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Read This Before You Buy a Sprayer Pump...

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Thu, Feb 04, 2016

There is more that goes into buying a pump for your sprayer than you may think. Whether it's a Pumps_SprayerDepot.jpgcentrifugal, diaphragm, roller, or piston pump, the right type of pump for you is definitely out there. It's easy to get overwhelmed by the many options available today but selecting the best pump doesn't have to be hard or time-consuming.

Our Customer Service Technicians handle many calls dealing with this very topic, so we asked them "What should customers consider when purchasing a pump?" and here's what they told us:

Flow Rate: This is measured in gallons per minute (gpm) and you'll want to determine your required flow rate before you shop. All pumps have a maximum gpm flow rate so you'll want to ensure the one you choose meets that number. A good tip to remember is: a higher flow rate means a larger pump size is needed.

Fluid Type: Are you spraying a clean fluid or an abrasive chemical? Is it low or high viscosity? These are just some of the aspects you'll need to consider when choosing a pump. The type of fluid being sprayed matters as there are specific pumps that will work best for your application, and some that just wont do the job.

Flow Pressure: Use this simple formula to calculate your required pressure:

 Desired Pressure at Nozzle (psi)
+ Hose Pressure Loss (psi)
Total Pump Pressure Needed (psi)

Once you've determined your requirements, you will have a better understanding about the type of pump you need. However, the search doesn't end there! Our Customer Service Technicians also recommend you ask these 8 questions before you purchase a pump:

1. What pump should I use to spray (insert chemical here)?
 
2. How far will this pump spray vertically?  
 
3. What other components do I need in order to use this pump on my sprayer?
 
4. What gas engine is compatible with my pump?
 
5. Which spray gun should I use?
 
6. How often should I replace common wear parts?
 
7. Which spray tip puts out the GPA I require?
 
8. What is the warranty on this pump?
 
A good spray equipment dealer should be able to answer all these questions to help you find the perfect match. A few other questions to ask to make sure you are getting the best pump and the best service are:
 
1. What are some of the most common issues with this specific pump?
 
2. How much maintenance does this pump require?
 
3. Besides the warranty, do you offer a repair service for this pump?
 
Our knowledgeable Customer Service Technicians have more than 30 years of combined experience in the spraying industry, so we can confidently help you make the right selection. We also offer a full service and repair department so we have expert Repair Technicians that can tell you what kind of performance you can expect from the pump and what to do if a problem arises.
 
Give us a call today and we'll make finding the right pump an easy process!
 
 

Topics: Maintenance, spray equipment, diaphragm pump, Pump, sprayer tips and tricks

Kings Sprayers: 5 Best Sellers of 2015

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Jan 13, 2016

January is the perfect time to look back at the previous year and evaluate the things that worked 1-430334282238.jpgand those that might need a bit of improvement. We thought about some of the products that were a huge hit with customers this past year and Kings Sprayers definitely topped the list.

We offer more than 30,000 products available for purchase at SprayerDepot.com, including a wide selection of sprayers. We manufacture the Kings Sprayers brand of commercial sprayers 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. Of the 84 different Kings Sprayers models we manufacture, we’ve pulled the 5 top sellers of 2015.

Check below to see which ones made the list:

1. Kings Sprayers 100 Gallon Skid Sprayer (Model: KS100P7027)

Part of our Kings Sprayers Quickship Program, this model is equipped with 5.5 HP GX160 Series Honda engine and Hypro D30GRGI diaphragm pump that’s capable of 9.5 gpm and 580 psi.

2. Kings Sprayers 50 Gallon Utility Skid Sprayer (Model: KSU50P6)

This sprayer is "ready for Roundup" with a Hypro SilverCast 7 gpm roller pump and features a 5.5 HP GX160 series Honda engine. Best of all it is also part of the Kings Sprayers Quickship program, so you can order today and it will ship the same day!*

3. Kings Sprayers 100 Gallon 4-Wheel Sprayer (Model: K4C100P7027)

Great for maneuverability, this model is ideal for use in tight areas due to its pivoting front axle and T-handle, making it a perfect fit for greenhouse, nursery or orchard use. This 4-wheel sprayer model is equipped with a 5.5 HP GX160 series Honda engine and Hypro D30GRGI diaphragm pump that’s capable of 9.5 gpm and 580 psi.

4. Kings Sprayers 100 Gallon 3-Point Hitch Sprayer (Model: K3PTH100B12) 

Great for hitching to a tractor, this model is great for spraying large areas like golf courses, athletic fields, pastures and lawns. This model is equipped with a standard Hypro 7560C roller pump that’s capable of 12 gpm at 540 rpm and 300 psi.

5. Kings Sprayers 50 Gallon Skid Sprayer (Model: KS50P5)

This model is equipped with 5 HP Honda GC160 series engine and a Hypro 4101C roller pump capable of 7 gpm and 150 psi. This 50 gallon sprayer is great for tree spraying and can be used in truck beds, utility vehicles, boats and trailers.

