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Meet The Team:  Sabrina Amendola, Executive Assistant, HR Manager

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Dec 15, 2017

Sabrina Amendola is the Executive Assistant and HR Manager 31b5fc6.jpgat Sprayer Depot. She's responsible for a wide variety of information management and administrative support for the company. This includes working with accounting, the Leadership Team and other departments.  In addition, Sabrina oversees all HR tasks including benefits management and onboarding new employees. 

In her free time, Sabrina plays on an adult kickball league (her team even won the Social Award!), and enjoys traveling and spending time with her dogs. 

 Let's get to know Sabrina:

Q:  Where are you from?

A:  Mesa, Arizona

Q: What’s your favorite movie?

A:  The Little Mermaid 

Q:  Do you have an inspirational quote that motivates you?

A:  "Reach for the stars, even if you have to stand on a cactus" - Susan Longacre

Q: Care to share the best tip for someone in the sprayer industry?

A: Call the Sprayer Depot Customer Service Technicians - those guys know everything!

Q: What’s the best part of joining the Sprayer Depot team?  

A: The best part of Sprayer Depot is that everyone really does live our core value of being Fun & Easy to do Business With! Everyone is so welcoming and friendly that it makes work enjoyable.


Topics: Spray Equipment Maintenance, customer service, Meet the Team

Sprayer Depot's Top Instructional Videos

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, Dec 12, 2017

At Sprayer Depot we take pride in the fact that our team is youtubne.pngnot only friendly and easily accessible but also highly knowledgeable about our product lines, all things spray equipment and all sorts of other information that can help you make informed decisions about your spray equipment and how to use it most efficiently. 

At times though, we recognize that you may need some additional helpful guidance which is why we have designed a series of instructional videos that are accessible on YouTube and which offer some really valuable tips and tricks straight from the experts to save you time and money. The videos can be viewed on the Sprayer Depot YouTube Channel but we'd thought we share our three most viewed videos with you here along with their links so that you can check them out too!

  1. Kings Sprayer Winterization 


    In this video we show you the basics on preparing for the winter temperatures with your Kings Sprayer, one of our most popular product lines. The video covers the preventative steps that will help ensure that your Sprayer will not be at risk for freeze damage as the weather cools down.
  2. Kings Sprayers QuickShip Sprayers: Our Best Sellers

    Once again Kings Sprayers are featured in our next most viewed video where we show you our best sellers from one of the top lines of sprayers.  Our Kings Sprayers are offered through our exclusive QuickShip Program which provides you with same day shipping on orders placed before 12pm EST, a feature that is unrivaled by any other spray equipment retailer in the country! 

  3. 3 Tips to Keep Your Sprayer in Top Shape 

    The third of our most popular videos on our YouTube Channel is designed to help keep your sprayer in tip top shape! Besides topics related to product specifications and availability, maintenance issues are also a hot topic for our customers so we created this video to give you the basics on how to keep your sprayer problem-free and running smoothly.

Want to see more video topics?  Leave your suggestions in the comment box. 

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Topics: Spray Equipment Maintenance, Kings Sprayers, sprayer winterization

Core Values are Front-and-Center at Sprayer Depot

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Jul 26, 2017

Sprayer Depot is committed to not only quality spray equipment products, but quality customer service. We remain dedicated to a set of core values that inspires everything we do.
The satisfaction of our customers matters to us. We realize that hard-working people want reliability and care from those they do business with so we've instituted core values that are the very foundation of all that we believe in:

We're fun and easy to do business with: 

We are dedicated to creating a fun atmosphere of openness and trust. We want our customers to be able to ask any questions, big or small. Our ears are open, core-values.jpgbut we also seek to find the right solutions to any problem or situation that may arise. Our relationship with our customers is forged with trust and relies on mutual friendliness to sustain itself. This reflects our relaxed company culture where good conversations and easy laughter are shared.

