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Do This One Thing To Eliminate Half of Your Spray Equipment Problems

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Sep 22, 2017

At Sprayer Depot, we hear about a lot of different issues that can affect the proper functioning of sprayers. The most common issue however, is one which is easy to prevent and one of the simplest to fix: a clogged and neglected strainer. Before we discuss the steps to take to ensure that your strainer is in tip top condition, lets briefly go over the reasons why the strainer is such an essential part of your sprayer and its optimal functioning. 

What Does The Strainer Do?

The strainer is a basic component which helps to ensure that hypro_line_strainer-resized-600.jpgyour sprayer pump works efficiently. When properly sealed and maintained, it allows the fluid to flow freely by its three basic functions:

  1. The strainers main function is, as its name implies, to strain larger and smaller particles in the liquid from entering the pump, the flow meter, and other parts of the sprayer. 
  2. The strainer provides proper fluid circulation throughout the pump. 
  3. The strainer prevents the clogging that may occur over time when the large particles enter the other sprayer components. 

Strainer Screens and Strainer Types

Every strainer uses a mesh screen to filter out the unwanted particles and most of time, this is where we find problems with the strainer.  It is very important to use the proper size screen for your particular strainer and fluid application type.  The mesh size refers to the number of squares per inch of screen (for example, 12 mesh has 12 x 12 squares per inch of screen). In addition, using the proper kind of strainer for your application and sprayer is important.  There are two main types of strainers which we carry at Sprayer Depot and they are:

  1. Y-Style Strainers - These can vary in size from 1/2" to more than 12", are corrosion resistant, lightweight, and are commonly made of polypropylene.  Our Banjo Y-Strainers are one of our most popular strainer styles and available with several mesh sizes ranging from 12 to 80 mesh. 
  2. T-Style Strainers - Typically more compact in size than other strainer types, T-Style strainers are easy to check for clogs.  For high pressure or suction applications, we recommend the Hypro Nylon-line Strainers or the wide selection of Banjo T-Strainers we carry in polypropylene or poly/ stainless steel. The Banjo Poly T-Strainer Clear Bowl line have clear bowls that allow for quick and simple visual inspections for debris without disassembly. We also carry a complete line of TeeJet strainers and components including the TeeJet aluminum head and nylon bowl styles.

Basic Maintenance of Your Strainer

Proper maintenance of your sprayer unit requires both the use of appropriate mesh screens for your application and fluid type as well as regular inspections and cleaning of your strainer.  Mesh screens that are not designed to filter out particles for your fluid will be ineffective in preventing the ideal flow of liquid.  The recommended mesh size for most pesticides and other agricultural uses is between 16-30 but keep in mind that fertilizers and other chemicals require a larger mesh size screen than water based fluids. 

Inspecting and cleaning the strainer is very easy, takes only a few minutes and can save you both time and money.  The strainer should be inspected and cleaned after every use.  It doesn't require removal from the line but can be flushed by unscrewing the bowl from the cap and taking out the screen.  Once all sediments and debris have been flushed off the screen, you can simply reassemble by replacing the screen to the flange in the bowl and then tightening the bowl back onto the cap.  

Another helpful tip is to maintain your inventory with extra strainers, screens and gaskets.  This could save you many hours of wasted productivity time, especially since these items are very inexpensive components to purchase ahead of time and keep on hand for when they are needed! If you have any questions regarding the proper strainer type, mesh screen size, or any other inquiries about your sprayer needs, we're here to help. 

 

 

Topics: Strainers, hypro line strainer, lawn sprayers, sprayer equipment, T strainer, Pest control sprayers

Happy Holidays From Sprayer Depot

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Dec 23, 2015

This time of year marks the slow spray season for many of our customers, but December is traditionally the busiest Holidays-1.jpgmonth of the year for the shipping and delivery industries. All those Christmas presents, holiday cards and gift baskets have to reach their destinations on time. The holidays also mean a short work week and more time off to spend with family. As grateful as we are for this time, we also understand this can quickly become inconvenient if you are in dire need of replacement sprayer parts or need advice from one of our savvy Customer Service Technicians.

We want to make sure you are aware of our business hours during the holidays. So if you plan on placing an order with us, please take note of our special hours. Below is a list of the days we’ll be closed:

Sprayer Depot Holiday Schedule

Christmas Eve December 24, 2015
Christmas Day December 25, 2015
New Year's Day January 1, 2015

Please keep in mind that no matter the day or time of year you can always place an order online. Our team will get your order fulfilled as fast as we can during normal business hours but be advised that we do have to follow UPS’s holiday schedule. Due to their limited delivery/pickup times, your order might take a bit longer to arrive, but rest assure that spray equipment you’ve been thinking about all season long will safely make it’s way to you.

Visit UPS for a full list of their Holiday Schedule

 UPS Holiday Schedule

Christmas Day December 25, 2015*
New Year's Eve December 31, 2015*
New Year's Day January 1, 2015

  * Delivery and pickup of AIR packages only

From all of us at Sprayer Depot, we wish you happy holidays and a happy New Year!

