Agricultural spray equipment is used by many farmers to protect their crops and keep them from damage caused by pests, weather, or animals. Using these machines is a very efficient way to get the job done as most are able to spray an area a few yards wide and several yards long. In order to use an agricultural spray pump it is necessary to have a working water supply, since many of these machines utilize a large amount of water. Also, before purchasing one, it is important to have basic knowledge about how the various parts work and what they do.
An agricultural pump is essentially a mechanical machine that functions with the aid of an air compressor. The air compressor allows the user to increase the pressure in a pumping tube, which in turn raises the pump's intake air pressure to a higher level. Once this process has been started, the pumping process will continue until there is a sufficient flow of air to complete the spraying operation. There are different types of pumps available depending on the type of application needed and the application itself.
There are two types of pumps that are commonly used for spraying crops - rotary and screw pumps. Rotary pumps are generally used on small spraying applications and provide consistent spray coverage. These machines are most commonly found in combination or tractor/tiller models. Rotary nozzles are typically used in applications where uniformity is not an issue; in other words, the same application can be accomplished with different nozzles. Screw pumps, on the other hand, provide a more aggressive spray application and are typically used when more coverage is needed.
There are also specialized types of pumps that are used to protect certain crops from certain pests or to protect certain planting beds against certain insects. For example, a rotating pump is often used to protect alfalfa from spore spreading to surrounding areas. This type of pump is made up of a rotor with a nozzle attached to it, and the rotary action of the rotor can be altered to prevent spore or insect spread to different parts of the growing area. Other types of pumps are mounted above the soil on top of the beds or fields. These machines shoot out fine particles, which land on the ground and bond with the minerals in the soil. The fine particles then lodge themselves into the roots of the plants, preventing them from absorbing the pest or insecticide being sprayed.
In addition, the spray nozzle shapes also vary by the type of application needed. A wide, single-use spray nozzle is suitable for light spraying or application to small areas. A tip adapter, however, can be attached to a wider spray nozzle and provides an efficient spray for heavier applications. Finally, some spray nozzles can be attached to a water source and directed at the target; for example, a spray nozzler directed at a root crop would do a better job than the spray nozzle attached to an irrigation tool.
It's important to invest in an agricultural spray pump that is made of durable material, lightweight for easy portability, and designed specifically for the purpose of applying pesticides or other sprays. You might also want to consider buying a pump that is powered by a battery, so that it may be used even in the absence of electricity. However, you need to make sure that the type of battery you buy is suitable for the purpose you intend to use it for, as there are many types and not all are suitable for sprayer applications. Before making your decision, make sure you understand the requirements of the spraying job and the spraying system you will use.