You pay a lot for your spray unit; whether it’s a 200 gallon unit on the back of a pick up or a 600/100 on a flat bed. How do you make it last? Maintaining your spray unit is actually not that hard. A little bit of time each day and each week can add years to your truck. Be sure to follow these tips for optimal performance and longevity:
- Daily Maintenance: Clean the screen every day for maximum operational efficiency. A clogged screen will stress the pump and adversely affect calibration.
- Proper Calibration: Make sure you distribute enough material per 1,000 square feet (one minute per 1,000 sq. ft.). Ideally, do this every day.
- Wash Your Truck: Wash your truck on a daily basis if needed, but at least weekly. Removing any fertilizer residue is crucial for preventing corrosion, increasing longevity and keeping your truck looking good for your current customers and future clients.
- Check Your Pump Before Leaving for the Day: Make sure the pump is pumping properly before you leave the shop. Bucket check it every day by pulling the trigger on the gun, then let the material fill up a bucket over a certain period of time. A rule of thumb is 3 gallons per minute = 3 gallons per 1,000 square feet.
- Check Your Belts: Are your belts running smoothly? If not, make sure they are not dry or cracked. Also, check to see that you have the correct tension on the idlers. You may need to tighten them up. Tighten just enough by feel so there’s a half inch of spring in them.
- Check Your Reel: Press the master button to make sure it reels up before you leave each day.
- Refurbishing: Refurbish your truck after 3-10 years depending upon use. This includes making any major repair or renovation to the rig to keep it running and looking like new.
Keeping your spray rig running properly will keep your truck running smooth and business flowing. Be sure to use these simple tips to keep your rig working for many years to come. And if you can’t handle maintaining your rig yourself, get it to a reputable shop for maintenance and repair.