solo backpack repair/maintenance question...

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by LawnoftheMonth, Nov 25, 2009.

  1. LawnoftheMonth

    LawnoftheMonth LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 355

    I cant get any pressure when I pump the handle, so I bought the piston pump repair kit to see if that helps. Now how do I get the piston cylinder loose ;)?
    The instructions say to rotate it counter clockwise but that isnt happening.

    Any tips?
     
  2. CHARLES CUE

    CHARLES CUE LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,095

    dont have solo sprayer but if your trying to get a hose on try a little lube on the hose
    and i find that on my back pack sprayer i have to lube the piston one a year

    another thought if you cant get pressure check the check balls or valve they get stuck some times from the pesticides just some thoughts Hope this helps a little
    Charles Cue
     
  3. Marcos

    Marcos LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,720

    Here:
    http://www.sprayer-outlet.com/pdf/solo.pdf

    I recommend spraying some silicone lube on the bolts & letting it soak in B4 trying to loosen.
    Otherwise they might strip or break.
     
  4. GravelyGuy

    GravelyGuy LawnSite Silver Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 2,518

    Those things are a PITA to work on. Both of mine were acting up the last couple times I used them. The secret is to store them empty and keep em clean.
     
  5. LawnoftheMonth

    LawnoftheMonth LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 355

    thanks, step # 7 was left out of the instructions that came with the repair kit. :drinkup:
     
  6. Marcos

    Marcos LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,720

    no problemo!
    That Houston Texan football team rocks! :cool2:
     
  7. LawnoftheMonth

    LawnoftheMonth LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 355

    You arent kidding, it's easier to just spend 90.00 on a new one, but i want to at least learn how to tear one down and put it back together since i'm this far into it. (and i did buy a Shurflo electric to use in the mean time).
     
  8. LawnoftheMonth

    LawnoftheMonth LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 355

    Oh man, I love my Texans football! The last 2 missed field goals have caused me great grief, lol.

    Thanks again, I'll report back after step 7, I'm not messing with it tonight.

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone :)
     
  9. bx24

    bx24 LawnSite Senior Member
    from MA/TX
    Posts: 503


    I agree. I have had good luck with mine (non-piston and 6 years old)..If it goes, in the trash it does..Not worth the time.....
     
  10. LawnoftheMonth

    LawnoftheMonth LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 355

    Success! the backpack works better than before now. To get the piston cylinder out I drilled two holes in it and stuck a screw driver through the holes and twisted it off, the old oil filter trick. It bent my screw driver too, lol. :)
     

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