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Which of These 3 Types of Tanks Is Right for Your Job?

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Oct 11, 2017

Confused about your tank options? Whatever size or type of application the job calls for, Sprayer Depot has a tank style with features that are right for you. We carry both transportable and stationary options, along with any tank accessories you might need.

200 Gallon PCO Poly Tank

This Pest Control Operator (PCO) Tank features a rounded bottom, Sprayer-Depot-200-Gallon-Tank.jpgwhich allows for the best fluid drainage. This PCO tank can be used indoors or outdoors. If you're planning on using this tank in transportable applications, it must be securely anchored for safety.

125 Gallon Free-Standing Horizontal Leg Tank

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A Free-Standing Leg Tank is the best choice for transportable containment. This tank can be used indoors or outdoors. It features supportive molded-in legs, and has band locators for strap tie-down. (Straps are sold separately). The easy-to-read gallon indicators mean you'll never have to guess if the  tank is full. 

 

 

200 Gallon Elliptical Tank

This elliptical tank sits low for improved stability. In addition, it requires the bottom to be fully supported with a cradle (sold separately). This versatile tank can be used for indoor or outdoor, stationary or transportable, applications. This elliptical tank features a collection sump on the bottom that allows for full drain-out. This tank is translucent and has gallon indicators, so you can easily check fluid levels.

Whatever tank meets your needs, our knowledgeable Customer Service Technicians can help you order accessories such as lids, filters, and fittings. We can install fittings at no extra charge, so give Sprayer Depot a call today: 800-228-0905

 

Topics: Sprayer Depot, low profile sprayer tank, sprayer tanks, pco tanks, free standing tanks

Why We Wear Red Shirts on Fridays

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, May 26, 2017

Every Friday, the Sprayer Depot team wears red shirts in honor of R.E.D. Shirt Friday. R.E.D is an acronym that stands for "Remember Everyone Deployed", and we proudly wear red in tribute to our troops. Many who wear red shirts on Fridays, do it for a specific person: a friend that's deployed oversees or a family member who is stationed away from home. 

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As a grassroots movement, R.E.D Shirt Friday has gained widespread popularity across the nation thanks to military families, and organizations like Sprayer Depot that are determined to ensure that our servicemen and women receive acknowledgment and support. 

A Kick-Off to Memorial Day Weekend

We're kicking off Memorial Day weekend with a special R.E.D Shirt Friday morning meeting. In observance of Memorial Day and those who have died while serving in the U.S. military, our office  will be closed on Monday, May 29th and reopen at 8:00 a.m. (ET) on Tuesday, May 30th.

Join Us on R.E.D. Shirt Fridays

Want to be a part of R.E.D Shirt Friday? Just wear a red shirt every Friday and tell your friends why! You can also submit your R.E.D Friday selfie on our Facebook or Instagram page. Use the hashtag #redshirtfriday!

Topics: Sprayer Depot, red shirt Friday

Landscaper's Corner: Insights and Updates for Landscape Professionals

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Mar 24, 2017

Killer Marketing Strategies You Can Implement Now
Contributed by Guest Blogger: Martin McGuane, owner and operator of McGuanes Landscaping and Tree Service, Enfield CT

One of the most important projects we do over the winter islandscapers corner.jpg put together our marketing strategy for the upcoming spring season. As we have mentioned in previous posts, timing in the landscaping business is very important. Many marketing projects require a fair amount of time to prepare. This winter we focused on eight marketing initiatives:

  1. Direct mail
  2. Landscaper network
  3. Our website
  4. Letters to existing customers
  5. Truck signs
  6. Leave behinds
  7. Church bulletins/Community news
  8. Social media

Direct Mail

We have using direct mail advertising as long as we have been in business. When we started, we worked with our local printer to create a nice advertising piece which we hand delivered door-to-door. It wasn't long before we realized that we could reach more households and target our potential customers with a company that specializes in direct mail. This is one of the more expensive approaches we have taken, but it is a good way to reach a large amount of potential customers that meet certain key demographics. We have been able to rely on this approach to bring in a predictable number of new customers year after year.

