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When the success of your business relies on your ability to provide uninterrupted service, you don't want to find yourself in a situation where you can't follow through on scheduling commitments.
Three things that can make or break your business this season:
Equipment Breaking On-the-Job: Imagine just pulling in to service a large and important client. You get all set up to begin the day’s work when suddenly your sprayer loses pressure. If only you had an extra pressure regulator on hand to fix your equipment! Keeping your equipment running smoothly is an important part of running any business. By having extra parts on hand you could be preventing an otherwise disastrous day!
Waiting for a Part to Come: Perhaps you’ve ordered the parts you need to fix your supplies, but now have to await their arrival in the mail. Ground shipping was the most affordable option but heavy spring rain storms have delayed the process. Every day you wait to fix your equipment is one more day that your client is unhappy. Try to keep commonly used items on hand. That way you are never caught in a situation which leaves you waiting for parts to come in. For instance, you can never have too much spray hose. You can cut down on additional wear on your hose by storing it on a reel and keeping these swivel attachments on hand. It's always better to be prepared, so that you aren't wasting valuable time.
At Sprayer Depot, it's our top priority to help reduce your downtime. That's why we offer SAME DAY SHIPPING for all orders placed by 5:00 p.m. (ET). Guaranteed!
Delayed by the Repair Man: Another way you can lose serious business this season is in the event you have to wait for someone else to make repairs to your equipment for you. Every day that passes in which you have to sub out a repair job, you are losing money. Sometimes repairs can take days or even weeks to complete. Having some basicrepair kits on hand can help you keep costly repair time at bay.
If you're in the Orlando, FL area, you can always bring any needed repairs to our Repair Department. We've got the fastest turn-around time in the business. We'll get you up and running in in no time.
Remember, keeping your business on schedule this season is as easy as making sure you've always got a stockpile of the things you need on hand.
Spring brings with it a long to-do list for all of us. This is especially true for businesses involved with the spray industry because it's typically the start of the busiest season of the year. No matter if your business is lawn and landscape, pest control related, or agriculturally focused, you’ll want to have your spray equipment in tip-top shape and ready to take on a busy job load. By following just a few simple tips you'll have your sprayer ready to go, and you'll reduce the chance of unfortunate equipment break-downs. It's always a good idea to be as prepared as possible in order to keep your work flow on track.
Just follow these three easy tips to ensure your sprayer is ready for action:
1. Temperature control: You should always make sure the weather is warm enough for your sprayer to function properly and avoid damage before you start running it. It doesn’t have to be a balmy, beach-worthy day, but the temperature should always be above the freezing point of water. If liquid has frozen in any of the lines and hoses it can cause damage the sprayer's ability to function. Replacing spray hose is a simple process and it comes in a variety of lengths. You can purchase new hose by the roll or by the foot.
2. Flush and Lube: After a long winter of standing idle, it's important to flush out your sprayer with clean water before you use it. Remember to drain your sprayer in a safe location, especially if you’ve had toxic materials inside. You will also want to lubricate the pump following the manufacturer’s directions.
3. Restock your extra parts: It’s generally a good idea to have a stockpile of parts on hand, including a variety of spray tips and nozzles. You should also consider buying a commonspray gun repair kit like one for the popular JD9-C Spray Gun. Restocking sprayer parts every spring as part of your seasonal inventory plan is a great way to make sure you aren’t forgetting anything.
If you need any help choosing the right nozzles or other accessories for your specific sprayer please contact our knowledgeable sales team at 800-228-0905 to assist you in choosing the parts you need. Our wide selection of spray equipment, parts and accessories are in-stock and available to ship. Contact us today to get yourself ready for the spring season!
Now that the New Year has come and gone, it’s time to stock up for your next busy season. You can set yourself up for success by updating your spray equipment inventory. Need help figuring out what parts or equipment you need? Don't stress out over it. Call us instead. We specialize in providing our customers with the technical and product information to fit all types of spray equipment, even if you didn't buy it from us. In this post let's take a look at some of the top products all spray applicators should have to kick off the spring season:
Looking to replace an old spray gun for something with a more powerful performance? The gold standard for heavy duty spraying is the JD9®-C High Pressure Spray Gun. If your budget won’t allow you to stock up on these top-quality spray guns, an alternative is our Replacement for Greensmaster JD9®-C Spray Gun. At almost half the price of the original model, this product is an affordable option that allows your operation to still get the same performance as the original spray gun. Since the Replacement Gun is a copy of the Greensmaster JD9®-C High-Pressure Spray Gun, it has the same pressure rating and uses the same nozzles and repair kits.
