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Read This Before You Buy a Sprayer Pump...

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Thu, Feb 04, 2016

There is more that goes into buying a pump for your sprayer than you may think. Whether it's a Pumps_SprayerDepot.jpgcentrifugal, diaphragm, roller, or piston pump, the right type of pump for you is definitely out there. It's easy to get overwhelmed by the many options available today but selecting the best pump doesn't have to be hard or time-consuming.

Our Customer Service Technicians handle many calls dealing with this very topic, so we asked them "What should customers consider when purchasing a pump?" and here's what they told us:

Flow Rate: This is measured in gallons per minute (gpm) and you'll want to determine your required flow rate before you shop. All pumps have a maximum gpm flow rate so you'll want to ensure the one you choose meets that number. A good tip to remember is: a higher flow rate means a larger pump size is needed.

Fluid Type: Are you spraying a clean fluid or an abrasive chemical? Is it low or high viscosity? These are just some of the aspects you'll need to consider when choosing a pump. The type of fluid being sprayed matters as there are specific pumps that will work best for your application, and some that just wont do the job.

Flow Pressure: Use this simple formula to calculate your required pressure:

 Desired Pressure at Nozzle (psi)
+ Hose Pressure Loss (psi)
Total Pump Pressure Needed (psi)

Once you've determined your requirements, you will have a better understanding about the type of pump you need. However, the search doesn't end there! Our Customer Service Technicians also recommend you ask these 8 questions before you purchase a pump:

1. What pump should I use to spray (insert chemical here)?
 
2. How far will this pump spray vertically?  
 
3. What other components do I need in order to use this pump on my sprayer?
 
4. What gas engine is compatible with my pump?
 
5. Which spray gun should I use?
 
6. How often should I replace common wear parts?
 
7. Which spray tip puts out the GPA I require?
 
8. What is the warranty on this pump?
 
A good spray equipment dealer should be able to answer all these questions to help you find the perfect match. A few other questions to ask to make sure you are getting the best pump and the best service are:
 
1. What are some of the most common issues with this specific pump?
 
2. How much maintenance does this pump require?
 
3. Besides the warranty, do you offer a repair service for this pump?
 
Our knowledgeable Customer Service Technicians have more than 30 years of combined experience in the spraying industry, so we can confidently help you make the right selection. We also offer a full service and repair department so we have expert Repair Technicians that can tell you what kind of performance you can expect from the pump and what to do if a problem arises.
 
Give us a call today and we'll make finding the right pump an easy process!
 
 

Topics: Maintenance, spray equipment, diaphragm pump, Pump, sprayer tips and tricks

3 Reasons Why a Strainer Is an Important Part of Your Sprayer

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Dec 16, 2015

Recently, our Customer Service Technicians have fielded a few calls regarding clogged strainers. While it may seem like a basic sprayer maintenance issue, it's often overlooked by even large companies with fleets of trucks and multiple sprayer units. 

So, we've updated this helpful post to emphasize the importance of good spray equipment maintenance.

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Clogging can cause a number of expensive problems on your sprayer. The fix to this common issue is Clogged_Strainer-filter.jpgsimple and economical: properly install and service your strainer. The strainer in your sprayer is one of the easiest parts to maintain, however it's probably the most overlooked one. A clean and properly sealed strainer will allow proper flow to the pump and contribute to a longer pump life. For most applications, a standard Buna Gasket is adequate. However, if you find that you are replacing the Buna Gasket frequently, a Viton Gasket is a more durable option. 

Why is such a small part on your unit so important? There are three main reasons:

 

  1. Maintains consistent fluid circulation throughout the pump

  2. Keeps nozzles from clogging 

  3. Helps achieve optimal sprayer operation

Prevent Clogs
 
Some of the main reasons why a strainer gets clogged include: (1) incorrect mesh size; (2) lack of maintenance; and (3) insufficient consideration for the liquid that getting sprayed (fertilizers require a larger mesh strainer than water based chemicals). When shopping for strainers, pay close attention to the mesh size. It generally ranges from 10-200 and the higher the number the tighter the mesh. On most agricultural and pest control sprayers the recommended mesh size is 16-30. We manufacture all of our Kings Sprayers with a 20 size mesh screen. However, depending on your application and the type of liquid being sprayed you may need a different size. If you need a recommendation just let one of our Customer Service Technicians know and they will fit your sprayer with the appropriate mesh. 
 
Cleaning the strainer should be done after every use. We get it, after a hard day's work you are ready to put the sprayer away and head home. But taking 5 minutes to flush it out will pay off in the future. We've seen it before, many customers have brought their sprayers to our service department for a repairafter they've spent hundreds of dollars replacing every other part in an attempt to figure out why there's a loss of pressure. The first thing we typically check is the strainer, and we often find it clogged like the one pictured above. 
 
