So you bought a new sprayer

Congratulations on your purchase of the new [insert name here]. Whether it's new or just new-to-you, you want this new sprayer to be low maintenance and to last a long, long time. Here are a few things you should consider doing before you put your sprayer to work.

  1. Get to know your sprayer. Read the manual and the specifications to understand what the manufacturer intends this sprayer to do, and what it's not supposed to do.
  2. Loosen, lubricate and re-tighten the gear clamps to ensure they last. Always back them off a bit first before tightening to avoid stretching them.
  3. Apply light gear oil to the PTO telescope.
  4. Follow all the hoses and use a paint pen to number the hose ends with the corresponding connection. Now you'll always know what goes where.
  5. Apply thread release (aka "never seize") to all the bolts. A lubed bolt or stud should release easily. If it suddenly seizes, put the nut or bolt back on and clean the thread to avoid damage.
    • a. Use a torque wrench (not impact tools) when replacing nuts, and remember to read the manufacturer's specifications to ensure they are tightened correctly. Never use a pipe on a torque wrench, or hold them anywhere but on the knurled handle, or they will not be accurate.
    • b. Use a paint pen to draw a line across the nut, washer and chassis. This creates a means for a quick visual check for any loose nuts (see figure below)

Use a paint pen to draw a line across the nut, washer and chassis. This creates a means for a quick visual check for any loose nuts

Following these recommendations can potentially save a great deal of nuisance later on.

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