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Three Things That Could Make or Break Your Spray Season

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Apr 14, 2017

When the success of your business relies on your ability to provide uninterrupted service, you don't want to find yourself in a situation where you can't follow through on scheduling commitments. 

Three things that can make or break your business this season: Hypro Control Regulator.jpg

Equipment Breaking On-the-Job: Imagine just pulling in to service a large and important client. You get all set up to begin the day’s work when suddenly your sprayer loses pressure. If only you had an extra pressure regulator on hand to fix your equipment! Keeping your equipment running smoothly is an important part of running any business. By having extra parts on hand you could be preventing an otherwise disastrous day!  

Waiting for a Part to Come: Perhaps you’ve ordered the parts you need to fix your supplies, but now have to await their arrival in the mail. Ground shipping was the most affordable option but heavy spring rain storms have delayed the process. Every day you wait to fix your equipment is one more day that your client is unhappy.  Hypro-Spray-Tip.jpgTry to keep commonly used items on hand. That way you are never caught in a situation which leaves you waiting for parts to come in. For instance, you can never have too much spray hose.  You can cut down on additional wear on your hose by storing it on a reel and keeping these swivel attachments on hand. It's always better to be prepared, so that you aren't wasting valuable time.

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Delayed by the Repair Man: Another way you can lose serious business this season is in the event you have to wait for someone else to make repairs to your equipment for you. Every day that passes in which you have to sub out a repair job, you are losing money. Sometimes repairs can take days or even weeks to complete. Having some basic repair kits on hand can help you keep costly repair time at bay. 

If you're in the Orlando, FL area, you can always bring any needed repairs to our Repair Department. We've got the fastest turn-around time in the business. We'll get you up and running in in no time.

Remember, keeping your business on schedule this season is as easy as making sure you've always got a stockpile of the things you need on hand.  

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Topics: Sprayer Parts, Spray Hose, spray tip, spray season

Quick Guide To Spray Hoses In The Off-Season

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Mar 04, 2015

31038-revised-actual This winter has been no laughing matter. Snow has pounded the Northeast, the groundhog predicted six more weeks of winter (to our dismay), and warrants have been issued for Elsa and Jack Frost. As daylight savings time approaches (March 8, 2015) we’re typically talking about how spray season is on its way. But it seems like there’s no end in sight for this snow

Realizing that each part of the country is impacted by the weather in a different way, we thought it would be fitting to review some off-season inspection tips for hoses. It’s a great idea to conduct an inspection on equipment that has been idle for a while, or stored for a long time. After all, if the spray pump is the heart of the sprayer, then the spray hose must be the arms of the machine.  

Let’s take a look.

It goes without saying that if you store your spray hose inside away from the elements it should last longer. That’s why some even go so far as to remove hoses from equipment that might otherwise be stored outdoors, and choose to store the hoses indoors. Keep in mind that hoses don’t have a set lifespan. The longevity of the product really boils down to how you use it, how it’s stored, etc.

Your spray hose might look good on the outside, but inside it could be disintegrating or deteriorating due to stress or incompatible attachments. Use a flashlight to look inside. Alternatively, your spray hose could look bad on the outside, but appear just fine on the inside. Hoses really should look like new to a certain extent.

  • If the inside of the hose is rough and/or partially collapsed, replace it.
  • If you have to ask yourself whether the hose should be replaced, replace it.
  • If you’re trying to convince yourself that you should keep the hose, replace it.

Now when you’re actually inspecting the spray hose, look for these signs that it’s in need of replacing:

  • Cuts or scrapes
  • Scuffs or rubbed areas
  • Burn marks
  • Kinks
  • Deformation
  • Bubbles
  • Soft spots (due to oil or grease)
  • Dry rot
  • Cracking
  • Bulges
  • Defects
  • Corrosion

To that end, if clamps affixed to the hose are collapsed, rusted, broken, have worn parts such as a screw or band, etc. it’s a good idea to replace these parts as well.

Learn more about why hoses fail in an effort to lengthen the lifespan of this important spray part with our quick guide.