Clean Your Strainer
 
No need to remove the strainer from the line in order to clean it. Simply unscrew the bowl from the cap and take out the screen. Next, flush any debris and sediment from the screen. Finish up by reassembling the strainer by first fitting the screen to the flange in the bowl. Hand tightening the bowl provides a sufficient seal.
 
Popular Strainers

Strainers come in all types of materials, from nylon to poly, and even aluminum. Their shapes also vary, with "T" strainers being the most popular styles and "Y" strainers coming in a close second. Some of our best sellers include:

3350 0056 actual resized 600Clear T strainerBanjoYStrainer actual resized 600

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Topics: Hypro, Maintenance, strainer, sprayer strainer, strainer for spray equipment, hypro line strainer, clear blow t strainer, spray tips, filter, screen, sprayer tips and tricks, Banjo, Spray maintenance, poly, mesh, nylon strainer

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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Are you an expert in your business industry? Would you like to contribute a post to our blog? Then please comment on the section below and we'll get in touch with you soon!

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

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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.

Topics: Kings Sprayer, Spray Equipment Maintenance, Winterizing Spray Equipment, spray equipment, Sprayer Depot, sprayers, spray equipment checklist, sprayer performance, Kings Sprayers, winterize sprayer, sprayer pumps, spray tips, winterize your spray equipment, sprayer last longer, sprayer checklist, sprayer equipment, sprayer tips and tricks, customer service, sprayer safety, customer service technician, Sprayer Tricks

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 Things to Consider When Buying a Sprayer

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Thu, Oct 01, 2015

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Buying new equipment is always an important part of any business. However, making big purchases, like spray equipment, can also be stressful.  After all, you want to choose wisely where you'll spend your hard-earned money. You want to make sure that you are buying high quality and reliable spray equipment that will not only improve your application, but hold its value long-term.

To take some of the guesswork out of the puchasing process, we've listed the top 3 things to consider when buying a sprayer.

1.) Ask for Advice

Whether you are operating the sprayer yourself, or buying it for your technicians, always make sure to ask for advice. Make a list of things you absolutely need in your equipment. Ask other technicians also working with the equipment what they like (or don't) about the current sprayer and what they think could improve. Don't forget to always ask potential vendors what recommendations they have based on your type of application. Make sure to gather as much information as possible to identify your must-have requirements. 

2.) Look Beyond the Price Tag

Choosing quality over price should be a given, but we all love a good deal, so price is always a big consideration. Buyer beware, sometimes a seemingly great deal ends up not being a deal at all when the equipment quickly breaks down or doesn't perform as expected. It is important to keep in mind that purchasing a new sprayer is an investment, and you want to make sure your investment will increase your business value.

3.) Factor in Support

Consider if parts and accessories for your chosen sprayer are readily available in case it needs to be serviced or repaired. We have a huge inventory of sprayer parts and offer same-day shipping on many of our items because we understand how important it is to have the parts you need FAST, in order to minimize downtime. Don't forget to pay attention to the customer support you receive while inquiring about a product. Are they friendly and knowledgeable? Can you call back with questions after the purchase? We pride ourselves on having the best Customer Service Technicians in the industry, available by phone, email and even live chat. If you need assistance before, during or after your purchase, we're here to help.

Your due diligence will ensure that you choose the right sprayer for your needs!

Share your most recent spray equipment purchase with us. What other things would you consider? Let us know in the comments below.

Topics: Sprayer Depot, Sprayer Parts, spray tips, sprayer tips and tricks, customer service, same day shipping, service, buying sprayer, best sprayer, purchasing a sprayer, things to consider

Sprayer Maintenance FAQs

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Mon, Jul 20, 2015

PumppicsOur savvy Customer Service Technicians handle many calls throughout the day, many of which are inquiries from customers regarding how to properly maintain their sprayers in top-notch condition. For this reason, we have put together the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to help you take care of your equipment:

Q: When should I replace my spray tips? 
A: If you notice a change in flow rate or a change in pattern distribution then this might indicate that your spray tips need to be replaced. You should replace your spray tips immediately if they are worn out or damaged.

Q: How often should I flush my pump?
A: After every use, especially if you are using herbicide or other harsh chemicals.  Flush the pump using clean water.

Q: How do I know when my strainer needs to be cleaned?
A: If you notice a loss of pressure or a drop in flow rate then you may have a clogged strainer that needs to be cleaned. However, you should never wait until that happens, so it is advisable to clean it once a week depending on how often you spray. Check out our 3 Reasons Why You Should Check Your Sprayer.

Q: How often should I perform an oil change? 
A: Please follow your specific pump's manufacturer recommendations.

Q: When should I calibrate my sprayer?
A: You should calibrate your sprayer at least once every season. For more information on calibrating your sprayer please check our Step-By-Step Sprayer Calibration Guide to get you started.

