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How to reduce wear on nozzles

Nozzles have a limited life span because of wear and tear during spraying. This wear is caused by friction during spraying. The wear affects the fluid distribution and the spray pattern, so that the nozzle ultimately needs to be replaced. There are a few ways to reduce this wear and tear. We give tips on how to reduce wear on nozzles. 

The right material

Nozzles are available in a variety of materials: ceramic, plastic and stainless steel. Plastic nozzles are cheap, but also wear out relatively quickly. Ceramics are more expensive but suffer less wear and tear during use. Take this into account when choosing a nozzle. The choice of material also depends on the crop protection product to be used. For example, a powdered product increases friction, which makes it advisable to use a nozzle made of a wear-resistant material. 

Using clean water

Contaminated water will cause additional wear and tear. Water containing fine particles such as sand causes extra friction and therefore extra wear. Always use (as) clean water (as possible) for spraying. 

Combination of nozzles and filters

The filter in a sprayer filters out any dirt from the spray water, so that the nozzle does not clog up quickly. By using the right filter, the spray water is optimally filtered. A filter with a large mesh size stops large particles, while a filter with a small mesh size also stops fine particles. A specific filter is suitable for each nozzle. Our specialists can advise you on this. 

Cleaning nozzles

Regularly cleaning a nozzle removes accumulated dirt so it does not cause additional friction in the nozzle. The nozzle should be cleaned internally as well as externally. 

Questions about reducing wear on nozzles
Do you have questions about reducing nozzle wear, or would you like to get advice? Then contact product specialist Michael Visser, or ask your question using the form below.

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