or boats. Other popular products used by this group include high pressure spray guns like the Green Garde JD9-C and the FMC John Bean model 705 due to their efficacy in tree and landscape applications.

Golf & Recreation: Two-Wheel Sprayers are widely used in this industry segment for spraying golf courses and athletic fields because they can be easily pulled with a utility vehicle or compact trailer. 

Horticulture: Customers in this industry segment frequently purchase spot sprayers such as the Kings 25 Gallon Spot Sprayer with AgitationKings Sprayers Spot Sprayer.jpg

Small Agriculture: Sprayer maneuverability is important to this customer segment, so the Kings 3 Point Hitch sprayers are popular, in addition to roller pumps such as the Hypro 7560C.

 

 Other Industry Segments

From pressure cleaning to car wash/auto detailing, sprayers and spray equipment are used in a wide range of businesses, and our knowledgeable Customer Service Technicians are trained to help customers identify the equipment that best fits their needs. 

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Topics: spray equipment, pest control, lawn sprayers, tree spraying

Kings Sprayers Selection Guide

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, Sep 08, 2015

If you are ready to buy a new sprayer but you are unsure on exactly what to get or which sprayer is best suited to your needs, don't worry, we are here to help!

We are happy to make the sprayer selection process easier for you. We proudly manufacture Kings Sprayers right here in our headquarter facility in Orlando, FL. 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.

Are you using a tractor or pulling by hand? Are you spraying trees or an athletic field? No matter what type of application, we have the right sprayer for you. Also, we can customize any of our sprayers to fit even the most unusual requirements. We've outfitted ten-wheeler trucks and even trains! Our team builds hundreds of customized sprayers each year.


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Still got questions? Our knowledgeable Customer Service Technicians can help. Just call 800-228-0905 or chat live on our website www.SprayerDepot.com.

 



 


 


   

Topics: 4-Wheel Sprayer, ATV sprayer, Skid Sprayer, pest control, golf course sprayers, lawn sprayers, Athletic Field Sprayers, crop sprayers, 3 Pt Hitch Sprayer, 2 wheel sprayer, custom sprayer, sprayer guide, sprayer selection, customizable

2015 Sprayer Related Industry Trends

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Jan 07, 2015

designed by Freepik.comAs we close the books on 2014, let’s take a look at what’s in store for sprayer-related industries in 2015. The US economy continues to rebound and so do many of the sprayer-related industries we’ll cover here. Using industry reports and news as a source, we’ve provided a top-line view of the 2015 outlook for the lawn and landscape, pest control, golf and recreation, agriculture, and horticulture industries.

Lawn & Landscape 2015 Outlook

As the industry rebounds, reports here and here show that the improving housing market, commercial construction and property occupancy rates are among positive factors that boosted the industry last year and project an even stronger 2015. Not only are landscape companies anticipating increases in installation and maintenance, but equipment dealers are also seeing solid gains. 

Pest Control 2015 Outlook

IBIS World, a market research company, reports that the pest control industry is in the growth phase of its life cycle citing rising demand for industry services due to increased number of pests and use of extermination services. It’s interesting to note that Forbes.com recently reported on a Sageworks study that lists Services to Building and Dwellings, including pest control, as a top five industry to start a business.

Golf & Recreation 2015 Outlook

Mike Zawacki, editor of the Golf Course Industry magazine, said it best in that “we’re constantly discussing the state of the industry … as we see it.” His recap shares that being good stewards of existing resources, such as water, will continue to be a focus for the industry as we all seek to create a more sustainable and environmentally responsible golf course. This is a theme not just for golf, but also for many industries in this post.

Agriculture 2015 Outlook

The Agriculture industry outlook is up and down. According to recent reports from BusinessWeek and Farm Equipment, farm machinery sales are projected to continue to slump in 2015 as a result of falling crop prices, though other factors also appear to be contributing to an overall slowdown. To that end, the Des Moines Register reported the Department of Agriculture said farmers predicted plantings of the eight major field crops – corn soybeans, wheat, cotton, sorghum, barley, oats and rice – will amount to 3.8 million acres less than 2014 calculations. It’s not all bad though; long-term industry outlooks remain unchanged from current levels and show slow, steady gains.

