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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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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.

Have any other questions you’d like answered on our blog? Share them in the comments below or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

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

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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Trick or Treat: Highlighting 3 Sprayer Tricks

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Mon, Nov 03, 2014

PumpkinThe spirit of Halloween is in full swing. Pumpkins are out, lining the streets. Haunted theme parks are in full swing. So we wanted to offer a little treat in the form of a few tricks of the trade. See what we did there? :)

You know, those little shortcuts that allow for your sprayer to run more smoothly or get a job completed more efficiently. After all, if there’s a tip or trick to make spraying (in general) easier, we’re all about it as long as it doesn’t impact quality of work. Today we’re not talking math or anything like that. Feel free to add any additional insights you’ve learned over the years by commenting below. We’d love to feature them in a future post.

Trick #1: The Trash Grabber
Did you know you can use a “trash grabber” to install the bulkhead fittings on your sprayer? Sometimes it seems like we’re all thumbs, but this hand device can make that activity so much easier. Go ahead and give it a try. You’ll thank us later. 

Trick #2: Technical Support
We’ve all run into a scenario where something just doesn’t sound right or isn’t working right. In that event, give our Customer Service Technicians a call and we’ll be happy to help diagnose the solution. It’s sort of like roadside assistance, but remotely since we don’t make house calls.

Trick #3: The Right Stuff
It might sound obvious, but using the right sprayer, nozzles, etc. for your application needs can really make a difference in your productivity. Even some customization options – boomless nozzle, electric hose reel – can add time back into your day or just make the job easier. Or using a sprayer with the correct tank size – you’ll have less waste at the end of your job and might even save on gas for your vehicle since you’ll be starting with a lighter load.

Have any other tips for using your sprayer that you can share? Post them in the comments below and we might just feature them soon.

Topics: Sprayer Depot, spray tips, Boomless Nozzle, customer service, Sprayer Tricks, Electric Hose Reel

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