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Why Fixing Small Problems with Spray Equipment Now Beats Tackling Big Problems Later On!

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Oct 06, 2017

Like all machinery and equipment, regular use of spray equipment over time results in normal wear and tear. However, it is also true that regular maintenance and simple repairs or adjustments that are done when needed, prolongs the life and the proper functioning of your machinery and spray equipment. Oftentimes, the minor issues that are left untended, and the lack of routine maintenance of your spray equipment result in major problems that are not only far more costly, but also can have a huge impact on the overall efficiency of your business. Without regular maintenance, minor problems can even develop into or cause additional issues that might require complete replacement of your equipment.

To circumvent these potential problems, we suggest regular check-ups of your spray equipment for issues, and more importantly... fixing any of the minor problems that arise promptly before they become major problems! The following is a helpful summary of some basic maintenance tips that you can use as a reference:

  • Clean and flush all sprayer equipment after use. This very basic (and very simple) rule of thumb could save you from a host of problems that could develop from equipment that may become clogged or damaged from fluids. Flushing your strainer is essential too in order to prevent loss of pressure and contamination.  
  • Perform a routine check of your spray tipsChecking your spray tips for any damage can really save you a lot of time and energy Hypro flat fan spray tip.jpgin the long run and is a cinch to do with nothing more than a visual inspection. If you notice any damage, replace the tip as soon as possible. 
  • Check your oil levels. It is a smart idea to regularly check your oil levels in your gearbox, pump and engine. If they are low, fill to the appropriate levels. 
  • Calibrate your sprayer before storing it. Before putting your sprayer away, make sure to calibrate it to ensure it is delivering the proper application rate. 

With basic maintenance of your spray equipment, you can enjoy trouble-free use and efficiency for much longer and without accruing excess costs. To make your maintenance even easier for you, we've compiled a printable step by step guide which you can download here! As always, if you have any questions or need some technical assistance, our Customer Service Technicians are always available to help! 

Topics: Winterizing Spray Equipment, spray equipment, spray tip

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.

At Sprayer Depot, it's our top priority to help reduce your downtime. That's why we offer SAME DAY SHIPPING for all orders placed by 5:00 p.m. (ET). Guaranteed!  

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

3 Keys to Selecting the Right Spray Tip

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Thu, May 28, 2015

hypro_spraytipSpray tips are important, but these small components happen to be an often-overlooked part of a sprayer. With so many options on the market it’s no wonder that you might feel overwhelmed with choices. However, the benefits of finding the right tip for your application will pay in spades in the long run. Determining which spray nozzle is best for your needs depends on a variety of factors, including the type of spray application and your sprayer equipment.

An appropriate spray tip can do the following:

  •       Reduces off target spray
  •       Provides more control to improve coverage
  •       Means you save money
  •       Best for the environment
  •       Means you complete your spray job faster

So there’s a reason why there are so many different types of spray tips in tons of sizes, capacities and materials. To get started, you should identify your needs. This first step will guide you to a narrower field of nozzle options. For instance, are you trying to reduce spray drift? Do you need a wide pressure range? What would you change about the nozzle you’ve used most recently? Do you want better coverage? Once you’ve identified your needs, then follow these three keys to selecting the right spray tip.

1. Determine Flow Rate (gpm): You’ll need to identify the application volume (gpa), travel speed (mph) and nozzle spacing in inches (w) to find the right flow rate. Your calculation may look something like this: 

Flow Rate (gpm) = Volume x Speed x Nozzle Spacing
                                                   5,940 

Check out the Hypro SprayIT Calculator – it’s a helpful reference guide, or TeeJet’s nozzle selection guide

2. Select the Right Nozzle: With that information on hand you’ll have a better idea of the type of nozzle needed and can follow the manufacturer’s chart to identify the model that will work best for your needs.

Keep in mind that nozzles come in different materials. Brass resists corrosion from corrosive chemicals, plastic will not corrode and resist abrasion, stainless steel offer good corrosion resistance and are best suited for high pressures, aluminum are easily corroded by some fertilizers, and ceramic are highly resistant to abrasion and corrosion.

3. Calibrate and Adjust: After you’ve installed the new spray tip, calibrate your sprayer. This determines the amount of spray volume applied per acre. Also keep in mind that when you’re on a job, the spray pressure output of you sprayer may differ from the charts. You can adjust for this by determining the amount of pressure at the nozzle and then subtracting or adding pressure from your main gauge to compensate and ensure that you’re getting the desired output needed.

Have other suggestions to selecting the right spray tip for your needs? Maybe you’re a fan of simply calling our Customer Service Technicians to determine the right product or perhaps you have a specific brand you prefer. Either way, we’d love to hear what work best for you. Leave a comment below.

