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Why Preventing Freeze Damage Should Be a Top Priority This Month

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Dec 01, 2017

The cooler temperatures have arrived and that means that if you haven't already done so, it may be time to start winterizing your spray equipment to prevent unnecessary damage from the cold.  It's a relatively simple task but one that could save youK3PTH10027-Actual.jpg potentially hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in costly repairs and downtime if your equipment is impacted by freeze damage.  

How Does Freeze Damage Occur?

Most pest control operators and others who use high pressure equipment are aware of freeze damage. As a reminder, here is a rundown that can really help to visualize the potential risks. Almost all sprayers and many of the spray equipment components use some kind of pressure system to operate and also are exposed to water based solutions or fluids.  When temperatures outside get significantly cold enough, the water that remains in equipment is likely to freeze and of course, expand.  This expansion of frozen fluids is extremely forceful and will place great pressure on its container (picture a freezing bottle of soda) that can eventually burst or at the minimum, place undue pressure on spray parts. This would likely result in moderate to serious damage to your sprayer or its parts. The weakest parts of your equipment such as the underside of sprayer wands are particularly prone to damage since they are subject to regular friction. Even if you are lucky enough to not have damage, you may still have some downtime while waiting for the components to properly thaw. 

What Types of Equipment Are at Risk?

As mentioned, any component (both major and minor) that comes in contact with water based fluids, is at risk of freeze damage and parts that are weak or have any signs of wear are at the most risk.  Specifically, here are some of the most susceptible pieces of equipment that you should winterize if the weather in your area is projected to get cold enough:

  • Spray guns 
  • Spray wands
  • Spray pumps
  • Filters
  • Valves
  • Plumbing fittings
  • All backpack or compressed air sprayers

How Can I Prevent Freeze Damage?

Before you start feeling the winter blues, keep in mind that freeze damage is preventable! It takes just a few short steps to winterize your equipment and parts before any kind of damage occurs.  

Firstly, keep large pieces of equipment or agricultural vehicles stored in a warm place, covered and not exposed to the elements.  This way, there is less likelihood that any water residue will freeze.

Secondly, pay extra attention to the most expensive parts and components of your machinery and equipment.  Detach these parts if possible and store separately in a warm location or keep covered with blankets or other insulating material.  

Thirdly, make sure you have added antifreeze to your systems before storing by simply running the engine for long enough for the antifreeze to circulate throughout the components.  

Finally, make sure to completely drain equipment and if feasible, allow the components to completely dry before storing.  Make sure none of your parts are under pressure while stored and keep out of open air spaces.  

By making winterization a top priority now, you can safely avoid the perils of freeze damage.  For any questions or help with preparing for the proper storage of your equipment this winter, contact our expert Customer Service Technicians who are always available to help. 

 

 

Topics: Kings Sprayer, Winterizing Spray Equipment, Ag Sprayers

Seven Easy Steps to Winterize Your Sprayer

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, Nov 28, 2017

Winter will be here soon, and for much of the country, that means snow, ice, and freezing temperatures.Kings-Sprayers-200-Gallon-Trailor-Sprayerjpg.jpg Before the severe weather arrives, it's essential to ensure that your equipment is ready. One task that is vital and easily overlooked is the winterization of your sprayer before you put it away for the season. Winterizing your sprayer, like any regular preventative maintenance, will protect your investment and make certain that your sprayer is ready for the next spray season. Protecting your sprayer from freezing temperatures will make it last longer and is a quick and simple process, completed in just a few steps.

1) Flush the System With Clean Water

Thoroughly flushing your sprayer with clean water will remove any residual chemicals and eliminate any buildup. Even a small amount of residue can become sticky or harden, damaging the inner workings of your sprayer.

2) Drain the Tank

Open all the valves on your sprayer and blow compressed air through the system to ensure that the entire system is clear of any liquid.

3) Briefly Run the Pump

After clearing your system with compressed air, run the pump just long enough to ensure that no water remains behind.

4) Use Antifreeze

Dilute antifreeze with water or windshield washer fluid to create a 50/50 mix and run it through the sprayer long enough for it to reach all hoses, booms, and components.

