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Hand held sprayer problems sovled! Any more tips?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by robert payer, Aug 23, 2002.

  1. robert payer

    robert payer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 282

    I was hoping that people might share ideas on hand held sprayers. Every time I turn around my sprayer needs repair. It will bubble up through the pump. Often the pump will lock up. Some times the line clogs. I know these are all regular maintenance problems but I am tired of the frequency. Most of the problems are from dust and debris that is created on this mowing crew with the blowers. I was thinking to store these sprayers on the trailer or in the truck in a sealed container such as a garbage can that has a lid when they are not in use. Does any one have any thoughts or tips that they have learned as far as hand helds go. Sprayer thoughts out side of these problems are welcome also.
  2. Maybe a different sprayer.

    I use Swismex and never had any problems like this.
  3. robert payer

    robert payer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 282

    Lawn God Father,

    Can these bought online? I have been buying the $9.00 ones at Home Depot. They are one gallon sprayers. For $9 bucks they work great until debris gets into the pump. I am intrested to find out about this Swismex. It does not pay to be penny wise and pound foolish.

    General sprayer tips any one?
  4. www.northerntool.com

    Look at the $80 one. I think they be the SP1

    I have had and used mine hard over the last 5 years and they still go strong. Take a beating and keep on ticking (not timex).

    Leather diapragm too I think.

    BTW these are 4 gallon back packs.

    Those $9 sprayers give you $4 worth of use. Thes will give you hunderds.
  5. morturf

    morturf LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 476

    If you want a smaller one that is not a backpack get a Solo from www.Forestry-suppliers.com The one I use is great, It is the 457 3 gal. model. They also have 2 and 1 gal. models. Good luck.
  6. We do 4 U

    We do 4 U LawnSite Member
    Messages: 183

    There is a Solo dist. close to me and I can get a remanufactured backpack sprayer for $50. Solo has always worked good for me.
  7. mcambrose

    mcambrose LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 518

    I have about 8-10 pump up sprayers (not backpack type) that I use. I have similar problems with some models because the area around the pump collects dirt and debris and the debris is drawn into the sprayer when it is pumped up. This can scratch the pump cylinder so it won't pump well, can cause debris to get caught in the rubber washer that acts as the backflow valve and prevent it from seating. This causes the sprayer not to build pressure and to leak. The debris can also be pumped into the spray wand and stop up the nozzle. The best thing to do is to get a plastic sack or a bucket to cover sprayers when not in use. If you keep the trash out of the area around the pump handle, you shouldn't have any more problems.

    This does not apply to backpacks because they are made differently. If you have a backpack that stops up regularly try putting a screen over the mouth before adding chemicals or water or buy a spray wand that will allow you to add a screen before the nozzle.
  8. robert payer

    robert payer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 282

    Thank you for your many replies. Since these problems are clearly caused by debris, I have made round felt colars that slip around the pump rod. This shield helps to keep debris out of pump area.
    I am also considering using an enclosed storage enviroment to keep sprayer when not in use.

    I have atached a inline fuel filter to minimize nozzel blockage. One must use a screen filter and not paper filter. Paper filters are used often for fuels.

    Rebuilding sprayers is easier than I had ever thought.

    Thanks Guys!

    Any new ideas, please continue this thread. There is alaways something new to learn.
  9. 1grnlwn

    1grnlwn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,261

    Robert, sounds like a lot of work to avoid buying a backpack sprayer. They are a very good investment.

  10. strickdad

    strickdad LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 544

    robert we used to have a couple of hand helds too, they never seemed to last and were always leaking, stopping up, etc. we decided to use echo ms-100 back packs instead and we have had the same 3 now for 2 years with no problems whatsoever..

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