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Sprayer Depot Celebrates National Agriculture Day

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Mon, Mar 07, 2016


Sprayer Depot is more than just your one-stop shop for all spray equipment, parts and accessories. National_AG_DAY_2016.pngWe strive to build strong relationships within the spray equipment community and across industries. We are proud of our long-lasting relationships with customers in the agriculture industry. That's why every spring we join in observance of National Agriculture Day, officially celebrated on March 15th, 2016.

National Ag Day recognizes and celebrates the abundance provided by American agriculture. What better way to show our appreciation to all of our agricultural customers than to take the time to recognize agriculture in our country alongside producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and business across the country.

"Agriculture provides almost everything we eat, use and wear on a daily basis, and is increasingly contributing to fuel and other bio-products. Each year, members of the agricultural industry gather together to promote American agriculture. This effort helps educate millions of consumers." Agriculture Council of America (ACA).

So we’re joining the campaign to help bring awareness and share some of our favorite ag spray tips:

Spray Tips and Nozzles

Make sure you've selected the appropriate nozzles for the application. This can help reduce off-target movement while giving good coverage.

Although we wish spray tips could last forever, the truth is that inevitably they will need to be replaced. The life of a spray tip depends on many things like usage and abrasiveness of the spray solution. A worn out spray tip can result in improper chemical application resulting in over-spraying. This can put your crops at risk, and it poses a hazard.

Replace spray tips and nozzles immediately if you notice a change in flow rate or a change in pattern distribution. 

AG Technology
 
Agriculture has become very technology driven, and there are some great resources to help you control, monitor and grow your farm. We have hand-picked our 3 favorite apps that will make your job a little bit easier.
 
TractorPal: This app keeps inventory and maintenance records for all your personal agriculture machines like cars, tractors, lawn mowers and sprayers. You can also record each item’s maintenance and will remind you when service is required. 
 
Weed ID: The Ag Weed ID application is an in-hand tool for producers to help identify weeds during scouting in 6 major row crops. Click here for other tips on spraying for weed control!
 
Mix Tank: Winner of AgProfessional magazine’s Readers Choice, this is one popular app that will assist you with the proper tank mixing sequence of crop protection products.
 
Spray Equipment
 
We simply cannot stress enough the importance of servicing your spray equipment. Performing timely maintenance will save you from a lot of headaches. Waiting for problems to arise will not only cost you time but will also cost you a lot of money. So get started on a spray equipment maintenance plan and always have a couple of spare parts ready to cut downtime when something needs to be replaced.
 
If you have some extra time, visit the Agriculture Council of America for even more information on how you can help celebrate National Ag Day!

 

Topics: Sprayer Depot, sprayers, sprayer performance, spray tips, apps for spraying agriculture, AG

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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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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National Farm Safety and Health Week Sprayer Safety Tips

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, Sep 30, 2014

National Farm Safety The team here at Sprayer Depot is joining the nation in observance of National Farm Safety and Health Week (September 21-27, 2014) by sharing some essential tips for sprayer safety. According to Allan Vyhnalek, UNL extension educator, in The Banner-Press, “Farming ranks behind mining with the second highest number of disabling and fatal incidents annually.” So we’re joining the campaign to help bring awareness and share safety tips that can help curb this statistic. 

For our friends in rural areas especially, the use of a slow moving sign is a great first step. That’s the reflective orange triangle that’s meant to alert motorists to a – you guessed it – slow moving vehicle. According to the National Ag Safety Database, all vehicles that can’t keep up a speed of more than 40 km/h (25 mph), for example, road construction equipment, must display the slow moving vehicle sign on the rear of the vehicle.

As for the sprayer itself, here’s a little pop quiz for you:

Sprayer calibration includes which of the following?
a) checking strainers   b) checking lines   c) checking pumps   d) all of the above

Too easy? If you guessed (d) all of the above, you’re correct. Of course, there’s a lot more to sprayer calibration that we’ve covered in previous posts. So let’s stick to three pillars of sprayer safety – filling the sprayer, using the sprayer and cleaning the sprayer.