We strive for perfection:

Striving for perfection is something we pride ourselves on. Our employees are highly trained and knowledgeable; they are serious about delivering on our promise to provide quality products and the know-how to support them. Our intuitive and responsive team will strive toward providing you with the exact solution you need. We do everything to the best of our ability and never settle for a less. Above all else, we are dedicated to finding the right solution. We strive to identify any imperfections in our processes, and we communicate them openly. We value honesty and transparency because we believe it's what our customers deserve.

We take initiative:

At Sprayer Depot we take initiative to identify when action needs to be taken. Ingenuity and resourcefulness depend on identifying issues and working through a process to completion. We never assume that we have done enough to satisfy our valued customers, and we follow through on this commitment to provide quality service on a day-to-day basis. 

Our core value matter to us because our customers matter. Contact us today. 


Topics: Spray Equipment Maintenance, customer service

Broad Spectrum Herbicides: Always Read & Follow The Label

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Jul 21, 2017

Reprinted in-part from Hypro-Pentair                            

When it comes to broad spectrum herbicides like Dicamba, it's important to always pay attention to the guidelines on the label. 

Image 7-21-17 at 4.19 PM.jpgThe label includes all of the vital information a spray operator needs to know before applying a chemical, like:
 ŸŸŸŸŸ*Application Rate
 *Approved Spray Nozzles
 *Application Rate
 *Boom Height
 *Acceptable Wind Speeds
 *Buffer Zones



Quick Select Charts for Dicamba Nozzles

Hypro's Quick Select Chart for Dicamba Nozzles provides you a simple way to determine which label-approved nozzle is right for your specific application.

Using the chart is quick and easy:
  1. Simply find your nozzle spacing and application rate from the columns provided.
  2. Scan down the column to find your desired speed range, and 
  3. Ta-da - you have just selected the right label-approved nozzle for your application! You also have the speed range at which you can use it. 


See the recommended spray tips on our website.   

For more information about label-approved nozzles from Hypro, click here.   


Topics: Spray Equipment Maintenance, Hypro, Spray Nozzles, Hypro spray tips

A Guide to Equipment Management: How to Determine When You Should Buy New or Used, and When You Should Repair

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, May 23, 2017

Landscaper's Corner: Insights and Updates for Landscape Professionals

Contributed by Guest Blogger: Martin McGuane, owner and operator of McGuanes Landscaping and Tree Service, Enfield CT

In the landscaping industry, one of the biggest business expenses is for trucks and equipment; every landscaper wants brand new, shiny trucks and equipment. landscapers corner-2.jpg
While the temptation to buy all new equipment and trucks is there,
it’s important to take a close look at the dollars and sense of buying new or used.

Our First New Truck

I remember when I first started out. Money was tight and our budget was lean. So, we bought a used truck for $6000. In two years, we spent $4800 on repairs before finally replacing it. A few years later, while 'crunching the numbers' one winter, I realized that I was spending $200 per month on each vehicle in repairs. It was at that time that we decided to buy our first new truck.

While 'crunching the numbers' the next winter, we were surprised to realize that we saved a lot of money on our new truck purchase:

  • We saved a fair amount on taxes
  • There were no repair bills
  • Our fuel consumption went down

The bottom line was that the new truck probably only cost us about $100 per month more than continuing to run the old truck. Plus, we had the added benefit of not having any down time and the improved company image a new truck brought us.

That was 25 years ago. But the lesson I learned is timeless...know your numbers!

Purchasing New Equipment

The decision process to purchase equipment is very similar to buying a truck. The first step is to define the need: Do you need to buy a 1,000 gallon sprayer with tall tree capabilities to if your plan is to only spray crab apples and birches? The answer is "no".

It’s important to properly maintain all equipment ; over time the regular maintenance turns in to costly repairs. Once again, it’s important to 'crunch the numbers' and figure out at what point the repairs no longer make sense and when it's time to replace the old equipment with new.

This is sometimes a tough call to make. Kings-Sprayers-Electric-Sprayer.jpgNone of us are immune to the sticker shock of a $10,000 sprayer, but if you spent $2,500 in parts last year to keep a 12 year old sprayer running, it probably makes sense to replace it with a new one.

