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Spraying for Weed Control

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Thu, Mar 03, 2016

Spring is just a few weeks away and now is the perfect time to start planning for weed control. dandelion-851883_1280.jpgHowever, before you pull out the chemicals and get your sprayer ready to go, consider the following key elements to an effective weed control application:

Identification

You may already know the type of weeds you'll be spraying this spring. Nevertheless, it's not uncommon to find a few new species that may not have been there last year. Proper identification of weeds is the first step to getting rid of those pesky invaders. Examine the area you're spraying to identify whether weeds are broadleaf, grassy or woody. Also consider whether the weeds you are spraying are cool or warm season. This will help you get started on your treatment plan. Check out this great tool, Weed Identification & Management, by our friends at the University of Wisconsin, that will make identifying weeds so much easier!

Herbicides

Now that you've identified the weeds you can move on to choosing the appropriate herbicide to get rid of them. Don't just spray any type of product, some herbicides work well with specific weeds while others might just be a waste of your money. It is important to always read the label before application, not only will this save you time and money but will yield the best results in controlling weeds. Not all pumps and nozzles are compatible with harsh chemicals so you'll want to double check your spray equipment to ensure that the components and parts in your sprayer can handle the chemicals.

Timing

Remember how we mentioned the importance of determining whether weeds are warm or cool season? This is where that information comes in handy. Spraying at the wrong time is just a waste of money. If you've identified weeds are cool season weeds,  then the hot weather will literally do your job for you by killing them by summer time. You can pocket those savings and move on to treating those weeds that will require chemicals.

Of course, there is a lot more that goes into controlling weeds but we know this will get you started on the right path to considering the best approach when spraying lawns.

If you are looking for the best spray equipment to help you control weeds, don't forget to check out our online inventory. Whether you need a backpack sprayer or a skid sprayer, we have different models available and can customize them for your application.

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Topics: sprayer, weed control, weeds, lawn spraying

3 Reasons Why You Need an Economy Sprayer

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Oct 02, 2015

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The K15E100 is a 15 gallon economy sprayer ideal for garden and backyard use. You can use it to spray along fences, to keep weeds under control and to spray other hard to reach places. This type of sprayer comes in handy if you want something easy to transport but with enough power to get the job done quickly ad efficiently!

If you are currently using a backpack or a hand-held sprayer, or if you are just looking for a small, reliable unit, then keep on reading for our top 3 reasons why you should consider an economy sprayer.

1. Reduce Spraying Time

The 15 gallon tank on our economy sprayer holds 3-4 times more liquid than standard hand-held or backpack sprayers. This eliminates the need to constantly stop and refill your sprayer. This alone will save you so much time and will allow you to cover more space faster and more efficiently. One of our customers said "I was able to spray the territory in half the time!", when comparing his new 15-gallon economy sprayer to his old backpack sprayer.

2. Comfort and Safety

We all know that backpack sprayers can be really hard on your back, and using a hand-held sprayer is not much better either. Avoid unnecessary injuries and overexertion by just mounting this economy sprayer to an ATV or to another work vehicle.

3. Constant Pressure

Save yourself the hassle of having to manually pump a sprayer.The  Kings Sprayers Economy Sprayer is built with a standard Everflo 12 volt self-priming pump*. This will keep the pressure constant without having to rely on doing it yourself. Another one of our customers shared why he loves this unit "For about $40 more than my old backpack sprayer, this new sprayer helps me keep the flow rate at a constant level, making my application uniform"

Want to learn more? Check out these great features:

  • 15' of 3/8" Clear PVC Reinforced Spray Hose
  • 3/4" Tank Drain Large
  • 5" Fill Well with Vented Lid
  • 18" Spray Wand Adjustable Spray Nozzle
  • Durable Polyethylene Tank
  • 12 Volt Self Priming Diaphragm Pump (1 GPM, 40 PSI)

*12 volt pumps need to be powered by a 12 volt battery or wired up to an ATV/Truck

Watch the short video below to see this sprayer in action!

