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Spray Equipment Safety Checklist

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Mon, Jan 11, 2016

We strive to provide you with useful, convenient and up-to-date content to keep your spray SE-SC.jpgequipment working at its best. We want to make your life easier by not only being your one-stop shop for all your spray equipment needs but also your source for the latest industry news. 

From our blog posts to our instructional videos, we always encourage customers to try their hand at basic and easy repairs. While we've previously shared a few tips you can implement to stay safe while you spray, we've now put together a safety checklist you can use before you start any repair or even when you handle your sprayer.

Check out the Spray Equipment Safety Checklist below: 


Want this checklist for the road? 

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For more information on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), please visit our friends at Montana University who have a comprehensive PPE guide available.

Share the steps you take to stay safe while you spray by posting in the comment box. Have any questions or suggestions? Let us know, we would love to hear from you. 

Topics: Sprayer Depot, sprayer safety, spraying, protective gear, product label, PPE SPRAYER

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.

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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

5 Tips to Help You Prepare for Winter

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Mon, Nov 23, 2015

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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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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 Which of our posts would you recommend to others? What other topics would you like to see covered on our blog? Let us know in the comments below.

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

3 Tips on Staying Safe While Spraying

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Sep 02, 2015


Working around chemicals or heavy machinery is no joke and should never be taken lightly. At the expense of sounding like the safety police, we want to remind you of the importance of creating a culture of safety at the workplace. Holding yourself and your staff to high standards of safety will prevent many unnecessary injuries. We can never be too careful around hazardous materials and like the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Here are our top three tips on staying safe while spraying:

1.) Wear Protective Gear

We get it, long sleeve shirts, long pants, coveralls, boots, and gloves can make an already hot day feel like your own private sauna. Protective gear is by no means comfortable, but it is meant to keep you safe. While you don't necessarily have to be wearing layer after layer of clothing, wearing clothes that fit properly and cover exposed skin will help. Eyewear, facemask, hat and often a respirator are must haves in your arsenal of protective gear. Even the most steady hand can't prevent the occasional splash and drift so better make sure you are well protected. 

2.) Read the Product Label

Reading chemicals' labels is often overlooked, especially if you've been working with pesticides and herbicides for a while. However,we want to stress the importance of reading a product label to determine appropriate handling and application. Always use the right amount of product given your application to avoid waste and unnecessary contamination. This will also help avoid chemical run-off that may pose a health risk to you and others. 

3.) Ensure Proper Training

Operators should be properly trained not only for an effective application but also to avoid any mishaps from incorrect handling of the sprayer. Make sure that anyone in contact with the sprayer and chemicals has been trained and understands the importance of working in a safe manner.

Share in the comments below what steps you take to stay safe while you spray. Have any questions or suggestions? Let us know, we would love to hear from you. 

Topics: Sprayer Depot, spray tips, Pesticide spraying, Chemical Sprayers, sprayer safety, spraying, protective gear, product label

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

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