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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Apply light gear oil to the PTO telescope.
- 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.
- 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
- 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)
Following these recommendations can potentially save a great deal of nuisance later on.
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|Author:||Dr. Jason Deveau - Application Technology Specialist/OMAFRA; Murray Thiessen - Consulting Agricultural Mechanic|
|Creation Date:||10 September 2014|
|Last Reviewed:||10 September 2014|