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Product Highlight: Spray Tips

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Jun 28, 2017

The choice of which spray tip to use is one of the most important considerations before applying a spray application. Hypro flat fan spray tip.jpgTo assure the best possible spray application keep these key factors in mind:

  1. Application rate
  2. Ground speed
  3. Spray width 

Application Rate 

The application rate is a predetermined range that is based on gallons per acre (GPA), that is, the amount of the chemical (in gallons) and the amount of the chemical recommended per acre of application. This range should be listed on the packaging label or can be provided by any Sprayer Depot associate.  Many people base their choice of spray tip on this figure alone but it is not recommended since the GPA is a measurement range under standard conditions only. It doesn't take into account other changes or contributing variables that may also be factors.  

Ground Speed

Ground speed is a measurement of the speed in miles per hour (mph) that the ground can be sprayed. The tractor or other equipment used to spray the ground often has a range of average speeds. The range which is generally accepted is between three and seven miles per hour.

Spray Width 

Every spray tip has a corresponding effective spray width, based on the shape of the tip and pattern of spray delivery. There are three basic spray styles that typically use specific patterns of delivery or distribution:

  • Broadcast Spraying - commonly uses the flat, fan pattern type nozzles and is the most common type of spray nozzle used 
  • Band Spraying - the cone shaped nozzle is most often used for band spraying due to the wider coverage this nozzle provides 
  • Row Crop Spraying - flooding nozzles are ideal since they are wind-tolerant and best suited for low pressure spraying of large areas

Some of our most popular spray tip manufacturers are Hypro and TeeJet and we also offer a wide selection of from Udor and Green Garde (replacement tips for the JD9-C High Pressure Spray Gun).  Take a look at the very handy Hypro and TeeJet info sheets that are included in this guide to help you determine the correct nozzle type. For more information on selecting the right spray tip for your job, talk to one of our experienced Customer Service Technicians or check out our website at http://www.sprayerdepot.com

 

Topics: Hypro, spray tips, Spray Nozzles, Teejet

What No One Will Tell You About Spray Nozzles

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Apr 28, 2017

The topic of spray nozzles is an important one for spray applicators and one that's often underappreciated. While spray nozzles may be Hypro-Spray-Tip.jpgamong the least expensive inventory items on your shelf, they are among the most important in the application of chemicals. Since they have a huge effect on the accuracy and efficiency of each spray application, it's important to include them in your equipment maintenance plans and replace them on a regular basis.

When to Change Nozzles

Nozzles come in a variety of materials including stainless steel, ceramic, and polyacetal.  Nozzles will wear out at different rates depending on their use and spray solution. For example, stainless steel nozzles wear almost twice as fast as polyacetal nozzles.  Make sure to check the label of the chemical solution to check for compatible nozzle material.

Another important consideration is the change in spray applications. It's not likely that the same nozzle will work well for all applications. 

Nozzles should be routinely inspected for any visible wear-and-tear. If you're observing an interruption in the intended spray pattern, it's most likely an indicator that it's time for a new nozzle. 

According to Pentair-Hypro, nozzles should be replaced "if the flow from a nozzle varies more than 10% above or below the average of all the nozzles or the factory stated flow at 40 psi."

Help With Selecting the Right Spray Tip

These helpful selection guides published by Hypro and Teejet (respectively) are excellent tools to help determine which spray tip to use. 

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To read more about spray nozzles, check out our previous blog on this topic. 

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Topics: Hypro, spray equipment, spray tips, Teejet

Real People. Real Reviews.

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Mon, Dec 12, 2016

Customer satisfaction is one of our top priorities, and we strive to "WOW" people by exceeding expectations. Customer feedback is so important to usbecause it provides insights that can help us improve our product offerings, pricing, and the overall customer experience. We credit our high customer satisfaction to our diligent attention to customer feedback.

We treat all of our customers fairly and with the utmost respect. Whether they purchased a complete sprayer unit or a single spray tip, customer satisfaction is one of our main goals.

In this post we want to share some real reviews from real customers. Like a large pepperoni pizza, good news is even better when shared.

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Do you have some feedback to share with our team? Use the comment box below. 

Topics: sprayers, spray tips, customer service, Reviews

Everything You Need to Know About Spray Nozzles

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, Nov 29, 2016

If you’re trying to decide which type of nozzle to use for a particular spray application, there are a number of factors you need to take into account. With a little research, you can become an expert on this topic. Here are a few of the most common types of spray nozzles, and some information regarding when they’re appropriate for use. Remember, the cost of replacing nozzles is minor compared to the effects of poor spraying, so make sure to choose wisely.

