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Social Media Connects Us to Our Customers

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Aug 09, 2017

These days, many professional spray applicators seek information online. That's why at Sprayer Depot, we maintain a strong commitment to our social media channels. social-media.jpgBeing responsive allows us to connect with our customers and provide them with information where and when they need it.  

The 140 character maximum on Twitter may seem like a limitation when it comes to tools, but the quick communication style is a perfect way to reach us about problems big or small.  It also allows us to convey important news, share cool links or updates about our business.

With lots of product images and behind-the-scenes pics, followers can easily peer inside our average days using Instagram.  Visuals are vital! And viewing a picture of a sprayer part instead of simply reading a product description can make it easier to identify the parts and equipment you need.

Looking for instructional videos? Visit our Youtube channel to see more than 30 helpful videos.  Available 24/7  these videos cover topics such as product repairs, sprayer operations and more. Of course, our expert Customer Service Technicians are available by phone, email and live chat. We're always happy to help. 

With Google+ , it's easier than ever to quickly type #sprayerequipment or similar hashtagged phrases to follow topics or comment threads. Plus, with no character limits, it's a great forum to exchange information or dialogue requiring longer explanations or descriptions.

A successful Facebook page is more than simply having followers, it's about offering valuable content. Recently announced, followers can now write a review directly on a company Facebook page.  The reviews can help potential customers clients look for an objective opinion, plus provides valuable feedback for our customer service team. We're proud of our 4.7 star rating (out of 5) and work hard to maintain a high customer satisfaction rating.

We even have LinkedIn to help us with all things business.  Suppliers, distributors and any other companies know where to find us.

Still, it's not about having these platforms. It's about our customers, it's about answering the email, the phones and the chats with the best possible answers we can provide.  The better we can respond to customers, the better we are doing our jobs.  And the better we do our jobs, the more people we have to help.

 

Topics: Sprayer Parts, customer service, customer service technician, social media, sprayequpment

Product Highlight: Flow Meters

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Jul 14, 2017

Liquid meters, flow gauges, or flow indicators are all terms that are used interchangeably to refer to what is most commonly called a flow meter. Flowmeter-389.jpgA flow meter is a type of instrument that measures the amount of fluid, liquid, or gas (the flow) that travels through a piece of equipment. There are a few different types of flow meters that, depending on the industry and the application, will differ in the method of measurement. 

Positive Displacement Flow Meters

The most frequently used type of flow meter is the positive displacement flow meter which is also the most unique type because it accumulates a fixed volume of fluid first and then counts how many times this set volume is filled to give the total measurement of flow. This is the only type of flow meter that gives an exact measurement of volume, other flow meters use some other measurement as a variable which is then used to give a final flow rate. The Green Garde Flow Master Electronic Digital Flow Meter is an example of a reliable positive displacement flow meter that works well with a variety of pressures and applications. This electronic flow meter is ideal for use with the JD9-C high pressure spray gun which gives you total control over every application. The Green Garde Flow Master can handle volumes up to 10,000 gallons and has no moving parts which ensure trouble free operation. 

Mass Flow Meter

Mass flow meters are another type of flow meter that use the mass of the liquid or gas to determine the flow rate.  Thermal and Coriolis flow meters use this type of measurement as does the ARAG® Electromagnetic Visual-Flow Flowmeter 0.13-2.6 GPM which can be used across a wide variety of applications and has superb accuracy with 0.5% error. The ARAG Flowmeter also has a very high resistance to turbulence and integrates easily with existing rate controllers. 

Velocity Flow Meter

The measurement of the flow rate by the velocity of a liquid or gas is used by velocity flow meters. Turbines, electromagnetic, sonar, and propellers use velocity flow meters. 

No matter what your application or industry, the type of flow meter you choose will have a big impact on your flow control and productivity. Whatever your specific needs require, Sprayer Depot has a wide range of flow meters and accessories to help you monitor your applications with ease and accuracy!

 

Topics: Sprayer Parts, JD9 Spray Gun, sprayer accessories, flow meter

How Our Same Day Shipping Guarantee Can Impact Your Business

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, May 31, 2017

In our fast-paced world, shopping for spray equipment and sprayer parts has never been easier. Long-gone are the days when you had to physically walk into a brick and mortar retailer to find the equipment or part you need. Now, thanks to the experts at Sprayer Depot you can shop online, get expert advice on the phone or via live chat, and even receive SAME DAY shipping on your order. 