When buying new equipment such as a sprayer, do your research! Don’t run to the closest brick and mortar shop to buy whatever is in the showroom. Instead, we recommend building relationships with vendors you can trust. For example, we use Sprayer Depot for all spray equipment, including replacement parts for existing equipment like a JD9-C Spray Gun. In our business, time is money and we try our best to eliminate downtime, so we especially like Sprayer Depot’s same day shipping guarantee.

Know Your Needs

A key component to knowing your needs is having a solid business plan in place that identifies both short and long-term goals and determines specific equipment needed to successfully execute the plan. Figure out the true cost of running that all equipment. 

Having a disciplined approach to keeping track of maintenance and repair costs will help you make the right decision when considering whether to repair or replace, and whether to buy new or used.

About the Author:

Martin McGuane is the owner and operator of McGuanes Landscaping and Tree Service Inc, which has been servicing Central Connecticut and Western Massachusetts since 1987. Martin is a 1981 graduate of the University of Connecticut's School of Agriculture. He is a Connecticut licensed arborist and has a Custom Ground Supervisor license in both Connecticut and Massachusetts. He also holds a CT Irrigation License.









Topics: Spray Equipment Maintenance, JD9-C Spray Gun, Skid Sprayer, Landscaper's Corner, landscaping

Maximize Efficiency: Perform a Mid-Season Spray Equipment Check-Up

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Jun 24, 2016

You have been working hard and your spray equipment has already logged many hours Wipe down spray equipment.jpg
in the field. However, in many parts of the country, busy season has yet to peak. In the crunch of meeting customer demand, it can be easy to place equipment maintenance on the back burner, but this is the one task you can't afford to miss.

Continue to have a successful spray season by performing a spray equipment summer check-up.

We've recently talked about the importance of stocking up on spare parts to keep you up and running when the unexpected breakdown happens. Servicing your sprayer is another way to avoid dreaded downtime. Learn 3 easy tips to keep your sprayer performing at its best all season long:

1. Inspect your equipment for any wear and tear that could potentially affect your application. Pay close attention to strainers and replacement screens as these are often overlooked and can affect spray pressure and output.

2. Calibrate your sprayer to ensure you are applying the right amount of chemical. Proper calibration will also help minimize spray drift and improve the accuracy of your application. Looking for sprayer calibration tips? Check out a couple of our previous blog posts to get you started.

Flushing sprayer with clean water.jpg3. Clean your spray equipment by wiping it down with a clean shop rag. If applicable, check the oil in your pump and engine and replace as necessary. Don't forget to flush the tank with fresh water after every application.

If you'd like us to perform a mid-season check-up, we can certainly help! Contact our friendly Customer Service Technicians to schedule an appointment.


How do you keep your spray equipment in tip-top shape? Share your advice in the comment box below.

Topics: Spray Equipment Maintenance, Sprayer Calibration, sprayer maintenance

Tuesday Spray Tips Video Recap

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, May 27, 2016

Sprayer Depot recently introduced a new video series called “Tuesday Spray Tips”, specifically TuesdaySpraytips_Recap-1-943945-edited.jpgdesigned to share spray equipment information in 30 seconds or less, twice a month. We are so excited about the response to the new videos, we are tipping our hats off to each and every one of our customers who has watched, shared, liked and commented on the videos. Thanks for your support! 

Just in case you’ve missed them, we will share a brief recap every month where you’ll have the opportunity to get caught up and watch the videos. (Or just watch them all over again!)

Let’s take a look at May’s Tuesday Spray Tips videos:

We started off with a short video showcasing one of our recent custom-built sprayers. The Kings Sprayers 200 Gallon Hot Water Pressure Washer Sprayer features a hot water heater making it great for sanitizing and debris removal. It can be used in truck beds, utility vehicles, boats, and trailers. There is no clean up job too difficult for this sprayer! Check it out:

Our next Tuesday Spray Tips video features an inside look at the Hypro Diaphragm Pump D403. This is a very popular pump recommended for spraying herbicides, pesticides, liquid fertilizers and many other hard-to-handle fluids. We also shared 3 maintenance tips to keep your pump in tip-top condition:

Sprayer Depot is a one-stop shop for all your spray equipment needs, which is why we are showcasing our repair and service department in this next video. We take care of your orders and also any maintenance or repairs needed on your equipment. Learn more about getting your repair done through us by watching this video:

The last Tuesday Spray Tip of the month goes over our money-saving deals. We tell you how to snag a big discount on your spray equipment. Want to know how? Watch the video below!