Landscaper Network

You can’t be in the landscaping business very long without getting to know other people in the industry. Everyone knows one company simply can’t "do it all". Some of us offer hardscaping, some chemical controls, while some businesses are strictly mowing. What we have done over the years is  build relationships with other landscapers so that we can refer clients to each other. We take advantage of the slower winter months to reach out to our network of landscapers to remind them of the services we offer and to see what they can do for us.

Website

Take the time to update your website and keep it current. You may have to update the crew page to include any new hires, and make sure all your services/products/plans are clearly explained. This is the time to consider any enhancements to your site, such as additional photos of your work or “explainer videos.”

Letters to Existing Customers

Send letters to existing customers to promote additional services that thy may need (yet have not signed up for). For example, longtime clients may not be aware of recently added or other services that may help them reach their maintenance goals.

Truck Signs

We have always made sure that all of our trucks have nice looking magnetic signs with large, easy to read print with our name and number on them. Some of our newer trucks have been professionally lettered on all four sides; they are truly rolling billboards.

Leave Behinds

Whenever we apply a treatment to our customer's property we will leave a written explanation of what was we did. This is a leave behind, a great advertising piece. When we spray Dormant Oil we remind our customers that we can also fertilize their trees. When we fertilize the lawn in the fall, our leave behind will offer aeration and slicer seeding. When we winterize the lawn we sell winter tree work. Over the years our leave behinds have generated a tremendous amount of revenue. One our recent projects involved consulting with an outside vendor to redesign all of our leave behinds.

Community Newspapers  & Church Bulletins

We do a small amount of advertising in the local community newspaper and church bulletins. Although we're not reaching large amounts of people, those that we do reach are very loyal.

Social Media

We have only recently started to build our social media presence in the last year or so. While maintaining our presence across our various social media channels like Facebook is a daily activity, we use the winter months to build out our communication plan. We use this down time to think about key communications we would like to send out next season: What services do we want to push next season and when? Do we want to attract a new type of customer? Are there certain channels (such as Instagram) that we should put a greater focus on?

Finding and building relationships is a main goal of our social media strategy. This effort expands beyond reaching potential customers to other landscaping companies and even vendors that we use and recommend, like Sprayer Depot. By creating networking opportunities with others in the landscaping industry we’re positioning ourselves as experts within our industry.

I hope that you found these eight strategies helpful and that you take away a few ideas to help you prepare for the coming season.

 

About the Author:

Martin McGuane is the owner and operator of McGuanes Landscaping and Tree Service Inc, www.mcguanes.com which has been servicing Central Connecticut and Western Massachusetts since 1987. Martin is a 1981 graduate of the University of Connecticut's School of Agriculture. He is a Connecticut licensed arborist and has a Custom Ground Supervisor license in both Connecticut and Massachusetts. He also holds a CT Irrigation License.

 

Topics: Sprayer Depot, landscaper, Landscaper's Corner

Why 2017 Is a Great Year for a New Sprayer

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Jan 27, 2017

The beginning of a new year is a great time to think about buying KS100P7027-Kings Sprayers.jpgnew spray equipment.  For many, the colder weather means a break in the spray season and using this "quiet time" to take inventory, evaluate equipment needs, and research new spray equipment options will pay off in the long run.

2016 Was a Record Year For Sprayer Sales

At Sprayer Depot, 2016 was a record year for sprayer sales, and we're gearing up for the new year by having plenty of Kings Sprayers Quickship™ sprayers in stock and ready to ship. Just order any of these thirteen sprayer models by 12:00 p.m. (ET), and they'll ship the very SAME day.

