backpack or push sprayer?

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by gcbailey, Sep 27, 2013.

  1. GaryBK

    GaryBK LawnSite Senior Member
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  2. greendoctor

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    Look up the Maruyama MS0741 sprayer or Solo 433. BTW, Solo upgraded their engine from an in house design 2 cycle to the Honda GX 25 4 cycle engine. More power and less noise.
     
  3. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
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    I've found the Solo online now... any thoughts on a Hudson, particularly Hudson 18537... Amazon.com has it for over $200 cheaper than the Solo. But is it a case of "get what you pay for"?

    I guess what is on Maruyama is the same thing, but it shows a cart option for it. http://maruyama-us.com/products/sprayers/compact-sprayers/ms0741/
     
  4. greendoctor

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    You will need to service piston packing, plunger cups and regulator seals on an annual basis. Having said that, both Solo and Maruyama have the facility of shipping you the necessary parts to perform that service. I do not see a detalied parts breakdown or price list for those parts for the Hudson. The Hudson is a Chinese counterfeit of the Solo sprayer. I will support Germany or Japan before I support China.
     
  5. greendoctor

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    Maruyama does make a cart option for the truly leisurely. However, anything on wheels is a burden when used on inaccessible lawns.
     
  6. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
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  7. greendoctor

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    No and no. What you see on the stock wand is just a pressure gauge reading in Metric. The regulator I use is capable of taking the incoming pressure of 400 PSI down to 40 PSI, which is what you want when operating Teejet AI nozzles. The Solo boom does not take Teejet nozzles and there is no mechanism to prevent drip after shutoff. That is why I rolled my own from the wet boom nozzle bodies and PVC pipe.
     
  8. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
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    Does anyone make an aftermarket boom? Being as I have basically no clue, I'd be somewhat leery myself about fabricating one. I consider myself very hands on and capable, but when it comes to something that if it doesn't work right, potential lawsuits or the DEP could become involved... :rolleyes:
     
  9. greendoctor

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    No. Really simple. Space 3 or 4 of those nozzle bodies 20" apart. Then hold 18" above ground. I would also practice with water and marking dye until laying down swaths that are overlapped into the next one comes automatically. DEP gets involved if there are complaints about burned up lawns or drift killing everything downwind of your job site. Two issues that this regulated boom reduce the risk of.
     
  10. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    9k - 21k sq ft lawns? Boy...that really lends itself to a ride on even though you have ruled it out. That is sweet spot turf size for a ride on.

    You could pick up a used PG Mag for probably $2k or a little more. Your back will thank you for not having to lug a backpack sprayer around, esp for those size lawns where you would have to refill a bp 3-4 times just to cover a lawn. Backpacks IMO are good for 4k sq ft lawns or less.

    Also, don't get a skid for those bigger lawns. Backbreaking and will take you forever compared to a ride on.
     

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