CP Products are known to be the most efficient long lasting nozzle in the field. Some applicators have proudly boasted having their same original set of nozzles for 10-20 years. The key to keeping your CP nozzles lasting so long is maintenance. Having an annual maintenance schedule will keep you spraying with confidence and your nozzles working like new through every season. Here are a few tips on how to maintain your CP Nozzles.
Body cracks can develop by tightening the nozzle down too far to the nipple. CP nozzles do not need wrenches or any other tightening device to install. A simple hand tighten is all that is needed to attach the nozzle, it is not necessary to be flush with the hex section of the nipple. Another way the body cracks can develop is by leaving the nozzles coated with product out in the weather. When flushing out the dispersal equipment remember to give your nozzles a quick rinse off too!
Clogging in the orifice of the Selector or Tip on the nozzle occurs when filters are not cleaned out inside the boom. Another way is when chemicals are left to sit in the nozzle for an extended period of time. Leaving the orifice unattended will alter the spray pattern and can leave a streaking affect. As shown in the image, caked up tips can also change the output of an orifice. What once flowed at a 3.0 can be reduced to flow of 2.0 or smaller disrupting the intended GPA. In addition to flushing out the dispersal equipment an examination of the orifice is needed. While CP’s are built to last, natural wear and tear will occur over time. If the orifice looks grooved or misshapen it’s time to replace.
Chips and grooves can develop over time with deflectors. No easy way to avoid this one it just comes with use and time. If unable to visually see chips or grooves, run your finger along the edge. The edge of the deflector should feel flat and smooth; this is what gives the fan pattern of the nozzle. If a worn deflector is found simply remove the worn out deflector and replace with a new one.
A bare minimum piece of maintenance that should be performed at least annually is a check of the Teflon seal inside the nozzle body. Any deformity or wear and tear that has occurred in a seal will cause a nozzle to leak. In some models such as the CP-11TT there is also an O-ring inside the body and wheel selector. These should be checked for any kind of cracking or wear, as this is another item that can cause a leak to form. When inserting new Teflon seals remember that the beveled side is always against the body!
Sometimes maintaining nozzles can feel like a tedious task and not necessary. However leaving nozzles unattended can have more costly consequences than taking the time to maintain them. All CP Parts are available for individual purchase should a piece get worn out. Part breakdowns can be requested through dealers or by contacting CP directly. The Transland family prides itself on excellent customer service and support, we are always available for any questions or concerns you have with your equipment and make every effort to deliver the quality equipment you deserve!
For more information, contact Michelle Parrent. You can e-mail her or call her at 940.687.3049