Download the 'Quick Guide: Two Reasons Hoses Fail'

Topics: Sprayer Depot, Sprayer Parts, sprayers, Spray Hose, Industrial Spray Hose, sprayer tips and tricks, spray season

7 Tips to Prepare for Spray Season

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Feb 18, 2015

Spray_SeasonWhile spray season may be the farthest thing from your mind with winter weather in high gear, now is the time to get prepared. Focusing your attention on your spray equipment during the off-season could save you time and money when the season heats up.

We put together 7 Tips to Prepare for Spray Season in an effort to help you create your checklist and well, be prepared. Let’s take a look at a few of the top priorities here. Then, keep scrolling to download the complete guide and checklist at the end of the post.

Restock

Now is the time to check your inventory and restock parts that you know will wear out during the season. With lower demand and savings all around you’re likely to get a better deal on these items now, than you will when the spray season is in full swing. Sprayer parts that tend to wear out often involve the spray pump, so having a pump repair kit on hand could mean you’re only delayed a few hours to repair the part, versus the time it would take for you to purchase the product when you need it most. Other parts may include regulators, spray guns, hoses and fittings. Spray tips can also be a cause for delay, as are worn o-rings, to name a few. Of course, by now the wheels are likely turning and you’re on your way to making that list of parts you typically need in a season. Having these items on hand before it kicks into gear can save you time and money in the long run. After all, you can’t afford to be down in season waiting for parts! 

Recalibrate

I may sound like a nag, but we can’t say it enough – calibrate. It seems like we’re always telling you to calibrate your sprayer and then recalibrate your sprayer, but it’s important to check the gallon-per-acre (GPA) application rate, and well, that can only be done by – you guessed it – calibration. Just make sure you’re using clean water to reduce the risk of contact with chemicals and wear safety equipment. Check out one of the many calibration apps to make the process run more smoothly too.

Re-up

Ok, ok. That’s a funny word, but we’re going with a repetitive theme here. Make sure all of your legal documents and licenses are in order. Some of you are required to meet certain continuing education (CE) hours or take exams, etc. Don’t wait until the last minute to submit your information and ensure your license is sparkling (i.e. in good standing).

For the complete list of tips to prepare you for spray season, download the 7 Tips to Prepare for Spray Season by clicking the button below.

Click HERE to download 7 Tips to Prepare for Spray Season

Topics: spray season

Groundhog Day’s Impact on Spray Season

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Mon, Feb 02, 2015

GroundhogStep right up, folks. It’s Groundhog Day and quite a show for some. Wikipedia tells us, “according to folklore, if it’s cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early. But if it’s sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will persist for six more weeks.” Whether you believe in this folklore or not, it’s hard to tune out the predictions that are blazoned across news sites. After all, these predictions could mean spray season would come sooner, or may be delayed.

We tuned in while Punxsutawney Phil made his annual ‘prediction’ calling for six more weeks of winter. Brr! Let’s take a look at what these scenarios can mean for our industry.

Keep in mind, if the groundhog’s prediction for six more weeks of winter weather is true, that means spray season could be delayed in most parts of the country as snow and ice will likely hinder any chances of planting for our agriculture friends, and continue to keep pests away for those in the pest control industry, to name a few implications. For most of the U.S., the spray season doesn’t typically start until March/April anyway, but with the thought of six more weeks of winter and the impact #Juno had on the Northeast a few weeks ago you can see how we may be looking at an April season, as opposed to starting earlier in March.

However, if Punxsutawney Phil predicts that spring will come early, many in the spray industry will rejoice. With an early spring season, planting could come sooner as grounds have time to thaw and weeds could breath new life meaning our friends in the horticulture field will be spraying before we know it, to name just a few spray season effects. 

February is a great time to prepare for the coming season. Keep an eye out here on our blog for our forthcoming post that will share “Tips for Preparing for Spray Season.” We all have to do it, so a handy checklist can make the process go that much smoother. More on that later… 

Of course, no matter what the groundhog predicts, it’s Mother Nature who will truly predict when spray season will creep up. One thing is for certain - we’ll keep an eye on how this pans out and continue to provide you with resources to stay on top of your game throughout the season. And for those in snow-covered areas, we have some great de-icing sprayers like this Kings Sprayers model.  

Topics: Sprayer Depot, sprayers, sprayer tips and tricks, spray season, groundhog day, de-icing sprayer

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