Here are 10 tips to help you get your sprayer ready for the growing season, and avoid downtime in the fields. The days are long enough without equipment failure!
1. First, give your sprayer a thorough cleaning so that small cracks and leaks can be detected more easily.
2. Fill your sprayer with water and test all its functions to make sure there’s been no damage from freezing or critters.
3. Closely inspect seals and gaskets while flushing the sprayer with water only.
4. Clean the spray nozzles. Replace sprayer parts that show signs of too much wear. Here’s a post that has a little more information about that. By the way, TeeJet® recommends replacing nozzles after every spraying season. If you did not do this before winter, consider doing so now.
5. Test the electric wiring and automatic rate controls.
6. Calibrate the boom, flow meter, nozzles, and speed.
7. Make sure tire pressure is adequate.
8. Test lights, and replace any damaged SMV fixtures.
9. Inspect your property to see if the farm’s terrain has changed in ways that might pose a threat to the safe operation of your sprayer, being cautious of holes, drop-offs, etc.
10. Before repairing your pump, drain all liquids and disconnect power.
Do you have additional tips you would like to share? Please let us know and we’ll include your ideas in a future post.