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Follow These Simple Steps to Winterize Your Hypro or Shurflo Pump

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Sep 29, 2017

Whether you're storing your pump for an extended period of time, or storing your spray equipment for the winter, our friends at Pentair recommend the following procedures for storing Hypro or Shurflo brand pumps. In this post, we're providing Pentair's guidelines, broken down by pump type, along with everything you need to know to ensure your pump is ready for the next year.

Centrifugal Pumps:

Flush the pump and entire system with a solution that will chemically neutralize the liquid that was used. By doing this, the residue from the chemicals sprayedHypro-Centrifugal-Pumps-SD.jpg will dissolve, leaving the inside of the pump clean for the next usage. For winterizing or extended downtime we recommend flushing the pump with automotive antifreeze (ethylene glycol) that contains a rust inhibitor (Prestone®, Zerex®,etc) mixed at 50/50 with water. This will both protect the pump from freezing and from rusting. Plug the inlet and outlet ports of the pump if you are going to store the pump inside or off the sprayer system.

Diaphragm Pumps:

All diaphragm pumps are susceptible to freezing, so extra care is needed to prevent the pump from freeze damage during the off season. Flushing the pump out with a chemical neutralizer prior to Shurflo-2088-Pump.jpgstorage will help clean the surfaces from any residue that has accumulated. Then flush the pump with a RV antifreeze (propylene glycol) mixed at 50/50 with water. This will protect the pump from freezing. Removing the pump from the sprayer and storing it in a heated area will also prevent costly damage to the pump. This should be done AFTER the pump has been neutralized and flushed out with antifreeze. Plug the inlet and outletports if storing inside.

Roller Pumps:

Roller pumps have a tight tolerance inside and chemical buildup will greatly affect the performance and wear factors of the internal components, so flushing with a neutralizer prior to storage is critical. After neutralizing, flush the pump out with an automotive antifreeze (ethylene glycol) that contains a rust inhibitor (Prestone®, Zerex®,etc) mixed at 50/50 with water. This will both protect the pump from freezing and from rusting. Removing the pump from the sprayer and storing it in a heated area will also prevent costly damage to the pump. This should be done AFTER the pump has been neutralized and flushed out with antifreeze. Add an ounce of rust inhibitor or light oil to the inlet of the pump and then turn the pump shaft to allow the inhibitor to coat all the internal surfaces. Plug both the inlet and outlet of the pump so that air will not be able to enter the pump. Reusing the original shipping plugs is the best way to ensure that the pump is air tight during storage.

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Topics: Winterizing Spray Equipment, Hypro, Diapgragm pumps, Hypro Roller Pump, centrifrugal pump, SHURflo pumps

Product Highlight: SHURflo Pumps

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Thu, Jun 15, 2017


SHURFLO® pumps are widely used on professional spray equipment. A leading provider of fluid transfer solutions, SHURFLO® offers a variety of pumps to to fit your needs. Let's take a closer look at some of our most popular models:

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  • One of the most widely used industrial pumps
  • Delivers 1.8 gpm (6.8 l/min) providing maximum performance in a wide range of spray applications
  • Designed to provide consistent, dependable performance no matter what position you mount them
  • Self-priming, and can maintain pressures up to 150 psi
  • Comes standard with an automatic demand switch and a built-in check valve
  • Like the 2088 series, these can also run dry without damage to the pump

SHURFLO® 2088 Series Diaphragm Pump

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  • Delivers reliable performance in high flow, moderate pressure applications 
  • Great for heavy duty jobs like agricultural spraying or transfer of vast amounts of fluid
  • Made with chemical-resistant materials so you can reliably pump the fluids you need to without worrying about damage to your equipment
  • Designed for lots of use and are easy to maintain
  • Can be mounted in any position

SHURFLO® SLV Series Diaphragm Pump

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  • Offers tremendous value for low-volume spraying needs
  • Compact size makes it ideal for transportation to off-site jobs 
  • Resistant to chemicals thus preventing corrosion and breakage of essential pump parts

 

You can learn more about these SHURFLO® pumps on our website or talk to one of our customer service technicians by calling 800-228-0905. 