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Nearly 100,000 Visits This Month

At Sprayer Depot we know that being able to purchase high-quality spray equipment 365 days a year is important to your business. This is why perfecting our online store experience is one of our top priorities. With nearly 100,000 visitors to our website this month alone, Our customer base is no longer just limited to businesses that can drive to our Orlando store front. With our easy-to-navigate website, we are able to service customers from over 20 countries.  Even better? Our top goal is customer satisfaction, which is why we offer a same day shipping guarantee! Orders placed online by 5:00 p.m. (ET)* will ship on the same day. We promise.

We know how important it is to prevent long shipping times, and we strive to reduce the wait and stress that comes with ordering the parts and equipment you need to make sure your business runs smoothly. Delays in the shipping process can have a negative impact on business so we're committed to giving customers what they need in a timely manner, every time. Since we are one of the largest suppliers of professional spray equipment in the United States, we make it our mission to stand out from the crowd. So we've made sure that our shipping policies are extremely unique in the industry.

If your business involves spray application, your equipment needs to run properly at all times. If your equipment breaks down mid-week your business cannot simply pause while you wait days or weeks for a part to arrive. At Sprayer Depot, we understand that fast delivery is essential to our customers' work flow.

How Can Our Same Day Shipping Impact Your Business?

It allows you to plan ahead. Wondering when an order will arrive can be extremely inconvenient, especially when you're trying to maintain a job schedule. We take away the stress of trying to figure out when an order will arrive. By providing you with a tracking number for your order, and giving you a guaranteed same day shipping option, you can keep your eye on exactly when your order will arrive on your doorstep.  

It allows you to maintain efficiency. Minimizing downtime is a priority for all business owners. This is true whether you're in the landscaping, pest control, or even golf course management industries. When you get the spray equipment and sprayer parts you need quickly, it's easy to manage work schedules and maintain efficiency. 

It gives you more earning opportunity. Better planning allows you to reduce dissatisfaction among customers by continuing to scheduling jobs thus reduce expensive service delays. This can have a huge impact on the amount of money you are able to earn in any given pay period. When you are able to deliver a high level of service to your customers based on the assurance that parts and equipment deliveries can be predicted, it's easier to keep your business on track.

Every minute of downtime equals money you aren’t making. Please talk to one of our knowledgeable customer service technicians today to see how you can take advantage of our SAME DAY shipping guarantee. Call 800-228-0905, use the Live Chat feature on our website, or leave a comment in the box below. We want to hear from you!

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Topics: spray equipment, Sprayer Parts, same day shipping, live chat

Three Things That Could Make or Break Your Spray Season

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Apr 14, 2017

When the success of your business relies on your ability to provide uninterrupted service, you don't want to find yourself in a situation where you can't follow through on scheduling commitments. 

Three things that can make or break your business this season: Hypro Control Regulator.jpg

Equipment Breaking On-the-Job: Imagine just pulling in to service a large and important client. You get all set up to begin the day’s work when suddenly your sprayer loses pressure. If only you had an extra pressure regulator on hand to fix your equipment! Keeping your equipment running smoothly is an important part of running any business. By having extra parts on hand you could be preventing an otherwise disastrous day!  

Waiting for a Part to Come: Perhaps you’ve ordered the parts you need to fix your supplies, but now have to await their arrival in the mail. Ground shipping was the most affordable option but heavy spring rain storms have delayed the process. Every day you wait to fix your equipment is one more day that your client is unhappy.  Hypro-Spray-Tip.jpgTry to keep commonly used items on hand. That way you are never caught in a situation which leaves you waiting for parts to come in. For instance, you can never have too much spray hose.  You can cut down on additional wear on your hose by storing it on a reel and keeping these swivel attachments on hand. It's always better to be prepared, so that you aren't wasting valuable time.

At Sprayer Depot, it's our top priority to help reduce your downtime. That's why we offer SAME DAY SHIPPING for all orders placed by 5:00 p.m. (ET). Guaranteed!  