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Topics: spray tips, Spray Nozzles, spray tip, spray tip selection, sprayer nozzle, spray tip calculator, spray tip selector, drift control spray tip, Sprayer Nozzles, spray nozzle, spray tip guide, nozzle selection guide, spray nozzle selection

Hypro’s Spray Nozzle Selection Simplified

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Oct 15, 2014

We’re always looking for ways to make spray nozzle selection easier and we’ve shared some tips of the trade in past posts right here on our blog. With new advances in technology and an ever-evolving line-up of options, we couldn’t resist sharing this Spray Nozzle Selection Guide and helpful information from our friends at Hypro.

Consider this. When selecting nozzles it’s easy to determine what droplet and flow rate you need, but what happens when the chemical you are spraying changes? Does that change the nozzle you should be using?

Hypro has developed a simple set of tools that will help steer you to the correct nozzle technology while considering multiple tank mix characteristics. The Spray Nozzle Selection Guide will walk you through a series of questions to identify the correct nozzle, including:

  • What and when are you spraying?
  • Are you using an adjuvant, and if so, what type?
  • In your chemical Contact or Systemic?
  • Is your primary concern drift or coverage?
Hypro's Spray Nozzle Guide

Nozzle Selection Guide

From there you’ll determine which of six nozzles are best for your application. Choices include Hi-Flow and ESI Six Stream, which are best for Fertilizer Plant Nutrients. Those spraying Herbicides and doing Weed Control would be served best with the Ultra Lo-Drift, Guardian or GuardianAir nozzle types, according to the guide. Rounding out the bunch are the Insecticide/Fungicide Plant Health needs that are best suited by using the Guardian, GuardianAir or GuardianAir Twin nozzles.

Interested in more? Hypro’s Spray Tip Guide digs further into the subject, providing technical details to support your selection. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Why different nozzles should be used when changing what you spray
  • How do adjuvants effect nozzle selection
  • When does using a Contact or Systemic chemical change your nozzle selection
If you still have questions regarding what spray nozzle you should use, contact one of Sprayer Depot's knowledgeable Customer Service Technicians.

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How To Manage Spray Drift in 5 Easy Steps

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Aug 27, 2014

Kings SprayerImagine you’re applying pesticides using a backpack sprayer. Or, just the same, you’re spraying from a truck using a tank, pump and hose to apply chemicals. Maybe you’re using a boom setup. For that matter, you could even be piloting an airplane and in each situation the definition of spray drift is the same.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency: “pesticide drift is the movement of pesticide dust or droplets through the air at the time of application or soon after, to any site other than the area intended.”

We’re all aware of those two dreaded words: Spray Drift. While the repercussions of it vary for each industry and application type, the definition and solutions to manage spray drift are similar. In many of these scenarios above the issue with spray drift can lead to spotty pest control, wasted chemicals, off-target damage, water and air quality issues and higher costs. That last one really hurts. As the public becomes more aware of pesticide concerns, and regulators are quick to slap fines, spray drift management from that standpoint is vital to our livelihood.

Much like you take precautions to protect yourself with your work attire by making sure to wear proper clothing, eye protection and closed-toe shoes, you should also consider these five steps to manage spray drift from Sprayer Depot.

  1. Avoid spraying when weather conditions are unfavorable. I know, I know. You’ve heard this time and time again that weather affects spray drift. It’s true though and often times we get so caught up in our day-to-day that we ignore this important factor. Think about the day’s conditions as it relates to wind, temperature and humidity, air stability, etc. Know your product labels well and understand these requirements, even for wind velocity. Make adjustments accordingly. It may, even on the extreme end, require you to reschedule that day’s work. Also think about how droplet size factors into the weather issue. Large droplets are less likely to drift in general because they fall more quickly, evaporate more slowly and are less affected by the wind given their size. We like that.
  2. Consider using buffer zones. This aspect is becoming more important given label requirements these days. These "no spray zones" serve as a barrier to protect sensitive areas and vary greatly for each landscape, equipment and application type. Design of a buffer area depends on variables like spray method, wind, chemical type and the type of sensitive area that you’re trying to avoid. In general there is not a one-size-fits-all rule.
  3. Try new technologies like drift reduction nozzles. We recently spoke to Mark Techler with Hypro & SHURflo Ag and Industrial Pumps and Accessories in a recent blog post about drift control spray tips. He explained that these drift control spray tips “use air induction to produce air filled droplets, which dramatically reduce drift compared to conventional tips.” He went on to share the benefits of this new tech and offered up the Hypro SprayIT Calculator as a resource the next time your considering one of these new parts.
  4. Lower spray (boom) heights. It makes sense. The higher the boom, and thus the spray nozzle, are above the target, the more likely that wind will move droplets away from the intended area. Your nozzle label will offer a recommendation on nozzle height, which can serve as a good starting point to adjust the boom height. However, often those recommendations for nozzle height are much higher than optimum on large application equipment traveling at higher speeds. Of course, you want to ensure the boom isn’t too low, which can create uneven patterns. A 1:1 boom height has generally been the standard, but some recommend getting a tad closer so we recommend using the manufacturer recommendation as a starting point and working down from there – take into account your unique landscape and spray mechanics. 
  5. Use lower pressures.  In general, the concept that we’ve all heard is to use lower pressures, which result in larger droplets. However, in today’s application world this method might need some adjusting given the new technologies with drift control spray nozzles. With the design of some drift control spray nozzles that introduce air induction, these tips will create a drop in pressure while still producing larger droplets. 