Filling the sprayer

If you’re using water to fill the sprayer tank, consider the following:

  • Make sure that the end of the filling hose is positioned 4” or more above the sprayer’s filling hole.
  • Don’t leave the sprayer unattended while you fill it up. This will help avoid overflow or other spillage.

When filling the sprayer tank with a chemical based substance, use these precautions:

  • Avoid using the same spot every time you handle concentrated chemicals when filling the sprayer tank. That way, if there are minor spills you’ll benefit from an active soil breakdown. You also won’t have to worry about issues from transporting a full tank of solution through environmentally protected areas.
  • A shovel and plastic bag can be used to pick up any spillage on the ground.

Using the sprayer / protect the environment and yourself

  • Consider decorating the front of your rig with a wind streamer that will help show you which way the wind is blowing and its likely force.
  • Plan ahead for wind changes and, as always, keep an eye on the weather forecast.
  • Never attempt any repairs with liquid in the spray tank.
  • Avoid over-spraying. It can put your crops at risk, and it poses a hazard. Plus it’s just wasteful.

Cleaning the sprayer inside and out

Of course, we recommend following the manufacturer’s recommendation for cleaning your sprayer inside and out, but here are some general guidelines that can help as well. Cleaning should happen on a daily basis. If you’ve calibrated your sprayer correctly, chances are there is very little remaining in the tank after you finish spraying, which is all the better.

  • Dilute the leftover liquid and then spray it over an area that complies with approved use and in a manner that avoids exceeding max dosage. Diluted 10x with water and sprayed over a just treated area often meets requirements.
  • If you have a dedicated rinsing tank mounted on your rig, it makes the process quick and easy for cleaning in the field.
  • For many of our readers who don’t have a dedicated tank, flush the inside of the tank with an equivalent amount of 10% of the tank size. Repeat twice making sure that all the valves are activated.
  • Take care to ensure to follow local rules for disposal, which often means avoiding ditches, drains and sewage.
  • Use a high pressure hose to rinse the exterior of the rig, paying attention to those areas that get more contamination like the back of the rig/tank, wheels and boom, if applicable.

If you have time, the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety is offering a weeklong webinar series on a variety of health and safety concerns that serve as a great reminder. After all we can’t be too careful.

Topics: Sprayer Depot, sprayers, sprayer performance, Ag Sprayers, sprayer tips and tricks, cleaning sprayer, sprayer safety, national farm safety and health week, filling the sprayer, using a sprayer

5 Tips for Seasonal Sprayer Maintenance

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Mon, Sep 22, 2014

Kings Sprayers

As the season changes to autumn (officially on Sept. 22, 2014), the scenery for many of us quickly follows, adding to it shades of red, orange and yellow to the typically green landscape. The weather too will turn cooler (at least we’re hopeful in Florida) and of course the needs of our sprayer changes too. While we’re not quite to the point where we need to winterize our tools, care should be given to prep for that necessary activity and to ensure the changing weather elements don’t impact the end of your season. We’ve combed over our collection of trade tips to uncover the essential needs for this time of year.

Below are five tips for autumn sprayer maintenance from Sprayer Depot to keep you going through the end of the season. 

1. Flush your sprayer.

To get rid of all excess chemical and chemical residues, flush your sprayer at least twice with clean water. It would be awful to not flush your pump with a month left in the spray season and then rupture some diaphragms. That would result in late season repairs you might not have accounted for, let alone the hassle. When you’re finished, make sure there’s no debris left in the tank.

2. Clean strainers.

This is one of those tasks no one enjoys, but is so necessary. Partially clogged strainers can result in drops in pressure and even reduce the flow rate of your nozzle. Not to mention that a clogged or dirty strainer can be a source of contamination where you may least expect it. Since most sprayers have more than one strainer, take care to clean each.

3.  Check fuel levels.

Make sure the oil levels in your spray pump, gearbox and engine are at appropriate levels. If you do need to refill oil, check with the part manufacturer to ensure you’re using the recommended oil.

