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Taking Care of Your Sprayer's Honda Engine

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Mon, Oct 19, 2015

On our last blog, we shared a comprehensive Sprayer Maintenance Seasonal Checklist to help you keep track of GX120-actualyour spray equipment's maintenance requirements. We often focus on the tank, strainer and pump more than anything else when it comes to maintenance, however, the engine also needs some TLC.

Here at Sprayer Depot we get plenty of questions regarding equipment care, and a common question is "How often should I change the engine oil?" As always, we recommend to follow manufacturer recommendations. To help you stay on top of your equipment's maintenance, we've written down a quick how-to on changing the oil on some of our most popular commercial engines, the Honda Engine Models GX120 and GX160.

Honda recommends changing the oil after 100 hours or every 6 months, whichever comes first. Honda also recommends 4-stroke oil or an equivalent high-detergent, premium quality motor oil certified to meet or exceed U.S. automobile manufacturer's requirements for Service Classification SG.SF/CC.CD. 

Before performing any type of maintenance make sure the engine has been shut off and drain the oil while the engine is still warm to assure rapid and complete draining. 

Now that we have that covered, let’s talk about the four steps to changing the oil in your Honda Engine GX120 - GX160

Step 1. Remove the oil filler cap and drain plug to drain the oil.

Step 2. Install the drain plug and tighten it securely.

Step 3. Refill with the recommended SAE 10W-30* and check oil level.

Step 4. Install the oil filler cap.

A few things to note:

  • Do not use non-detergent oils or vegetable oils as they are not recommended
  • Be sure to check the engine on a level surface with the engine off
  • Make sure to thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water after handling motor oil
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What other "How Tos" would you like to see featured on our blog? We appreciate your feedback so let us know in the comments box below!

*SAE 10W-30 is recommended for general, all-temperature use. Other viscosities may be used depending on outside temperature. Please consult manual

Topics: Spray Equipment Maintenance, Maintenance, Sprayer Depot, winterize sprayer, sprayer, oil change, Spray maintenance, honda engine, fall tips, GX160, seasonal maintenance, GX120

3 Things Your Sprayer Doesn’t Tell You

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, Mar 24, 2015

MAINTREQDUnlike a truck that has indicator lights on the dash and can warn you about needed maintenance, your sprayer relies on you for upkeep. While you’re busy with a daily routine and customers or crops, don't forget that your sprayer needs some attention too. Here we’ll take a look at three things that your sprayer doesn’t tell you. 

1.) Nozzle selection

With advances in technology and an ever-evolving line-up of nozzle options, our friends at Hypro have put together a handy chart to make the nozzle selection process easier. After all, your sprayer won’t tell you if you’re using the wrong nozzle or if it’s clogged, but the output will tell you in a jiffy. Take the time to stay up-to-date on the new technology and advances that can ultimately save you time and money. A quick review of what you’re spraying and a few other variables will point you in the direction of the best nozzle to use. And just when you find a favorite, keep in mind if your spray environment changes or your needs vary, you should do another check-in. Don’t get too comfortable.

2.) Change the Oil

Often overlooked is the all important oil change. It’s just like your truck, a sprayer needs a regular oil change too. We talked about the oil change process here on the blog before, but it’s worth a quick note. Your sprayer should get an oil change after 40 hours of break-in operation and then every three months or 500 hours. As you keep up with routine daily maintenance, from cleaning your sprayer to adjusting variables – make sure an oil change is on the radar and write yourself a note or set a calendar reminder to ensure you remember to keep up with regular oil changes.

3.) Calibrate

You had to have guessed this topic would make it on the list. Calibrating to make sure your spray equipment applies proper levels of the selected product is so important. So important! Spraying too much or too little has consequences. We know you know this. But the cost of wasted chemicals can hurt your wallet. For a quick recap, check out the guest post from OhioAg.net  “Still time for sprayer calibration.

With spring temps slowly creeping into our atmosphere and spray season around the corner (seriously we’re almost through March already!), take care to give your sprayer ample attention throughout the season. Keeping a regular maintenance schedule and staying up-to-date on advances will positively impact both your spray equipment, but also your customers and crops. When they’re happy, you’re happy. Right?

Happy spraying.

Topics: Sprayer Depot, Sprayer Calibration, spray tip selector, nozzle selection guide, spray nozzle selection, oil change, sprayer season

Your Sprayer Needs an Oil Change Too

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Oct 22, 2014

We get it. There’s a ton on your plate and often some maintenance practices, like changing the oil in your sprayer, can fall by the wayside. Our technicians often get asked how often we recommend changing the oil in a pump crankcase. Of course, we defer to manufacturer recommendations, but thought it might be helpful to run through the process with one of our more popular pumps, the Hypro D30 Diaphragm Pump, especially as the sprayer season winds down.

For those of you unfamiliar with this product, Hypro diaphragm pumps come with oil in the crankcase. Unlike your vehicle, accessing oil in the crankcase take a little more effort.

The manufacturer recommends changing oil after 40 hours of break-in operation and then every three months or 500 hours, whichever comes first. So this means that you should change the oil in this particular model at least four times a year, if not more. Now Hypro recommends using its own brand of oil for this model - Hypro Oil (part number 2160-0038) is specially formulated, high-grade, nondetergent, SAE 30 weight oil designed to prolong pump life. 

Now that we have that covered, let’s talk about the three steps to changing the oil in your spray pump.

Step 1. After you’re done with your sprayer for the day, flush the pump with clean water.

Step 2. To drain the oil from the pump, remove the oil drain plug and rotate the shaft until the oil stops flowing out. If you have time to open the pump and inspect the diaphragms, now is a good time, but not mandatory.

Step 3. To fill the pump with oil, slowly pour the oil into the sight tube while turning the pump shaft. Turning the pump shaft purges all the air out of the crankcase. So you won’t have to deal with air bubbles or a less than full amount of oil. If you do decide to replace the diaphragms, always change the oil.

Hypro D30 Diaphragm Pump Schematic
Part Number 66 is the Oil Drain Plug

 

Need a closer look? Check out the Sprayer Depot instructional video series on our YouTube channel where we dive into the whole repair process for a Hypro D30 pump here.

One quick note, for winter storage, which we’ll get into later here on the blog, or if you encounter freezing conditions, flush the pump with a 50/50 mixture of water and antifreeze. 

Lastly, keep in mind that most manufacturers recommend changing the oil in your pump every year, if not sooner. We’d actually go as far as to say that it’s highly recommended that the oil be changed at both the start and the end of the sprayer season so that any contaminants entering the crankcase can be removed before sitting in the pump all winter and that you get rid of any buildup from the off season.

Topics: Spray Equipment Maintenance, Diaphragm pumps, Sprayer Depot, diaphragm pump, Diapgragm pumps, winterize sprayer, sprayer pumps, Sprayer Pump, Hypro D30 Pump, Sprayer Parts Guide, Sprayer Depot Instructional Video, Diaphragm Repair, oil change

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