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Product Highlight: Spray Hose

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Mon, Mar 21, 2016

Spray hose is an essential part of your sprayer, but it's often overlooked. It’s easy to ignore the hose when there are many other spray components to consider. However, making sure you choose the right spray hose for the job is an important step to ensure the quality of your application.

Spray hose come in a variety of materials capable of handling different liquids like pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. It also comes in various diameters and lengths. A few other things to consider when selecting a spray hose include the spraying pressure needed, the flexibility of the hose, and temperature resistance. Our savvy and friendly Customer Service Technicians can help match you with the best type for your application.

Spray hose must be durable enough to handle different spray solutions, harsh weather conditions and rough handling. You will find three types of hoses for sale in our inventory: Suction Hose, Clear Braid Hose and High-Pressure Hose. Your sprayer likely uses one of these 3 hoses, or a combination of them.

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Let’s take a closer look at each of these hoses:

Suction Hose: This type of hose is used from the tank to the pump. It is rated for low pressure so you wouldn’t see it used anywhere else but the suction side of a sprayer. The suction hose is easily identifiable by it’s clear color and PVC reinforcement which spirals through it.

Clear Braid Hose: This hose can handle higher pressure than a suction hose, however, it’s commonly used only on the bypass line and also on the discharge hose for smaller units like a spot sprayer. It is a clear hose with a braid running through it, which helps to keep the hose from kinking or twisting. 

High-Pressure Hose: As the name implies, high pressure hose is rated to withstand a lot of pressure. How much will depend on the hose, but usually they are 600 or 800 psi. These type of hoses are also called discharge or spray hose and they are used directly from the discharge line to the spray gun. We stock Flextral brand spray hose which is extremely durable and made of PVC.

Don’t let an old and damaged spray hose affect your application. Whether you need hose by the foot,  or an entire roll, we've got what you need.

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Topics: Hoses, Reels, Hose Reels, Kings Sprayers, sprayer, Electric Hose Reel, stainless steel, hannay, manual hose reel, high pressure spray hose, clear braid hose, suction hose

Product Highlight: Hose Reels

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Oct 28, 2015

Hose reels are an essential part of your sprayer, but they can be easily overlooked. However, making sure that you have the correct size and type of hose reel is critical to preserve the life of the spray hose.

Hose reels are made of different types of materials with the most common being aluminum, stainless steel or powder coated steel. Our Kings Sprayers come with a standard Titan hose reel, which is made from aluminum just like our frames. We find this type of reel to be incredibly durable, heavy-duty and lightweight.

Another excellent option is the Hannay hose reel. This is probably the most popular brand of commercial reels in our industry and they also come in various materials and sizes.

A few things to consider when choosing the type of material for your hose reel are temperature resistance, strength, flexibility, and a few other factors. Our Customer Service Technicians can help match you with the best type for your project. Once you've chosen the material, it's time to decide on whether you need an electric or manual reel. As their name implies, manual reels are cranked by hand which have many benefits such as a more attractive price, but they can be difficult to use especially if you have a very long and heavy hose. On the other hand, an electric reel can seem like a big investment but they are equipped with 12V motors and a simple click of a button will reel the hose back in an easy and convenient way.

On this product highlight, we are featuring two of our most popular hose reels:

4312 Titan 12" Aluminum Hose Reel

This is one of Titan's most widely used hose reel across many industries. It is available in both manual and electric ( look for the letter E after the part number 4312 for electric rewind).

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 Features:

  • Aluminum frame and discs
  • PVC spool
  • Stainless steel tie rods and fasteners
  • Iron Manifold (Stainless steel manifold available for handling fertilizer and other corrosives)
  • Resin bearing holders with stainless back plates for corrosion resistance
  • Lighter weight than steel

1520 Hannay Manual Hose Reel

This is a lightweight, compact reels designed for long lengths of hose in manual and power rewind.

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Features:

  • Direct crank rewind is permanently attached
  • Chain and sprocket drive is powered by electric, hydraulic or compressed air motor
  • Manual reels include: Cam-lock drag brake, spring actuated pin lock
  • Standard inlet is 90º ball bearing swivel joint with 1/2" FNPT threads
  • Standard outlet is 1/2" FNPT thread
  • Option roller guides available

We offer a full range of hose reel options for different types of hoses with different sizes, materials, capacities and mounting styles. We can customize them to meet your needs so just give us a call and we'll be happy to help!

