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Old 12-19-2013, 11:21 PM
millie86 millie86 is offline
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using backpack sprayer

I have a question about herbicides. I'm getting my license this yr , so was wondering is a backpack sprayer efficient do treatments my first yr? suggestion?
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Old 12-20-2013, 12:31 AM
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They do pretty good for small yards starting out just have a batch of pre mixed chemical in a tank so you don't have to mix each time you fill.
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Old 12-20-2013, 01:41 AM
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Google( backpack sprayer video2 conversion steps-snyder farm). There are some videos by Dr. John Grande of Rutgers University on backpack sprayers & how to increase their efficiency. There is also a parts list, with part numbers, from Rutgers on the web . You will have to hunt around the web to find the parts list. They are all teejet replacement parts except for the constant flow valve.
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Old 12-20-2013, 05:13 PM
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Lots of people started out that way. Spot spray is easy, but if you don't see the small weeds--you miss them--after a week or two they are big and blooming--customer is unhappy about the quality of the result.
So plan to blanket spray at times by moving the wand back and forth...five foot swaths.
Calibrate by spraying a gallon of water and measuring the sqft covered. You can cover about 800 sqft per minute. Refills are time consuming, of course. You need a water source(like a 55 gallon drum).

And you need Velcro shoes. DO NOT bend over to tie your shoes.
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Old 12-20-2013, 05:46 PM
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thank you guys for the help. this might sound stupid, but why the shoes and not bend over. bc of chemical? should i go ahead and mix it with water and get out of the water tank?
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Old 12-20-2013, 05:50 PM
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Riggle why wouldn't use a backpack with a wide angle flood jet nozzle with a pressure regulator to blanket spray. You can get better coverage and use less material on weedy lawns. And when and if the turf is dense and relatively weed free spot spray.
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Old 12-20-2013, 06:29 PM
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And you need Velcro shoes. DO NOT bend over to tie your shoes.
Dont under stand this Riggles I have have to bend over or lift my leg to tie or pull the Velcro across ?

I would buy pull on rubber boots I like muck boots

A nice tip for a back pack that's let you cover lots of ground is a Teejet AI nozzle they have 120 deg spray

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Old 12-20-2013, 06:53 PM
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my first setup was a synergy from permagreen.com. 300.00 for synergy 650.00 for lesco spreader. Made me wanna hang myself after each day of work but i think its better then back pack sprayer.

I think riggle meant your back would be very sore and you don't wanna bend over. i think….
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Old 12-20-2013, 07:09 PM
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my first setup was a synergy from permagreen.com. 300.00 for synergy 650.00 for lesco spreader. Made me wanna hang myself after each day of work but i think its better then back pack sprayer.

I think riggle meant your back would be very sore and you don't wanna bend over. i think….
I stared out with a skid and liquid fert that how I was tough never used a back pack till about 2 years in to business and never used a push spreader till I got a ride on. I don't like using a push spreader got a brand new one setting up in my barn never came down this year.

May be the bend over thing is like soap on a rope LOL

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Old 12-20-2013, 08:21 PM
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I think riggle meant your back would be very sore and you don't wanna bend over. i think….
I think he was joking. If you bend over, all the tank mix will dump out on you.
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