Dealing with Spray Tanks in the Winter

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by AllTurfGA, Nov 18, 2009.

  1. AllTurfGA

    AllTurfGA LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    Anybody have any suggestions or current methods that they use to easily pickle their spray tanks (to be used easily the next day). We have struggled for years to have our trucks ready to spray on days that the temperature has been freezing the night before. Any ideas or current methods would be appreciated.
  2. br549oicu8

    br549oicu8 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,230

    Yikes! You have to spray one day, the temps freeze overnight, and then spray the next day?? Yeow!!
    Sounds like you need to arrange for some indoor storage.
    We are fortunate enough to be able to pull the spray trucks inside if that is the issue. I am not sure of a product to "pickle" the liquids overnight.
  3. bj22

    bj22 LawnSite Member
    from ny
    Messages: 69

    what are u spraying in the tanks?
  4. garydale

    garydale LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 813

    We have freezing issues and have been sucessful with covering the tank/ pump/reel with a heavy blanket. Inside the blanked area we hang a 75 watt drop light. That will keep everything unfrozen overnight.

    The next problem is the pump. reel freezing as you drive to the worksite.
    A truck cigarette lighter powered heating pad will help.

    If you purchase a padded horse blanket cover and leave it in place until your on site will work also.

    We use camper anti-freeze in the units after season wraps up.
  5. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,661

    In the fall--since our water comes from Lake Michigan--it is still fairly warm, say about 45 degrees--so if we fill at night--essentially we have a huge volume of warm water to carry us through the night. If we expect 27 degrees or below we cover the skid sprayer with a tarp to protect the pump and reel. At times we have recirculated the spray solution back into the tank in the morning so that the pump and reel are filled with 45 degree water. Well water would work about the same. Permagreen stays inside.
    My suggestion, if you don't have a garage, cover pump and reel with electric blanket or heating pad with a tarp over that. Dial low, med or high. Most have a safety thermostat to prevent overheating your bed for safety. Light bulb could start a fire.
  6. ted putnam

    ted putnam LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,695

    Potash in the mix will help some. It will decrease the freezing temp by about 6 degrees if I remember correctly(depending on rates used)I have used packing blankets and a drop light in the past with plastic over that especially if it was going to rain or snow or an extended cold spell. Not this year. I have been slowly moving into my new shop I've had built by my house. It's been a long time coming. All you really have to do is keep the pump and reel above 32 degrees. I've often wondered if a large BBQ grill cover or maybe a waterproof ATV cover might have been the thing to use along with the drop light.
  7. VLTS

    VLTS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 56

    Blankets and a drop light. On the larger truck i built a quick box out of foam board and 1x's and place in a 150w heat lamp. I'm able to pull it off in the morning and place it back at night.
  8. SMC

    SMC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    We do deer repellent spraying right through January. Our spray rigs are in box truck so we put an electric space heater in each truck to keep the pump from freezing. A couple of our trucks are equipped with propane heaters in the box truck.
  9. spfdlawn

    spfdlawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    In the past I have used one strand of outdoor mini Christmas lights and then cover that with a blanket and a tarp. I used to use a drop light but was always worried about it catching fire.
  10. lawnrx

    lawnrx LawnSite Member
    from ga
    Messages: 140

    I use a cover over the pump and reel. also i use a aircompressuer to blow out reel every night. never have a problum. one drop light does the trick.

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