4.  Inspect machine.

What you’re looking for are a number of things, including: worn nozzles; damaged nozzle screens and strainers; cracks, leaks and overall performance in the pump; hose condition, especially cracks or brittleness; any possible leaky valves or areas where valve seals may have loosened; and finally your booms (if applicable) to make sure there aren’t any cracks that need to be fixed. While you’re at it, keep the equipment clean by wiping down motors, pumps and lines.

5. Get a winterization game plan.

As the weather changes, winter is fast approaching and it’s time to dig out your winter coat. This is also the time to think about scheduling your annual winterization maintenance and end of year sprayer tune-up. Remember that caring for your machine properly now will pay off next year when it’s time to break it back out and use it. Put it in your calendar today and check back for more tips on winterizing your sprayer as the date approaches.

With sprayer season coming to a close in most parts of the country, our friends in the lawn maintenance and pesticide industries are busy making one more pass at killing weeds before the season ends. With so many holidays approaching it can be easy to get swept away, but don’t let regular sprayer maintenance slip.

Consider implementing these five tips for seasonal sprayer maintenance and let us know if you have additional tips to share by making a comment below, on Facebook or Twitter

Topics: Spray Equipment Maintenance, Winterizing Spray Equipment, lawn sprayer, diaphragm pump, spray equipment checklist, sprayer performance, sprayer strainer, Pesticide Application, spray nozzle, valves, parts, sprayer tips and tricks

5 Tips for Seasonal Sprayer Maintenance

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Mon, Sep 22, 2014

As the season changes to autumn (officially on Sept. 22, 2014), the scenery for many of us quickly follows, adding to it shades of red, orange and yellow to the typically green landscape. The weather too will turn cooler (at least we’re hopeful in Florida) and of course the needs of our sprayer changes too. While we’re not quite to the point where we need to winterize our tools, care should be given to prep for that necessary activity and to ensure the changing weather elements don’t impact the end of your season. We’ve combed over our collection of trade tips to uncover the essential needs for this time of year.

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Below are five tips for autumn sprayer maintenance from Sprayer Depot to keep you going through the end of the season. 

1. Flush your sprayer.

To get rid of all excess chemical and chemical residues, flush your sprayer at least twice with clean water. It would be awful to not flush your pump with a month left in the spray season and then rupture some diaphragms. That would result in late season repairs you might not have accounted for, let alone the hassle. When you’re finished, make sure there’s no debris left in the tank.

2. Clean strainers.

This is one of those tasks no one enjoys, but is so necessary. Partially clogged strainers can result in drops in pressure and even reduce the flow rate of your nozzle. Not to mention that a clogged or dirty strainer can be a source of contamination where you may least expect it. Since most sprayers have more than one strainer, take care to clean each.

3.  Check fuel levels.

Make sure the oil levels in your spray pump, gearbox and engine are at appropriate levels. If you do need to refill oil, check with the part manufacturer to ensure you’re using the recommended oil.

4.  Inspect machine.

What you’re looking for are a number of things, including: worn nozzles; damaged nozzle screens and strainers; cracks, leaks and overall performance in the pump; hose condition, especially cracks or brittleness; any possible leaky valves or areas where valve seals may have loosened; and finally your booms (if applicable) to make sure there aren’t any cracks that need to be fixed. While you’re at it, keep the equipment clean by wiping down motors, pumps and lines.

5. Get a winterization game plan.

As the weather changes, winter is fast approaching and it’s time to dig out your winter coat. This is also the time to think about scheduling your annual winterization maintenance and end of year sprayer tune-up. Remember that caring for your machine properly now will pay off next year when it’s time to break it back out and use it. Put it in your calendar today and check back for more tips on winterizing your sprayer as the date approaches.

 

With sprayer season coming to a close in most parts of the country, our friends in the lawn maintenance and pesticide industries are busy making one more pass at killing weeds before the season ends. With so many holidays approaching it can be easy to get swept away, but don’t let regular sprayer maintenance slip.