Delayed by the Repair Man: Another way you can lose serious business this season is in the event you have to wait for someone else to make repairs to your equipment for you. Every day that passes in which you have to sub out a repair job, you are losing money. Sometimes repairs can take days or even weeks to complete. Having some basic repair kits on hand can help you keep costly repair time at bay. 

If you're in the Orlando, FL area, you can always bring any needed repairs to our Repair Department. We've got the fastest turn-around time in the business. We'll get you up and running in in no time.

Remember, keeping your business on schedule this season is as easy as making sure you've always got a stockpile of the things you need on hand.  

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Topics: Sprayer Parts, Spray Hose, spray tip, spray season

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

Spraying Fruit Trees? Reduce Pesticide Spray Drift With These Tips

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Jul 15, 2016

Minimize Pesticide Spray Drift With These Tips  

Pest damage is perhaps the most pressing concern among fruit growers and effective control measures can be difficult to determine. While many great pesticide products are available, getting the maximumPesticideS pray Drift value from each one poses a challenge because of spray drift. Spray drift occurs when pesticide product spreads from the site of initial application. Drift can cause pesticides to land on sites that do not require application and results in a diminished amount of product collecting on the affected site. Expensive pesticide products end up wasted and deliver spotty results, if any.

Three basic strategies should always be kept in mind:

Good strategies can minimize the drift associated with pesticide spraying. Novice and experienced fruit tree technicians will find these tips valuable.

Start With Great Training

Learning the correct way to use pesticide spray equipment is the first and perhaps most important strategy of all. Although spraying might look simple to do, knowing how to prepare the product, handle the equipment, and apply the spray dramatically effects the end result. Take the time to train all tree care team members in the correct use of pesticide products, spray tips, and other items. Newer backpack and handheld sprayer models in particular have many features that even experienced technicians may be unfamiliar with. Speaking with one of our knowledgeable Customer Service Technicians can be beneficial. 

Develop a Maintenance Plan and Stick to it

Spray equipment must be maintained in order to perform correctly. Most professionals conduct daily and annual maintenance checks of spray equipment. Determine what needs to be done before and after using spray equipment, and train associates in the correct procedures. Check out this blog post for more information about sprayer maintenance.

End-of-season and pre-season maintenance should also be conducted. Hoses, nozzles, gaskets, and seals may need to be replaced from time to time. Keep a supply of these common sprayer parts and accessories on hand to facilitate effective maintenance.

Monitor and Calibrate Equipment

Electronic monitoring equipment like flow meters can provide valuable data regarding sprayer operation. Pressure and other operational factors can contribute to pesticide drift; utilize data monitors to track equipment operation and identify patterns indicative of poor operation. From there, calibrate equipment to improve performance. This may need to be done more than once throughout the spraying season.

The Experts Are Here to Help

We specialize in sprayers of all kinds and our team is here to help you with every aspect of sprayer-related questions. With available same-day shipping, live customer support, and loads of product information, we aim to be your preferred source for sprayers and sprayer parts.

 

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Topics: Strainers, Sprayer Parts, sprayers, spray tips, parts, nozzles

Spray Equipment: Spray Nozzles 101

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Jun 29, 2016

Nozzles may be small, but they play a critical role in the application of chemicals. Learn all about spray nozzles.pngSelecting the proper size and type of nozzle is an essential step to determine the amount of spray applied to an area. Use the wrong nozzle, and you may over or under spray the solution which will result in an ineffective application.

A few questions that will help you make the best nozzle selection for your particular application include:

1. What's your application type? (i.e., agricultural, pest control, lawn & landscape, etc.)

2. What's the predetermined distribution pattern? (i.e., broadcast, banded, stream, etc.)

3. What's the recommended droplet size?

4. What type of nozzle material is needed to avoid corrosion?

Let's go over a couple of key elements you can apply to answer the questions above:

Application Rate

Consider nozzle orifice size, operating pressure, nozzle spacing and nozzle speed to determine the application rate. A couple of tips to keep in mind include:
  • The smaller the orifice, the smaller the droplet size
  • Small droplets are subject to more drift and evaporation than larger ones
  • Dense areas require higher pressure for the droplet to reach its target
  • Measuring pressure at the boom is the most efficient way to test actual pressure rate
  • Take into account the angle of the spray tips and their height to space the nozzles at an appropriate distance
  • The faster the speed of the application the less solution applied and vice-versa

Pattern Distribution

The pattern distribution should offer accurate coverage when using the appropriate nozzle. The three most common nozzle distribution patterns are:

1. Flat fan pattern nozzles: Ideal for broadcasting application, flat fan are the most widely used pattern nozzles. Hypro offers a wide selection of flat fan pattern nozzles; browse our extensive inventory by clicking here.

