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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

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

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