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Topics: Diaphragm pumps, Ag Sprayers, SHURflo pumps

Our 5 Most Popular Blog Post of 2015

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Dec 30, 2015

2015 has been a big year here at Sprayer Depot, from our footprint expansion to the added full-time service and repair department, we have been growing at record speed! Our blog has also gone through a growth spurt in the last year. We’ve written over 90 posts covering a variety of topics, from spray equipment tips and tricks to instructional repair videos, from corporate announcements to contests and giveaways. We have also highlighted some of our employees, giving you a chance to see some of the people behind the scenes at the depot. All in all, it has been a great year filled with both fun and informative content.

As the year wraps up, we wanted to thank you for helping us grow and we also wanted to share our top 5 most popular posts of the year, just in case you missed them.

1) 5 Ways to Use a 2-Wheel Trailer Sprayer in Lawn Care 

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The versatility of a 2-wheel sprayer can’t be beat. On this post we explored 5 different, less conventional, ways you can use your trailer sprayer. Think you know what they are? Check the post to see if you guessed right.

2) Employee Spotlight: Sprayer Depot GM Al Reale GeneralManager_SprayerDepot.jpeg

“Employee Spotlight” is one of our most popular blog series, they are a fun way to know a little bit more about our team. Earlier in 2015 we introduced our new general manager, get to know him better by reading this post.

3) Troubleshooting the SHURflo Pump 8000 Series

ShurfloPump-8000Series.pngHaving issues with your SHURflo pump? This is the post you’ll want to read. We created a simple infographic highlighting 5 of the most common issues we see with this pump and how to quickly identify them.

4) Repairing a Hypro D30 Diaphragm Pump D30-actual-resized-600.jpg

Instructional videos make for great content and on this post we teach you how to repair one of our most popular diaphragm pump in only 4 minutes!

5) Anatomy of a Sprayer

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Decoding the specifications of your Kings Sprayer® based on it’s model number will come as easy as breathing after you read this post! 

Do you have a topic in mind you'd like to see featured on our blog in 2016? Maybe you are a customer who'd like to be featured on our Customer Highlight series? Contact us below and let us know!

Topics: Sprayer Depot, Kings Sprayers, Hypro D30 Pump, SHURflo pumps, employee spotlight, top posts

Fun Facts From the Sprayer Depot Marketing Department

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Mon, Oct 26, 2015

On our previous post, Spray Equipment: We've Got What You Need, we gave you some insight on what makes us different from our competitors. Not only do we aim to WOW customers by exceeding expectations, we strive to be a major source for spray equipment industry news and fun spraying facts.

We take pride in being fun and easy to do business with, so we make sure our blog posts reflect this by providing you informative, educational and fun content. Thanks to our marketing team, today we are featuring some cool tidbits on what's popular with our customers.

Interested in learning more about what makes us stand out? Read below for our 5 fun "Did you Know?" facts about Sprayer Depot.

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1. Our "Tall Tree Spray Guns" blog post tops the list of our most popular blog posts with almost 2,000 views. On this post, we give a quick run-through on how to use a professional spray gun like the FMC 785 Spray Gun, Udor Long Range Spray Gun and the Udor Turbine Spray Gun for spraying trees. Want to check it out for yourself? Click here 

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2. Sprayer Depot has more than 2,400 Facebook Fans and our fan base keeps growing fast! We like to stay connected to our customers by providing useful and fun content in social media. We frequently run contests and giveaways, like the recent "Customer Highlight Contest". Make sure to stay tuned to future promotions, product features, and industry news by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

3. Year-to-date, the number of customers who made a purchase from a mobile 135mobilegphone increased 135% from the same period in 2014. This is one of our favorite facts because it means that many of you are reaching us through your mobile device. 

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4. Sprayer Depot's most-watched YouTube video of all time is Replacing a Shurflo Pressure Switch with nearly 20,000 views. Why is this such a popular video you may ask? Well, the 8000 Series diaphragm pump is SHURflo's most widely used agriculture pump and a faulty pressure switch is one of the most common (and easy!) repairs. Our video features step-by-step instructions on how to replace this pressure switch.

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5. So far in 2015, we’ve engaged in more than 950 chat sessions with customers via our online chat feature. Contacting us through chat is easy and convenient! Live chat is available for both English and Spanish speakers so whether you just want to place an order, or have questions about our products, hop online and look for the chat icons to start chatting.