Cone Nozzles

Cone nozzles come in two basic variations - hollow cone and full cone.

Full cone nozzles produce large droplets that reduce drift and are typically used for directed spraying and other specialty applications such as chemical processing or dust control.

Hollow cone nozzles produce finely atomized droplets in a hollow cone, making them an excellent choice for fungicide and insecticide application. 

Flat Fan Nozzles

Flat fan nozzles shoot out a fan-shaped jet in an inverted “V” pattern commonly referred to as a tapered spray. Deposition is heaviest at the center of the pattern and dissipates Hypro flat fan spray tip.jpgtoward the outer edge. This is a general spray tip commonly used for broadcast applications, herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides. 

Adjustable Nozzles

Adjustable nozzles can be used when spraying requirements are anticipated to vary. The ConeJet spray tips have two settings on them representing different spray patterns: the first is labeled ConeJet-adjustable spray tip.jpgas setting "A" and results in a spray that allows for a wide angle and atomized cone spray, and the second is labeled as "B" and results in a straight stream spray. These nozzles are an excellent option if you think you might need more than one type of nozzle. 

Accessories

There are various accessories that can help make a nozzle assembly more efficient. For example, spray tip strainers help to protect spray performance and productivity with precision straining at the spray tip, and can also prevent leakage when the tip is not in use. 

Brands 

Our wide selection of spray nozzles, tips, and accessories includes products from a variety of top manufacturers, including:

  • Hypro
  • Teejet
  • Udor

Check out our selection to see our complete inventory. 

Want to learn more? Read this helpful blog post, Nozzles 101 published earlier this year or check out this resource from Teejet, A User's Guide to Spray Nozzles.

 

Topics: spray tips, Spray Nozzles, Teejet

Beginner's Guide: How to Complete Your Fall Sprayer Maintenance

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Nov 23, 2016

It's that time of year again...the leaves are falling, the temperatures areKings Sprayer Maintenance.jpg dropping and for many, it's time to put the spray equipment away for the winter months. It's the ideal time to perform preventive maintenance and put together a checklist (don't worry, we've got one you can download by clicking the button at the end of this post) for an annual maintenance plan.

Fall Sprayer Maintenance in 5 Easy Steps

  1. Check spray tips for wear and tear, and replace as necessary. Spray tips don't last forever! You can read more about how to tell when it's time to replace them in this blog post we published earlier this year.
  2. Change the oil in your pump, gearbox and engine. Consult your manufacturer’s recommendations on appropriate fluid changes.
  3. Flush the pump and tank with clean water and make sure to dry them using a clean rag.
  4. Remove any debris from the strainer and flush it with water. A clean and properly sealed strainer will allow proper flow to the pump and contribute to a longer pump life.
  5. Remember to calibrate your sprayer before storing it. Follow the steps outlined here for more information on how to perform a calibration.

We recommend the use of a Maintenance Checklist to keep track of each maintenance task. To help you get started, we have created a Sprayer Seasonal Maintenance Checklist that lists all components that need to be serviced daily, weekly, quarterly and semi-annually. It also includes a winterizing checklist! Check it out:

Download the Sprayer Seasonal Maintenance Checklist

 

Topics: Kings Sprayers, spray tips, fall tips, fall sprayer maintenance

Spraying Fruit Trees? Reduce Pesticide Spray Drift With These Tips

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Jul 15, 2016

Minimize Pesticide Spray Drift With These Tips  

Pest damage is perhaps the most pressing concern among fruit growers and effective control measures can be difficult to determine. While many great pesticide products are available, getting the maximumPesticideS pray Drift value from each one poses a challenge because of spray drift. Spray drift occurs when pesticide product spreads from the site of initial application. Drift can cause pesticides to land on sites that do not require application and results in a diminished amount of product collecting on the affected site. Expensive pesticide products end up wasted and deliver spotty results, if any.

Three basic strategies should always be kept in mind:

Good strategies can minimize the drift associated with pesticide spraying. Novice and experienced fruit tree technicians will find these tips valuable.

Start With Great Training

Learning the correct way to use pesticide spray equipment is the first and perhaps most important strategy of all. Although spraying might look simple to do, knowing how to prepare the product, handle the equipment, and apply the spray dramatically effects the end result. Take the time to train all tree care team members in the correct use of pesticide products, spray tips, and other items. Newer backpack and handheld sprayer models in particular have many features that even experienced technicians may be unfamiliar with. Speaking with one of our knowledgeable Customer Service Technicians can be beneficial. 

