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A Countdown of the 5 Most Popular Products in 2016

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Thu, Dec 29, 2016

We sell a lot products at Sprayer Depot. As a matter of fact, there are tens of thousands of items in our inventory.

With one of the largest in-stock inventories in the spray equipment industry, we frequently get asked for product recommendations, and to identify which specific products are most popular. So we've compiled a list of Sprayer Depot's five most popular products of 2016. While a few of these may be expected, we think you may be a little surprised at what made the list. 

A Countdown of Sprayer Depot's Five Most Popular Products in 2016

  • #5: Kicking off our countdown with the 5th most popular product is the Kings Sprayers KS100P7027-Kings Sprayers.jpg100 Gallon Skid Sprayer. This multipurpose sprayer can be used in truck beds, boats, trailers or utility vehicles. An added bonus is that it's one of our QuickShip® sprayers, which means it's in stock and will ship the SAME day *Order must be placed by 12:00 p.m. (ET) for same day shipping.
  • #4: The 4th most popular product is the Hypro D30 Diaphragm Kit. d30 kit.jpgAs its name suggests, this kit is used to replace the diaphragms on the Hypro D30 Pump. Check out our YouTube channel to watch an instructional video with step-by-step instructions on how to do this repair.
  • #3: In the #3 spot is the Hypro D30 Diaphragm Pump. This ever-popular pump is ideal for use on small to medium-sized sprayers. It is featured on many Kings Sprayers models. 
  • #2: The 2nd most popular product of 2016 is the GXD30 "pump/engine combo". This engine assembly is effective when spraying herbicides, pesticides, liquid fertilizers, and many other hard-to-handle fluids.

Thank you for helping to make Sprayer Depot the #1 choice for spray equipment. We appreciate your business and look serving you in the new year.

Topics: JD9-C Spray Gun, spray equipment, Kings Sprayers, sprayer, spray gun

Test Your Spray Equipment IQ

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, Jun 14, 2016

How much do you know about spray equipment and spray application? Do you consider yourself an Spray_I.Q-2.jpgexpert or a beginner? If you are up for the challenge, why not test your knowledge on all things sprayers by taking our quiz? Go ahead, it's quick, easy, and the answer key is right below. 

1. Standard Boom Sizes are:

a) 4’, 6’, 8’, 10’

b) 4’, 8’, 12’, 18’

c) 2’, 4’, 8’, 12’

d) 3’, 6’, 9’, 12’

2. What’s the standard boom spacing:

a) 10 inch

b) 20 inch

c) 30 inch

d) None of the above

3. A spray hose “ID” stands for:

a) Identifier

b) Internal Dimension

c) Inside Diameter

d) Industrial Design

4. How often should you flush your spray pump:

a) Once every six months

b) After every use

c) Twice a month

d) Once a month

5. Which might be a sign that you need to replace your pressure switch:

a) Loss of pressure

b) Pump wont shut off

c) Switch leaks

d) All of the above

6. What’s the optimum boom nozzle height for 80 degree spray tips:

a) 30 inch

b) 40 inch

c) 50 inch

d) 60 inch

7. What’s the optimum boom nozzle height for 110 degree spray tips:

a) 10 inch

b) 20 inch

c) 40 inch

d) 60 inch

8. A hose “OD” stands for:

a) Outer Diameter

b) Outside Dose

c) Outside Dimension

d) None of the above

9. Sprayer calibration includes which of the following:

a) Checking strainers 

b) Checking lines  

c) Checking pumps  

d) All of the above

10. Nozzles should be cleaned with:

a) Detergent

b) Water

c) Alcohol

d) None of the above

Good luck! Check your answers here:

Answer Key

1. B
2. B
3. C
4. B
5. D
6. A
7. B
8. A
9. D
10. B

How well did you do? Let us know in the comment section below!

 

Topics: spray equipment, Sprayer Depot, sprayer, quiz

Get The Right Sprayer For The Job

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Mon, Jun 13, 2016

There are many options in the marketplace when it comes to sprayers. Depending on your industry, Kings Sprayers.jpgdeciding which options and features to include can quickly get confusing.

