As the spraying season comes to close, it is important that your sprayer is properly cleaned and winterized so that it will be in tip-top condition for next spring. Each component of the sprayer is crucial in applying the correct amount of product to the correct acre, and proper maintenance is required for maximum performance. Here are some tips for winterizing your sprayer.
General Winterization Tips:
- Empty the tank(s) and booms of any excess chemicals or products, and properly dispose of them per the label instructions.
- If storing the sprayer in a place where temperature will be below freezing, add an anti-freezing solution to the tank and run the solution through all hoses and valves.
- Remove sprayer tips and store properly to prevent storage damage, freezing, etc.
- Thoroughly clean the sprayer to remove any chemicals that may have spilled and to prevent rust.
- Spray paint rusting spots on the frame and boom of the sprayer to prevent further rust.
- Repair or replace any malfunctioning or broken parts on the sprayer.
- Grease the sprayer and lubricate the pump in accordance to the owner’s manual instructions.
- Perform any additional maintenance specified in the user manual.
Tips for winterizing Ag Leader components:
Backup Ag Leader display.
Export data from the display.
Upgrade firmware of display to most current version.
- Remove display from cab, and store in a temperature controlled room.
- Check cabling and connections for damage, corrosion, or loose connections. Replace if necessary.
- Troubleshoot and solve any performance issues that occurred during the spraying season.
It is very critical to winterize and maintain your sprayer after each season in order to maximize the performance of the sprayer and Ag Leader system. With a clean flow meter and valves, and a lubricated pump, the Ag Leader components can operate with the highest level of precision. It is also important to troubleshoot and repair any existing issues prior to putting the sprayer away for the winter. By properly repairing, cleaning, and maintaining your sprayer, you can ensure that your sprayer will be ready for work come next spring.