 

Topics: Sprayer Depot, Sprayer Parts, Quickship Sprayers, sprayer equipment, customer service, same day shipping, customer service technician, Holiday Hours, customer base, ups

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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3 Sprayers That Ship Same Day

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Thu, Apr 30, 2015

3pthitchBack in 2014 we saw that there was an industry need for quick shipment of high-quality commercial sprayers and hoped to fill that void when we launched our QuickShip™ Program with Kings Sprayers. The response from customers has been tremendous, with hundreds of sprayers shipping out on the same day as ordered witnin the first months of the program's  launch. We're thrilled about the success of this program and even more excited to know we're keeping customers like you happy and satisfied.

For those not as familiar with this gem, the Kings Sprayers QuickShip™ Program offers same day shipping on our most popular Kings Sprayers models.* Whether you're searching for a Skid, 3-Point Hitch, 2-Wheel or 4-Wheel Sprayer, there's a product available in our QuickShip™ Program to meet your needs.

Let’s take a look at three of the more popular models that fit within this program:

Kings Sprayers 100 Gallon Skid Sprayer (Model No. KS100P7027)
Great for tree spraying, this model is often installed in truck beds, utility vehicles, boats and trailers. This model is equipped with 5.5 HP GX160 Series Honda engine and Hypro D30GRGI Diaphragm Pump that’s capable of 9.5 gpm and 580 psi.

Kings Sprayers 100 Gallon 4-Wheel Sprayer (Model No. K4C100P7027)
Great for maneuverability, this model is ideal for use in tight areas due to its pivoting front axle and T-handle making it a perfect fit for greenhouse, nursery or orchard use. This model is equipped with a 5.5 HP GX160 series Honda engine and Hypro D30GRGI Diaphragm Pump that’s capable of 9.5 gpm and 580 psi.

Kings Sprayers 100 Gallon 3-Point Hitch Sprayer (Model No. K3PTH100B12)
Great for hitching to a tractor, this model is great for spraying large areas like golf courses, athletic fields, pastures and lawns. This model is equipped with a standard Hypro 7560C Roller Pump that’s capable of 12 gpm at 540 rpm and 300 psi.

Additional upgrades are available for all models including electric hose reel, additional length of hose, silver series engines, and more. 

On top of that, all Kings Sprayers are made in USA and come with a 5-5-1 Warranty: 5 year frame / 5 year tank / 1 year parts and labor (limited to manufacturer defects). Watch this 30-second video to learn more about the QuickShip™ Program.

Kings Sprayers QuickShip Program

*Sprayers that are part of the QuickShip™ Program and are ordered by 12:00 p.m. (EST) will ship same day. 

Topics: 4-Wheel Sprayer, spray equipment, Sprayer Depot, sprayers, Kings Sprayers, Quickship Sprayers, Skid Sprayers, Sprayer Depot Instructional Video, sprayer equipment, 3 Pt Hitch Sprayer, same day shipping, Kings Sprayers QuickShip Program

Sprayer Depot Holiday Schedule

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Mon, Dec 22, 2014

As the holidays kick into overdrive, shipping and delivery are a high priority here at Sprayer Depot. For our customers, there’s nothing worse than cramming a week’s worth of work into a short week only to find you’re in need of a replacement part. At Sprayer Depot, we take orders online 24/7/365. If you have questions or need help sifting through our wide range of sprayers, sprayer parts and accessories, our customer service technicians are happy to help. Give them a call, send them an email, chat online you can even try smoke signals, though it’s easy to stay in touch with the first options. 

While we love hearing from our customers daily, Sprayer Depot will have abbreviated holiday hours. Below are the dates that we will be closed.

SPRAYER DEPOT HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

Holiday Date
Christmas Eve December 24, 2014
Christmas December 25, 2014
New Year’s Day January 1, 2015

Even though Sprayer Depot is open on New Year’s Eve, note that the holiday hours for shipping companies may impact your order fulfillment. If you’re placing an order during the holidays, keep in mind that packages, like that shiny new sprayer you’ve had on your wish list, don’t move on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, due to shipping holidays so a normal three-day transit turns into a four-business-day shipment inside that time frame.

UPS is our preferred parcel service. They will be closed Dec. 25, have limited delivery/pickup on Dec. 31, and are closed on Jan. 1. Here’s the full UPS holiday schedule. Have questions about when your order will arrive? Contact us today.

UPS HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

Holiday Date
Christmas December 25, 2014
New Year’s Eve December 31, 2014*
New Year’s Day January 1, 2015

  * Delivery and pickup of AIR packages only

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Until next time, happy spraying!

Topics: Sprayer Depot, Sprayer Parts, Quickship Sprayers, sprayer equipment, customer service, same day shipping, customer service technician, Holiday Hours

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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Lights, Camera, Sprayer Time!

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Thu, Oct 02, 2014

This week we had the opportunity to shine a spotlight on Kings Sprayers in an effort to update our catalog of images and provide customers with expanded views of the sprayer components. Here we’ll give you a peek behind-the-scenes at our warehouse where the photo shoot took place. On display was the line of QuickShip sprayers that ship same day for a flat fee. It’s a great deal considering the size and weight of these products. Plus, customers can get up and running faster and have less "down time" with same day shipping. Orders must be placed before 12 p.m. (noon) EST to be eligible for same day shipping .