However, choosing the right sprayer for your job should not be a daunting task. Whether you are jsut starting out in a new business or you are a seasoned spray applicator, there are a few things you should consider before buying new equipment. You should start by answering a couple of questions to help you determine the sprayer that best fits your needs:

  • What are you spraying? (Trees? Lawns? Golf Course?)  
  • Will you be spraying by hand or using a vehicle? 
  • What type of vehicle are you using to transport the sprayer? 
  • What chemicals are you applying?
  • How big or small is the area you are spraying?

Once you've got answers to these questions, consider the following options:

Skid Sprayers

These sprayers are usually mounted in the back of pickup trucks or utility vehicles. Skid sprayers are popular among pest control operators and landscapers because the sprayer can easily be transported from site to site.

2-Wheel Sprayers

2-Wheel sprayers are often used when the sprayer is pulled by an ATV or another type of vehicle. They are great for large areas such as golf courses and sports fields, where a pickup truck or walking is not suitable. 

4-Wheel sprayers

Since they are easy to maneuver, 4-Wheel sprayers are typically preferred by customers who are in need of a sprayer they can pull by hand. Due to the pivoting front axle and T-handle, these sprayers are ideal for use in tight areas such as greenhouses or nurseries where the sprayer can be pulled along by hand and the operator can spray hard-to-reach locations.

3-Point Hitch Sprayers

3-Point Hitch sprayers are perfect for customers who plan to hitch the sprayer to a tractor in order to spray large areas like golf courses, athletic fields, crop fields, pastures and lawns. Large areas can be sprayed, without the spray applicator having to leave the cab. Booms or boomless nozzles can be attached, depending on the application.

Spot Sprayers

Spot sprayers are the ideal equipment for spraying along fences, keeping weeds at bay and spraying other hard to reach places. They are designed to tackle smaller areas while providing more gallon capacity and a more reliable application than hand-held or backpack sprayers. 

Kings Sprayers® has been building high quality commercial sprayers for more than 30 years. Made in the USA and based in Orlando, FL, every sprayer is built from the ground up, using only the best parts like Hypro® pumps, Udor® pumpsHonda® engines, and 6061 aircraft grade aluminum frames. Durable and well-built, Kings Sprayers are made to last. Click HERE to check out our complete line of Kings Sprayers.

Still got questions? Our knowledgeable Customer Service Technicians can help.  Just call 800-228-0905 or chat live on our website www.SprayerDepot.com.

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Topics: 4-Wheel Sprayer, ATV sprayer, Kings Sprayers, Skid Sprayer, pull-behind sprayers, sprayer, 3 Pt Hitch Sprayer, 2 wheel sprayer, spot sprayer

Guest Post: How Centrifugal Pumps Are Different From Diaphragm Pumps

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Jun 08, 2016

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

Diaphragm pumps are recommended for sprayers needing pressures up to 700 Centrifugal_Pumps.jpgpsi, including applications like insecticide and fungicide spraying and spraying trees. If you need 100 psi or less for spraying or liquid transfer, consider a centrifugal pump, which will give you the option of higher flow plus these other features:

  • Centrifugal pumps are simple compared to diaphragm pumps. With so few moving parts, a centrifugal pump needs less maintenance and can last longer than a diaphragm pump. A centrifugal pump has no gearbox, diaphragms, check valves, sight glass, pulsation damper, gear lube, or crankcase oil.
  • Centrifugal pumps do not require a relief valve. When the spray boom or gun on a centrifugal discharge is shut off, and the pump continues to run, the liquid internally bypasses without damaging the pump as long as a vent line is in the system.
  • The line strainer can be plumbed into the discharge side of a centrifugal pump instead of the suction side as on a diaphragm pump. This eliminates the potential of a clogged strainer reducing flow to the pump suction port and causing cavitation. Use the Hypro 3350 series strainers that are rated at 200 psi.
  • Higher pressure on a diaphragm pump requires more hp. Higher pressure on a centrifugal pump requires less hp. You will get less flow with higher pressure on a centrifugal, but that flow may be adequate for your application. Always consult the pump performance chart.