Horticulture 2015 Outlook

In the Horticulture Industry, the Garden Media Group 2015 Garden Trends Report shows an interesting consumer focus towards products that are environmentally friendly and safe. While there’s still debate according to Horticulture Week about the flower of the year, one thing these reports all shed light on is a focus for consumers to spend more time outdoors. That great news extends to lawn and landscape industry vendors as well.

Of course, what these reports convey can only be taken with a grain of salt as each business and region within a given sector may experience varied results than the industry projection. To that end, no one can truly project what’s in store. For the most part, the overall economy continues to rebound creating a trickle effect that bolsters each industry outlook as well.

Here’s to getting into the habit of writing 2015 on everything.

Happy Spraying!

 

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Topics: Sprayer Depot, sprayers, landscaper, pest control, golf course maintenance, golf course sprayers, lawn sprayers, Ag Sprayers, sprayer tips and tricks, horticulture, industry outlook

How to Operate the Kings 100 Gallon 2-Wheel Sprayer

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Mon, Jun 16, 2014

Ideal Sprayer for Tree, Shrub & Turf Spraying

Kings 2 wheel sprayerThe Kings 100 Gallon 2-Wheel Sprayer (also called a "trailer sprayer") is equipped with a diaphragm pump and boomless nozzle. It's an ideal sprayer for tree, shrub and turf spraying. It can be pulled with a utlility vehicle or compact trailer. It's commonly used for spraying lawns, pastures, golf courses and athletic fields. 

Same Day Shipping

The Kings 100 Gallon 2-Wheel Sprayer (model # KT100P20BN22) is a QuickShip sprayer.  All QuickShip sprayers ship the same day!* Reduce downtime and increase productivity: Order by 12:00 p.m. (EST) and get same day shipping.

Operating Instructions for the Kings 100 Gallon 2-Wheel Sprayer (model # KT100P20BN22)

To start the engine make sure the gas is on, the choke is on, and the throttle is all the way down.

  • Turn the on switch on; pull the starter to turn the engine on

  • Once the engine engages, set the throttle

  • To engage the pressure, flip the green switch

  • To increase the pressure, turn the tip clockwise

  • To decrease the pressure, turn the tip counter clockwise

  • Use the black switch to engage the agitator

  • Add your chemical to the tank to mix

  • The gun is fully adjustable from a cone to a jet

  • Use the gun for distance applications

  • To use the spray arm, locate the lever on the extra length of hose

  • To turn off the engine, disengage the pressure, throttle down, and turn off the power switch

Instructional Video

See it in action! Watch this helpful Instruction Video:  How to Operate the Kings 100 Gallon 2-Wheel Sprayer 

 

*Order must be placed by 12:00 p.m. 

Topics: golf course sprayers, lawn sprayers, Kings 2 Wheel Sprayer, Kings lawn Sprayer, Turf Sprayers, Trailer Sprayers, Athletic Field Sprayers

Why Choose an Electric Sprayer? Read One Customer's Story

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Mon, Apr 28, 2014

Contributed by Guest Blogger: Brandon Grossman, Sales Manager - Sprayer Depot

A Quiet Sprayer

One of our Customer Service Technicians recently received a phone call from a customer who needed a custom-built skid sprayer. Topping the list of requirements? The sprayer couldn't make a lot of noise.  The customer explained that he had always used gas engine-driven sprayers. It had always been a good fit for his spray application needs.  However, he recently was awarded a new contract from a property management company. The new contract involved landscaping services for multiple condominium neighborhoods that were governed by Home Owner's Associations (HOA) Rules & Regulations. 

HOA Rules

The HOA rules required all spraying be completed during the hours of 6:00 -8:00 a.m. on specific days of the week. Since our customer admitted that his gas engine sprayers are loud, he was concerned that the disturbance would wake tenants if used at 6:00 a.m.  

Electric Sprayers: Quiet & Efficient 

Our Customer Service Technician offered a solution:  An electric sprayer.  Electric Skid Sprayer

We designed a skid sprayer using a Hypro XL series roller pump powered by a 12V motor. 

The pump head used is made for roundup and other corrosive chemicals, and also supplied enough flow and pressure to mimic his gas engine sprayers. Our customer was very pleased with the solution (as were the condo tenants, no doubt).  

Topics: Custom-built sprayer, custom build sprayer, lawn sprayer, Skid Sprayer, lawn sprayers, electric sprayer, electric sprayers, benefits of electric sprayers

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