5) Store Removable Parts

Remove and store parts, such as guns, nozzle tips, and strainers, in a clean, dry location.

6) Cover Openings

Cover any openings on your sprayer to prevent foreign objects, such as dirt or insects, from entering your equipment.

7) Wear Protective Gear

Personal protective equipment is a must when working around any pesticide, herbicide or other chemicals and the winterization process is no different. Protect yourself by limiting the amount of exposed skin with a long sleeve shirt, pants, and gloves. Wear a respirator or mask and remember to always protect your eyes.

To learn more about this or any other spray equipment issue, contact us today.

Topics: Winterizing Spray Equipment, Kings Sprayers, Sprayer Pump, sprayer tanks

Save up to 10% With These Winter Specials

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Nov 17, 2017

 

It’s that time of year again. Before storing your spray equipment make sure to winterize it properly. We receive countless calls in the spring from customers with busted pump manifolds, cracked spray handles, etc. due to liquid expanding from the cold weather. To save yourself from spending extra money on repairs and the frustration that comes with it -  take a look at this video from our production department.

 

Still got questions? Just leave them in the comment box below.  As an added bonus, save money with our Winter Specials:  

  • On purchases up to $999.00 save 5% with the promo code WINTER5
  • On purchases $1,000.00 and more save 10$ with the promo code WINTER10

These late fall months are a great time to get your equipment fixed and ready for next spray season!

These promo codes are valid until December 31st and can be used online or over the phone. 

Topics: Winterizing Spray Equipment, Ag Sprayers

3 Steps for Smooth Sprayer Startup Next Year

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Oct 27, 2017

Reprinted from Hypro.Pentair.com

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The cooler temps have arrived for many of us and that means snow, ice and below-freezing weather.  In this post we're sharing some great information published by our friends at Hypro on the key steps to take now to ensure your sprayer is ready for your next spray season.

  • Adequately flush the pump and solution system of all chemical residue. Be sure to remove all strainer screens and clean any residue that has built up on the screens.
  • To prevent oxidation of components, fill solution system components with antifreeze and spray a small volume through the system (from tank to nozzle). This procedure will prevent elastomer components from ‘drying out’ and remove residue that continues to attack system components.
  • Improve the storage life of Centrifugal Pumps with cast iron components by using an antifreeze with a rust inhibitor.
  • Roller Pumps benefit by being stored with a light oil. Rotate the shaft to ensure that all internal surfaces are coated with oil. Plug ports after lubricating the pump.
  • Diaphragm and Piston/Plunger Pumps should be stored with RV antifreeze in them.
  • Leave Regulators, Unloaders and Valves in a loose or open state so that they do not stick upon startup.
     

     

    Read the complete list of Hypro's recommendations HERE

     

     

 

 

Topics: Winterizing Spray Equipment, Hypro, Diapgragm pumps, Hypro Roller Pump

Why Fixing Small Problems with Spray Equipment Now Beats Tackling Big Problems Later On!

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Oct 06, 2017

Like all machinery and equipment, regular use of spray equipment over time results in normal wear and tear. However, it is also true that regular maintenance and simple repairs or adjustments that are done when needed, prolongs the life and the proper functioning of your machinery and spray equipment. Oftentimes, the minor issues that are left untended, and the lack of routine maintenance of your spray equipment result in major problems that are not only far more costly, but also can have a huge impact on the overall efficiency of your business. Without regular maintenance, minor problems can even develop into or cause additional issues that might require complete replacement of your equipment.

To circumvent these potential problems, we suggest regular check-ups of your spray equipment for issues, and more importantly... fixing any of the minor problems that arise promptly before they become major problems! The following is a helpful summary of some basic maintenance tips that you can use as a reference:

  • Clean and flush all sprayer equipment after use. This very basic (and very simple) rule of thumb could save you from a host of problems that could develop from equipment that may become clogged or damaged from fluids. Flushing your strainer is essential too in order to prevent loss of pressure and contamination.  
  • Perform a routine check of your spray tipsChecking your spray tips for any damage can really save you a lot of time and energy Hypro flat fan spray tip.jpgin the long run and is a cinch to do with nothing more than a visual inspection. If you notice any damage, replace the tip as soon as possible. 
  • Check your oil levels. It is a smart idea to regularly check your oil levels in your gearbox, pump and engine. If they are low, fill to the appropriate levels. 
  • Calibrate your sprayer before storing it. Before putting your sprayer away, make sure to calibrate it to ensure it is delivering the proper application rate. 

