With the start of your busiest time of year right around the corner, we want to give you a friendly reminder to take steps now to get your rig in fine working order before business ramps up full gear. A little common-sense care and maintenance can go a long way in keeping your Graham unit running smooth throughout your money-making months.
Here’s a checklist of tips and maintenance reminders to help keep you and your spray rig out in the field:
- Reverse Winterizing: If you live in an area with a long winter and you’ve winterized your rig, be sure to reverse that same process for the working season. For example, remember to replace any strainer caps, screens or plugs you removed.
- Inspect Your Hoses: Look them over for cracks, leaks and any signs of dry rot.
- Check Your Belts: Just like with the hoses, you’ll want to look belts over for signs of wear, including cracks and dry rot. You’ll also want to check to see that you have the correct tension on the idlers. If you find that a belt needs to be tightened, make sure you leave a half-inch of spring in them.
- Check Your Repair Kits: Make sure you have kits on hand and do a quick inventory to make sure they’re well stocked with the parts you’ll need.
- Test Your Pump: A bucket check will tell you if your pump is working properly. Pull the trigger on the gun and release the material into a bucket. Time how long it takes to release 1 gallon, and multiply that time by 3. If you want, you can release 3 gallons and skip the multiplication. Use this handy rule of thumb to approximate your rate: 3 gallons per minute is a good approximation of spraying 3 gallons per 1,000 square feet.
- Clean the Screen: A clogged screen will stress your pump and throw off flow rate. It’s a good idea to make cleaning the screen a part of your daily maintenance routine.
- Test Your Hose Reel: Press the master button to make sure the hose winds up without a problem. This is another simple check we recommend working into your daily routine, before you even start out on your route.
- Wash Your Rig: Wash your rig at least weekly (more frequently is even better) to remove any spray chemical residue. This goes a long way in preventing corrosion and increasing its longevity. It also keeps it looking good for your current – and future – customers.
Again, this is just a friendly reminder – or a little nudge if you need one – to do the things you know are important but are so easy to put off until tomorrow. Keep in mind that performing regular maintenance, or bringing your rig in to have it done, can spare you costly repairs down the road. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
If you don’t have the part you need, give us a call at 800-543-2810 and we’ll get it to you pronto!