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Don't Ignore Your Spray Nozzles!

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Jul 28, 2017

They may be small but they happen to be one of the most critical (and easy to replace) component of your spray equipment and should definitely not be underestimated! Hypro flat fan spray tip.jpgSpray nozzles, like any other part of your spray equipment inventory, should be routinely checked for problems or issues that could impact the delivery of your fluids. For optimum efficacy and trouble free applications take a moment to inspect your spray nozzles-it's a simple task but could save you time and money at the end of the day! 

When inspecting your spray nozzles, consider the following three factors which can help to determine what you should be looking for and what steps to take, should you have any issues. 

Nozzle Material

Spray nozzles are available in various materials that are ideally suited for different sprayers, and the type of fluid that will be applied. Some of the materials used in the most popular of spray nozzles include ceramic, silicon carbide, and polyacetal, which all are generally highly resistant to wear. Other materials used for spray nozzles include stainless steel, brass or even titanium especially for highly corrosive applications. Often spray nozzles that require chemical resistance are made of thermoplastics like Teflon or polyvinylidine difluoride (PVDF), a specialty plastic used with solvents, bases or acids. 

Because every spray nozzle will vary in terms of their use, the type and quality of fluid that is used, and frequency of use, the service life of each nozzle will also vary considerably. Polyacetal nozzles for instance, tend to last almost twice as long as stainless steel nozzles. In addition, the temperature of your application is also an important factor in determining the service life of your nozzle since some materials like metals, in particular, cast iron and stainless steel, are more resistant to higher temperature applications than other materials, like plastics. 

Type of Application

Spray nozzles need to be checked if there is a change in the type of application since each nozzle is usually compatible with specific types of fluids and applications. To help you determine the appropriate spray nozzle for your particular needs, check out our previous blog post which details the primary considerations for choosing the correct spray nozzle and even includes selection guides from TeeJet and Hypro, two of our most popular spray nozzle manufacturers. 

General Wear and Tear

Like all spray equipment, spray nozzles are subject to general wear and tear caused by normal use over time. Be particularly aware of any visible signs of erosion or damage which may cause changes to the application of your fluids. If your spray pattern is altered or the flow is interrupted, this could be a sign of a faulty or failing nozzle. Being observant about such minor aberrations can save you wasted costs, time, and energy in the long run. 

Routine inspections of your spray nozzles can be performed easily, without any special tools, and ideally should be done with each use. Be sure to check out our website for the largest selection of spray nozzles when it comes time for ordering a replacement and if you should need any assistance or have questions, don't hesitate to contact one of our professional and experienced Customer Service Technicians for help you all your spray equipment, parts, and accessory needs! 

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Topics: Sprayer Nozzles, Hypro spray tips

3 Keys to Selecting the Right Spray Tip

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Thu, May 28, 2015

hypro_spraytipSpray tips are important, but these small components happen to be an often-overlooked part of a sprayer. With so many options on the market it’s no wonder that you might feel overwhelmed with choices. However, the benefits of finding the right tip for your application will pay in spades in the long run. Determining which spray nozzle is best for your needs depends on a variety of factors, including the type of spray application and your sprayer equipment.

An appropriate spray tip can do the following:

  •       Reduces off target spray
  •       Provides more control to improve coverage
  •       Means you save money
  •       Best for the environment
  •       Means you complete your spray job faster

So there’s a reason why there are so many different types of spray tips in tons of sizes, capacities and materials. To get started, you should identify your needs. This first step will guide you to a narrower field of nozzle options. For instance, are you trying to reduce spray drift? Do you need a wide pressure range? What would you change about the nozzle you’ve used most recently? Do you want better coverage? Once you’ve identified your needs, then follow these three keys to selecting the right spray tip.

1. Determine Flow Rate (gpm): You’ll need to identify the application volume (gpa), travel speed (mph) and nozzle spacing in inches (w) to find the right flow rate. Your calculation may look something like this: 

Flow Rate (gpm) = Volume x Speed x Nozzle Spacing

Check out the Hypro SprayIT Calculator – it’s a helpful reference guide, or TeeJet’s nozzle selection guide

2. Select the Right Nozzle: With that information on hand you’ll have a better idea of the type of nozzle needed and can follow the manufacturer’s chart to identify the model that will work best for your needs.

Keep in mind that nozzles come in different materials. Brass resists corrosion from corrosive chemicals, plastic will not corrode and resist abrasion, stainless steel offer good corrosion resistance and are best suited for high pressures, aluminum are easily corroded by some fertilizers, and ceramic are highly resistant to abrasion and corrosion.

3. Calibrate and Adjust: After you’ve installed the new spray tip, calibrate your sprayer. This determines the amount of spray volume applied per acre. Also keep in mind that when you’re on a job, the spray pressure output of you sprayer may differ from the charts. You can adjust for this by determining the amount of pressure at the nozzle and then subtracting or adding pressure from your main gauge to compensate and ensure that you’re getting the desired output needed.

