BlogIcon.png    TwitterIcon.png  YTicon.png  

Same-Day-Shipping-Sprayer-Depot
Call Us! 800-228-0905

  • offline-1295421357
  • offline-837801025

Sprayer Depot Blog

5 Easy Steps to Properly Clean your Nozzles

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Sep 15, 2017

As the summer season draws to a close and we start to think about preparing our equipment for the winter season, our to-do list grows long. Thank you notes to clients, winterizing all equipment, and finding storage for supplies and back up supplies, are all on the agenda for fall. The tasks can easily begin to seem overwhelming.

One of the top priority items on your checklist should be to teejet.jpgproperly clean and store your sprayer, especially the nozzles. What does that really entail? Where do you begin? You can not simply let them soak and then store them away. In order to have your nozzles in tip-top shape for next season you’ll want to be sure to follow these 5 easy steps:

  1. Remove all the nozzles, gaskets and tips from your sprayer and place into a large pail of warm water. (You’ll want to wear gloves for this to avoid any chemical residue).
  2. Let them soak in the warm water.
  3. Fill a second pail with the same cleaner you use to clean your sprayer. As you transfer nozzle pieces from one bucket to another you should scrub them with a soft toothbrush, getting into all the crevices between attachments to remove any remaining residue. Some nozzles with have detachable pieces, gaskets and seals. Make sure to clean ALL parts.
  4. Let all the parts and pieces soak for a bit.
  5. Rinse the parts with clean water and reassemble the nozzle. (Use caution when draining your buckets as both will contain trace amounts of chemicals and pesticides.) You will want to give the pieces a chance to dry before you reassemble to reduce the chance that mold and mildew will form while they are stored for the season.

Make sure that cleaning solution is free of debris and is appropriate to use on plastic materials (if nozzles are plastic). Use only a soft bristled brush, especially on the more delicate pieces and never use a metal object, which can damage the nozzle. 

Good luck with your winterizing! Feel free to contact us with any questions about your spray equipment or look here for additional information about your spray nozzles.

 

 

Topics: Winterizing Spray Equipment, spray nozzle, Teejet, Hypro spray tips

Product Highlight: Spray Tips

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Jun 28, 2017

The choice of which spray tip to use is one of the most important considerations before applying a spray application. Hypro flat fan spray tip.jpgTo assure the best possible spray application keep these key factors in mind:

  1. Application rate
  2. Ground speed
  3. Spray width 

Application Rate 

The application rate is a predetermined range that is based on gallons per acre (GPA), that is, the amount of the chemical (in gallons) and the amount of the chemical recommended per acre of application. This range should be listed on the packaging label or can be provided by any Sprayer Depot associate.  Many people base their choice of spray tip on this figure alone but it is not recommended since the GPA is a measurement range under standard conditions only. It doesn't take into account other changes or contributing variables that may also be factors.  

Ground Speed

Ground speed is a measurement of the speed in miles per hour (mph) that the ground can be sprayed. The tractor or other equipment used to spray the ground often has a range of average speeds. The range which is generally accepted is between three and seven miles per hour.

Spray Width 

Every spray tip has a corresponding effective spray width, based on the shape of the tip and pattern of spray delivery. There are three basic spray styles that typically use specific patterns of delivery or distribution:

  • Broadcast Spraying - commonly uses the flat, fan pattern type nozzles and is the most common type of spray nozzle used 
  • Band Spraying - the cone shaped nozzle is most often used for band spraying due to the wider coverage this nozzle provides 
  • Row Crop Spraying - flooding nozzles are ideal since they are wind-tolerant and best suited for low pressure spraying of large areas

Some of our most popular spray tip manufacturers are Hypro and TeeJet and we also offer a wide selection of from Udor and Green Garde (replacement tips for the JD9-C High Pressure Spray Gun).  Take a look at the very handy Hypro and TeeJet info sheets that are included in this guide to help you determine the correct nozzle type. For more information on selecting the right spray tip for your job, talk to one of our experienced Customer Service Technicians or check out our website at http://www.sprayerdepot.com

 

Topics: Hypro, spray tips, Spray Nozzles, Teejet

What No One Will Tell You About Spray Nozzles

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Apr 28, 2017

The topic of spray nozzles is an important one for spray applicators and one that's often underappreciated. While spray nozzles may be Hypro-Spray-Tip.jpgamong the least expensive inventory items on your shelf, they are among the most important in the application of chemicals. Since they have a huge effect on the accuracy and efficiency of each spray application, it's important to include them in your equipment maintenance plans and replace them on a regular basis.

When to Change Nozzles

Nozzles come in a variety of materials including stainless steel, ceramic, and polyacetal.  Nozzles will wear out at different rates depending on their use and spray solution. For example, stainless steel nozzles wear almost twice as fast as polyacetal nozzles.  Make sure to check the label of the chemical solution to check for compatible nozzle material.