Tips for using centrifugal pumps:

  • Consider both spray centrifugals (higher pressure) and transfer centrifugals (higher flow) when choosing a pump.
  • Know your material options: cast iron, stainless steel, polypropylene, and (for transfer pumps) aluminum.
  • Know your drive options: pedestal with belt and pulley or direct drive, hydraulic motor, gas engine, PTO drive with planetary gear, electric motor, and 12-volt clutch drive.
  • If your liquid source provides a flooded suction you can use a non-self-priming centrifugal. Use a self-priming centrifugal pump when the liquid source is below the pump.
  • Use inlet plumbing one pipe size greater than the suction port of the pump. You can choke down the discharge side but do not starve the suction side of the pump.
  • Use a vent line kit to improve priming, remove air from the pump, and to let hot water escape from the pump when the outlet is shutoff - and let cooler water in. This is cheap insurance against a seal failure.
  • Consider a Life Guard seal if you suspect a run dry condition. This silicon carbide seal is more abrasion resistant than standard carbon-ceramic seals and conducts heat away from the seal area, resulting in longer seal life. Use this with cast iron and stainless pumps only.
  • Increase pressure by running at 6000 rpm. Hypro cast iron pedestal pumps can be belt driven to 75 gpm at 140 psi by running at 6000 rpm.

Centrifugal pumps are a low cost of maintenance option for spraying and transferring liquids.

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Topics: Hypro, Diaphragm pumps, sprayer, Centrifugal Pump, Transfer Pumps, Guest blog

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

Does Your Backpack Sprayer Do It All?

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Apr 08, 2016

Is It the Right Sprayer for the Job?

Regardless of the size of your company, whether you are just starting out or have years of Backpack_sprayers.jpgexperience, you probably have a backpack sprayer or two in your equipment fleet. Backpack sprayers are a great option for spot treatments. They work well in those small, hard-to-reach areas where large equipment might not be able to access.

Backpack sprayers are inexpensive, simple to use and easy to maintain. However, oftentimes spray applicators will attempt to use a backpack sprayer for jobs that are better suited for a skid sprayer.

The truth is a backpack sprayer can’t do it all. No matter how convenient and economical they are, they simply cannot compare to bigger sprayers when it comes to performance. Not only do they have limited capacity to hold large amounts of liquid, they also cannot output as much pressure. Productivity and the effectiveness of the application will suffer if the wrong type of equipment is used.

Take the pressure off your shoulders (literally) and invest in the proper sprayer for your business.

A small skid sprayer such as the Kings Sprayers® 50 Gallon Skid Sprayer with 7 gpm Roller Pump KS50P5-50-gallon-skid-sprayer.jpgcan be mounted on any utility vehicle for easy portability. A skid sprayer offers constant output of pesticide for adequate coverage on large areas. It can hold a lot more liquid than a backpack sprayer so no need to constantly stop in the middle of application to refill and mix chemicals. Out in the field, it can be easy to make mistakes while rushing to get the job done. You may end up over or under mixing your pesticide which can have negative consequences such as loss of crops or contamination from runoff.

The benefits of keeping the right equipment in your fleet are numerous, but we understand the initial cost of purchasing might hold you back from taking the plunge. Check out this blog post we published last year. It offers some tips to consider when purchasing new equipment.  You will increase your efficacy and also your productivity, which means extra time to take on even more jobs and grow your customer base.

We offer low prices on all spray equipment, parts, and accessories, so don’t limit the success of your business by using the wrong equipment. Please consult with one of our Customer Service Technicians on the best equipment for you.

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Topics: Sprayer Depot, Skid Sprayer, Backpack Sprayer, sprayer

Instructional Video: Quick Set-up on a Kings Sprayers® 2-Wheel Sprayer, Model # KT100P15B12

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Mar 25, 2016

The KT100P15B12 is one of our most popular Kings Sprayers® 2-Wheel Sprayers model. Our 2-wheel sprayers are designed for easy handling as they can be pulled by a utility vehicle, ATV, compact KingsSprayers-2wheel-Boom.jpgtrailer or even a golf cart. Great for tree, shrub, and turf spraying, this sprayer is ideal for lawns, pastures, golf courses and athletic fields. 