2. Cone pattern nozzles: Best suited for banded application but can also be used for broadcasting application. Cone pattern nozzles are particularly useful when spraying crops as they provide better coverage.

3. Flooding nozzles: Perfect for applications where wind-tolerant nozzles are needed. Use flooding nozzles when spraying at lower pressures with a large droplet to minimize drift.

Nozzle Material

Nozzles come in a wide variety of materials such as polyacetal, ceramic, stainless steel or PVDF. Depending on their use and spray solution, nozzles will wear out at different rates. Always check the label of the chemical solution to check for compatible nozzle material. Also, pay close attention to any specific cleaning or maintenance requirement to keep nozzles clean.

Hypro and TeeJet are among our most popular manufacturers of high quality nozzles. They also have many educational resources that can help make the selection process a bit easier for you. Check out these two simple selection guides that will help you identify the correct nozzle:

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If you are looking to learn more about nozzles and tips, please visit our previous post 3 Keys to Selecting the Right Spray Tip.

If you still have questions regarding what spray nozzle you should use, contact one of our knowledgeable Customer Service Technicians.

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Topics: Hypro, Sprayer Parts, pest control, spray tips, Spray Nozzles, spray nozzle, spray tip guide, nozzle selection guide, spray nozzle selection, Teejet

3 Easy Tips to Plan for Sprayer Parts

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Jun 22, 2016

In the middle of busy season, you can’t afford to waste time. Planning for extra parts ahead of time isSprayer_Depot_Customer_Testimonial.jpg a crucial step to keep your operation running smoothly all summer. Avoid unhappy customers, loss of revenue and unplanned expenses by having extra spray parts on hand.

Our team of knowledgeable Customer Service Technicians can help you get the parts you need FAST with a simple phone call, email or chat. For easy convenience, you can also place your order on our website; it's always available and easy to navigate, which helps to keep you going throughout the entire spraying season.

When you can't afford to wait for extra parts to arrive, it pays to be prepared. So, how can you plan for unexpected downtime? Follow these 3 steps to help you identify which parts are key to your business.

1) Make a List: List all of your spray equipment, sprayer parts, and accessories that are critical to your everyday tasks. This should include all sprayers, nozzles,tips, spray guns, hose, hose reel, truck or other transporting vehicle, and other components. A list is an easy way to identify key equipment.

2) Check Inventory: Go over your current stockpile and use your list from step 1 to verify that you have the appropriate spare parts on hand. A few common parts to always keep readily available include:
  1. Spray tips and nozzles
  2. Strainer
  3. Strainer gasket and seal
  4. Spray guns
  5. O-ring kit
  6. Spray hose
  7. Hose fittings
  8. Diaphragm repair kit
  9. Extra pump
3) Stock-up: Restock standard parts you know will eventually wear out. Consider this part of your spray equipment maintenance plan. Stocking up on spare parts can make all the difference when an issue arises. You will be glad when all it takes is a simple repair to keep you up and running.

Click HERE to Order Spray Tips, Strainers, Agitators and More!
Which parts do you keep on hand for repairs? Tell us your answer in the comment box below. Looking for even more information on building your own "emergency kit"? Read our previous post for ideas!

Topics: Strainers, Sprayer Parts, sprayers, spray tips, parts, nozzles

Discover How Sprayer Accessories Can Improve Your Application

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, May 13, 2016

Get the most out of your trusted sprayer this season by investing in a couple of accessories. We offer a variety of add-ons that can help you achieve a more precise application. If you are looking for better control of your spraying solution or an easier way to mix and load chemicals into the tank, we have the accessories you need!

We’ve rounded up 3 popular sprayer accessories that will help you improve your productivity and effectiveness:

HypGauge-Actual.jpg Pressure Gauge: The pressure gauge allows the spray applicator to control and monitor the pressure in the tank. An incorrect pressure rate can cause an uneven coverage of your application.