Spray Hoses and Sprayer Accessories
Of course, to reduce downtime it’s always a good idea to to keep sprayer parts and accessories on hand, like high pressure hoses, diaphragms kits and pumps. Some of our customers order a length of hose by the foot for a custom amount, or many choose a pre-selected roll, like this400 foot roll.
Remember to keep on hand replacements and sprayer accessories for your fleet of sprayers, like strainers, pressure gauges, and pump oil, to name a few.
Investing in the right equipment can help make 2017 your best year yet. By ensuring your equipment is in excellent working order, your team can tackle even the toughest customers’ needs better and faster than ever so you can get started on the road for another successful and lucrative year in business.
Let’s be honest, how many of us really implement a water conservation strategy into our spraying program? Chances are, not that many. Fresh water is a precious commodity we are lucky to enjoy. Unfortunately, recent numbers show a severe increase in drought levels around the U.S.
Research from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) also shows that “45% of freshwater use is by industry, 42% by agriculture and 13% for domestic purposes.” Without getting too deep into the topic, we want to help spread the word that July is Smart Irrigation Month. This is an initiative launched in 2005 by the Irrigation Association (IA) to highlight the importance of water-use efficiency.
We think this is a great time to also remind you that small changes in your spraying habits can help conserve water and will help improve some of that bad reputation our industry sometimes gets.
3 easy suggestions to help you reduce water consumption:
Make sure you are using the appropriate nozzle size for the type of application. This can decrease your water consumption by making sure that the drop size is appropriate and you are not overmisting, overspraying or overwetting. You also want to check that the nozzles are positioned correctly to ensure good coverage.
Check the hose, switch and tank of your sprayer for leaks. Believe or not, leaks are not always obvious and can go undetected for a while. Even if you haven’t noticed a performance change that would indicate a leak, it’s worth making sure that everything is working properly.
Establish a plan that helps you keep track of your spray equipment’s maintenance and remember to perform timely tune-ups to all sprayer parts. We recently featured a Sprayer Maintenance FAQs blog post that can help you get started with servicing your sprayer.
This winter has been no laughing matter. Snow has pounded the Northeast, the groundhog predicted six more weeks of winter (to our dismay), and warrants have been issued for Elsa and Jack Frost. As daylight savings time approaches (March 8, 2015) we’re typically talking about how spray season is on its way. But it seems like there’s no end in sight for this snow
Realizing that each part of the country is impacted by the weather in a different way, we thought it would be fitting to review some off-season inspection tips for hoses. It’s a great idea to conduct an inspection on equipment that has been idle for a while, or stored for a long time. After all, if the spray pump is the heart of the sprayer, then the spray hose must be the arms of the machine.
Let’s take a look.
It goes without saying that if you store your spray hose inside away from the elements it should last longer. That’s why some even go so far as to remove hoses from equipment that might otherwise be stored outdoors, and choose to store the hoses indoors. Keep in mind that hoses don’t have a set lifespan. The longevity of the product really boils down to how you use it, how it’s stored, etc.
Your spray hose might look good on the outside, but inside it could be disintegrating or deteriorating due to stress or incompatible attachments. Use a flashlight to look inside. Alternatively, your spray hose could look bad on the outside, but appear just fine on the inside. Hoses really should look like new to a certain extent.
If the inside of the hose is rough and/or partially collapsed, replace it.
If you have to ask yourself whether the hose should be replaced, replace it.
If you’re trying to convince yourself that you should keep the hose, replace it.
Now when you’re actually inspecting the spray hose, look for these signs that it’s in need of replacing:
Cuts or scrapes
Scuffs or rubbed areas
Soft spots (due to oil or grease)
To that end, if clamps affixed to the hose are collapsed, rusted, broken, have worn parts such as a screw or band, etc. it’s a good idea to replace these parts as well.