Another important consideration is the change in spray applications. It's not likely that the same nozzle will work well for all applications. 

Nozzles should be routinely inspected for any visible wear-and-tear. If you're observing an interruption in the intended spray pattern, it's most likely an indicator that it's time for a new nozzle. 

According to Pentair-Hypro, nozzles should be replaced "if the flow from a nozzle varies more than 10% above or below the average of all the nozzles or the factory stated flow at 40 psi."

Help With Selecting the Right Spray Tip

These helpful selection guides published by Hypro and Teejet (respectively) are excellent tools to help determine which spray tip to use. 

2016-06-28_14-33-43.jpg

 

 

2016-06-28_12-06-09.jpg

 

To read more about spray nozzles, check out our previous blog on this topic. 

Shop For Replacement Nozzles, Tips & Boom

Topics: Hypro, spray equipment, spray tips, Teejet

Live Chat? Yes, Please.

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Mar 10, 2017

When you are buying spray equipment, you don't want to call a chat.jpgcompany to get a question answered, only to have to leave a message, then just wait and wait and wait until someone gets back to you on what device would be best to use. Here at Sprayer Depot, we understand what it means to provide exceptional customer service and we work hard to make sure our customers get it from us. We also know that when you are in the midst of making equipment-purchasing decisions, you don't want to have to spend a ton of time figuring out how to get ahold of someone in the first place.

Live Chat is Real-Time

This is why we have a Live Chat option on the Sprayer Depot website. This allows customers who have questions about a product to use their computer or phone keyboard to get real-time support from one of our knowledgeable customer service technicians. No waiting for a return email or getting put on “hold”. This quick and easy communication option is available during our normal business hours.

Customers using the Live Chat feature can simultaneously browse thousands of spray equipment products on on our website from brands like Hypro, Teejet, Kings Sprayers, Comet, CDS-John Blue and more. Browsing social media channels throughout the day?  Our customer service is equally as responsive on our social pages. Contact us via our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram page and we'll respond promptly.

Ask Us Anything

This means that if you've hit Facebook to ask your friends for some product advice, you can ask our experts while you're at it. We want you to feel taken care of no matter the reason for your question. By offering so many ways for customers to get ahold of us, and committing to respond at "lightening speed", we're striving to provide the highest level of customer service in the spray equipment industry. 

Comment in the box below if you've used our Live Chat feature.

Topics: Hypro, customer service, Teejet, live chat

Everything You Need to Know About Spray Nozzles

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, Nov 29, 2016

If you’re trying to decide which type of nozzle to use for a particular spray application, there are a number of factors you need to take into account. With a little research, you can become an expert on this topic. Here are a few of the most common types of spray nozzles, and some information regarding when they’re appropriate for use. Remember, the cost of replacing nozzles is minor compared to the effects of poor spraying, so make sure to choose wisely.

Cone Nozzles

Cone nozzles come in two basic variations - hollow cone and full cone.

Full cone nozzles produce large droplets that reduce drift and are typically used for directed spraying and other specialty applications such as chemical processing or dust control.

Hollow cone nozzles produce finely atomized droplets in a hollow cone, making them an excellent choice for fungicide and insecticide application. 

Flat Fan Nozzles

Flat fan nozzles shoot out a fan-shaped jet in an inverted “V” pattern commonly referred to as a tapered spray. Deposition is heaviest at the center of the pattern and dissipates Hypro flat fan spray tip.jpgtoward the outer edge. This is a general spray tip commonly used for broadcast applications, herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides. 

Adjustable Nozzles

Adjustable nozzles can be used when spraying requirements are anticipated to vary. The ConeJet spray tips have two settings on them representing different spray patterns: the first is labeled ConeJet-adjustable spray tip.jpgas setting "A" and results in a spray that allows for a wide angle and atomized cone spray, and the second is labeled as "B" and results in a straight stream spray. These nozzles are an excellent option if you think you might need more than one type of nozzle. 

Accessories

There are various accessories that can help make a nozzle assembly more efficient. For example, spray tip strainers help to protect spray performance and productivity with precision straining at the spray tip, and can also prevent leakage when the tip is not in use. 

Brands 

Our wide selection of spray nozzles, tips, and accessories includes products from a variety of top manufacturers, including:

  • Hypro
  • Teejet
  • Udor

Check out our selection to see our complete inventory. 

Want to learn more? Read this helpful blog post, Nozzles 101 published earlier this year or check out this resource from Teejet, A User's Guide to Spray Nozzles.

 

Topics: spray tips, Spray Nozzles, Teejet

Spray Equipment: Spray Nozzles 101

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Jun 29, 2016

Nozzles may be small, but they play a critical role in the application of chemicals. Learn all about spray nozzles.pngSelecting the proper size and type of nozzle is an essential step to determine the amount of spray applied to an area. Use the wrong nozzle, and you may over or under spray the solution which will result in an ineffective application.