 


Topics: diaphragm pump, Kings Sprayers, sprayer, spot sprayers, Kings Spot Sprayers, weed control, economy, budget-friendly, everflo pumps

Product Highlight: Kings Sprayers 35 Gallon Skid Sprayer

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Aug 07, 2015

In this Product Highlight post, we are featuring the Kings Sprayers 35 Gallon Skid Sprayer, model # K35P150A. skid35galsprayerThis is a great sprayer for garden and backyard use and it makes the perfect choice for commercial weed control treatments as it's efficient and easy to use! The 6061 aircraft grade aluminum frame is corrosion resistant and lightweight for easy handling. It can be bolted or strapped to a trailer, utility vehicle or tractor for field use. 

It comes with a 35 gallon capacity, premium-grade polyethylene tank, 30' clear braid hose, adjustable spray tip and a 12V SHURflo pump. The 12 volt pump can be attached to a separate 12 volt battery or to a vehicle's power supply. 

This sprayer is part of our Quickship™ Program, so order it by 12:00 p.m. EST and it will ship that same day!

Now, let's move on to getting familiarized with this awesome Kings Sprayer:


Safety First

  1. Ensure all unnecessary personnel is clear of the area.
  2. Use clean water instead of chemicals during initial testing to confirm the system and plumbing components are leak free.
  3. Ensure there is fluid in the tank and supply line.
  4. Check line strainer for debris or clogs and remove if any found.
  5. Check all plumbing connections to ensure tightness.
  6. Ensure all valves and regulators are set to the desired setting and working properly.
  7. Check all hoses are positioned properly and undamaged.

Starting Your Sprayer

  1. Plug the pump into a 12V power source. (Note: The pump will only run when the spray gun is in use).
  2. Adjust the spray gun by rotating the gray nozzle at the end. It is fully adjustable from a jet to a cone, to a full mist.
  3. Lock the spray handle by flipping the white switch.
  4. To turn on the agitator, flip the black switch. (Note: The pressure will drop when the agitator is engaged)

Shutting Down Your Sprayer

  1. Disconnect the pump from the power source.
  2. If the pump will not be used for several hours, flush your system to prolong the life of the components.
Watch our instructional video below for a quick recap on how to get started with this sprayer:

 

   

Topics: diaphragm pump, Kings Sprayers, sprayer, Quickship Sprayers, Kings Spot Sprayers, SHURflo pumps, weed control, k35p150a, spot sprayer, 35 gallons

Getting Started With a Kings Sprayers Spot Sprayer

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Jul 08, 2015

A spot sprayer is perfect for those small but important jobs around the yard. They are the ideal equipment for spraying along fences, keeping weed patches in control and spraying other hard to reach places. Kings Sprayers K25-SpotSprayerspot sprayers are built with a standard SHURflo 12 volt self-priming pump* giving them the necessary power to accomplish all these tasks in an efficient manner.

When deciding if a spot sprayer is the right equipment for your project, remember that the name says it all. Spot sprayers are better suited for smaller areas as the pump can fail if overworked beyond its capacity. 
If you are looking to spray larger areas, check out our inventory of Kings Sprayers featuring gas engine driven pumps for that extra power or please consult with one of our Customer Service Technicians on the best equipment for you.
Follow these simple steps on getting started with your Kings Sprayers spot sprayer and watch the short video below for extra guidance:
  • Connect the 12 volt battery supply and turn the pump on by using the 'ON/OFF' switch
  • Water will flow through the filter and the pressure gauge will be just under 60 psi
  • There is a slight drop in pressure when the agitator valve is open
  • The nozzle is adjustable from a cone pattern all the way down to a straight stream
  • You can lock the spray gun's handle by flipping the white switch
  • To turn it off simply turn the power switch to 'OFF'
   
*12 volt pumps need to be powered by a 12 volt battery or wired up to an ATV/Truck.

Topics: diaphragm pump, Kings Sprayers, sprayer, spot sprayers, Kings Spot Sprayers, SHURflo pumps, weed control

Customer Spotlight: SunRail and Vegetation Management Spray

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Nov 28, 2014

SunRail Safety

SunRail, Central Florida’s new $1.3 billion commuter train that began service in May 2014, currently transports an average of more than 3,000 daily riders to and from work during weekdays. Using the existing rail system for the first phase of the project, the commuter train adds to the existing track usage by freight service provider CSX and passenger service Amtrak, making the need for additional railroad safety a high priority in the community.