 We sell a wide selection of pressure gauges. They come in two styles, bottom or back mount. Available in a variety of pressure ratings from 0 to 6000 psi. These gauges are designed for use with air, gas, oil and water or any medium not corrosive to brass or bronze.  

Chemical Eductor: Mix liquids and dry chemicals quickly and safely by using a cleanload-resized-600.jpgchemical eductor. Properly mixed chemicals yield effective and efficient results. Learn more about eductors by reading our previous post "Chemical Eductors Can Prevent Chemical Problems and Improve Efficacy”.

We currently stock the Hypro CleanLoad Chemical Eductor 3375P series in two different gallon sizes, 4.5 Gal. and 5.5 Gal. 

 OrionFM-flowmeter.jpgFlow Meter: Measure the flow rate of the liquid being sprayed by using a flow meter. Calculate any variation in flow rate and calibrate your sprayer accordingly. Pesticides and other chemicals should always be sprayed by following the appropriate specifications on the label.

Browse our inventory for our current flow meter selection. Hypro's Arag® and Green Garde's FlowMaster are top of the line flow meters that will help you ensure accurate flow for your application .

Ready to achieve your best spraying application yet? Check out these products and more by browsing our website. If you need help or have questions, don't hesitate to contact our knowledgeable Customer Service Technicians.

 

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Topics: Sprayer Parts, sprayers, Kings Sprayers, sprayer components, sprayer accessories

3 Sprayer Parts You Should Always Keep On Hand

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Mar 18, 2016

Proper Sprayer Maintenance Requires Keeping the Right Sprayer Parts in Sprayer-parts-replacement.jpgInventory

"How many spare parts should I keep on hand?" This question seems to come up often. While some customers like to stay prepared by keeping extra pumps, engines and other major sprayer components on hand, most keep a few key sprayer parts on the their shelves in order to do quick repairs in the field. Here are the top 3 "must-have” parts that we recommend to keep on hand:

 

Spray Tips

The spray tip is a critical part of any sprayer. Spray tips perform three functions:
  • Regulate flow
  • Atomize the mixture into droplets
  • Disperse the spray in a desirable pattern
Selecting the appropriate spray tip will depend on a variety of factors such as application, spray solution and droplet size needed. For example, increasing the spray tip angle decreases droplet size. Since smaller droplets drift longer distances, it's important to pick the right spray tip for the job.
 
Agitator

An agitator in the tank is needed to mix the spray material uniformly and keep chemicals in suspension. If this breaks, you will most definitely want to replace it ASAP, so make sure to have a replacement part ready to ensure an effective application.

Strainer

As we've previously said, the strainer is a very important part of your sprayer. Clogging can damage your entire unit if not replaced in a timely manner. You need to consider your spray solution when choosing the correct strainer for your sprayer. 

Strainer numbers (e.g. 20-mesh, 50-mesh, or 100-mesh) indicate the number of openings per inch. Strainers with high numbers have smaller openings than strainers with low numbers. A good tip to remember is: The higher the number the tighter the mesh.

Coarse basket strainers (also commonly referred to as basket filters) set in the tank-filler opening prevent debris from entering the tank as it is being filled. A 16- or 20-mesh tank basket filter will also restrain lumps of wettable powder until they are broken up, helping to give uniform mixing in the tank.

The line strainer is the most critical strainer of the sprayer. It usually has a screen size of 16 to 80 mesh, and it can be positioned between the tank and the pump, between the pump and the pressure regulator, or close to the boom, depending upon the type of pump you are using.

Roller and other positive displacement pumps should have a line strainer (40- or 50-mesh) located ahead of the pump to remove material that would damage the pump. In contrast, the inlet of a centrifugal pump must not be restricted. A line strainer (usually 50-mesh) should be located on the pressure side of the pump to protect the spray and agitation nozzles. Be sure to clean this screen regularly.

Spray season will soon be in full swing, so don't get caught unprepared! Shop for your replacement parts and keep your spray equipment running smoothly. 

Click HERE to Order Spray Tips, Strainers, Agitators and More!
Share in the comments below which parts you keep in your truck for repairs. Looking for even more information on building your own "emergency kit"? Read our previous post for ideas!

Topics: Sprayer Parts, sprayer nozzle, agitator, tank basket filter

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