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"Better" backpack and regular sprayers?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Sid Post, Mar 28, 2020.

  1. Sid Post

    Sid Post LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    If my post is redundant or in the wrong section, please point me in the right direction as my search skills may be a bit weak on this site!

    I live in rural East Texas and have over 1000 feet of driveway to the 'main' road. I am having an incredibly difficult time keeping Sweet Gum trees knocked back from barns, fences and, well house; basically everywhere. I also have more normal weeds and wines that need to be knocked down as well. :wall

    First, I need a really good backpack sprayer and not some cheap import from any number of discount purveyors and homeowner farm/garden supply stores. I have already spent enough money at Harbor Freight, TSC, Atwoods, Lowes, Home Depot, etc. to probably pay for a family from overseas to move to Texas and cut weeds for a few years with hand tools. The Echo MS-41BPD (https://www.echo-usa.com/Products/Sprayers/MS-41BPD) is one I'm starting to look at but, Chapin and others seem like well-regarded options as well. ~$300 seems like too much but, I expect to pay more than ~$100.

    Secondly, for smaller jobs around the farmhouse and less toxic localized applications (thinking liquid fertilizers mainly), I'm considering the Echo MS-31H (https://www.echo-usa.com/Products/Sprayers/MS-31H). Again, I'm not hung up on brand but, Echo seems to offer a really good product but Chapin and others I'm sure are worthy contenders for my money. $40~$60 seems like a reasonable price range for the better/best handheld sprayers but, I can be swayed upmarket some if there is a good reason to spend more (like a better wand, brass or stainless wand instead of a whippy plastic one, etc.).

    The two reliable "Pro / Prosumer" brands I have relatively easy access to locally are Stihl (a big surprise I know ;)) and Echo. Chapin is randomly available in the cheaper mass market places like Atwoods and Tractor Supply otherwise, it is probably mail order or 'target of opportunity' when I travel to Shreveport / Dallas / Texarkana.

    I have probably only scratched the surface of good options so, I welcome any insights you may have that I have overlooked.

    Best Regards,
  2. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,454

    I use the Stihl sprayers with good luck.
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  3. kemco

    kemco LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,363

    I used redmax hand pump backpack sprayers with very good results for years. As in I still have 3. Price point was around $110 if I remember, they may be a bit more now.

    Haven't used them for about 3 years because I went to battery. And don't ever plan on going back FWIW. Went through a few crappy $250ish battery backpacks then went with the Jatco and love it. Price point will be around $325ish. Have 2 of those now, had a small problem out of the box with one but customer service quickly sent out a replacement part. Battery life on those is remarkable. And has agitation.
  4. No gloves

    No gloves LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 576

    I use the chapin backpack off Amazon for 40-50$?have used it on my property for 2 years no problem.
  5. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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  6. XC skier

    XC skier LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 253

    I graduated from Solo to Birchmeier which has to be the best. This year I will be using a Ryobi only because I am tired of pumping.
  7. OP
    Sid Post

    Sid Post LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    Yes, I was a little surprised I didn't turn up any good threads.
  8. Optimum Lawn

    Optimum Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 257

    I got the Milwaukee sprayer cause I had the 18v batteries/tools already and you can buy as many extra tanks for different chems as needed.
  9. OP
    Sid Post

    Sid Post LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    The tank swaps are a nice feature but, those batteries and charger are very spendy if you don't already have Milwaukee power tools.
  10. OP
    Sid Post

    Sid Post LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    Those Jatco sprayers look nice from the online perspective.

    The PJB-C is a good bit cheaper and the 2-gallon model looks like a nice option for homeowners with modest needs. Are the main differences in the non-replaceable battery of lower capacity and the lack of agitation? The regular PJB seems to have an adjustable pressure as well. Their website and the YouTube reviews found were a bit vague and ambiguous in general though, the Jatco PJB certainly got a lot of positive comments overall.

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