Your actions can affect spray drift. After all, you CAN control the equipment you use and the field conditions you spray. So while you may not have control over the weather or even the neighboring property, you can be empowered by these 5 easy steps to manage spray drift and you have the opportunity to educate your team, too.

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6 Reasons Why You Need Drift Control Spray Tips

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Jul 16, 2014

Contributed by Guest Blogger: Mark Techler, Factory Representative - Hypro & SHURflo Ag and Industrial Pumps and Accessories
Hypro air inducing spray tip


Spray tips
are the smallest and most overlooked components of a sprayer. Drift control spray tips use air induction to produce air filled droplets, which dramatically reduce drift compared to conventional tips. Here are the benefits: 

  1. Reduce off target spray. Your neighbors don’t want your ag chemicals on their property.
  2. Improve efficacy. It is estimated that 30% of conventionally sprayed droplets drift off target, land on the ground, or evaporate (leaving the active ingredient inert). Reduce that drift to 2% and achieve better results.
  3. Improve coverage. Air filled droplets stick to their target while conventional droplets may bounce off. When the air bubbles break the surface tension of the droplet, the spray material becomes more dispersed on the target.  
  4. Improve spray quality. The chemical label shows a droplet size category, which can vary from extremely fine to ultra coarse, at which the product must be applied for optimum results. Air induction tips produce more consistent droplet diameters than conventional tips.
  5. Save money. With improved efficacy and coverage you may require less chemical and less water to finish the job. With improved efficacy and coverage likely you will only need to spray once, saving money and time.
  6. Be environmentally responsible. Keep herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, and fertilizers confined to their targets and out of drinking water supplies and the aquifer.

Before you buy any spray tips, it is also important to know:

  1. Your spray technique: broadcast or banding
  2. Sprayer speed (in mph)
  3. Tip spacing (20 inches, etc.)
  4. Application rate (from chemical label)
  5. Spray tip flow rate (GPA or GPM)
  6. Spray pattern: flat fan or cone
  7. Spray quality (fine, medium, coarse, etc. from chemical label)

Armed with this information, use the Hypro SprayIT Calculator to select drift reduction tips. Hypro has designed this online calculator to make it easy to select the proper spray tip for your application. Given the information we just covered, all you need to do is select the type of application and input your specific application data and the calculator with do the rest.

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7 Important Things You Need To Know About Selecting a Spray Tip

Posted by Marketing Manager on Mon, May 06, 2013

spray tip selectionContributed by guest blogger:  Mark Techler, Techler & Associates

To be effective, a pesticide must be aplied properly. 

When selecting the right spray tip for the job, it's imperative to fully read the pesticide or chemical label and heed instructions regarding tip type recommendation, application rate, spray quality and environmental restrictions. Then, consider the following 7 important factors:

  1. Determine which type of spraying technique to use, "Broadcast" or "Banding":  Broadcast spraying refers to a method of dispensing a pesticide or chemical over a nonlocalized area. Band spraying is defined as applying a pesticide or chemical on planted rows or the soil between rows (depending on the spray application).

  2. Determine sprayer speed: The forward speed of the sprayer shoud be measured accurately. Speed can be determined by identifying how long it takes to drive a measured distance. Radar or ultrasound sensors should be calibrated after installation or servicing. Wheel-driven speedometers should be calibrated whenever the driving surface changes (for example, after cultivation of a crop).                                                                                                                                                                                                         sprat tip serlection                                                                                           

  3. Select the application rate from the pesticide/chemical label: Read the pesticide or chemical label carefully to determine an appropriate spray application rate. 

  4. Determine the necessary flow rate for the spray tip, or use the application rate chart for the desired tip

  5. Select the pattern type:  

     Spray Pattern Type Description
    Flat Fan Pattern                             spray tip selection Available as a tapered spray for boom applications or an even spray for single tip applications. They have an elliptical orifice, which produces a narrow oval pattern. 
     
    Deflect Pattern

     spray tip selection

    Also known as anvil or flood tips; deflect tips produce a wide-angled flat pattern. These tips generally produce a coarse, even spray.
    Cone Pattern
    spray tip selection
    These spray tips produce either a solid circular (full cone tips) or a hollow circular footprint (hollow cone tips). Full cones are ideal for spot spraying, whereas hollow cones are used on air-assisted sprayers and directed sprays. 
  6. Select the tip size and pressure that provides the desired flow rate and application rate

  7. Check the spay quality tables to ensure the spray tip and pressure create the required droplet spectrum: An important performance characteristic of a spray tip is both the size and the variation of droplets or spray quality. The American Society of Agrcultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) developed the ASABE S572.1 standard to measure and interpret spray quality from tips. See it now by clicking the button below:

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