Develop a Maintenance Plan and Stick to it

Spray equipment must be maintained in order to perform correctly. Most professionals conduct daily and annual maintenance checks of spray equipment. Determine what needs to be done before and after using spray equipment, and train associates in the correct procedures. Check out this blog post for more information about sprayer maintenance.

End-of-season and pre-season maintenance should also be conducted. Hoses, nozzles, gaskets, and seals may need to be replaced from time to time. Keep a supply of these common sprayer parts and accessories on hand to facilitate effective maintenance.

Monitor and Calibrate Equipment

Electronic monitoring equipment like flow meters can provide valuable data regarding sprayer operation. Pressure and other operational factors can contribute to pesticide drift; utilize data monitors to track equipment operation and identify patterns indicative of poor operation. From there, calibrate equipment to improve performance. This may need to be done more than once throughout the spraying season.

The Experts Are Here to Help

We specialize in sprayers of all kinds and our team is here to help you with every aspect of sprayer-related questions. With available same-day shipping, live customer support, and loads of product information, we aim to be your preferred source for sprayers and sprayer parts.

 

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Topics: Strainers, Sprayer Parts, sprayers, spray tips, parts, nozzles

Spray Equipment: Spray Nozzles 101

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Jun 29, 2016

Nozzles may be small, but they play a critical role in the application of chemicals. Learn all about spray nozzles.pngSelecting the proper size and type of nozzle is an essential step to determine the amount of spray applied to an area. Use the wrong nozzle, and you may over or under spray the solution which will result in an ineffective application.

A few questions that will help you make the best nozzle selection for your particular application include:

1. What's your application type? (i.e., agricultural, pest control, lawn & landscape, etc.)

2. What's the predetermined distribution pattern? (i.e., broadcast, banded, stream, etc.)

3. What's the recommended droplet size?

4. What type of nozzle material is needed to avoid corrosion?

Let's go over a couple of key elements you can apply to answer the questions above:

Application Rate

Consider nozzle orifice size, operating pressure, nozzle spacing and nozzle speed to determine the application rate. A couple of tips to keep in mind include:
  • The smaller the orifice, the smaller the droplet size
  • Small droplets are subject to more drift and evaporation than larger ones
  • Dense areas require higher pressure for the droplet to reach its target
  • Measuring pressure at the boom is the most efficient way to test actual pressure rate
  • Take into account the angle of the spray tips and their height to space the nozzles at an appropriate distance
  • The faster the speed of the application the less solution applied and vice-versa

Pattern Distribution

The pattern distribution should offer accurate coverage when using the appropriate nozzle. The three most common nozzle distribution patterns are:

1. Flat fan pattern nozzles: Ideal for broadcasting application, flat fan are the most widely used pattern nozzles. Hypro offers a wide selection of flat fan pattern nozzles; browse our extensive inventory by clicking here.

2. Cone pattern nozzles: Best suited for banded application but can also be used for broadcasting application. Cone pattern nozzles are particularly useful when spraying crops as they provide better coverage.

3. Flooding nozzles: Perfect for applications where wind-tolerant nozzles are needed. Use flooding nozzles when spraying at lower pressures with a large droplet to minimize drift.

Nozzle Material

Nozzles come in a wide variety of materials such as polyacetal, ceramic, stainless steel or PVDF. Depending on their use and spray solution, nozzles will wear out at different rates. Always check the label of the chemical solution to check for compatible nozzle material. Also, pay close attention to any specific cleaning or maintenance requirement to keep nozzles clean.

Hypro and TeeJet are among our most popular manufacturers of high quality nozzles. They also have many educational resources that can help make the selection process a bit easier for you. Check out these two simple selection guides that will help you identify the correct nozzle:

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If you are looking to learn more about nozzles and tips, please visit our previous post 3 Keys to Selecting the Right Spray Tip.

If you still have questions regarding what spray nozzle you should use, contact one of our knowledgeable Customer Service Technicians.

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Topics: Hypro, Sprayer Parts, pest control, spray tips, Spray Nozzles, spray nozzle, spray tip guide, nozzle selection guide, spray nozzle selection, Teejet

3 Easy Tips to Plan for Sprayer Parts

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Jun 22, 2016

In the middle of busy season, you can’t afford to waste time. Planning for extra parts ahead of time isSprayer_Depot_Customer_Testimonial.jpg a crucial step to keep your operation running smoothly all summer. Avoid unhappy customers, loss of revenue and unplanned expenses by having extra spray parts on hand.

