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Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by greentech2007, Jul 5, 2011.
Need to buy new back pack sprayer but want one with good comfort and quaility.
I've got a few Solo brand backpacks (I use them for different mixes). Hard to beat, for the price. And, they work "fine".
i recently bought a stihl sg 20, its very comfortable and has a nice even spray
Redmax all the way
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Not doing this side yet but i think solo seems really good.
RL Proflow--diaphram pumps all the way.
Here's the ones we carry over here at Gemplers: http://www.gemplers.com/search/back+sprayer
Hope that helps. Good luck!
Let me tell you something to look for in quality.
I have no offense to what Gempler's offers.............I purchase some products from them that are excellent.
In a backpack sprayer I look first at the quality of the hose construction where the wand meets the rubber. Common factory construction issues compression or slip on joints that do not hold up to the 60 PSI internal pressure. Then if the wand is made from flimsy plastic and awkward handle triggers, it will not last. The hose quality must be flexible hoses and not those stiff thin things. The wand shaft must be thick in quality or it will bow-bend and warp with heat of being in the trailer or the back of the truck during a working day. Pretty much of all tank, piston, and diaphram construction is the same for these units. The tips and nozzles will usually be replaced to a more professional stainless steel longer lasting tip or fan nozzle. I haven't purchased a pack yet that I didn't have to augment the workings to make it more efficient.
If you want to get into battery operated and or gas operated back packs, then again, the construction of the components is important.
I have always been happy with Stihl backpacks and I know Stihl sells a ton of these things. The grommets will need changing as they will 'rot' after a season or 2. The hose will need replacing as well. You can get some braided hose from HomeDepot instead of ordering this expensive replacement.
The wand seems to be holding up fine and have never had an issue with it. I believe the replacement is quite expensive though. Stihl must make a pretty penny off these. I guess they figure it will be a common replacement with commercial users. It is not exactly a high quality wand, but not low quality either. I think they could do better.
Not having a backpack sprayer leak is my highest priority. I have used a lot of different sprayers and i think the SP2 is the best.