Antifreeze for pasture sprayer?

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  1. HollowHead

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    Mining the brain trust here, but we've got about fifty gallons of 2-4-D mix in a tow-behind tank sprayer and we're suddenly going from t-shirt weather to negatives by tomorrow night. Is there an agricultural anti-freeze I can pour in? How about RV anti-freeze? Thanks in advance, HH
     
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    Edited to add: We normally drive it around one last time and blow it out with the compressor, but time is not on our side.
     

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    I believe there is a polypropylene type glycol that is nontoxic. It's expensive though. Could you erect a small tent structure around it and put a heater in it?

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    Rv antifreeze is also toxic. Keep in mind anything you mix may adversely react with the chemical in the tank
     
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    The problem with putting in an antifreeze is you have to mix it to the correct ratio, or you won't get the freeze protection you are looking for.

    All the RV antifreeze bottle I've checked say to use undiluted.
     
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    Well the non poison stuff is $$$. And even that I believe it’s against the law to spray over the ground. My thoughts are. Go to dealer. See if they have a bunch of 2.5 gallon empties. Haul it inside. Or put in 30 gallon plastic barrels half full, let them freeze.
     
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    Pour some cheap whiskey in it
     
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    ...yet it is used in potable water systems of RVs.... composed of propylene glycol, which is also a food additive.
    Please explain, as I have it in my RV system.
     
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    Alcohol or propylene glycol?
     
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    I'd drain it or use the pump to empty it then blow it.
    You dont want it freezing in the pump or valves.
     
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    How big of a sprayer unit are you asking about?
     
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    We run rv antifreeze through the farm sprayers. I don’t know what you’re trying to winterize, but if it’s just the pump and the spray bar, just use rv. Drain the tank.
     
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    About thirty gallons mixed. If I drain it, I have no heated place to keep the containers of the stuff that comes out. The pump, boom and extension wand are already high & dry...it's the plastic tank I'm concerned about. HH
     
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    PG antifreeze is not toxic; EG antifreeze is quite toxic.

    The rating (-50, -100, etc) refers to the burst point which is most assuredly Not the same as the freeze point. -50 AF (PG or EG) will start to form ice crystals at about 14F or so. Folks who buy -50 thinking it won’t freeze until -50 are in for a rude awakening in the spring.

    If you dilute -50 it will be even less capable of protecting your gear. -50 is formulated to be used full strength.

    I used to work for a company that blends antifreeze, so I have tons of useless info. We used to get calls from Canada saying, “ze -50 she is frozen at -24, sacre bleue!”
     
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    Do you have a John Deere dealership near you? Ask about their John Deere Winterizer Fluid.

    Winterizer_09272019.pdf
     

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    Well, I don’t what the effect the antifreeze will have on the 2,4 d, but it’ll take a lot of it to protect 30 gallons.
    I’ve used some mix in the spring that froze over the winter. You gotta watch for some crystallization though. If you’re going to use it this year yet, get a livestock water tank heater and drop it in. Don’t know how it’d work all winter, though.
     
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    Just wrap it up in an electric blanket.
     
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    I have a jug of it here that I bought to winterize pumps. It has a warning on it. That’s my only experience with it.