Our team of knowledgeable Customer Service Technicians can help you get the parts you need FAST with a simple phone call, email or chat. For easy convenience, you can also place your order on our website; it's always available and easy to navigate, which helps to keep you going throughout the entire spraying season.

When you can't afford to wait for extra parts to arrive, it pays to be prepared. So, how can you plan for unexpected downtime? Follow these 3 steps to help you identify which parts are key to your business.

1) Make a List: List all of your spray equipment, sprayer parts, and accessories that are critical to your everyday tasks. This should include all sprayers, nozzles,tips, spray guns, hose, hose reel, truck or other transporting vehicle, and other components. A list is an easy way to identify key equipment.

2) Check Inventory: Go over your current stockpile and use your list from step 1 to verify that you have the appropriate spare parts on hand. A few common parts to always keep readily available include:
  1. Spray tips and nozzles
  2. Strainer
  3. Strainer gasket and seal
  4. Spray guns
  5. O-ring kit
  6. Spray hose
  7. Hose fittings
  8. Diaphragm repair kit
  9. Extra pump
3) Stock-up: Restock standard parts you know will eventually wear out. Consider this part of your spray equipment maintenance plan. Stocking up on spare parts can make all the difference when an issue arises. You will be glad when all it takes is a simple repair to keep you up and running.

Click HERE to Order Spray Tips, Strainers, Agitators and More!
Which parts do you keep on hand for repairs? Tell us your answer in the comment box below. Looking for even more information on building your own "emergency kit"? Read our previous post for ideas!

Topics: Strainers, Sprayer Parts, sprayers, spray tips, parts, nozzles

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

Safe Handling of Pesticides: Tips for Applicators

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, May 11, 2016

Pesticides are widely used across the industries we serve. They offer protection against pests that SAFE_HANDLING_OF_PESTICIDES.jpgtransmit diseases which can harm crops, plants, humans and pets. There are many different types of pesticides such as herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides. Each is quite effective at controlling pests when used appropriately. 

Handling pesticides safely can have a huge impact on the efficacy of your application. There are, however, risks involved when using any type of chemicals. The applicator responsible for spraying the solution must be properly trained on how to handle, transport, mix, apply, and store these chemicals.

The University of Georgia College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Cooperative Extension Service has made available a thorough guide on handling pesticides. At Sprayer Depot, we’ve done the homework for you. Read below for our quick recap on Safe Handling of Pesticides.

Transportation

  • Chemicals should never be transported in the passenger compartment of a vehicle.
  • Ensure chemicals are properly secured to prevent spillage.
  • Never transport pesticides with other items that could become contaminated such as livestock or groceries.
  • A “Hazardous Materials” placard and other labels should be clearly attached to commercial pesticide transporters.

Mixing and Loading

  • Keep soap and fresh water handy in a designated spot before you start so you can quickly wash up if pesticide spills or splashes.
  • Always read the label first and pay close attention to the warnings.
  • Wear personal protective equipment as stated on the label before handling the pesticides.
  • Mix concentrated pesticides below eye level preferably keeping the container below the waist.
  • Ensure your back is to the wind to avoid any fumes or pesticides blowing on you.
  • Always use a stir stick to stir chemicals.
  • Pesticide should always be poured first into a different container to dilute it according to instructions before it’s added to the sprayer tank.
  • Make sure the spray tank doesn’t overflow.
  • Never mix more thank you need.

Application 

  • Always read the label and follow the instructions specified for the pesticide.
  • Ensure you are wearing the required PPE.
  • Use the correct spray equipment for the application.
  • Nozzles, hose, valves, seals, and strainers should all be properly serviced and tested for leaks.
  • The sprayer should be accurately calibrated.
  • Monitor the weather and check wind direction to avoid spraying upwind from sensitive crops, homes or other areas.
  • Use drift control spray tips.
  • Always empty a tank by spraying the entire contents onto the vegetation or another area for which it was intended. 
Storage
  • Always store pesticides out of reach of children and pets.
  • Never store pesticides near food, feed or seed.
  • Store pesticides in their original containers with labels clearly visible. 
  • The building or room where pesticides are stored should be locked and only accessible by trained applicators.
  • Never store diluted pesticides in sprayers.
  • Store pesticides in a location away from freezing temperatures or extreme heat. 

For more in-depth information on handling pesticides, please read the complete guide by clicking here. Share your tips on proper use of pesticides in the comment box below.

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Topics: sprayer, pest control, spray tips, Pesticide Applicators, pesticides, PPE, University of Georgia

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