A few questions that will help you make the best nozzle selection for your particular application include:

1. What's your application type? (i.e., agricultural, pest control, lawn & landscape, etc.)

2. What's the predetermined distribution pattern? (i.e., broadcast, banded, stream, etc.)

3. What's the recommended droplet size?

4. What type of nozzle material is needed to avoid corrosion?

Let's go over a couple of key elements you can apply to answer the questions above:

Application Rate

Consider nozzle orifice size, operating pressure, nozzle spacing and nozzle speed to determine the application rate. A couple of tips to keep in mind include:
  • The smaller the orifice, the smaller the droplet size
  • Small droplets are subject to more drift and evaporation than larger ones
  • Dense areas require higher pressure for the droplet to reach its target
  • Measuring pressure at the boom is the most efficient way to test actual pressure rate
  • Take into account the angle of the spray tips and their height to space the nozzles at an appropriate distance
  • The faster the speed of the application the less solution applied and vice-versa

Pattern Distribution

The pattern distribution should offer accurate coverage when using the appropriate nozzle. The three most common nozzle distribution patterns are:

1. Flat fan pattern nozzles: Ideal for broadcasting application, flat fan are the most widely used pattern nozzles. Hypro offers a wide selection of flat fan pattern nozzles; browse our extensive inventory by clicking here.

2. Cone pattern nozzles: Best suited for banded application but can also be used for broadcasting application. Cone pattern nozzles are particularly useful when spraying crops as they provide better coverage.

3. Flooding nozzles: Perfect for applications where wind-tolerant nozzles are needed. Use flooding nozzles when spraying at lower pressures with a large droplet to minimize drift.

Nozzle Material

Nozzles come in a wide variety of materials such as polyacetal, ceramic, stainless steel or PVDF. Depending on their use and spray solution, nozzles will wear out at different rates. Always check the label of the chemical solution to check for compatible nozzle material. Also, pay close attention to any specific cleaning or maintenance requirement to keep nozzles clean.

Hypro and TeeJet are among our most popular manufacturers of high quality nozzles. They also have many educational resources that can help make the selection process a bit easier for you. Check out these two simple selection guides that will help you identify the correct nozzle:

Teejet spray nozzle selection chart.jpg

 Hypro nozzle selection guide.jpg

If you are looking to learn more about nozzles and tips, please visit our previous post 3 Keys to Selecting the Right Spray Tip.

If you still have questions regarding what spray nozzle you should use, contact one of our knowledgeable Customer Service Technicians.

Shop For Replacement Nozzles, Tips & Boom

Topics: Hypro, Sprayer Parts, pest control, spray tips, Spray Nozzles, spray nozzle, spray tip guide, nozzle selection guide, spray nozzle selection, Teejet

Spray Tips Don't Last Forever

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, Jan 26, 2016

 

Hypro Spray Tips.jpgSpray tips may be the most neglected component in your sprayer. We sell the best, most reliable and highest quality spray tips on the market, like Hypro and TeeJet. Let's face it though, even the best tips don't last forever. All spray tips wear out and eventually need to be replaced. A worn out spray tip can result in improper chemical application which can often have serious consequences including loss of crop, wasted money and even potential health risks.

The life of a spray tip depends on the abrasiveness and corrosiveness of the spray solution, so it's important to select the right spray tip for the application. Replace spray tips and nozzles immediately if you notice a change in flow rate or a change in pattern distribution.

Consider These Factors

The output per minute on a spray tip depends on the operating pressure and the size of the opening of the orifice. These can be easily calculated to help you determine the best spray tip for the job. There are some basic calculations required when selecting a spray tip, so it's important to have all the necessary information in advance. Gather the following information:

  • The desired volume of spray output per acre

  • The expected operating pressure

  • The travel speed of the sprayer

  • The nozzle spacing on the boom

Always follow the manufacturer's recommendations when it comes to the output per acre and orifice size. Once the nozzle spacing and the travel speed are known, follow the manufacturer's tip application guide to identify the appropriate spray tip. If you are using a Hypro spray tip you can find the Tip Application Guide by clicking hereFor TeeJet's Tip Application Guide please click here.

Proper Cleaning is Key

Be sure to carefully clean spray tips in order to ensure accurate chemical application. Even the slightest damage caused by improper cleaning can result in increased flow rate and poor spray distribution. You should use only a soft-bristled brush or a toothpick to clean them. Avoid using metal or sharp objects because they can easily damage your tips. If the spray tip is made of a soft material, use extreme care when cleaning. Even a wooden toothpick has been known to distort the orifice so TLC is needed when taking care of your spray tips.

If you need assistance selecting the proper spray tip, a Sprayer Depot Customer Care Technician can help. Call 800-228-0905 or visit www.SprayerDepot.com.

Get Our FREE Area Measurement Guide

Topics: Hypro, sprayer, spray tips, Spray Nozzles, Spray Area Measurement, Teejet

Search This Blog

Subscribe

Shop Now

Shop All Kings Sprayers