Consider implementing these five tips for seasonal sprayer maintenance and let us know if you have additional tips to share by making a comment below, on Facebook or Twitter

Topics: Spray Equipment Maintenance, Winterizing Spray Equipment, lawn sprayer, diaphragm pump, spray equipment checklist, sprayer performance, sprayer strainer, Pesticide Application, spray nozzle, valves, parts, sprayer tips and tricks

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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Plumbing Your Sprayer the Right Way

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Thu, Jul 31, 2014

The primary goal when you’re plumbing a sprayer pump is to route liquid from the pump to the spray nozzle with as little restriction as possible. By minimizing restrictions you’ll achieve the pump’s maximum rated capacity. For purposes of this blog post we’ll share how to plumb your sprayer the right way when using a diaphragm pump.

Quick side note, as you probably know the type of pump you use makes a difference when it comes to proper plumbing. Diaphragm, piston and roller pumps are all types of positive displacement pumps, whereas a centrifugal pump is the most common non-positive displacement pump. When you’re looking at positive displacement pumps the output is proportional to speed and independent of pressure, but when we use a centrifugal or non-positive displacement pump the output is influenced by pressure. So needless to say, plumbing on these two types is different.

Now that we’re all on the same page, for the best performance of your sprayer with a diaphragm pump and hose reel, follow these 10 steps and you’ll be well on your way to maximizing pump performance and efficiency:

Hypro diaphragm pump diagram

  1. Place the outlet fitting in lowest point in the tank.
  2. Connect a ball valve to the outlet tee (or elbow) so you can turn off the flow in case you need to service the pump or check the line strainer.
  3. Include a line strainer between the tank and the pump to prevent debris from clogging the pump, relief valve, gun and nozzle.
  4. Tank outlet fitting, elbow, suction line, and strainer should be one pipe size larger than the suction port of the pump. Suction line should be reinforced, so it does not collapse, but flexible so it absorbs pulsation. Clear suction line helps you see air bubbles if there is air entering the system.
  5. Although diaphragm pumps prime well, try to position the pump lower than the tank for gravity feed.
  6. Most diaphragm pumps include a “control unit” consisting of a relief valve, multiple discharge ports with ball valves, and a pressure gauge. It can be mounted on the pump or remote mounted. If a remote mount is used do not put a shutoff valve between the pump and the control unit.
  7. Connect the relief valve bypass port with an unrestricted line to the top of the tank, venting to atmospheric pressure. Do not put a shutoff valve in this line. Do not connect the bypass line to the agitator. Restrictions may prevent the relief valve from bypassing properly and so causing damage to the pump.
  8. Connect one of the discharge lines to the agitator(s). You may use a ball valve in this line to throttle the flow.
  9. Connect one of the discharge lines to the inlet swivel on the hose reel. You may use a ball valve in this line. Do not use hard plumbing when connecting the discharge line to the hose reel swivel.
  10. Connect the gun.

Additional considerations:

  • A minimum number of elbows, fittings, and valves should be used to reduce pressure losses. These should also be sized properly to prevent flow restrictions.
  • Hoses should be the same size as the pump’s suction and discharge port. A straight run of 10 times the suction hose diameter is recommended prior to the pump inlet. For example: 1.5” hose diameter = 15” of straight hose.
  • An agitation flow rate of 5% of the tank capacity is recommended for most chemicals. A higher rate of 10% is suggested for wettable powders and materials difficult to keep in suspension. See the chart below for common tank sizes.
Tank Capacity 5% 10%
500 gallons 25 gpm 50 gpm
750 gallons 37 gpm 75 gpm
1000 gallons 50 gpm 100 gpm

Topics: Spray Equipment Maintenance, Diaphragm pumps, spray equipment, Sprayer Depot, Strainers, Sprayer Parts, diaphragm pump, Diapgragm pumps, sprayers, spray equipment checklist, sprayer performance, plumbing sprayer, plumbing diaphragm pump sprayer

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