Take a look at this list of our five most popular sprayers of 2016. To see our complete sprayer product line, click here. Remember we can also custom-build a sprayer to meet your exact needs (it's easier and less expensive than you think). Read more about custom-built sprayers in this previous blog post.

Most Popular Sprayers of 2016

  1. The Kings Sprayers 100 Gallon Skid Sprayer tops the list as our most popular sprayer of 2016.  This versatile sprayer is great for tree-spraying and can be used in truck beds, utility vehicles, boats and trailers. It's one of our best-sellers and is part of the Kings Sprayers QuickShip™ program.
  2. The second most popular sprayer in 2016 was the Kings Sprayers 50 Gallon 3-Point Hitch Sprayer. This sprayer is great for hitching to a tractor in order to spray large areas like golf courses, athletic fields, pastures and lawns. An added bonus is that it's part of the QuickShip™ program.
  3. The third most popular sprayer in 2016 was the Kings Sprayers 4 Wheel Sprayer, Model # K4C100P7027. This easy-to-maneuver sprayer is great for use in tight areas due to a pivoting front axle and T-handle. It's perfect for greenhouse, nursery or orchard use. Plus, it's part of the QuickShip™ program so it ships the same day if it's ordered by 12:00 p.m (ET) 
  4. The Kings Sprayers 50 Gallon Skid Sprayer was our fourth most popular sprayer last year. One of our best-selling sprayers of all time, this QuickShip™ skid sprayer is ideal in truck beds, utility vehicles, boats and trailers. It's also popular for spraying trees. 
  5. The Kings 100 Gallon 2-Wheel Sprayer came in fifth place on our list. Great for tree, shrub and turf spraying, this 2-wheel QuickShip™ sprayer can be pulled with a utility vehicle or compact trailer and is ideal for lawns, pastures, golf courses and athletic fields. 

Need help in finding the right sprayer for your needs? Our Customer Service Technicians can help. Just call 800-228-0905 or use the Live Chat feature on our website.

 

Topics: Sprayer Depot, sprayers, Kings Sprayers, Quickship Sprayers

See What's New in the Clearance Department

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, Dec 06, 2016

The Clearance section on our website features items that are deeply discounted in order to make room for new inventory. While some of the Clearance-featured items are brand new, others are refurbished or returned (unused and typically without the manufacturer's packaging). It's definitely worth glancing through this inventory on a regular basis, as the inventory changes frequently and the savings are significant.

Quantities are limited so act fast: many items are one-of-a-kind. Plus, get SAME Day shipping when you place your order by 5:00 p.m. (ET). Guaranteed!

Take a look at these featured items:

Ace Roto-Mold 510 Gallon Free Standing Elliptical Leg Tank

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Our Price: $450

Features:

  • Brand new! 
  • Straps and fittings shown in picture are sold separately
  • Dimensions: 57" W x 80" L x 38" H
  • Ships Truck Line 

Click here for more information.

Kings Sprayers 50 Gallon 2-Wheel Sprayer

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Our Price: $2,300.00

Features:

  • Never used!
  • 10 gpm Diaphragm & 18' Spray Boom
  • Great for tree, shrub and turf spraying

  Click here for more information.


 

 

 

 

Kings Sprayers 200 Gallon Low Profile Skid Sprayer

Kings Sprayers Low ProfileKS200LP70-Clearance.jpgList Price: $3,125.00

Our Price: $2,000.00

Features:

  • Never used! 
  • Great for tree-spraying and can be used in truck beds, utility vehicles, boats and trailers
  • Udor KAPPA43GR Diaphragm Pump (10.5 gpm, 560 psi)
Click here for more information.
 

Click Here to Browse Our  Clearance & Refurbished Products

Topics: spray equipment, Sprayer Depot, Kings Sprayers, poly tanks, clearance

Meet the Team: Cristan Oates, Administrative Assistant/HR Manager

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Dec 02, 2016

Administrative Assistants play an integral role in many businesses. Tasked with providing effective organizational services to the company, they are often the go-to person for Cristan .jpgmany issues, personal as well as professional.

