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Spray Equipment Q & A:  Simple Answers to Your Questions

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Oct 13, 2017

We receive many questions on our blog from Sprayer-depot-QA.jpgpeople all around the world seeking answers to their spray equipment questions. Some are about specific product recommendations, yet many others are from people troubleshooting problems. Here, we’ll take a look at a few of the recent Q & As. 

Question submitted on our blog: Troubleshooting the SHURflo Pump 8000 Series:

Q: We have an 8000-643-236 pump that will run through a wand and then it takes longer and longer to pressurize. Eventually, it constantly runs and will not pressure up. Any ideas?

A: There are a few issues that can cause the symptoms you are describing. First, we would check the suction side leading to the pump and ensure there are no loose fittings or air leaks. If air is coming into the suction line it can get trapped inside the pump head or run through the pump to the outlet line.  This can cause the pump to not shut off or pressurize. If all fittings are tight and there is no air trapped in the system we inspect the check valves in the pump head for any swelling or debris. If the valves are in working order it may just be that the pressure switch on the front of the pump head needs to be replaced.

Question submitted on our Facebook page:

Q: We spray a lot of bleach with handheld pump style sprayers. However we go through a lot of them because of corrosion. Do you have something that is of a higher quality?

A: Bleach can be very corrosive and eat away at the seals of most handheld sprayers.  To combat this Solo manufactures a 1 gallon Bleach sprayer.  The Viton seals and poly wand increase the corrosion resistance and should increase the life of the sprayer.  Here is a link to it on our website:  http://www.sprayerdepot.com/Shop-by-Category/Solo-Handheld-Sprayers/405B.

Question submitted on blog post: Choose the Right Roller Pump

Q: We purchased a sprayer from you that has a Honda GX160 motor and a 410xl roller pump. We modified the system to have two spay guns, and with the added gun we are experiencing lower psi than we desire. What would be the best solution? Would the 6500XL-R work for us or would we need more gear reduction? Thank you for your help.

A: The best solution would be modifying the sprayer with a pump that has higher pressure capability like the 6500XL-R.  This pump does require a gas engine with gear reduction so you will have to change the engine and pump to make this work.  The 6500XL-R has a max pressure of 300 compared to the 150 psi of the 4101XL which will allow you to generate good pressure on both lines.  If you want to use the same engine you could change the pump to a diaphragm pump with a gear reduction built in.  Options for this would be the Hypro D252GRGI or D30GRGI.  

Question submitted on blog post :  3 Reasons Why You Need an Economy Sprayer

Q: I’m using a SHURflo 60 psi 3gpm pump with a 250 foot hose. Can I hook up two pumps to get more psi at the end of he hose or would one higher psi pump like a 100psi be better?

A: The higher pressure pump would be your best option.  Combining the two pumps in one system could cause issues such as cycling and cavitation leading to premature failure. 

Got a question about your spray equipment? Leave it in the comment box below.

 

Topics: Sprayer Pump, FAQ, commercial spray equipment

Our Most Popular Pump / Engine Combos

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Oct 04, 2017

We are often asked to recommend a pump/ engine combo. Since you asked, this post outlines the most commonly used pump/engine combos on the Kings Sprayers line of commercial sprayers. Below are the 3 most popular!
 

 

The Big Daddy!  This is used on the large tree GX630-Sprayer-Depot.jpgKings Sprayers models with KAPPA120GR diaphragm pumps.  When you need to spray tall trees or need a lot of flow, choose this engine coupled to your pump of choice.

 

Need help figuring out which pump/engine combo is right for you? We're here to help. Contact us via live chat on our website, email [email protected], call 800-228-0905 or simply reach out on the social channel of your choice. We're listening.

Topics: Kings Sprayer, Udor Kappa 43 Diaphragm Pump, Sprayer Pump, pump engine combo

Summer Spray Equipment Maintenance Checklist

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Aug 25, 2017

During the busy summer season, it's easy to overlook spray equipment maintenance. However, to keep your equipment running smoothly all year round, it's a goodK4C100P7027-actual_BAN.jpg idea to run through this quick summer maintenance checklist.

  • Strainers: Check your strainer to make sure it's clean and unclogged. While this might seem like a "no-brainer", it's often overlooked by even large companies with fleets of trucks and multiple sprayer units. 
  • Oil: Make sure to change your oil regularly; if it's dark or contains floating debris it's probably time for an oil change!
  • Hoses: Hoses take a lot of wear-and-tear but they aren't made to last forever. Inspect hoses for leaks or cracks and replace as-needed. It's a good idea to keep extra hose on hand to avoid downtime. 
  • Pumps: Often, a simple repair can add years of life to your pump and can ensure your spray equipment runs smoothly. Stock up on pump repair kits to make sure your pump is always in working condition. Need help? Watch our instructional video

Our expert Customer Service Technicians are available to help make sure you get exactly what you need. Contact us by phone, email or the live chat feature on our website  Or, reach out on our social media channels. We're here to help.