Tell us what you'd like to see more of by commenting on the box below!

Topics: Spray Equipment Maintenance, Udor, Tall Tree Guns, Tree Spray Gun, FMC 785, Udor Turbine, Udor Tree Gun, SHURflo pumps, pressure switch, facebook, social media, chat online, marketing, Youtube

Product Highlight: Kings Sprayers 35 Gallon Skid Sprayer

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Aug 07, 2015

In this Product Highlight post, we are featuring the Kings Sprayers 35 Gallon Skid Sprayer, model # K35P150A. skid35galsprayerThis is a great sprayer for garden and backyard use and it makes the perfect choice for commercial weed control treatments as it's efficient and easy to use! The 6061 aircraft grade aluminum frame is corrosion resistant and lightweight for easy handling. It can be bolted or strapped to a trailer, utility vehicle or tractor for field use. 

It comes with a 35 gallon capacity, premium-grade polyethylene tank, 30' clear braid hose, adjustable spray tip and a 12V SHURflo pump. The 12 volt pump can be attached to a separate 12 volt battery or to a vehicle's power supply. 

This sprayer is part of our Quickship™ Program, so order it by 12:00 p.m. EST and it will ship that same day!

Now, let's move on to getting familiarized with this awesome Kings Sprayer:


Safety First

  1. Ensure all unnecessary personnel is clear of the area.
  2. Use clean water instead of chemicals during initial testing to confirm the system and plumbing components are leak free.
  3. Ensure there is fluid in the tank and supply line.
  4. Check line strainer for debris or clogs and remove if any found.
  5. Check all plumbing connections to ensure tightness.
  6. Ensure all valves and regulators are set to the desired setting and working properly.
  7. Check all hoses are positioned properly and undamaged.

Starting Your Sprayer

  1. Plug the pump into a 12V power source. (Note: The pump will only run when the spray gun is in use).
  2. Adjust the spray gun by rotating the gray nozzle at the end. It is fully adjustable from a jet to a cone, to a full mist.
  3. Lock the spray handle by flipping the white switch.
  4. To turn on the agitator, flip the black switch. (Note: The pressure will drop when the agitator is engaged)

Shutting Down Your Sprayer

  1. Disconnect the pump from the power source.
  2. If the pump will not be used for several hours, flush your system to prolong the life of the components.
Watch our instructional video below for a quick recap on how to get started with this sprayer:

 

   

Topics: diaphragm pump, Kings Sprayers, sprayer, Quickship Sprayers, Kings Spot Sprayers, SHURflo pumps, weed control, k35p150a, spot sprayer, 35 gallons

Getting Started With a Kings Sprayers Spot Sprayer

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Jul 08, 2015

A spot sprayer is perfect for those small but important jobs around the yard. They are the ideal equipment for spraying along fences, keeping weed patches in control and spraying other hard to reach places. Kings Sprayers K25-SpotSprayerspot sprayers are built with a standard SHURflo 12 volt self-priming pump* giving them the necessary power to accomplish all these tasks in an efficient manner.

When deciding if a spot sprayer is the right equipment for your project, remember that the name says it all. Spot sprayers are better suited for smaller areas as the pump can fail if overworked beyond its capacity. 
If you are looking to spray larger areas, check out our inventory of Kings Sprayers featuring gas engine driven pumps for that extra power or please consult with one of our Customer Service Technicians on the best equipment for you.
Follow these simple steps on getting started with your Kings Sprayers spot sprayer and watch the short video below for extra guidance:
  • Connect the 12 volt battery supply and turn the pump on by using the 'ON/OFF' switch
  • Water will flow through the filter and the pressure gauge will be just under 60 psi
  • There is a slight drop in pressure when the agitator valve is open
  • The nozzle is adjustable from a cone pattern all the way down to a straight stream
  • You can lock the spray gun's handle by flipping the white switch
  • To turn it off simply turn the power switch to 'OFF'
   
*12 volt pumps need to be powered by a 12 volt battery or wired up to an ATV/Truck.

Topics: diaphragm pump, Kings Sprayers, sprayer, spot sprayers, Kings Spot Sprayers, SHURflo pumps, weed control

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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