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5 Tips to Help You Prepare for Winter

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Mon, Nov 23, 2015

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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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5 Tips to Winterize Your Sprayer

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Dec 03, 2014

Winterize Your SprayerWhile the winter season doesn’t officially start until December 21, many parts of the country are gearing up for (or already dealing with) snow. With that, our Customer Service Technicians often are asked, "How do I winterize my equipment?” or “Is there any maintenance I need to do before winter hits?” Regardless of your level of experience in the sprayer industry, this is the time of year to winterize your sprayer. Simply put, get it in tiptop shape before it sits idle for a few months. Putting in the time to prep your sprayer for hibernation now will pay in dividends come spring when the spray season picks back up.

Here we’ll talk about how to properly maintain and store your sprayer for the winter with these 5 tips.

  1. Rinse the whole sprayer system – from tank to hose, including filters and nozzles. Make sure there is no leftover spray mixture in the tank and drain all clean water to prevent freezing.
  2. Clean the outside of your sprayer just as thoroughly as you did for the inside components, using a bristle brush to get rid of any stuck on particles.
  3. Store any removable parts like nozzles and strainers in a clean, dry place. Gauges should be stored indoors to prevent freezing.
  4. Check the operator's manual for recommendations on winterizing the spray pump to prevent corroding. Some allow for use of oil, antifreeze or a radiator rust inhibitor. For Kings Sprayers models, we recommend running a 50/50 antifreeze solution through the system long enough to reach any hoses and booms. Dilute the antifreeze with either water or windshield washer fluid at a 50/50 ratio for optimal solution.
  5. Cover the sprayer so that dirt and insects can’t enter the equipment. This will also ensure all the hard work put into cleaning the outside keeps your sprayer looking good when it’s time to use it again.

These tips should help if you’re thinking: “I bought a sprayer from you earlier this year and wanted to make sure I store it properly while I am not using it this winter.” Make sure you wear protective gear when working with these materials.

Get additional information on winterizing your sprayer with this step-by-step guide.

Download the Guide to Winterize Your Sprayer

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Quick Set Up for a Kings Sprayer 50 Gallon Utility Skid Sprayer

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Oct 08, 2014

Kings Sprayers skid sprayerIt’s always a good idea to review the manufacturer information when starting your skid sprayer for the first time. For the Kings Sprayers line we offer quick set up information in a variety of ways, through our website, YouTube videos and Customer Service Technicians. After all, many of our customers have tackled these steps many times over. However, as technology changes and sprayers are more and more customized, it’s always a good idea to take a second glance at the getting started information.

Follow these instructions when starting your Skid Sprayer for the first time. Then, check out the video below for more quick set up details for the Kings Sprayers 50 Gallon Utility Skid Sprayer with 7 gpm Roller Pump Model # KSU50P6.

Starting Your Skid Sprayer for the First Time

  1. First, set the ON/OFF switch to the “ON” position.
  2. Set the throttle to SLOW.
  3. Make sure the gas is set to the ON position.
  4. For a cold start, set the choke to FULL.
  5. Pull start the engine.
  6. Release the choke.
  7. Raise the throttle to FULL.
  8. Pressure should be adjusting to approximately 150psi. Notice a slight drop in pressure when the agitator is turned ON and rise when it is turned to the OFF position. The agitator mixes the tank to help evenly dispense chemicals.
  9. Adjust the spray gun to the proper setting and you are ready to spray!

 

This Kings Sprayers Skid Sprayer is part of the QuickShip program – order it by 12:00 p.m. (EST) and it ships the SAME DAY, helping to reduce down time and increase productivity. Click here to see our complete line of Kings Sprayers and all QuickShip sprayers. If you like what you see, head over to our YouTube Channel for that and more instructional videos.

 

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4 Features of the New Sprayer Calibration Calculator App

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Sep 17, 2014

Sprayer Calibration CalculatorRecently Corn and Soybean Digest reported on a newly released smartphone app called Sprayer Calibration Calculator that is designed to assist spray applicators with calibrating a pesticide sprayer. The app was developed by the University of Illinois Extension and is available free to those with Apple and Android phones. As we’ve shared in previous posts, the cost of wasted chemicals can be high when your best tool isn’t set up right.

We took a closer look at the app, developed by Scott Bretthauer, an Extension Specialist in the pesticide safety education program, which includes functions to determine nozzle flow rate, among other things.

The Sprayer Calibration Calculator app allows users to select from one of four main options, including:

1.) Calibration:

This setting allows users to calibrate four different sprayer types, including: aircraft, ground rig, turf boom and boomless. Within each of these sections, the app offers sprayer calibration scenarios that can then be saved for future reference.

We explored the ground rig option for sprayer calibration that starts by entering in a few variables, including: application speed, nozzle spacing and targeted GPA. The app then calculates the required nozzle flow rate in gallons per minute. It’s pretty simple. Note that the boomless option is identical to prompts in the ground rig option, but asks for swath width rather than nozzle spacing. All good so far.