Learn more about why hoses fail in an effort to lengthen the lifespan of this important spray part with our quick guide.
When you think about customizing just about any piece of equipment, price is always a factor. Or so it seems. With our line of Kings Sprayers, customizing your spray equipment isn’t out of reach. Consider that we offer many existing sprayer models at Sprayer Depot. So modifications to meet your needs are totally doable. Sometimes, simple tweaks can take an off-the-shelf sprayer and make it custom-built. In the end, get the product that meets your current and future needs without breaking the bank.
Let’s take a look at three of the more popular modifications below that could benefit your business.
The Hose Reel
Does the sprayer you’ve been eyeing come with a manual hose reel? Perhaps you looked into the higher end model and felt it was out or reach or had too many bells and whistles. It is about $400 to upgrade the hose reel on most Kings Sprayers from a manual to an electric rewind hose reel. You also need a battery or other 12V power source to run it. This is food for thought when you’re thinking about daily use, convenience and just how long that hose is.
The Hose Length
Speaking of hose length, many of the sprayers we sell at Sprayer Depot come with 150’ of high-pressure spray hose. To upgrade the hose length from 150’ to 300’ is only around $120 and could provide the tools necessary to take on larger jobs that require more hose length. Looking long-term and with business growth in mind, doubling the length of hose isn’t such a bad idea for some companies.
Arguably the heart of the sprayer, there are a variety of spray pumps that can be swapped on existing Kings Sprayers models. Of course upgrading pumps can be a little expensive, but not out of reach when you’re in the market for a new sprayer. Sprayer Depot offers an upgrade for $400 on poly headed diaphragm pumps that allow you to spray more corrosive chemicals. Another option would be to upgrade the standard roller pump to a silver series roller pump for roughly $200. The decision to upgrade your pump really boils down to what you’re spraying and determining what makes the most sense given the chemicals used.
These are just a few of the many options available when customizing your sprayer. Like we said before, why wouldn’t you want to explore getting the best sprayer for your current and future needs? If you're interested in learning more about our custom sprayer options, follow the link below to learn more or contact us today to talk about your options.
This week we had the opportunity to shine a spotlight on Kings Sprayers in an effort to update our catalog of images and provide customers with expanded views of the sprayer components. Here we’ll give you a peek behind-the-scenes at our warehouse where the photo shoot took place. On display was the line of QuickShip sprayers that ship same day for a flat fee. It’s a great deal considering the size and weight of these products. Plus, customers can get up and running faster and have less "down time" with same day shipping. Orders must be placed before 12 p.m. (noon) EST to be eligible for same day shipping .
By capturing magnified views of the individual sprayer components, customers can clearly see parts of the sprayer that weren't easily visible with our existing sprayer images. On this photo shoot, we're getting up close to pumps, regulators, supply lines, agitator switches and more, on each of the QuickShip sprayers.
A special thanks goes to our Operations team for constantly staying on top of manufacturing these products that our awesome sales team kept selling daily. Also to Macbeth Photography for sharing their talents with us. Stay tuned as we share more updates to the Sprayer Depot website and Kings Sprayers product manuals to better serve your needs.
When we say we know sprayers, it’s true. Our team builds more than 500 custom sprayers each year for customers looking to modify or completely reconfigure the makeup of this important tool. After all, you don’t have to settle for less than perfect in the sprayer world. Just turn to our Sprayer Depot knowledgeable customer service technicians with your ideas and < bam > the perfect custom sprayer is born. Here we’ll take a look at some of the common modifications to a few of our best selling sprayer models from Kings Sprayers.
You might be wondering if Sprayer Depot can modify one of the existing sprayers manufactured from Kings Sprayers. In a word, YES! Whether it’s adding more hose, swapping out the pump, or modifying the entire unit to your specific needs, Sprayer Depot can make it happen. We talked to operations manager David Herrera who mentioned “one of our biggest strengths is that we can get creative to solve space issues by creating custom frames and thinking outside the box.” Let’s take a closer look at a few scenarios as described by David:
One common customization is the dual tank setup (pictured above). Sometimes customers want two tanks so they can have chemicals in one tank and fresh water in the other, or another common scenario is having a need to spray two different chemicals while out on the job. We can make that happen within almost any parameter needed.