Have other suggestions to selecting the right spray tip for your needs? Maybe you’re a fan of simply calling our Customer Service Technicians to determine the right product or perhaps you have a specific brand you prefer. Either way, we’d love to hear what work best for you. Leave a comment below.


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Hypro’s Spray Nozzle Selection Simplified

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Oct 15, 2014

We’re always looking for ways to make spray nozzle selection easier and we’ve shared some tips of the trade in past posts right here on our blog. With new advances in technology and an ever-evolving line-up of options, we couldn’t resist sharing this Spray Nozzle Selection Guide and helpful information from our friends at Hypro.

Consider this. When selecting nozzles it’s easy to determine what droplet and flow rate you need, but what happens when the chemical you are spraying changes? Does that change the nozzle you should be using?

Hypro has developed a simple set of tools that will help steer you to the correct nozzle technology while considering multiple tank mix characteristics. The Spray Nozzle Selection Guide will walk you through a series of questions to identify the correct nozzle, including:

  • What and when are you spraying?
  • Are you using an adjuvant, and if so, what type?
  • In your chemical Contact or Systemic?
  • Is your primary concern drift or coverage?
Hypro's Spray Nozzle Guide

Nozzle Selection Guide

From there you’ll determine which of six nozzles are best for your application. Choices include Hi-Flow and ESI Six Stream, which are best for Fertilizer Plant Nutrients. Those spraying Herbicides and doing Weed Control would be served best with the Ultra Lo-Drift, Guardian or GuardianAir nozzle types, according to the guide. Rounding out the bunch are the Insecticide/Fungicide Plant Health needs that are best suited by using the Guardian, GuardianAir or GuardianAir Twin nozzles.

Interested in more? Hypro’s Spray Tip Guide digs further into the subject, providing technical details to support your selection. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Why different nozzles should be used when changing what you spray
  • How do adjuvants effect nozzle selection
  • When does using a Contact or Systemic chemical change your nozzle selection
If you still have questions regarding what spray nozzle you should use, contact one of Sprayer Depot's knowledgeable Customer Service Technicians.

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5 Things You Already Know To Avoid When Setting Up Your Sprayer

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, Aug 05, 2014

You own a sprayer. It’s pretty important to your profession. You work in the lawn/landscape,Kings Sprayers pest control, agricultural, golf/recreation, or horticultural industries. You know how to spray. You’re smart. You understand what components are needed to get the optimal pressure from your equipment or how that simple little o-ring can make or break your day. Does that description sound familiar? Any pro who has been spraying for five to 30 years and more will understand that as technology in this field advances, so do your own tips and tricks of the trade.

Here we’ll share five tried and true things you should avoid when setting up your sprayer for the day, for the season or even for the first time. We’re talking routine tips you likely do every day that you use your sprayer, as well as a few deal breakers we’d be remiss if we didn’t share. So consider this more of a checklist, than an instruction manual as you beat the heat today.  

1.) Know your nozzle. From using the right tip for your application needs, to understanding how to clean it properly, knowing your nozzle is key. By now you know which tip offers the optimal performance, which spray pattern works best for your needs, and how to check flow rates. But as new technology comes to market and we’re better able to control drift or other outside forces, don’t forget the simple information from this buying guide for spray tips that can make all the difference for your season.

2.) Clean your equipment. Yes, this is a given, but a factor that often gets overlooked when you’re tired from a long day or running behind to get home for dinner. However, cleaning your sprayer after each use can take mere minutes compared to the hours you’ll spend cleaning build-up the next day – or worse if the next time you use it is weeks or months away. Once you’ve cleaned your sprayer, take a few extra minutes to calibrate your sprayer for optimal spraying and you’ll be happier the next time you’re ready to use it.

3.) Check your tire pressure. If you’re sporting a two- or four-wheel sprayer or even one that’s mounted to the bed of your truck, operating with the correct tire pressure is important for a smooth ride and sprayer stability. Be sure to check the tire pressure of your rig against the manufacturer’s recommendation. After all, tires act as both a spring and shock absorber so running with tire pressure too high can reduce traction and amplify any surface irregularities. That’s the last thing you want to deal with when you start spraying. To that end, if you’re using a smaller handheld or backpack sprayer the same tools apply – check the shoulder straps for a secure fit and wear the right shoes for that added spring in your step.

4.) Watch the weather.Whether you’re concern is 100 degree heat or that thunderstorm brewing just west of your location, watching the weather will make all the difference as you plan for your day. For more on watering tips and the weather, check out our recent post on water use and 5 tips for smart spraying. We know with the drought watches and warnings our friends in California are all over this one! 

5.) Don’t settle for mediocre. Have pride in the equipment you own and if something’s not working properly or not the best fit for your needs, don’t settle. Doing so could not only negatively impact your work, but also could lead to added frustration or longer work hours. Cut yourself some slack and don’t settle for anything less than the best. Spraying shouldn’t be a chore, have some fun with it and that means not settling for anything less than what’s best for your usage.

So there you have it. Now it’s your turn to share. What are your tried and true tips and tricks of the spraying trade? Share them in the comments below, on Facebook or Twitter.


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