Most office atmospheres can get hectic. It takes an organized person to keep things on an even keel, and maintain an efficient office environment:  meet Cristan Oates, Sprayer Depot's Administrative Assistant/HR Manager. Cristan oversees the general administrative tasks for the leadership team, such as project management and reporting, just to name a few. In addition, Cristan  is in charge of Human Resources, including recruiting and onboarding new employees, internal communication, and maintaining and updating the employee handbook. 

In her free time, Cristan enjoys playing video games and spending time with her husband and family. Let's get to know Cristan:

Name: Cristan Oates

Title: Administrative Assistant/HR Manager

Originally from: Alaska

Q: Where are you from?

A: Everywhere, due to the military! I was born in Alaska, but I’ve lived the longest in Central               Florida.

Q: What is the last book you read?

A: Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama (Manga)

Q: Do you have an inspirational quote that motivates you?

A: “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” - Dr. Suess

Q: Will you tell us something most people don't know about you?

A: I absolutely LOVE Latino music, especially “reggaeton”, and have loved it since I was 14 years old.

Q: Care to share the best tip for someone in the sprayer industry? 

A: Buy from Sprayer Depot!

Q: What’s the best part of joining the Sprayer Depot team? 

A: The people, hands down! I’ve met so many amazing people in the time that I’ve been                     here, all of whom love their jobs and do their best every day for our customers.

 

Got a question for Cristan? Leave it in the comment box below. 

 

Topics: Sprayer Depot, Meet the Team

You'll Never Guess Who Won the Sprayer Depot Halloween Costume Contest

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, Nov 01, 2016


It's Halloween at Sprayer Depot

The Sprayer Depot team is always up for some fun, and Halloween is the perfect backdrop for some good old-fashioned silliness. We kicked off the morning with a costume contest - check out some of the entries and make sure to read to the end to see the winner!

What a crazy crew!

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From the "Ultimate Party Animal" to a "Screwdriver" we saw some creative costumes today!

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And the Winner Is:

Competition was tough, but here's the winner of the 2016 Sprayer Depot Halloween Costume Contest. Which costume was your favorite? Tell us in the comment box below. 

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Topics: Sprayer Depot, Halloween

Landscaper's Corner: Insights and Updates for Landscape Professionals

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Mon, Sep 26, 2016

5 Tips to Keep Your Customers Happy

Contributed by Guest Blogger: Martin McGuane, owner and operator of McGuanes Landscaping and Tree Service, Enfield CT

My Approach

Call me old-fashioned but I have always felt that the best way to keep a customer happy is to give them what they want. So,if a customer calls because he has broadleaf weeds in his lawn, the best solution is to control the weeds. Or, if a customer calls and she says that her lawn has grubs, do what she wants and kill the grubs. If a lawn care customer calls and tells you his lawn is dead, and it is actually dead, give him a new lawn. Reseed his lawn if necessary.

Listen to your Customer

Now it gets tricky. You need to step back and talk things over with your customer. The most important thing when speaking with a customer is to LISTEN. This is where many service providers go wrong. Let the customer speak, without interrupting, for as long as it takes. Then you should begin to speak. This will not only help you understand the problem and find a solution, but there is also a lot of value in just allowing the customer the chance to vent.

Come up with a Solution

In the example given earlier of the customer with the dead lawn, if the lawn died due to grubs or chinch bugs the customer would feel that you are responsible. They are not the lawn experts in this example, we would reseed his lawn. In some cases we would charge the customer, often times not.

The way to keep a customer happy is to give them what they want. Many of you will think that I am crazy for suggesting that you eat the cost of labor and material for something that may not have been your fault. To this I say... look at your customers as long term investments rather than short term. You may lose money on this customer for the next few applications, but overall, both you and your customer will come out ahead in the years to come.