Check out some of its best-selling features:

  • 5 HP GC160 series Honda engine
  • Udor IOTA-20/GR Diaphragm Pump (5 gpm, 275 psi) 
  • 12' spray boom
  • Made in USA
  • Standard sprayer equipped with 50' of 3/8" ID hose
  • 6061 aircraft grade aluminum frame is lightweight, chemical resistant and will never rust or need painting
Plus, this model is part of our QuickShip program which means if you order it before 12:00 p.m. (EST) time, it will ship that very same day! 

Today we are featuring steps on how to get started with this 2-wheel sprayer. Follow the easy steps outlined below and don't forget to watch the instructional video right at the end of this post!

Starting Your Sprayer for the First Time

1. Ensure all unnecessary personnel are clear of the area.
2. For initial testing, it is recommended to start with clean water instead of chemicals 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 any if 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. Ensure all hoses are positioned properly and undamaged.

Follow these steps to start the engine

1. First, remove the boot clamps from either boom and extend the booms.
2. For a cold start, pull the choke out to FULL.
3. Set the throttle to slightly above OFF.
4. Pull start the engine.
5. Release the choke by pushing it in fully.
6. Raise the throttle to FULL.
7. The knob at the top of the regulator handles the pressure; adjust the pressure to roughly 200 psi.
8. Turn the agitator ON; you’ll notice a slight drop in pressure.
9. Adjust the spray gun to the correct setting and you are ready to spray.
10. The spray boom has seven spray settings: left, right, center, left/right, left/right/center, left/center, right/center.

Shutting Down Your Sprayer

1. Set the pressure regulator to OFF.
2. Slowly lower the throttle to OFF.
3. Raise the booms and replace the boom clamps.
4. If the pump will not be used for several hours, flush your system to prolong the life of the unit.


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Topics: Kings Sprayers, sprayer, Quickship Sprayers, Kings 2 Wheel Sprayer, boom, 2 wheel sprayer, pressure regulator, KT100P15B12

Product Highlight: Spray Hose

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Mon, Mar 21, 2016

Spray hose is an essential part of your sprayer, but it's often overlooked. It’s easy to ignore the hose when there are many other spray components to consider. However, making sure you choose the right spray hose for the job is an important step to ensure the quality of your application.

Spray hose come in a variety of materials capable of handling different liquids like pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. It also comes in various diameters and lengths. A few other things to consider when selecting a spray hose include the spraying pressure needed, the flexibility of the hose, and temperature resistance. Our savvy and friendly Customer Service Technicians can help match you with the best type for your application.

Spray hose must be durable enough to handle different spray solutions, harsh weather conditions and rough handling. You will find three types of hoses for sale in our inventory: Suction Hose, Clear Braid Hose and High-Pressure Hose. Your sprayer likely uses one of these 3 hoses, or a combination of them.

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Let’s take a closer look at each of these hoses:

Suction Hose: This type of hose is used from the tank to the pump. It is rated for low pressure so you wouldn’t see it used anywhere else but the suction side of a sprayer. The suction hose is easily identifiable by it’s clear color and PVC reinforcement which spirals through it.

Clear Braid Hose: This hose can handle higher pressure than a suction hose, however, it’s commonly used only on the bypass line and also on the discharge hose for smaller units like a spot sprayer. It is a clear hose with a braid running through it, which helps to keep the hose from kinking or twisting. 

High-Pressure Hose: As the name implies, high pressure hose is rated to withstand a lot of pressure. How much will depend on the hose, but usually they are 600 or 800 psi. These type of hoses are also called discharge or spray hose and they are used directly from the discharge line to the spray gun. We stock Flextral brand spray hose which is extremely durable and made of PVC.

Don’t let an old and damaged spray hose affect your application. Whether you need hose by the foot,  or an entire roll, we've got what you need.

