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    Default New sprayer need some advice??

    I have used it once and have been trying to fine tune my application. I was wondering if anyone has used one and can lend some wisdom.
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    Default Re: New sprayer need some advice??

    What is your question ?

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    Well calibration and angle. I'm treating it as one nozzle. I want uniform coverage on the plant and row. I feel like the first row is good but the second and third get overspray. If I pivot volute up I feel I don't cover well. I'm spraying strawberries, 1 acre, planted on 5' centers. The info from manufacture is not super clear, they say it's an art not a science. I'm not very artistic. I plan is to use nozzles that do not apply as much, and travel slower and focus on one row at a time. Pretty much shooting straight down. I would like to spray slower to give fan time to really swirl foliage more. I'm I on the right track?

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    Surely, somebody else has one ?????

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    Default Re: New sprayer need some advice??

    What make and model sprayer did you get?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DFB View Post
    What make and model sprayer did you get?
    It is an A1 mist sprayer pto unit. They only make two models mine is the 60 gallon tank. It looks very similar to the Big John mist sprayer. I have the standard cannon volute and the 9 nozzle vertical volute.

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    Default Re: New sprayer need some advice??

    Quote Originally Posted by Reyer Farms View Post
    Well calibration and angle. I'm treating it as one nozzle. I want uniform coverage on the plant and row. I feel like the first row is good but the second and third get overspray. If I pivot volute up I feel I don't cover well. I'm spraying strawberries, 1 acre, planted on 5' centers. The info from manufacture is not super clear, they say it's an art not a science. I'm not very artistic. I plan is to use nozzles that do not apply as much, and travel slower and focus on one row at a time. Pretty much shooting straight down. I would like to spray slower to give fan time to really swirl foliage more. I'm I on the right track?
    I've been looking at those A1 Mist Sprayers: 3-Point Mounted Mist Blowers today along wih a little online research and changing nozzels/ground speed looks like the right way to do it if there's too much overspray or not enough. The idea is to give yourself enough time to displace all the air in the leaf canopy for total coverage

    I guess it really takes bit of trial and error to find what will work best in your situation. You said your using the cannon. With strawberries plants is it difficult to get a good downward angle? What is the major consideration having that amount of overspray...product waste? It is a fungicide your spraying correct?

    Some info I read also suggest you can use various nozzel sizes to get different overlap patterns like a heavier spray on the bottom and lighter on top. Can you also close individual ones off?

    BTW nice unit

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    DFB- I'm spraying fungicides. I am spraying the row beside me as I drive over one. The right side has more angle adjustment than the left. When I spray at the lowest angle I'm able to with the left side I spray onto the next row over. Using both side helps when avoiding the rows with sprinkler stakes. I have four nozzles in the cannon and two are blanked. I really do not feel you get great coverage past 10'. I could be wrong and it is great. The mist might be too fine to actually see well. It is a big investment I'm protecting with totally new equipment. I set it by their chart for two mph. I used the red tips I forget the number 8004 maybe??? Some of the stuff I read was 5 gal to the acre?? Does not seem right but hey I digging using less. Where did you find your info? I have not been able to find much, but I'm not that great with the ole interweb.

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    Default Re: New sprayer need some advice??

    I agree with DFB that there is some trial and error involved. Even at a set speed there will be variation in the distance the mist flows with different wind speeds. Remember too that if you go up a field and back down further across, then the downwind drift is all in the same direction, i.e. an East wind will always drift your spray to the West. Google "sprayer mist calibration" for lots of info. I have never used one, but covered thousands of acres with boom sprays.

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    Default Re: New sprayer need some advice??

    Jody this video gives a pretty good visual of a mist sprayer at work using the vertical volute and only the lower 3 nozelles. Note the overspray pattern At the orchard looks pretty much the same

    A view of Air Blast Sprayer - YouTube

    Got this from the Ameribest web site. Look like the same sprayers

    Optional 9-Nozzle Vertical Volute Sprays Out 45 Feet Horizontal, 35 Feet Vertical.
    Optional 2-Way Orchard/Vineyard Volute Sprays Out To 20 Feet Horizontal, 20 Feet Vertical On Each Side

    Obviously the cannon gives a more concentrated spray pattern

    Have you tried out the vertical volute yet?

    I assume nozzele pressures are pressure adjustable but the air volume is fixed

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