Another unique customization we created at the request of a customer is depicted in the same image above where you’ll notice that the hose reel is turned to the side. This is popular with the skid sprayer units in particular because the skid sprayer is usually in the bed of a pickup truck. It can be more convenient for the operator to have the hose dispatched from the passenger side when spraying lawns and shrubs.
Another example is this custom Gator Kings Sprayers model. This skid sprayer unit fits into the back of a Gator utility vehicle. We had a customer request for a 100-gallon tank with a specific pump, engine, and hose reel. Given the standard way we build our skids, there was no way we could fit what the customer wanted in his Gator. So we got creative by using a low profile tank and designed a custom frame so that all of the components could be mounted above the tank. This is one of the most direct examples of how our team can creatively solve a problem a customer might have encountered with a standard off-the-shelf sprayer.
Below are a few of the most common modifications that can turn a stock sprayer into a custom model ideal for your needs:
Change the manual hose reel to an electric version
Add more hose to the hose reel
Change the standard spray gun to something else
Swap in a larger tank
Change the gas engine to electric start
Modify the orientation of the tank on the frame
Change the sprayer pump to a different manufacturer’s pump
Add another line on the suction side
So, what modifications would you love to improve your sprayer?
A hose reel is a necessary piece of equipment for most spray technicians. With many hose reels available on the market, what are the top things to look at when choosing which hose reel to purchase? Consider these 4 factors:
Know the Options
Hose reels come in a variety of sizes and options. They can be made of aluminum, carbon, or stainless steel and have special coatings or finishes. Some of the popular categories of hose reels are spring rewind, compact manual rewind, manual or electric rewind, and portable. Electric rewind models can operate on air, electricity, or hydraulics.
Hose reels can usually accommodate 3/8” and 1/2” hose of lengths up to at least 500’.
What are the Differences Between Manual and Power Rewind Reels?
Manual or power rewind reels are best suited for lawn care, pest control, pressure washing, agriculture, and steam cleaning, among other things. These reels are usually lightweight and compact, which is ideal for long lengths of hose. They can handle pressure from 2,000 psi to 10,000 psi and temperatures from -40° F to 400° F.
Manual rewind reels have a handle that must manually be cranked to reel-in the hose whereas power rewind reels are connected to a 12 volt power source and just pressing a button reels in the hose. Manual rewind reels have a permanently attached hand crank, cam-lock drag brake, and spring actuated pin lock. Power rewind reels come equipped with a motor of 1/3 HP.
What Types of Hose Reels are Popular?
A manual hose reel is often used in pest control, lawn care, and agriculture while an electric hose reel is an apt substitute for the manual hand crank shaft because it provides speed and efficiency along with ease of operation. The hose reels used in agriculture are usually made of heavy-gauge steel with sealed ball bearings and ribbed discs. These reels will need to possess the ability to withstand corrosion and rough handling. Yet another type of electric reel is of the dual variety. It can hold two lengths of hose at a time and will have two swivel joint inlets as well as two outlet risers to serve the purpose.
Spray Hoses and Swivels
A spray hose is used to deliver various types of liquids including water and chemicals such as insecticides, fungicides, and herbicides. Spray hoses can be bought by the foot and are usually made of rugged, lightweight PVC material. Obviously, the heavier the hose the more difficult it is to retrieve. However, keep in mind that the hose has to be strong enough to withstand getting dragged across dirt, rock, cement, weeds, sticks, and so on. The right type of hose reel swivel can improve performance and flexibility of the hose.
When using heavy duty hose reels, the durability of the swivel assumes a more significant importance. Most swivels have a 90˚ movement capability and are available in various finishes such as brass, nickel-plated, and steel. Hose reel swivels are available in various diameters such as 1/2”, 3/4”, 3/8”, 1”, and 1-1/4”.
We recommend using reusable hose fittings. Kings Sprayers builds all their sprayers with reusable compression hose fittings and we encourage our customers to use them in place of hose barb fittings that require a clamp. Watch this video to see how easy it is to install a reusble hose fitting:
Advantages of Reusbale Hose Fittings
Eliminates the need to buy clamps
No more slicing spray hose (and possibly fingers!) with clamps
No need for special (and expensive) clamp tools - Just a wrench
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