2.) PSI for GPM:

The next section is the ever-important setting that allows users to calculate required pressure (in pounds per square inch, or PSI) in order to provide a specific flow rate (in gallons per minute, or GPM), or do the opposite. A good example of its use was identified in the U or I July/August 2014 issue of the Illinois Pesticide Review that mentions this would come in handy if the flow rate isn’t listed in the nozzle manufacturer’s flow rate table. Or for those “my dog ate it” scenarios.

3.) Nozzle Speed:

The third offering in the app is pretty self-explanatory and should only be used with sprayers that have a flow control system. In short, it lists the minimum and maximum speeds for a specific nozzle.

4.) Convert Value:

Lastly, the convert value function assists users with some of the commonly associated pesticide application-related unit conversions that could be useful as a quick reference guide.

In a prepared statement that discussed how to use the smartphone application, Bretthauer explained that when using the smartphone application, “for most variables, touching the name of the variable brings up a definition of what the variable is and how it is measured.” It also looks like the developer has plans to add a function to assist with tank mix calculations, which could be fun, and more.

If you have the chance to check it out, let us know what you think in the comments below.

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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
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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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Water Use Peaks in July: 5 Tips to Smart Spraying

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, Jul 08, 2014

July is Smart Irrigation MonthWhether you manage a farm, run Public Works or maintain a golf course, managing and conserving resources to improve water availability is key. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, of the 26 billion gallons of water consumed daily in the United States, approximately 7.8 billion gallons (30%), is devoted to outdoor expenditures with the majority used for irrigation. As you might have assumed, the amount of water used outdoors
peaks during the summer, particularly during the month of July.

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We all need to do our part to conserve and given that it is Smart Irrigation Month, an initiative dedicated to promoting efficient irrigation empowering professionals with knowledge to help save water, we at Sprayer Depot thought it was only fitting to provide a refresher with a few strategies to help you do your part to conserve this natural resource. Here’s to spraying smarter.

Off the top of your head, you might be thinking of water conservation tips like determining the amount and timing of irrigation for efficient water use. You’re right on track. Another tactic to consider is monitoring water application for crop needs and soil moisture content. Take a look at the five tips below to ensure you spray smarter during Smart Irrigation Month: 

  • Consider soil type. Type of soil determines how quickly water can be absorbed without runoff. Watering more than soil can absorb causes runoff and waste. Light sandy soils hold less water than heavy clay soils.
  • Water only when needed. Saturate root zones and let the soil dry. Watering too much and too frequently results in shallow roots, weed growth, disease and fungus. Learn your crop’s water requirements by determining how much water the crop has used, then on the next irrigation only water long enough to replace that amount of moisture.
  • Water at the best time. Watering during the heat of the day may cause losses of up to 30 percent due to evaporation. Prevent water loss by watering when the sun is low or down, winds are calm and temperatures are cool – typically between the evening and early morning.
  • Water more often for shorter periods. For example, watering for three, 5-minute intervals let soil absorb more water than watering for 15 minutes at one time, reducing runoff.
  • Adapt watering to the season. Adjust the watering schedule regularly based on seasonal weather conditions. These vary by state and region. For example, many utilities rely on stored water from winter snowpack that gradually releases water from the melting snow during spring and summer. And the monsoon season in the Southwestern United States causes flash flooding during the summer season, effecting crops and landscapes alike.

In addition to these strategies to conserve water, you should also inspect your sprayer equipment to ensure it is in proper working order, free of leaks. Read our recent post on sprayer pump repair kits and routine maintenance if you haven’t already conducted your seasonal sprayer inspection.

Smart Irrigation Month is an initiative of the Irrigation Association, a non-profit industry organization dedicated to promoting efficient irrigation.

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What's in YOUR strainer?

Posted by Dan Rose on Mon, Aug 01, 2011

3 Reasons to Check your Strainer

The  strainer is one of the easiest parts of your spray equipment to check and maintain.  It's easy to access and it just takes a few minutes to check.  However, it's also one of the easiest parts to forget:  It's often overlooked because of its simplicity. All sorts of things can get caught in the strainer and keep your equipment from working at full capacity. Chemical build-up, leaves, frogs (this is more common than you may think), and other debris are common culprits.

Another reason to check the strainer regularly is to check the integrity of the mesh. Make sure there are no holes or rust. In addition, check the seal to make sure it is still pliable.

When checking your strainer, make sure the equipment is not under pressure and the valves are off.

 Clear Bowl "T" Strainers 

BanjoMiniClear actualWant an easier way to check the strainer for debris? Consider using a strainer with a clear bowl.  You could check for chemical build up, leaves and frogs with out taking apart the strainer.

To find more helpful tips on how to keep you equipment running great, click the link below.

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