Avoid the “Blame Game”

            Not every lawn deserves a free seed job, but every customer should be heard and their issues need to be addressed. The “Blame Game” helps no one and solves nothing. In some cases we will split the cost of the solution with the customer. This will help cover the cost of seed and labor. Charging the customer a nominal fee will help them become vested in the outcome of the lawn.

            Years ago I had a customer call me to say that her lawn was dead. When I arrived on site I was greeted with an earful… the lawn was dead from chinch bugs. We had applied chinch bug control that year, but it was a very hot season with multiple generations of chinch bugs that had infested her lawn. We agreed to overseed her lawn at no charge. The seed germinated and soon the lawn looked beautiful. She has been a customer ever since and that was 25 years ago!

When Roles Are Reversed

When the roles are reversed and I’m the “customer”, nothing tops the feeling I get when I receive excellent customer service. It’s one of main factors in determining how loyal I am to a vendor, business or even a restaurant. There are many examples of companies that are well-known for their excellent customer service, such as Amazon, Apple, and State Farm just to name a few of the big ones. Sprayer Depot is an industry-specific company with a reputation for excellent customer service. Their Mission Statement is clearly stated on their website:        

“… We strive to bring the customer experience to the forefront, by making the shopping experience easy for customers to find and purchase spray equipment, parts and accessories, at the most competitive prices in the industry.” 

So let’s recap my tips to keep customers happy:

  1. Listen to your customer fully BEFORE speaking.
  2. Come up with a solution to the problem.
  3. Avoid the “Blame game”.
  4. Think of your customers as long-term investments, not short-term.
  5. Give your customers what they want.

Got a tip to share? Leave it in the comment box below.

About the Author:

Martin McGuane is the owner and operator of McGuanes Landscaping and Tree Service Inc,www.mcguanes.com which has been servicing Central Connecticut and Western Massachusetts since 1987. Martin is a 1981 graduate of the University of Connecticut's School of Agriculture. He is a Connecticut licensed arborist and has a Custom Ground Supervisor license in both Connecticut and Massachusetts. He also holds a CT Irrigation License.

 

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Topics: Sprayer Depot, customer service

Meet the Team: Evan Hengge, Director of Operations

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, Sep 20, 2016

Sprayer Depot Employee Spotlight.jpgEver wonder what happens after you order your new sprayer? Who manages sprayer production, scheduling, supply chain, and quality control?  Meet Evan Hengge, Director of Operations for Sprayer Depot, who is tasked with these responsibilities among others.

As Director of Operations, Evan oversees the Production and Warehouse teams, including Shipping & Receiving. With a primary goal to ensure a lean manufacturing process, Evan maintains a key focus on the Kings Sprayers® product line.

In addition, he is responsible for ensuring acuurate inventory levels of sprayer parts, accessories and components. With more than 10,000 items in stock, Evan makes sure everything our customers need is accounted for in our warehouse. 

In his free time, Evan follows Gators sports and enjoys outdoor activities like kayaking, moutain biking and hiking. Let's get to know him better:

Name: Evan Hengge

Title: Director of Operations

Originally from: North Fort Myers, Florida

Q: What is the last book you read? 

A: I mostly read work related books so… Learning to See: Value Stream Mapping to Add Value and      Eliminate Muda by Mike Rother and John Shook

Q: Do you have an inspirational quote that motivates you?

A: "The expert in anything was once a beginner." - Helen Hayes

Q: Share something most people don't know about you.

A: I’m a 4th generation Floridian.

Q: What tip can you give to others in the spray industry?

A: Aluminum frames are the way to go!

Q: What’s the best part of joining the Sprayer Depot team?

A: Sprayer Depot has a great team of people who are focused on exceeding customer expectations.

 

Got a question for Evan? Leave it in the comment box below.

