A pressure drop in your Apache sprayer can really put a kink in proper spray coverage. When this happens, it’s likely due to a chemical sediment build up clogging the strainers in the nozzle tips. Apache sprayers are equipped with the solution. To help keep nozzle tips from becoming blocked, each boom section includes a 1-in strainer with a 50-mesh screen and a 2-in full-port Banjo® main product strainer with a 50-mesh screen.
“If the 2-in strainers become clogged the boom pressure could drop, if the 1-in section strainers become clogged the boom pressure could increase,” said Gary Grant, Ohio Valley Ag Equipment Specialist. “Both could result in poor spray pattern and inaccurate application rate problems. Anytime you recognize a pressure change in your normal operating range, strainer clogs or other blockage factors need to be addressed immediately.”
If chemical build up still occurs, it’s time to remove the strainers and clean them. This is done by soaking the strainers in a large bucket filled with water and a small amount of dishwashing liquid for around 20 minutes. Most of the sediment will dissolve. What doesn’t dissolve can be scrubbed away with a cleaning brush. To prevent this problem from happening in the future, run the rinse tank on the sprayer to clean out the booms if you think the sprayer will be sitting idle for two (or more) days. If your sprayer is parked for a longer period of time, run the agitation in the tank to keep the tank mix stirred.
Quick Tips for Nozzle Care
- Run the rinse tank to clean booms if there has been significant downtime between sprays.
- Run the tank agitation function if the sprayer has been idle for several days.
- Remove and clean strainers with dishwashing liquid and water if clogs persist.
For questions and concerns about your Apache sprayer pressure, please do not hesitate to contact your Apache dealer for assistance. Want to learn more about nozzle selection for your Apache? Read more.