So what exactly does that mean? As SunRail debuted in the Orlando market, the community 

learned more and more about rail safety measures. What many think of when discussing rail safety are the aspects that involve the public’s support – watch for trains, don’t stop on tracks, obey the crossing arms, etc. One aspect that is often overlooked involves the sprayer industry and ensuring tracks are clear of debris.

As SunRail looks to expand its offerings with new lines that it will maintain, the commuter train system looked to Sprayer Depot for support in custom building a unit that met its needs. Keep in mind that CSX and Amtrak have systems in place for maintaining tracks that they own, it’s just not something you often hear about.

How does Sprayer Depot fit in? Sprayer Depot worked with SunRail to develop a sprayer system to manage vegetation growth. We worked with the SunRail team to provide most of the sprayer system’s components like a giant tank, pump, engine, connection fittings, hoses, spray gun, etc. Everything for the sprayer system, except the truck and trailer to mount it on.

So as SunRail grows, so will its eye towards safety and we at Sprayer Depot are happy we could be a part of it.Uncontrolled vegetation around railroad tracks is a huge safety and operational issue. The overgrowth can often reduce visibility for operators, pose a fire hazard and in some cases cause train delays. When you’re trying to catch a commuter train, no one wants to hear the word "delay", that’s for certain. So railroads have programs to proactively keep vegetation growth in check by using a combination of herbicide spray and mechanical brush cutting. The programs aim to eliminate weeds before they grow, kill those that may have already sprouted and constant maintenance surrounding tree and bush growth. One way to relate it is that it’s much like how most Department of Transportation agencies operate as it relates to roadways, just for a railroad line. Instead of asphalt, it’s tracks and instead of a stream of cars, it’s a train.

Happy Spraying.

 

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Topics: Custom-built Skid Sprayer, Custom-built sprayer, Custom-build a sprayer, Sprayer Depot, custom built sprayers, Customer Spotlight, customer service technician, Happy Spraying., weed control, vegetation management, railroad maintenance

Hypro’s Spray Nozzle Selection Simplified

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Oct 15, 2014

We’re always looking for ways to make spray nozzle selection easier and we’ve shared some tips of the trade in past posts right here on our blog. With new advances in technology and an ever-evolving line-up of options, we couldn’t resist sharing this Spray Nozzle Selection Guide and helpful information from our friends at Hypro.

Consider this. When selecting nozzles it’s easy to determine what droplet and flow rate you need, but what happens when the chemical you are spraying changes? Does that change the nozzle you should be using?

Hypro has developed a simple set of tools that will help steer you to the correct nozzle technology while considering multiple tank mix characteristics. The Spray Nozzle Selection Guide will walk you through a series of questions to identify the correct nozzle, including:

  • What and when are you spraying?
  • Are you using an adjuvant, and if so, what type?
  • In your chemical Contact or Systemic?
  • Is your primary concern drift or coverage?
Hypro's Spray Nozzle Guide

Nozzle Selection Guide

From there you’ll determine which of six nozzles are best for your application. Choices include Hi-Flow and ESI Six Stream, which are best for Fertilizer Plant Nutrients. Those spraying Herbicides and doing Weed Control would be served best with the Ultra Lo-Drift, Guardian or GuardianAir nozzle types, according to the guide. Rounding out the bunch are the Insecticide/Fungicide Plant Health needs that are best suited by using the Guardian, GuardianAir or GuardianAir Twin nozzles.

Interested in more? Hypro’s Spray Tip Guide digs further into the subject, providing technical details to support your selection. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Why different nozzles should be used when changing what you spray
  • How do adjuvants effect nozzle selection
  • When does using a Contact or Systemic chemical change your nozzle selection
If you still have questions regarding what spray nozzle you should use, contact one of Sprayer Depot's knowledgeable Customer Service Technicians.

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