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Topics: Hoses, Reels, Hose Reels, Kings Sprayers, sprayer, Electric Hose Reel, stainless steel, hannay, manual hose reel, high pressure spray hose, clear braid hose, suction hose

Spraying for Weed Control

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Thu, Mar 03, 2016

Spring is just a few weeks away and now is the perfect time to start planning for weed control. dandelion-851883_1280.jpgHowever, before you pull out the chemicals and get your sprayer ready to go, consider the following key elements to an effective weed control application:

Identification

You may already know the type of weeds you'll be spraying this spring. Nevertheless, it's not uncommon to find a few new species that may not have been there last year. Proper identification of weeds is the first step to getting rid of those pesky invaders. Examine the area you're spraying to identify whether weeds are broadleaf, grassy or woody. Also consider whether the weeds you are spraying are cool or warm season. This will help you get started on your treatment plan. Check out this great tool, Weed Identification & Management, by our friends at the University of Wisconsin, that will make identifying weeds so much easier!

Herbicides

Now that you've identified the weeds you can move on to choosing the appropriate herbicide to get rid of them. Don't just spray any type of product, some herbicides work well with specific weeds while others might just be a waste of your money. It is important to always read the label before application, not only will this save you time and money but will yield the best results in controlling weeds. Not all pumps and nozzles are compatible with harsh chemicals so you'll want to double check your spray equipment to ensure that the components and parts in your sprayer can handle the chemicals.

Timing

Remember how we mentioned the importance of determining whether weeds are warm or cool season? This is where that information comes in handy. Spraying at the wrong time is just a waste of money. If you've identified weeds are cool season weeds,  then the hot weather will literally do your job for you by killing them by summer time. You can pocket those savings and move on to treating those weeds that will require chemicals.

Of course, there is a lot more that goes into controlling weeds but we know this will get you started on the right path to considering the best approach when spraying lawns.

If you are looking for the best spray equipment to help you control weeds, don't forget to check out our online inventory. Whether you need a backpack sprayer or a skid sprayer, we have different models available and can customize them for your application.

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Topics: sprayer, weed control, weeds, lawn spraying

Spray Tips Don't Last Forever

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, Jan 26, 2016

 

Hypro Spray Tips.jpgSpray tips may be the most neglected component in your sprayer. We sell the best, most reliable and highest quality spray tips on the market, like Hypro and TeeJet. Let's face it though, even the best tips don't last forever. All spray tips wear out and eventually need to be replaced. A worn out spray tip can result in improper chemical application which can often have serious consequences including loss of crop, wasted money and even potential health risks.

The life of a spray tip depends on the abrasiveness and corrosiveness of the spray solution, so it's important to select the right spray tip for the application. Replace spray tips and nozzles immediately if you notice a change in flow rate or a change in pattern distribution.

Consider These Factors

The output per minute on a spray tip depends on the operating pressure and the size of the opening of the orifice. These can be easily calculated to help you determine the best spray tip for the job. There are some basic calculations required when selecting a spray tip, so it's important to have all the necessary information in advance. Gather the following information:

  • The desired volume of spray output per acre

  • The expected operating pressure

  • The travel speed of the sprayer

  • The nozzle spacing on the boom

Always follow the manufacturer's recommendations when it comes to the output per acre and orifice size. Once the nozzle spacing and the travel speed are known, follow the manufacturer's tip application guide to identify the appropriate spray tip. If you are using a Hypro spray tip you can find the Tip Application Guide by clicking hereFor TeeJet's Tip Application Guide please click here.

Proper Cleaning is Key

Be sure to carefully clean spray tips in order to ensure accurate chemical application. Even the slightest damage caused by improper cleaning can result in increased flow rate and poor spray distribution. You should use only a soft-bristled brush or a toothpick to clean them. Avoid using metal or sharp objects because they can easily damage your tips. If the spray tip is made of a soft material, use extreme care when cleaning. Even a wooden toothpick has been known to distort the orifice so TLC is needed when taking care of your spray tips.

If you need assistance selecting the proper spray tip, a Sprayer Depot Customer Care Technician can help. Call 800-228-0905 or visit www.SprayerDepot.com.

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Topics: Hypro, sprayer, spray tips, Spray Nozzles, Spray Area Measurement, Teejet

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