Q: I am using a diaphragm pump, when should I replace the diaphragm?
A: Every 500 hours or every 3 months, whichever comes first.

Q: Should I also check my pump's valve?
A: Definitely! If you are replacing the diaphragm it is the perfect opportunity to also check the valve and replace it if necessary.

There are also a few other things you should make a habit of checking as part of your sprayer maintenance:

Check

  • Hoses for any cuts, damage or bends
  • Nozzles to make sure they are clean
  • Tank for any damage or rupture
  • Pressure switch for any leakage 
  • Boom spacing
As always, we are here to help you so don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

Topics: Maintenance, spray equipment, strainer, spray tips, Sprayer Calibration, Pump, sprayer tips and tricks, FAQ, Spray maintenance

How To Remove a Pump from the Gas Engine and Gearbox

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, May 05, 2015

HyproD30_copyWe’ve received a good amount of questions about how to remove a pump from the gas engine and gearbox on various sprayers. With so many pieces and sprayer parts, it’s easy to get hung up, especially if you forget to remove a bolt. Here we’ll talk through the process, mostly as it relates to the popular Hypro D30 pump.

Before we get started, here are the tools you’ll need to have on hand to make this run smoothly:

  • Wrench

  • Allen key (s)

  • Flat chisel

  • Hammer

  • Pry bar

       

First, undo the bottom drain plug at the bottom of the gearbox and drain the oil into a pan. Clean it all up and now you’re ready to disassemble.

Next, remove the five bolts that connect the gearbox and pump with the engine. There are four large bolts that face the pump and one medium size bolt at the bottom that faces the engine. Remove these five bolts and separate the two components. 

Tip: If you have trouble, this is where the flat chisel and hammer come into play. To get the separation started between the two components, lightly hammer the chisel into the crevice that joins the two components and you’ll have them apart in no time.

Set the engine to the side for a moment as we focus on the gearbox and pump that are still connected. Inside the gearbox you’ll see a gear and three bolts. Remove the three bolts. Then separate the gearbox from the pump. This will allow you to have better access to the pump and/or replace the pump altogether if necessary.

Tip: Use your flat chisel to hold the gear in place while you loosen the bolts.

To separate the other part of the gearbox from the engine, you’ll need to remove the four small bolts that connect the two components. Then you may have to enlist a variety of tactics to separate the two. You could turn the gearbox and using a rubber mallet gently tap the gearbox to loosen it. Another option is to use a pry bar or two to nudge the gearbox off the engine. Worst-case scenario is that you destroy the gearbox in the process and will need to replace the gearbox altogether.

Tip: Cut down a standard allen key that fits this size bolt. Having a shorter allen key will provide easier access to take the top bolts out.

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Topics: Sprayer Depot, Hypro D30 Pump, sprayer tips and tricks, Sprayer Tricks, gearbox

5 Ways to Use a 2-Wheel Trailer Sprayer in Lawn Care

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, Mar 31, 2015

KingsSprayersUsed for a variety of purposes throughout the lawn and landscape industry, our 2-wheel trailer sprayers by Kings Sprayers are very versatile and allow users to cover large areas that they might not otherwise be able to tackle with just a hose. Great for lawns, pastures, golf courses and athletic fields, here we’ll explore five ways to use a 2-wheel sprayer that you may not have considered. Have other ideas? Share them in the comments below. We’d love to hear your thoughts. 

1.) Snow Removal

Our friends up north could use the 2-wheel trailer sprayer for snow removal in the winter months, as this model doubles as a de-icing/anti-icing sprayer. After all, not all de-icing jobs are highways. Keep areas like driveways, sidewalks and parking lots safe and free of ice. Just add a de-icing solution to the tank and go to town clearing a path with 12’ booms in action. Use the boomless nozzle to spray frozen tires on your vehicle too. It’s a great tool to increase safety and access in the winter.

2.) Watering

An obvious choice, the 2-wheel trailer sprayer is a great resource for watering. With this product on hand, all you have to do is fill up the tank and be on your way watering large areas with the 12’ boom option. We’ve even seen some customers who tow the 2-wheel sprayer behind a mower, allowing them to multitask by watering at the same time as they cut the grass. Talk about efficient. Using the spray gun option you can easily spray trees and have a tank full of water at the ready for multiple stops.

3.) Fertilizing

Using the 2-wheel trailer sprayer to fertilize commercial, residential and recreational areas is a practical alternative to walk-behind rotary fertilizers. It’s also a time-saving option and has shown that this type of application results in applying product more consistently for the job since employees become less fatigued than they might otherwise with the push options. On top of that, using a liquid fertilizer reduces potential runoff and allows for more chemical control.