 

 

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Topics: Hypro, Hose Reel, sprayers, Kings Sprayers, sprayer, Pump, honda engine, roundup ready

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

Product Highlight: Large Capacity Kings Sprayers

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, Dec 01, 2015

In this edition of Product Highlight we are featuring three popular models from our Kings Sprayers® large capacity sprayers. The Kings Sprayers® product line offers a variety of sizes, styles, pumps and engines to fit your needs. The aluminum frames are heavy-duty and built to ensure proper support to different sized tanks. They are also lightweight, chemical resistant and will never rust or need painting. Depending on the tank's size and application we also offer a few models, like the KT510P12042E, with a steel frame. Available poly tank sizes range from 15 gallons all the way to 1,000 gallons. To facilitate the operator's handling, the walls of the tanks are translucent for easy level viewing and are equipped with gallon indicators.

Whether you need a DOT approved trailer sprayer, or a skid sprayer you can mount on your truck, we have them in-stock and can also customize any model to your needed specifications.

Kings Sprayers® 510 Gallon Highway Ready Trailer Sprayer 

This DOT approved trailer sprayer is great for spraying trees up to 80' in the air. It features a high flow pump which is great for drenching and transferring liquids quickly. 

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 Features:

  • 510 Gallon Free Standing Horizontal Leg tank
  • 20 HP GX630 Electric Start Honda Engine
  • Udor KAPPA-120/GR Diaphragm Pump (35 gpm, 700 psi)
  • Electric Hose Reel with 300' of 3/4" ID Spray Hose
  • DOT-Approved Tandem Axle Steel Frame with VIN

Kings Sprayers® 335 Gallon Skid Sprayer 

This sprayer features a 335 gallon poly tank and can be used in truck beds, utility vehicles, boats KS335P70-Actual.jpgand trailers. Skid sprayers are ideal for tree-spraying, pest control and lawn applications.

Features:

  • 5.5 HP GX160 Series Honda Engine
  • Hypro D30GRGI Diaphragm Pump (9.5 gpm, 580 psi) 
  • Electric Hose Reel with 300' of 1/2" ID Hose
  • 6061 Aircraft Grade Aluminum Frame

Kings Sprayers® 200 Gallon 3-Point Hitch Sprayer 

3-point hitch sprayers are the perfect option to spray large areas like golf courses, athletic fields and pastures. This model features a 200 gallon poly tank and can easily spray up to 30' through the spray gun.3PT200B12-Actual.jpg

Features:

  • Hypro 7560XL "Silver Series" Roller Pump
  • 12' Spray Boom with Manual Selector Valve
  • 50' of High-Pressure Spray Hose 
  • A High-Output Eight-Roller PTO-Driven Pump Delivers 12 gpm at 300 psi
  • 6061 Aircraft Grade Aluminum Frame
  • Adjustable Pressure Regulator and Hydraulic Jet Agitation

Shop All Kings Sprayers

We can customize any sprayer to meet your needs so just give us a call and we'll be happy to help. Plus, many of our most popular models are available for same-day shipping!

Topics: Trailer Sprayer, Hypro, Spray Guns, DOT, Kings Sprayers, Skid Sprayer, sprayer, roller pumps, sprayer tanks, Pump, poly tanks, 6061 Aluminum Frame, honda engine, dot approved, 3-point-hitch, pumps, product highlight, large capacity

7 Must Haves For Your Sprayer Emergency Kit

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Nov 11, 2015

Many of our customers are getting ready to store their sprayer. To make this task as easy as possible, we've been Emergency_Repair_Kitsharing our end-of-season tips and tricks in our previous posts. Now is also the perfect time to put together a sprayer emergency kit if you haven't already.

An emergency kit will cut your downtime and save you time and money by keeping  a few essential parts on hand so you can quickly repair your spray equipment. When breakdowns happen no one is happy, so avoid downtime by stocking up on replacement parts.

The parts in your emergency kit will vary depending on the type of spray equipment you use, but we've compiled a list of the most commonly needed parts for repairing and maintaining some of our most popular Kings Sprayers.

Spray Tips and Nozzles: Replace spray tips and nozzles immediately if you notice a change in flow rate or a change in pattern distribution. Damaged spray tips and nozzles are sometimes overlooked but can cost you money and precious time if not replaced in a timely manner.

Strainers: A clogged strainer is one of the most common repairs our Service Repair Technicians see on a daily basis. You can prolong your strainer's life by cleaning it often, however, it's a good idea to keep a replacement strainer, gasket and seal. 

Spray Guns: We recommend not only keeping a spray gun repair kit but also a spare spray gun that you can use, just in case. One of the most common spray guns is the JD9-C pictured below, we sell a repair kit to replace the seals if the gun starts to leak and we have a short instructional video that will make the repair a breeze. 