With basic maintenance of your spray equipment, you can enjoy trouble-free use and efficiency for much longer and without accruing excess costs. To make your maintenance even easier for you, we've compiled a printable step by step guide which you can download here! As always, if you have any questions or need some technical assistance, our Customer Service Technicians are always available to help! 

Topics: Winterizing Spray Equipment, spray equipment, spray tip

Follow These Simple Steps to Winterize Your Hypro or Shurflo Pump

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Sep 29, 2017

Whether you're storing your pump for an extended period of time, or storing your spray equipment for the winter, our friends at Pentair recommend the following procedures for storing Hypro or Shurflo brand pumps. In this post, we're providing Pentair's guidelines, broken down by pump type, along with everything you need to know to ensure your pump is ready for the next year.

Centrifugal Pumps:

Flush the pump and entire system with a solution that will chemically neutralize the liquid that was used. By doing this, the residue from the chemicals sprayedHypro-Centrifugal-Pumps-SD.jpg will dissolve, leaving the inside of the pump clean for the next usage. For winterizing or extended downtime we recommend flushing the pump with automotive antifreeze (ethylene glycol) that contains a rust inhibitor (Prestone®, Zerex®,etc) mixed at 50/50 with water. This will both protect the pump from freezing and from rusting. Plug the inlet and outlet ports of the pump if you are going to store the pump inside or off the sprayer system.

Diaphragm Pumps:

All diaphragm pumps are susceptible to freezing, so extra care is needed to prevent the pump from freeze damage during the off season. Flushing the pump out with a chemical neutralizer prior to Shurflo-2088-Pump.jpgstorage will help clean the surfaces from any residue that has accumulated. Then flush the pump with a RV antifreeze (propylene glycol) mixed at 50/50 with water. This will protect the pump from freezing. Removing the pump from the sprayer and storing it in a heated area will also prevent costly damage to the pump. This should be done AFTER the pump has been neutralized and flushed out with antifreeze. Plug the inlet and outletports if storing inside.

Roller Pumps:

Roller pumps have a tight tolerance inside and chemical buildup will greatly affect the performance and wear factors of the internal components, so flushing with a neutralizer prior to storage is critical. After neutralizing, flush the pump out with an automotive antifreeze (ethylene glycol) that contains a rust inhibitor (Prestone®, Zerex®,etc) mixed at 50/50 with water. This will both protect the pump from freezing and from rusting. Removing the pump from the sprayer and storing it in a heated area will also prevent costly damage to the pump. This should be done AFTER the pump has been neutralized and flushed out with antifreeze. Add an ounce of rust inhibitor or light oil to the inlet of the pump and then turn the pump shaft to allow the inhibitor to coat all the internal surfaces. Plug both the inlet and outlet of the pump so that air will not be able to enter the pump. Reusing the original shipping plugs is the best way to ensure that the pump is air tight during storage.

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Topics: Winterizing Spray Equipment, Hypro, Diapgragm pumps, Hypro Roller Pump, centrifrugal pump, SHURflo pumps

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

How to Avoid Being Lazy This Winter

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, Jan 31, 2017

That chill that you’re feeling in the air means a number of different things: winter is in full force, it’s time to plan your Super Bowl party, and your business may be smack dab in the middle of its slow season (or at least shifting to another seasonal service). That likely means less use for your spray equipment. Yet before you go covering it with a tarp, ask yourself this question: Have I properly winterized the system to avoid unnecessary equipment repairs in the spring?

Why Winterize?

Why not just store your spray equipment away after your last application and forget about it until spring comes around again? Well, the longer your spray equipment is left inactive, the greater potential there is for it to fail. Any chemicals or residue left in SprayerDepot_Winter.jpgthe system can saturate into soft components such as hoses and valves, weakening them to the point of not functioning properly when you first start your sprayer back up again. Plus, having leftover residue in the system increases the chances of cross-contamination if you use your sprayer for multiple purposes.