4.) Herbicides

These sprayers are a great option for herbicide application, or weed control, by allowing you to spray a pre-emergent herbicide to an entire lawn using the boom, as just one example. After all, there are a variety of herbicides used to combat a variety of weeds, in order to achieve a healthy lawn.

5.) Insecticides

Pest control is a popular use for the 2-wheel trailer sprayer within the lawn and landscape segment as outdoor spaces are often threatened by a multitude of pests. With a two-wheel sprayer, folks can easily apply an insecticide across an entire lawn or planter area using the 12’ boom or boomless nozzle.

There are a variety of other uses for the 2-wheel trailer sprayer that delivers high pressure to spray trees or shrubs, high-volume for turf spraying, high flotation turf tires roll easily, and it’s wide stance keep the sprayer stable on most terrains.

To learn more about the Kings Sprayers line and determine a model that’s right for you, contact our Customer Service Technicians.

Topics: herbicides, fertilizer sprayer, Sprayer Depot, Kings Sprayers, pest control, Kings 2 Wheel Sprayer, Pesticide Applicators, pesticides, sprayer tips and tricks, fertilizer, insecticide, de-icing sprayer, snow removal

Anatomy of a Sprayer

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Mar 11, 2015

KSSprayers are a unique piece of equipment that span uses across multiple industries. No matter what your intended use, the components and parts that make up a sprayer remain the same, with slight tweaks here and there for each industry’s use. Here we’ll take a look at what makes up a sprayer.

First, when we’re talking sprayers, we throw a lot of numbers out there in reference to a given model number. P5, D30 and XL are likely some common shorthand that you’ve heard, but what does it all really mean? Let’s take a look at the anatomy of a sprayer by analyzing the parts that make up a model number with a little help from Brandon Grossman, Sales Manager at Sprayer Depot.

Sprayer model numbers are jam-packed with information about the product itself. If you know enough about the various pumps and parts of a sprayer, you can probably recite every last detail of the features included in a given sprayer just from the model number alone. Let’s use Kings Sprayers as an example and I’ll walk you through how it works.

Model numbers consist of the frame, tank size, pump and engine as well as applicable customization options for a given unit. You might be thinking that my previous statement is crazy … the one about knowing all the features of a given model just from the number, but in all seriousness it’s not as complicated as it may seem at first. 

So let’s start from the beginning. All Kings Sprayers model numbers start with the letter ‘K’ as in Kings Sprayers, but you probably already guessed that.

There are really four types of sprayers from this manufacturer: skid sprayers are noted by the letters KS, KT notes 2-wheel frames, 4-wheel frames are noted with K4C, and 3-point hitch frames start with K3PTH.

From there the model number will tell you the tank size. So a skid sprayer from Kings Sprayers with a 200-gallon tank would start with ‘KS200.’ Common tank sizes are 50, 100, 150 and 200-gallon capacity, but go up from there and vary in capacity by the type.

Next in the order of letters and numbers in a model number is the pump/engine combination. This one isn’t as easy to assume, so here it goes:

P3 = 12V Electric Pump
P5 = GC160 5 HP Honda Engine and Hypro 4101C Roller Pump
P6 = GX160 5.5 HP Honda Engine and Hypro 4101XL Roller Pump
P15 = GC160 5 HP Honda Engine and Udor IOTA20GR Diaphragm Pump
P20 = GX160 5.5 HP Honda Engine and Udor IOTA20GR Diaphragm Pump
P70 = GX160 5.5 HP Honda Engine and Udor KAPPA43GR Diaphragm Pump
P85 = GX160 5.5 HP Honda Engine and Udor KAPPA55GR5 Diaphragm Pump
P90 = GX270 9 HP Honda Engine and Udor KAPPA55GR8 Diaphragm Pump 

One exception to this rule are the 3-point hitch sprayers from Kings Sprayers, which are all equipped with a Hypro 7560C Roller Pump, so you won’t see that in the model number.

Rounding out the model number combination are the add-ons or extra customizations for a given sprayer. There are really three you need to know:

27 = Manual hose reel with a 150-foot long 3/8-inch ID hose
B12 = 12-foot spray boom
XL = XL silver series roller pump

Ultimately the model number looks a little something like this:

[brand][type of sprayer][tank size][pump/engine combination][extra add-ons]

So a KS100P7027 would refer to a Kings Sprayer model with the following features: skid sprayer, 100-gallon tank, GX160 5.5 HP Honda engine and Udor KAPPA43GR diaphragm pump with a manual hose reel. Got it? Good.

We love hearing your ideas. Anything you’d like us to cover here on our blog? Leave a comment below or send us a note on Facebook or Twitter. Until next time, happy spraying.

Topics: Sprayer Depot, sprayers, Kings Sprayers, Skid Sprayers, sprayer tips and tricks, model KS100P7027

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