 

Topics: Sprayer Pump, Sprayer Pump Repair, sprayer maintenance

Maintaining and Servicing Your Roller Pump

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Mon, Nov 16, 2015

Your pump will last longer and perform at its best if you keep up with routine service. How often should you maintain your pump will depend on how often you use it and the type of liquid being pumped. However, there are general guidelines that the manufacturer recommends should be followed to properly maintain your pump.

Hypro Roller Pumps are some of our most popular pumps. They are used across different industries such as pest control, weed control, horticulture and other agricultural applications.

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For those of you unfamiliar with this type of pump, Hypro Roller Pumps come in three different materials: Cast Iron, Ni-Resist, and Silver Series XL. They are compatible with a variety of liquids and chemicals, require no check valves and are budget friendly.

Before performing any type of maintenance make sure you follow these safety measures:

  • Pump should be disconnected from its electrical, hydraulic, shaft driven, or gas engine power source.
  • Do not perform service or maintenance to the pump, or attached components, until the pump unit is below 109°F (43°C). 
  • When handling Hypro pumps, wear steel-toed shoes and protective gloves in order to protect your feet and hands. Eye protection should also be worn.
  • Any hazardous liquids should be disposed of in a manner which complies with local and national regulations. Never dump fluids onto the ground.
Cleaning your roller pump after every use is easy and will prevent downtime. Flush the pump with a neutralizing solution depending on the liquid just pumped. Follow this with a clean rinse using fresh water. Don't forget to wipe down the pump after each use to prevent deposits from forming and damaging it.

When you are ready to store your pump for a long period of time, make sure to drain it thoroughly. Open any drain plugs, remove the suction hose and blow it dry with air. An antifreeze/rust inhibitor should be injected into the pump before both ports are plugged and the pump is stored. Plug all ports to keep out air until pump is used again.

Preventive Maintenance Checklist

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Do you currently use one of these pumps? Share with us your experience! 

 

Topics: Spray Equipment Maintenance, Sprayer Depot, winterize sprayer, Roller Pump, sprayer pumps, Hypro Pump, Hypro Roller Pump, Sprayer Pump, Sprayer Parts Guide

Your Sprayer Needs an Oil Change Too

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Oct 22, 2014

We get it. There’s a ton on your plate and often some maintenance practices, like changing the oil in your sprayer, can fall by the wayside. Our technicians often get asked how often we recommend changing the oil in a pump crankcase. Of course, we defer to manufacturer recommendations, but thought it might be helpful to run through the process with one of our more popular pumps, the Hypro D30 Diaphragm Pump, especially as the sprayer season winds down.

For those of you unfamiliar with this product, Hypro diaphragm pumps come with oil in the crankcase. Unlike your vehicle, accessing oil in the crankcase take a little more effort.

The manufacturer recommends changing oil after 40 hours of break-in operation and then every three months or 500 hours, whichever comes first. So this means that you should change the oil in this particular model at least four times a year, if not more. Now Hypro recommends using its own brand of oil for this model - Hypro Oil (part number 2160-0038) is specially formulated, high-grade, nondetergent, SAE 30 weight oil designed to prolong pump life. 

Now that we have that covered, let’s talk about the three steps to changing the oil in your spray pump.

Step 1. After you’re done with your sprayer for the day, flush the pump with clean water.

Step 2. To drain the oil from the pump, remove the oil drain plug and rotate the shaft until the oil stops flowing out. If you have time to open the pump and inspect the diaphragms, now is a good time, but not mandatory.

Step 3. To fill the pump with oil, slowly pour the oil into the sight tube while turning the pump shaft. Turning the pump shaft purges all the air out of the crankcase. So you won’t have to deal with air bubbles or a less than full amount of oil. If you do decide to replace the diaphragms, always change the oil.

Hypro D30 Diaphragm Pump Schematic
Part Number 66 is the Oil Drain Plug

 

Need a closer look? Check out the Sprayer Depot instructional video series on our YouTube channel where we dive into the whole repair process for a Hypro D30 pump here.

One quick note, for winter storage, which we’ll get into later here on the blog, or if you encounter freezing conditions, flush the pump with a 50/50 mixture of water and antifreeze. 

