Perhaps you’re new to the industry or maybe it’s time to replace a rig or add a truck to your fleet. Regardless of your circumstances, there are a variety of things you’ll want to consider when choosing a spray rig. Many components go into constructing a quality rig and you want to be sure you make the best selections for your business.
Tanks: Your tank will be the most prominent feature on your spray rig. When deciding what tank best suits your needs, you’ll want to consider the following:
- Size: Calculate the total amount of acreage you’ll be spraying on a daily basis to estimate what size tank you’ll need. A 300-gallon tank is a popular option, but there is a wide range of tank sizes to choose from, and even the option of split tank customization if that’s what you need. Don’t make the mistake of settling on a tank that is too small. It’ll cost you in money and time when you have to make return trips to refill your tank.
- Material: Tanks come in several materials, the most popular being poly and fiberglass. Poly is lighter weight while fiberglass is a more durable option great for mechanical agitation.
- Agitation: Read the labels of the products you’ll be using to determine what type of agitation (mechanical or hydraulic) is required to maintain a uniform application.
Pump: In order to make an informed decision regarding your pump, another critical component on any rig, you’re biggest considerations will be maintenance and cost. There are many brands and price ranges to select from. It may be worth it to invest a bit more for a quality, reliable pump that offers less maintenance and is easy to service like the John Bean pump.
Hoses: In choosing the best hose for your rig, again you’ll want to consider the nature of your business. What kind of obstacles will you be working your hose around and how often? Most hoses in the lawn care industry come in PVC urethane blend material, but you’ll need to decide on the reel, length and diameter of your hose and whether you need a spiral one or two pass which is dependent on what pressure you’re going to be spraying at.
Accessories: While tanks, pumps and hoses are the core of your rig, many other accessories are offered to help make your job more efficient including various spray guns, nozzles, valve options and strainers.
As you decide on quality components for your rig, discuss the mounting and customization options with your supplier to create the perfect truck for you. Many rig components are available through online parts’ retailers but beware; many of these sites won’t provide any service once they close the sale. Investing in quality equipment with a respectable source is priceless. Developing long-term relationships with a company that will provide you service and support for the longevity of your rig is key to your success.