Spray Hose: Although hoses are pretty tough they can bend and crack which affects the performance of your sprayer so we recommend having spare suction, bypass and discharge hoses on hand in case you need a quick replacement.

Hose Fittings: Besides storing replacement spare hoses, reusable hose fittings should also be on your list. Check out our video on this easy repair!

Diaphragm: Having a diaphragm repair kit in your emergency kit is definitely a must. These handy and inexpensive kits can make all the difference when it comes to staying up and running, or increasing your downtime. We have a couple of instructional videos that will guide you on the steps necessary to replace the diaphragm in your pump.

Pumps: Just like the diaphragm, many parts in your pump can be easily replaced, but some can't and sometimes the pump will fail and the only solution is a replacement. We recommend keeping a spare pump as part of your emergency kit.

A sprayer emergency kit will also help you save money by avoiding a trip to the service and repair shop, but in case you need it, you can count on us to offer you the best repair service. Don't hesitate to give us a call if you need help with a repair, or if you want to schedule a repair and service appointment at our Orlando, FL retail location. Just call 800-228-0905.

What do you keep in your sprayer emergency kit? Leave a note in the comments below. We'd love to hear from you.

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Topics: Reusable Hose Fittings, Maintenance, Hoses, Spray Guns, Sprayer Depot, Sprayer Parts, Pump Repair, spray tips, Spray Nozzles, Diaphragm Repair, Boomless Nozzle, Pump, gearbox, Spray maintenance, repair kit, pumps, emergency

Kings Sprayers: Building a Sprayer

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Sep 25, 2015

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Building sprayers is more than a job, it's a passion. Passion for ensuring customers' satisfaction, for finding set-ups that improve efficiency and ease of application, and most of all, a passion to build quality products that are cost-effective and time-saving. We are passionate about what we do and we are proud to manufacture Kings Sprayers in Orlando, FL. 

Do you want to learn more about how we build  Kings Sprayers? We thought you would so we've outlined the basic steps from start to finish.

The first step after we've received your order is for our production manager to go over the work order for your specific sprayer model. If it is a custom sprayer, he makes sure that it can be built according to your specifications while also following safety standards. If our production team identifies something that could be improved or changed to give you a product that may better meet your needs, our team will offer the solution and work with you to design the best set-up for your needs.  We love it when customers take an active role in customizing their sprayers. After all, no one knows your job better than you do! 

Then we move to the manufacturing process, where our welders will build a sturdy, yet lightweight, aluminum frame that will support all components in your sprayer. The next step involves assembly and this is where everything comes together. Our assembly technicians will carefully install all the individual components (hose reels, pumps, boomless nozzles, tanks, engines etc.) and make sure that every part is set up correctly. The unit then moves to our quality control station where it will be thoroughly tested.

Building Kings Sprayers at our Orlando facility instead of just outsourcing manufacturing means that we have control over quality, can offer better customization along with great prices and faster delivery times. We stand behind our products and can guarantee that our sprayers are built to the highest standards of quality and with the best available parts.

Have any questions or comments? Share them below!

Topics: 4-Wheel Sprayer, Custom-built Skid Sprayer, Hose Reel, Hose Reels, diaphragm pump, Roller Pump, Skid Sprayers, Boomless Nozzle, Pump, spray gun, poly tanks, 6061 Aluminum Frame, honda engine, 3-point-hitch

Sprayer Maintenance FAQs

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Mon, Jul 20, 2015

PumppicsOur savvy Customer Service Technicians handle many calls throughout the day, many of which are inquiries from customers regarding how to properly maintain their sprayers in top-notch condition. For this reason, we have put together the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to help you take care of your equipment:

Q: When should I replace my spray tips? 
A: If you notice a change in flow rate or a change in pattern distribution then this might indicate that your spray tips need to be replaced. You should replace your spray tips immediately if they are worn out or damaged.

Q: How often should I flush my pump?
A: After every use, especially if you are using herbicide or other harsh chemicals.  Flush the pump using clean water.

Q: How do I know when my strainer needs to be cleaned?
A: If you notice a loss of pressure or a drop in flow rate then you may have a clogged strainer that needs to be cleaned. However, you should never wait until that happens, so it is advisable to clean it once a week depending on how often you spray. Check out our 3 Reasons Why You Should Check Your Sprayer.

Q: How often should I perform an oil change? 
A: Please follow your specific pump's manufacturer recommendations.

Q: When should I calibrate my sprayer?
A: You should calibrate your sprayer at least once every season. For more information on calibrating your sprayer please check our Step-By-Step Sprayer Calibration Guide to get you started.

Q: I am using a diaphragm pump, when should I replace the diaphragm?
A: Every 500 hours or every 3 months, whichever comes first.

