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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:

Teejet spray nozzle selection chart.jpg

 Hypro nozzle selection guide.jpg

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.

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.


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

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

Winter is Coming on December 21st

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Dec 11, 2015

Winter is set to begin on December 21st, however, just a peek outside the window or a stroll down 100GallonDe-Ice-2.jpgthe street tells a different story for a lot of folks around the country. Many of you are already dealing with freezing temperatures and piles of snow. So even if winter hasn’t “officially” started, we thought we would highlight a few of our previous posts that will help you and your sprayer handle the cold just a bit easier.

1) Perform an end of season calibration.

You should calibrate your sprayer one last time before you store it. We previously posted an 8 step guide to make this process as easy as possible. Another popular tool to consider for your calibrating arsenal should be the Sprayer Calibration Calculator App.

2) Winterizing Will Save You Time Next Spring.

Spend a little bit of time today servicing your sprayer so you can be up and running in no time when busy season starts again. We have many useful posts that will guide you through the easy process of winterizing your spray equipment. Check some of our most popular posts below!

3) Consider a De-Icing Sprayer . 

Take a look at the Kings Sprayers® 100 Gallon De-Icing Skid Sprayer. This is an ideal sprayer to mount on the back of a utility vehicle, and is used to spray de-icer. Different uses for the skid like watering and dust control makes this sprayer useful all year round! For pricing and full specs please visit the link below.

 Need parts before you store your sprayer? Call us or visit our store.

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Topics: Winterizing Spray Equipment, Maintenance, Boom Sprayer, Sprayer Depot, Sprayer Parts, winterize sprayer, spray tips, Sprayer Calibration, Calibrating a Boom Sprayer, sprayer tips and tricks, sprayer safety, service, calibrating app, purchasing a sprayer, things to consider

7 Must Haves For Your Sprayer Emergency Kit

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Nov 11, 2015

Many of our customers are getting ready to store their sprayer. To make this task as easy as possible, we've been Emergency_Repair_Kitsharing our end-of-season tips and tricks in our previous posts. Now is also the perfect time to put together a sprayer emergency kit if you haven't already.

An emergency kit will cut your downtime and save you time and money by keeping  a few essential parts on hand so you can quickly repair your spray equipment. When breakdowns happen no one is happy, so avoid downtime by stocking up on replacement parts.

The parts in your emergency kit will vary depending on the type of spray equipment you use, but we've compiled a list of the most commonly needed parts for repairing and maintaining some of our most popular Kings Sprayers.

Spray Tips and Nozzles: Replace spray tips and nozzles immediately if you notice a change in flow rate or a change in pattern distribution. Damaged spray tips and nozzles are sometimes overlooked but can cost you money and precious time if not replaced in a timely manner.

Strainers: A clogged strainer is one of the most common repairs our Service Repair Technicians see on a daily basis. You can prolong your strainer's life by cleaning it often, however, it's a good idea to keep a replacement strainer, gasket and seal. 

Spray Guns: We recommend not only keeping a spray gun repair kit but also a spare spray gun that you can use, just in case. One of the most common spray guns is the JD9-C pictured below, we sell a repair kit to replace the seals if the gun starts to leak and we have a short instructional video that will make the repair a breeze. 

Spray Hose: Although hoses are pretty tough they can bend and crack which affects the performance of your sprayer so we recommend having spare suction, bypass and discharge hoses on hand in case you need a quick replacement.

Hose Fittings: Besides storing replacement spare hoses, reusable hose fittings should also be on your list. Check out our video on this easy repair!

Diaphragm: Having a diaphragm repair kit in your emergency kit is definitely a must. These handy and inexpensive kits can make all the difference when it comes to staying up and running, or increasing your downtime. We have a couple of instructional videos that will guide you on the steps necessary to replace the diaphragm in your pump.

Pumps: Just like the diaphragm, many parts in your pump can be easily replaced, but some can't and sometimes the pump will fail and the only solution is a replacement. We recommend keeping a spare pump as part of your emergency kit.

A sprayer emergency kit will also help you save money by avoiding a trip to the service and repair shop, but in case you need it, you can count on us to offer you the best repair service. Don't hesitate to give us a call if you need help with a repair, or if you want to schedule a repair and service appointment at our Orlando, FL retail location. Just call 800-228-0905.

What do you keep in your sprayer emergency kit? Leave a note in the comments below. We'd love to hear from you.


Topics: Reusable Hose Fittings, Maintenance, Hoses, Spray Guns, Sprayer Depot, Sprayer Parts, Pump Repair, spray tips, Spray Nozzles, Diaphragm Repair, Boomless Nozzle, Pump, gearbox, Spray maintenance, repair kit, pumps, emergency

How to Keep Your Sprayer in Top Shape

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Nov 06, 2015

Take care of your sprayer and it will take care of you. Yes, your sprayer is a big investment and you want to make sure it's well taken care of. Proper use, care and maintenance will ensure your investment holds its value for years to come. Check out these tips from past blog posts to keep your sprayer in top shape!KingsSpayers_100_Gallon_Skid_Sprayer.jpg

1.) Use Equipment Properly

Proper training is needed for anyone operating the sprayer. This will ensure that your sprayer can hold up to years of hard work with minimal damages due to improper handling. You can also avoid work-related injuries by ensuring proper use of your spray equipment.

Take a look at some of these posts to help you get the most out of your sprayer:

2.) Perform Preventive Maintenance

Servicing your sprayer will help you prevent downtime and increase productivity. We are big advocates of performing maintenance on a timely basis before issues arise, to help you save time and money. We have many blog posts filled with useful information to help you service and maintain your sprayer. Visit some of the following posts to help you get started on your maintenance plan:

  • Spray Equipment Maintenance Tips to Implement This Fall -  This post features a couple of maintenance tips that should be performed during fall season. It also includes a FREE downloadable checklist that you can use to keep track of your spray equipment’s maintenance requirements.

3.) Don't Forget to Winterize

Winterizing your sprayer every year is a must. This is the perfect time to do a full inspection of all sprayer components, replace or repair as necessary, clean and store to prolong the life of your trusted sprayer. Winter time is coming soon, so why not be ready for this end-of-year tune up! Here are some of our favorite posts to help you with this upcoming task:

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Topics: Winterizing Spray Equipment, Maintenance, Boom Sprayer, Sprayer Depot, Sprayer Parts, winterize sprayer, spray tips, Sprayer Calibration, Calibrating a Boom Sprayer, sprayer tips and tricks, sprayer safety, service, calibrating app, purchasing a sprayer, things to consider

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