Cleaning your backpack and spot sprayers

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by wildstarblazer, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. wildstarblazer

    wildstarblazer LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Do you clean your sprayers inside and out after each day of use? I can't see how this is practical all the time. What's your cleaning program and how do you collect rinsate??
  2. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Fanatic
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    You should clean every day pesticides settle on the bottom very quickly.
    Creating all types of problems . Far as cleaning you can use lots of products that are safe for the invorment :waving:
  3. Cadzilla

    Cadzilla LawnSite Senior Member
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    Once a year I do when I put them away for winter. I have dedicated backpacks for weed control and roundup.

    I don't know what you guys are spraying that would require daily cleaning and the manufacturer recommendations are way over kill.

    Rinsate? lol
  4. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
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    Don't know about your state, but mine does not encourage collection/storage of tank rinsates. The law is to spray out tank washings out onto a labeled site for the product in question. If it is a lawn herbicide, it should be sprayed out onto a lawn. If it is a non selective, then a non crop/uncultivated area. Centralized mixing/loading/disposal sites easily become sources of contamination.
  5. turfmd101

    turfmd101 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,376

    Drop in some Lescosol nutralizer & spray out in a open bed area or of like.
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  6. LawnsharkMB

    LawnsharkMB LawnSite Senior Member
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    Triple rinse if you are going to use a different herbicide or triple rinse if you are not gonna be spraying anymore out of that particular sprayer. I usually just fill the sprayer up, shake it around, pour it out. Do this twice. Then put a gallon in and spray this out to get everything out of the hose. If you leave pesticides in the sprayer without triple rinsing it corrodes something in the hose. Didn't take but a couple ruined stihl backpack sprayers for us to start doing this. So yes, it's very practical.
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  7. ted putnam

    ted putnam LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Exactly :clapping:

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  9. ted putnam

    ted putnam LawnSite Platinum Member
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  10. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
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    I have used this and seem to like the product so far.

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