Customer brought a weed control sprayer in for service. We noticed a a feeder hose was in really poor shape: cut, worn, dinged, etc. This was a chemical spill waiting to happen. We recommended, and they agreed, that we should replace this hose BEFORE a weed chemical spill inevitably occurs.
A couple of thoughts:
- do preventative maintenance of weed sprayers annual during slow periods to prevent problems
- inspect weed spray rigs regularly to identify issues before problems occur
- train technicians to inspect rigs and proactively prevent problems
- most techs & supervisors pay attention to major components such as engine, pump, reel but often overlook small inexpensive parts that can cause big problems
- check weed spray hoses (spray hose, suction hoses, pressure hoses) to make sure they are not rubbing or vibrating against other parts, or hot parts that will damage the hoses