Topics: Sprayer Depot, Sprayer Parts, Kings Sprayers, Meet the Team, Shipping

An Update on the Zika Virus and Spray Equipment for Mosquito Control

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Aug 05, 2016

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Earlier this year, we published a blog post about the growing concern over the spread of the Zika virus. Since then, the topic has had extensive media coverage including an unprecendented Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel warning earlier this week which advised pregnant women not to travel to a specific area near downtown Miami, FL. 

The Zika virus is a mosquito-transmitted disease. Most people infected with Zika won't even know they have the disease because they won't have any symptoms. However, when symptoms are present, they commonly include fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). These symptoms usually last anywhere from 2 to 7 days on average.  According to the CDC, a direct link has been confirmed between Zika virus and microcephaly in newborn babies and a rare immune system disorder called Guillain-Barre syndrome. 

The vast majority of cases of Zika in the United States have been from travel to other countries where the virus is actively circulating, a total of more than 60 countries and territories.

The good news is that mosquito control can be accomplished by developing an effective plan and using the right spray equipment.

Spray Equipment: Mosquito Control

Research has shown that mist and/or fog offer the better coverage for mosquito control. That's why foggers are usually the number one weapon when it comes to fighting mosquitoes. We recommend Hudson's line of foggers and ultra low volume (ULV) sprayers. They produce some of the finest mist and fog, with a droplet size from 20 to 60 microns* that will stick to even the smallest mosquitoes. 

To perform an even more effective application, a fogger coupled with perimeter spraying will yield the best results. Why is a fogger not enough? Well, mosquito breeding sites are down at ground level. A spot sprayer or a skid sprayer can help you spray those hard to reach areas and spray directly around fences, flower beds, and roof lines. 

In-stock and ready to ship, we offer a variety of sprayers in different price ranges that can be used for effective mosquito control: 

Hudson 99598 Fog® Electric Atomizer Sprayer

  • 99598-HUDSON.pngApproved for indoor/outdoor use
  • Adjustable output of 1.5 - 14 gallons per hour
  • Includes large commercial coiled hose for directing ULV chemical mist
  • Operates on 110V AC power
  • Lightweight poly tank - 2 gallon
  • Outputs 22-46 microns particle size - average droplet 20 micron

 

List Price: $345.99

Our Price: $252.57

Hudson 93599 XP-60™ Power ULV Sprayer

  • 93599-Hudson-Power.pngPro-grade throttle assembly, one hand operation
  • Easy prime 4 stroke engine - lightweight, low decibel rating
  • Strong impeller blows at 145 mph, swath coverage of up to 150 feet
  • Stainless steel and brass nozzle system delivers small particles for low volume spraying
  • 17 oz. poly tank for unleaded fuel only
  • Treats 20 acres and operates for 60 minutes
  • Spray control range of 30 microns to larger droplets of 60 microns

List Price: $1692.99

Our Price: $1,235.88

 

Hudson 98600A Porta-Pak™ Ultra Low Volume Applicator

  • 98600A-Hudson.pngCovers extremely large areas with very little spray material
  • Motor and large, specially designed fan generate powerful, high volume air stream that drives micron size (18-75) droplets
  • Covers swath up to 75 feet (23 m) wide and 50 feet (15 m) high
  • Uses concentrated pesticide so there is no water mixing or carrying required
  • Ideal for use in orchards and groves, inside large warehouses, feedlots, etc
  • Easily carried on applicator's back

List Price: $2777.99

Our Price: $2,027.93

Preventing Mosquitoes

A good mosquito control plan should include the following strategies:  

  • Mow weedy areas around yard
  • Thin out overgrown shrubs 
  • Ensure all potential entry points through windows, walls and doors are sealed
  • Install window and door screens
  • Dump any standing water paying close attention to birdbaths, potted plants, dog bowls, tin cans, and tires that can accumulate water

For more information on the Zika virus, the CDC official website is a comprehensive resource to stay updated on the latest news. 

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Topics: Sprayer Depot, sprayers, misting, foggers, mosquito control, Zika virus, hudson sprayers

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