Q: Should I also check my pump's valve?
A: Definitely! If you are replacing the diaphragm it is the perfect opportunity to also check the valve and replace it if necessary.

There are also a few other things you should make a habit of checking as part of your sprayer maintenance:

Check

  • Hoses for any cuts, damage or bends
  • Nozzles to make sure they are clean
  • Tank for any damage or rupture
  • Pressure switch for any leakage 
  • Boom spacing
As always, we are here to help you so don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

Topics: Maintenance, spray equipment, strainer, spray tips, Sprayer Calibration, Pump, sprayer tips and tricks, FAQ, Spray maintenance

Troubleshooting the SHURflo Pump 8000 Series

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Jul 03, 2015

The pump is the heart in the anatomy of a sprayer. This is by far one of the most important parts in your spray equipment. It requires regular maintenance so it can function as efficiently as possible. The 8000 series diaphragm pump is SHURflo's most widely used agricultural pump. There are two styles in this series, automatic-demand and bypass. 

What's the difference you ask? Automatic demand pumps have a pressure switch on the head that will shut the pump off when it reaches the desired pressure rating. When you spray the wand the pump will turn back on because the pressure has been released. Bypass pumps are not equipped with a pressure switch and continuously run when the pump has power to it. 

If your pump suddenly starts acting up use this helpful infographic to troubleshoot it. Whether the pump head leaks or the pump won"t shut-off, check each of these suggestions to pinpoint the problem:

 

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Sometimes repairing parts in your pump just won't do it and replacing it might be the best and most convenient solution. For any service needs please contact us and we will be happy to help! 

Topics: Sprayer Depot, diaphragm pump, Shurflo, Pump, pressure switch, 8000 series, on-demand, bypass

3 Reasons Why You Should Buy a Pump from Sprayer Depot

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Aug 20, 2014

You’re on the market for a new spray pump. You have a pretty clear idea of what you need. After all, nine times out of ten it’s a replacement pump that’s on its last leg and in need of replacing. Not an easy pill to swallow when you have to buy one of the most vital parts for your sprayer. But where do you start?

Does this scenario sound familiar? Since we're more focused on your needs than your wallet, here we’ll share three foolproof tips to get you the best product for your needs at the best price. 

Tip #1: Inventory
Whether you’re in the market for a diaphragm pump, roller pump, centrifugal pump, piston pump, transfer or plunger pump, find a retailer that covers the spectrum with a variety of brands on hand for sale. Look for a retailer that carries major sprayer pump brands like Hypro, Udor, Comet, Banjo, Myers and SHURflo, to name a few. Since not all brands manufacture all pump types, at Sprayer Depot you’ll find a better selection for your needs and a more knowledgeable team to answer any questions. Sprayer Depot carries all the major brands for practically every type of spray pump at the best price.

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Tip #2: Price Matching
Speaking of price, don’t be afraid to shop around. You’ll find out more about the product you’re looking for from kicking the proverbial tires at a few shops before settling on one. That will also give you a chance to scope out who has the best pricing policy – for example Sprayer Depot will match any competitor’s price (must be an authorized dealer/distributor). We strive to offer the lowest price on all major spray pump brands, but if you happen to find a lower advertised price from an authorized distributor, Sprayer Depot will match or beat that price! When you’re shopping for a part like a pump you know your going to have to spend a pretty penny so why not get the best deal.

Tip #3: Customer Service
You’re a pro so the customer service team from any retailer won’t show you how to do your job, but they can offer some insight into the latest tricks of the trade. At Sprayer Depot, our knowledgeable customer service technicians have more than 55 years of combined experience in the industry. Many of them have worked their way into the role through production jobs building the very sprayer you use today. So they know their stuff and speak your language. Plus, they’re not sales guys aiming to make commission – they genuinely enjoy what they do and strive to assist folks in finding the product that’s best for their needs.

So the next time you’re in the market for a spray pump, or really anything for your sprayer equipment, remember to consider inventory, price match policies and customer service. Better yet, just give the guys at Sprayer Depot a call or visit the online store. You’ll be in good hands.

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5 Tips to Keep Your Pump Running Smoothly

Posted by Marketing Manager on Mon, Oct 28, 2013

Follow these tips to keep your equipment in optimal condition:

5 Tips to Keep Your Pump Running Smoothly:
  1. Make sure your suction strainer is free of debris
  2. Inspect pump valves for any wear-and-tear to the springs
  3. If using a Roller Pump, check housing and rollers for excessive wear 
  4. If using a Diaphragm Pump, inspect diaphragms to verify they are not ruptured in any way  
  5. Check regulator valve to make sure poppet and seals are in good condition  
Our Customer Service Technicians can help troubleshoot or find the right repair or replacement parts. Call 800-228-0905 or chat live online.
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Topics: Pump Repair, Sprayer Pump, Pump

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