Lastly, keep in mind that most manufacturers recommend changing the oil in your pump every year, if not sooner. We’d actually go as far as to say that it’s highly recommended that the oil be changed at both the start and the end of the sprayer season so that any contaminants entering the crankcase can be removed before sitting in the pump all winter and that you get rid of any buildup from the off season.

Topics: Spray Equipment Maintenance, Diaphragm pumps, Sprayer Depot, diaphragm pump, Diapgragm pumps, winterize sprayer, sprayer pumps, Sprayer Pump, Hypro D30 Pump, Sprayer Parts Guide, Sprayer Depot Instructional Video, Diaphragm Repair, oil change

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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3 Reasons Why You Should Buy a Pump from Sprayer Depot

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Aug 20, 2014

You’re on the market for a new spray pump. You have a pretty clear idea of what you need. After all, nine times out of ten it’s a replacement pump that’s on its last leg and in need of replacing. Not an easy pill to swallow when you have to buy one of the most vital parts for your sprayer. But where do you start?

Does this scenario sound familiar? Since we're more focused on your needs than your wallet, here we’ll share three foolproof tips to get you the best product for your needs at the best price. 

Tip #1: Inventory
Whether you’re in the market for a diaphragm pump, roller pump, centrifugal pump, piston pump, transfer or plunger pump, find a retailer that covers the spectrum with a variety of brands on hand for sale. Look for a retailer that carries major sprayer pump brands like Hypro, Udor, Comet, Banjo, Myers and SHURflo, to name a few. Since not all brands manufacture all pump types, at Sprayer Depot you’ll find a better selection for your needs and a more knowledgeable team to answer any questions. Sprayer Depot carries all the major brands for practically every type of spray pump at the best price.

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Tip #2: Price Matching
Speaking of price, don’t be afraid to shop around. You’ll find out more about the product you’re looking for from kicking the proverbial tires at a few shops before settling on one. That will also give you a chance to scope out who has the best pricing policy – for example Sprayer Depot will match any competitor’s price (must be an authorized dealer/distributor). We strive to offer the lowest price on all major spray pump brands, but if you happen to find a lower advertised price from an authorized distributor, Sprayer Depot will match or beat that price! When you’re shopping for a part like a pump you know your going to have to spend a pretty penny so why not get the best deal.

Tip #3: Customer Service
You’re a pro so the customer service team from any retailer won’t show you how to do your job, but they can offer some insight into the latest tricks of the trade. At Sprayer Depot, our knowledgeable customer service technicians have more than 55 years of combined experience in the industry. Many of them have worked their way into the role through production jobs building the very sprayer you use today. So they know their stuff and speak your language. Plus, they’re not sales guys aiming to make commission – they genuinely enjoy what they do and strive to assist folks in finding the product that’s best for their needs.

So the next time you’re in the market for a spray pump, or really anything for your sprayer equipment, remember to consider inventory, price match policies and customer service. Better yet, just give the guys at Sprayer Depot a call or visit the online store. You’ll be in good hands.

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Is it time to replace your Roller Pump?

Posted by Marketing Manager on Fri, Jan 10, 2014

Is it time to replace your Roller Pump?

We receive a lot of calls from customers who want to repair their broken or damaged Roller Pump. Here are some things to consider:
  • Before buying and installing a repair kit for your Roller Pump, be sure that the housing of the pump is in good condition. 
  • If the housing of the pump is worn, new rollers won't be able to create enough pressure to move water through the pump. While you can purchase the pump housing as a replacement part, it is often more cost effective to buy a brand new pump.  
  • If you're not sure, take the pump apart, and send a picture to one of our Customer Service Technicians for help.
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Download the Hypro Roller Pump Repair Kit: Assembly & Disassembly Instructions

Topics: Hypro, roller pumps, sprayer pumps, Hypro Roller Pump, Sprayer Pump, Roller Pump Repair

5 Tips to Keep Your Pump Running Smoothly

Posted by Marketing Manager on Mon, Oct 28, 2013

Follow these tips to keep your equipment in optimal condition:

5 Tips to Keep Your Pump Running Smoothly:
  1. Make sure your suction strainer is free of debris
  2. Inspect pump valves for any wear-and-tear to the springs
  3. If using a Roller Pump, check housing and rollers for excessive wear 
  4. If using a Diaphragm Pump, inspect diaphragms to verify they are not ruptured in any way  
  5. Check regulator valve to make sure poppet and seals are in good condition  
Our Customer Service Technicians can help troubleshoot or find the right repair or replacement parts. Call 800-228-0905 or chat live online.
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Topics: Pump Repair, Sprayer Pump, Pump

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