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Sprayer storage and spring prep

Just wondering how most people store there sprayer and what they do to prepare to use them in the spring I'm a bit lazy I just left about 10-20 gals of water in ours when I parked it and need to go look what I need to do to service it for burndown but what about everyone up north

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We blow all the water out of all the lines and boom segments, drain the tanks, put a bit of antifreeze in the foam marker. In the spring it's just a matter of greasing all the joints, checkign wheel bearings, adding water, and pressuring everything up to check for leaks and also to check nozzle calibration.

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This is an excellent case for need of location.

You park a sprayer here with 10-20 gallons of water in it you best get it in the shop early this spring because all your plumbing is now crap.
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That is very true I'm down in southern Florida and about 2 weeks from planting corn but I was just curious what other people had to do with there sprayers it's supposed to be the coldest I have seen all year here this weekend and they are only saying it will only get down to 50f so no worry's about freezing
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This is an excellent case for need of location.

You park a sprayer here with 10-20 gallons of water in it you best get it in the shop early this spring because all your plumbing is now crap.
Yeah I thought of that as I posted... I was thinking what sort of person leaves water in the sprayer tank come winter! Definitely all the lines would be busted around here. And come spring I'll figure out what lines I forgot about.
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Sprayer storage for me is winterizing the sprayer with antifreeze good to -40F (-40C) and taking the tips and monitors off the sprayer. Prep is putting everthing back together and spraying 200 gal of water then clean the main strainers of the liquid system. I've seen too many mistakes by not taking time to just spray a couple hundred gallons of water out.
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I drain everything including pump, keep drain valves open, main filters pulled and unscrewed, try to remember tips and screens. I don't put antifreeze in, maybe should. Spring time I run a hundred gallons or so thru with only main filters and tips/screens pulled. Will then clean out main filters and repeat with tips/screens. One time I had put all filters/tips/screens in prior to running water thru to test. Got about half way thru the first field and every tip/screen plugged up. Wasn't a situation I care to repeat.
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even in warm areas I would drain the water and put pump antifreeze or some similar compound in if the sprayer was going to be sitting for a while.
would keep dissolved solids in the water from settling out and plugging all the screens and corroding the pump. also helps keep the pumps seals fresh. much better at keeping everything ready for next year than draining we have found.......
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On or old sprayer ( a willmar ) we would blow all the water out of the system with a 130 cfm compressor . But now with a case my brther says that the only way is to put $300.00 worth of antifreeze in it -- I call B.S. but it is new to us -- haven't even sprayed an acre yet so guess it is good to be on the safe side . But on the willmar it had an ace hydraulic pump with a cast impellor and I guess from the previous owner leaving water in it the impellor had rotted away and was vibrating so bad it took out the seal and bearings . Put a plastic one back in but goes to show all about maintenance !!

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I drain tank,filters,pump,lines and leave screens and tips on folded up so deer don't rub on booms and nozzles..the first time that happened I thought I had done poor job of draining l booms ..then it clicked in what happened...in spring I pump 50-100 gal threw and then clean nozzle screens and grease machine

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