Do you have a suggestion you'd like to see featured as part of our Tuesday Spray Tips? Leave us a comment in the section below. You can also catch more informative videos by visiting our YouTube Channel.

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Topics: Spray Equipment Maintenance, Sprayer Depot, diaphragm pump, spray tips, hot pressure washer sprayer, clearance, Tuesday Spray Tips

It's Time for a Winter Check-up!

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Jan 08, 2016

This has been quite the warm winter for most of our customers. With temperatures breaking all-time January_Sprayer_Checkup.jpgrecord highs in many places, it seems like summer is closer than it should be. It may feel like just yesterday we were emphasizing the importance of winterizing your spray equipment, but with such a mild winter we thought it may be the perfect time for a quick checkup!

Make the most out of the higher than usual January temperatures by checking on your equipment. It’s good to start your sprayer at least once before spring (as long as temperatures are mild) so go ahead and pull that sprayer out of storage and also grab the following items:

  • Pump Oil
  • Engine Oil
  • Clean Rag
  • Fresh Water

Perform a pump and engine oil change. You can find general guidelines on our blog posts: Your Pump Needs an Oil Change Too and Taking Care of Your Sprayer's Honda Engine. However, it is best to always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for your specific model. If you are having trouble locating your product’s manual please give us a call and we’ll be happy to email you a copy or you can always download them from our website.

Next, flush the entire system using clean water, paying special attention to the strainer, tips, booms and hoses for any leaks or damages. Dry off and clean the entire unit using a clean rag.

If temperatures are still freezing then its best to avoid performing any of the above tasks, instead visibly inspect every component of your sprayer for obvious signs of trouble. Any worn-out parts should be promptly replaced.

Before you put your sprayer away, perform the following steps to ensure it's ready for storage:

  • 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 a plastic tarp so that it remains clean

If you need assistance ordering any replacement parts, contact us via a phone call, email or live chat. We're here to help!

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Topics: Spray Equipment Maintenance, Maintenance, spray equipment checklist, Kings Sprayers, sprayer, winter

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

5 Tips to Help You Prepare for Winter

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Mon, Nov 23, 2015

As we write this from our headquarters in Orlando, Fl., where it still feels pretty much like summer with highs in the mid-80s, many of us are really not thinking about winter time. However, we know many of our customers are already dealing with cold weather and even snow. We may not be able to share some of this hot weather with you but we can share some great tips!

Although you may not be ready to winterize your sprayer just yet, there are a few simple steps you can do today to avoid any delays when you are ready to store it for the season. We recommend five tips to help you prepare your spray equipment for the upcoming freezing temperatures. 

  1. Make any necessary repairs: Go through every part of your spray equipment and check for any component that might need to be replaced or repaired. Now is the time to get every part working properly. If you need help with any repair please give us a call to schedule a repair or service appointment. We are happy to help!

  2. Clean the sprayer thoroughly: Grab a clean rag and wipe every inch of your sprayer down. Pay close attention to the inside of the tank and small parts that come in contact with oil or harsh chemicals.
  • Test the battery: If your sprayer's pump runs on battery, like one of our Kings Spot Sprayers*, make sure to test the battery and recharge it as needed. 
  • Inspect your protective gear: Clean your protective gear and check for any damages that might pose a health risk next time you need to wear it.  
  1. Gather product manuals: It is important to follow manufacturer recommendations when servicing your spray equipment, so make sure you are not throwing away the product manuals. When the time comes to winterize you'll have the manual handy to know exactly what you need to do. If you have misplaced your product manuals you can easily find them on our website under each product.  

 Are you ready to store your sprayer? Check out some of our past blog posts for tips on how to properly winterize your sprayer. Also, stay tuned for even more upcoming winterization tips by subscribing to our blog!

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* Can also be wired up to an ATV/Truck.

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