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Preparing Pump for Winter

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by ed2hess, Nov 14, 2010.

  1. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,192

    I have a small 33 gallon pump sprayer that run off our Walker. I will keep the sprayer in a garage that doesn't get close to freezing. But I had a pump that bound up last year. So......is there something I should do to keep the pump lubed during down time.

    CHARLES CUE LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,093

    Ed what kind of pump is this?

    Charles Cue
  3. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,192

    It is a little surflo pump operated by 12v on mower.
  4. RAlmaroad

    RAlmaroad LawnSite Silver Member
    from SC
    Posts: 2,194

    On the pump that failed: Take it apart (nothing to loose). It may be a ceramic impeller which are very porous. This was the case of a lot of Sureflo pumps that fitted on marine pumps. If it is ceramic then a good cleaning with bleach or vinegar will clean the impeller. On those larger boats the impellers would build up with algae and just quit. After removing them and cleaning they worked as good as new. Here again most of the time a slight build up of fertilize will stop them. It might be a good idea to circulate a very hot water through the them to break down the fertilize or chemical build up before winterization. Wouldn't hurt.
  5. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,211

    Fertilizer often causes wiring corrosion on those pumps. Copper wire turns to green dust--failed connection results.

    CHARLES CUE LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,093

    I have 2 of these pumps and all i ever do is flush with clean water remove hoses and turn on pump to pump out any remaining water. It freezes here and i never had a problem.I don't use antifreeze or any thing' Theres not much to them. What happens do the diphams stick together ? Maybe some vegetable oil put in side. The bearing in side is not in water and it's sealed.

    Just some thoughts

    Charles Cue

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