For these reasons, winterization needs to be a vital part of your sprayer maintenance program. By not slowing down on your sprayer upkeep during the winter months, you help ensure that your spray equipment's ready to hit the ground running once warm weather returns. Plus, you’ll prolong its operating life and ultimately net a greater ROI.

Winterization in Four Easy Steps

Winterizing your sprayer can be accomplished in four simple steps:

  1. First, read the labels of the compounds you use typically use in your sprayer to see what agents are recommend to clean and neutralizing them. Follow those recommendations as you thoroughly flush both the pump and tank. Any system components that can be removed (i.e., strainer or screens) should be cleaned separately to prevent and residue buildup.
  2. Next, avoid the all-too-common temptation of simply draining the system. Instead, flush the system with clean water. Then drain the tank and open all valves. If possible, use compressed air to blow out any remaining liquid from the solution lines.

  3. Run the pump just long enough to ensure the system is drained of water. 

  4. Run antifreeze thoughout the system, making sure it reaches the hoses and booms. We recommend diluting the antifreeze 50/50 with either water or windshield washer fluid.

Cover the sprayer with a tarp so that dirt, insects, etc. can't compromise the equipment and you're done.

When to Winterize

We're often asked about the best time to winterize a sprayer. While we can't provide a specific day or month to answer this question, we recommend that it get done before temperatures drop below freezing. In warm climates where the temperatures don’t drop too much, you should winterize your sprayer before you store it at the end of season.

 

Download the Guide to Winterize Your Sprayer

Topics: Winterizing Spray Equipment, sprayers, sprayer maintenance

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

Sprayer Winterization Q&As

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Dec 09, 2015

Winterizing your sprayer is not an option, it's a requirement. Before winter starts or after the end ofSprayer_Winterization_qa.png spraying season, make sure you winterize your sprayer before you put it away. We know we constantly talk about seasonal maintenance but we just can't stress it enough, performing regular maintenance will ensure a long life for your sprayer.

In this short Q&A, we answer the most common sprayer winterization questions we receive from customers.   

1. Should I perform any type of maintenance before winter starts?

You definitely should! Winterizing your spray equipment is an important step to ensure the performance of your sprayer.

2. When should I winterize my spray equipment?

You want to winterize your sprayer before temperatures drop below freezing. In areas like Florida, where the temperatures don’t drop too much, you should winterize your sprayer before you store it at the end of season.

3. What materials do I need to winterize my sprayer?

You will need clean rags, a bristle brush, clean water, pump oil (see manufacturer’s recommendations), antifreeze, an all weather tarp and a tire pressure gauge (if your sprayer has wheels).

4. As long as I wear gloves while cleaning the sprayer I’ll be fine, right?

Wrong. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is very important when handling any type of pesticide, herbicide or other chemicals. Make sure to wear a long sleeve shirt, pants, eye wear, respirator or mask, gloves and boots.

5. Which steps should I follow to properly winterize every part of my spray equipment?

Follow these 5 easy steps:

  • Flush the system with clean water
  • Drain the tank and open all valves; Use compressed air to blow out any liquid from solution lines
  • Run the pump just long enough to ensure that the system is drained of water
  • Run antifreeze through the system long enough to reach any hoses and booms; We recommend diluting the antifreeze 50/50 with either water or windshield washer fluid 
  • Cover the sprayer with the tarp so that dirt, insects, etc. cannot enter the equipment

6. Should removable parts remain attached to the unit?

No. Store any removable parts like spray guns, nozzles and strainers in a clean, dry place.

7. What about sprayers with a boom?

Just make sure to also include the following steps as part of your maintenance for the spray boom:

  • Remove the boom feed hoses from the boom section valves
  • Use compressed air to flush each boom 
  • Remove the nozzle tube end plugs and continue to blow out any water from the boom
  • Remove and clean out any boom section filters
  • Remove metal screens or fittings and store the parts in vegetable oil over the winter to prevent corrosion
  • Ensure that your boom is free of water, lubricate any O-rings and re-install non-metal components

Looking for more information? Download our comprehensive sprayer winterizing guide for free!

Download the Guide to Winterize Your Sprayer

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