Topics: Hoses, Reels, Hose Reels, Kings Sprayers, sprayer, Electric Hose Reel, stainless steel, hannay, manual hose reel

Customer Spotlight: Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT)

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, Jul 22, 2014

UDOTThe Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has the responsibility to plan, construct and maintain the state highway system. The state reported 45,881 total public road mileage, including state, county, city, forest service, national park service, native American and other roadways. That’s a lot of surfaces for the 13th largest state by size in the United States. To keep those roadways in tip top shape, UDOT uses a variety of equipment including, as you may have assumed, sprayers.

So we asked the Urban Area Supervisor for his insight on how sprayers are use in his line of work.

1. What type of spray equipment does the UDOT use?
We have several types of equipment that are used here from 250-350 gallon tanks in urban areas and up to 2,000 gallon tanks in rural areas. Smaller tanks are operated from our maintenance one-ton trucks with the large tanks mounted in our ten-wheeler trucks. We also use an ATV mounted sprayer with a small tank to get the areas that are not accessible by trucks. Plus, we have hose reels, side bar sprayers, and boom buster sprayers that spray up to 35'.

UDOT using an ATV mounted sprayer     UDOT using a spray gun extension

2. What is typically being sprayed?
We are using pesticides and herbicides for weed control and vegetative management. We are targeting our areas that have noxious weeds like Kochia, Thistles, White Top and nuisance weeds.

3. Who is in charge of maintaining the spray equipment?
Our station maintenance personnel who hold an applicators license take care of the equipment that they are using. If it is a major repair, then we have our region maintenance shop fix the problem.

4. What months of the year do you use spray equipment?
We start using our equipment in March and will spray into June. Then we have areas that spray in September and October.

5. What are the general responsibilities of the DOT?
Our general responsibilities are preserving infrastructure, maintaining our roadways, and keeping roads and interstates clean and safe for our traveling public. Doing all we can to help with zero fatalities.

6. Are there custom-sprayers in your fleet?
Yes, we have built custom over the years.

7. How often is the spray equipment used? (Daily? Weekly?)
It’s used weekly in our peak seasons. We have also used these sprayers for maintenance operations where water is need to help the activity.

8. Do you typically place orders for sprayer parts and accessories on the website? Or is the order phoned in?
Prefer to phone the order in.

Topics: Spray Equipment Maintenance, Maintenance, Hoses, Reels, Custom-built Skid Sprayer, Hose Reel, Hose Reels, Custom-built sprayer, Custom-build a sprayer, ATV sprayer, spray equipment, herbicides, Boom Sprayer, fertilizer sprayer, Spray Guns, Sprayer Depot, custom built sprayers, custom build sprayer, lawn sprayer, public works, UDOT, Customer Spotlight, Utah Department of Transportation, Department of Transportation, DOT, Customer

Spray Equipment Maintenance: What's Your Style?

Posted by Dan Rose on Tue, Jun 28, 2011

 

What's Your Style?

Are you the type that keeps extra parts and accessories on hand "just in case"? Or  do you wait until a crisis occurs before you even think of a backup plan? Check out our  "Preventive Maintenance Styles" to determine your style.

  • Prevention Maintenance: Very proactive; Regularly checksHose Reel  equipment wear status;  Maintains inventory to rebuild or replace  spray pumps, spray hoses, hose reels or other equipment
  • Condition Based Maintenance:  Monitors problem equipment, but waits for early signs of problems before taking action
  • Time Based Maintenance: Keeps everything in tip-top shape from Ocotober to May; From late May to September... not so much
  • Run-to-Failure Maintenance: Expects to order and receive parts within a day or two; Makes a thousand excuses to customers until equipment is fixed; Hopes and prays (instead of planning ahead) that everything will work out and customers won't leave

Whether your style is "Prevention Maintenance" or "Run-to-Failure Maintenance , it's safe to say that everyone wants their equipment to stay in good working condition. We've got great tips to help you do this. Check out  9 Fantastic Ways to Make Your Spray Equipment Last Longer. These tips go beyond the Preventive Maintenance Checklist.  Anyone using or maintaining spray equipment should keep this list close at hand.

Topics: Spray Equipment Maintenance, Hoses, Reels, spray pumps

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