Kings Sprayers

Kings Sprayers 100 Gallon 4-Wheel Trailer Sprayer with 10 gpm Diaphragm Pump and Manual Hose Reel (model #: K4C100P7027) was on display. Showing off the front wheel agility and components, this is the only four-wheel Quick Ship sprayer available on SprayerDepot.com.

Kings Sprayers

Kings Sprayers 100 Gallon 2-Wheel Sprayer with 12' Spray Boom (model #: KT100P15B12) is another QuickShip sprayer offered by Sprayer Depot. In our photo shoot we were able to capture parts and accessories like the hitch mount, boom release pins and other features that otherwise might not be seen.

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By capturing magnified views of the individual sprayer components, customers can clearly see parts of the sprayer that weren't easily visible with our existing sprayer images. On this photo shoot, we're getting up close to pumps, regulators, supply lines, agitator switches and more, on each of the QuickShip sprayers.

A special thanks goes to our Operations team for constantly staying on top of manufacturing these products that our awesome sales team kept selling daily. Also to Macbeth Photography for sharing their talents with us. Stay tuned as we share more updates to the Sprayer Depot website and Kings Sprayers product manuals to better serve your needs.

 

That’s a wrap!

Topics: Spray Equipment Maintenance, Hose Reel, Custom-built sprayer, Spray Guns, Sprayer Depot, Kings Sprayers, Quickship Sprayers, Spray Hose, spray pumps, sprayer equipment, Photo Shoot

Sprayer Depot's Proven Process

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Sep 10, 2014

It seems like every time equipment breaks down, it happens when you need it most. At Sprayer Depot, we understand the importance of your sprayer and the need for it to be back up and running fast. That’s why we developed our Proven Process. It's simple really, and centers on your needs to get parts and equipment fast, without breaking the bank doing it. All orders placed by 3:30 p.m. EST with Sprayer Depot are shipped the same day. Guaranteed. Check out our latest video for more details:

 

Already know what part you need? Visit our easy to use website at SprayerDepot.com. Or call one of our technical wizards who can lean on the combined 55 years of experience our team holds in the field to help solve a problem or even customize a product to your needs. We’ll share more about those customizations on the blog next week. Until then, happy spraying!

Topics: Spray Equipment Maintenance, Sprayer Depot, Sprayer Parts, sprayer equipment, customer service, proven process, same day shipping

How To Build the Perfect Custom Sprayer

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Sep 05, 2014

Kings Sprayer 100/50 Dual Tank Skid Sprayer

When we say we know sprayers, it’s true. Our team builds more than 500 custom sprayers each year for customers looking to modify or completely reconfigure the makeup of this important tool. After all, you don’t have to settle for less than perfect in the sprayer world. Just turn to our Sprayer Depot knowledgeable customer service technicians with your ideas and < bam > the perfect custom sprayer is born. Here we’ll take a look at some of the common modifications to a few of our best selling sprayer models from Kings Sprayers.

You might be wondering if Sprayer Depot can modify one of the existing sprayers manufactured from Kings Sprayers. In a word, YES! Whether it’s adding more hose, swapping out the pump, or modifying the entire unit to your specific needs, Sprayer Depot can make it happen. We talked to operations manager David Herrera who mentioned “one of our biggest strengths is that we can get creative to solve space issues by creating custom frames and thinking outside the box.” Let’s take a closer look at a few scenarios as described by David:

One common customization is the dual tank setup (pictured above). Sometimes customers want two tanks so they can have chemicals in one tank and fresh water in the other, or another common scenario is having a need to spray two different chemicals while out on the job. We can make that happen within almost any parameter needed.

Another unique customization we created at the request of a customer is depicted in the same image above where you’ll notice that the hose reel is turned to the side. This is popular with the skid sprayer units in particular because the skid sprayer is usually in the bed of a pickup truck. It can be more convenient for the operator to have the hose dispatched from the passenger side when spraying lawns and shrubs. 

Gator Kings SprayersAnother example is  this custom Gator Kings Sprayers model. This skid sprayer unit fits into the back of a Gator utility vehicle. We had a customer request for a 100-gallon tank with a specific pump, engine, and hose reel. Given the standard way we build our skids, there was no way we could fit what the customer wanted in his Gator. So we got creative by using a low profile tank and designed a custom frame so that all of the components could be mounted above the tank. This is one of the most direct examples of how our team can creatively solve a problem a customer might have encountered with a standard off-the-shelf sprayer.

Below are a few of the most common modifications that can turn a stock sprayer into a custom model ideal for your needs:

  • Change the manual hose reel to an electric version
  • Add more hose to the hose reel
  • Change the standard spray gun to something else
  • Swap in a larger tank
  • Change the gas engine to electric start
  • Modify the orientation of the tank on the frame
  • Change the sprayer pump to a different manufacturer’s pump
  • Add another line on the suction side

So, what modifications would you love to improve your sprayer?

 

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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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