new sprayer

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by bradyard, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. bradyard

    bradyard LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    I just bought a used skid sprayer, but I need a gun. What's the best, what nozzle? I am only going to be doing residential lawns. Can anyone help?
  2. ted putnam

    ted putnam LawnSite Platinum Member
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    What part of Arkansas Homey!
  3. bradyard

    bradyard LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    Northeast, how bout u
  4. LawnTamer

    LawnTamer LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,986

    I have just used the Lesco "chemlawn" gun with a yellow 2gpm nozzle. it is light and works OK, but I am not terribly impressed with it. I imagine there is something better. I carry a rebuild kit right on the truck and have used it. I also carry a jar of Vaseline to keep the valve lubricated. I carry a spare nozzle too. So if my nozzle gets boogered up I can just switch then out and clean it later at the shop instead of in someones driveway. Cutting a patch of pantyhose and using it as a filter between the gun and the nozzle helps too.

    KACYDS LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 559

    Never thought of that, great idea.
  6. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    I think the old Chemlawn gun is probably as good as it gets. Also the 2gpm yellow nozzle. (for weeds)

    That's a great idea about the panty hose for a screen. It drives me nuts when some boogers get stuck in the nozzle and f-up the spray pattern. Of course I may feel a lot funny buying pantyhose...

    Also a damn good idea to keep a rebuild kit on hand! I've been cought in the field with a broken gun before... NOT FUN!
  7. ted putnam

    ted putnam LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,734

    Central. Since you're in the northeast there is a company called GNC Industries(Pocahontas) They have a lawn gun that is much like the Chemlawn gun that Lesco/JDL sells. It's cheaper priced but for all practical purposes is the same. They offer different tips for the different gpm's. All you need to do is decide what gpm you want to spray and calibrate your sprayer to that setting. I spray 2gpm.They have a website that you can order from if it's to far a drive for you. It's snowing here...nobody said anything about snow, just cold. Anyway, hope that helps.
  8. bradyard

    bradyard LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    Thanks Ted, that's the info I needed
  9. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    If you are talking about the same ChemLawn gun I have? The nozzle is 3/4 hose bib threads. You can screw on any standard garden hose attachment including using a Washer-Strainer as a filter. BTW I have used a standard adjustable garden nozzle to get a solid stream for spraying trees with that gun.

    My personal preference is a wand and not a gun. I like to use the Tee Jet flat tip and change tip size according to the job.
  10. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,794

    Chemlawn gun is fine if you plan to wave the hand back and forth. I add new o-rings to mine in July and install a full rebuild kit every winter. I use a 3/4 " hose connection and short piece of hose to extend my gun by about 10 inches. Keeps most of the solution off your pants. Have a tooth pic or paper clip on hand to clean residue out of the nozzle. Should not be a problem if you use a 325 mesh filter in front of the pump.
    Only problem I have had, is the day I was distracted by a customer and got in my truck and drove away. I had not wound up the hose. Imagine my consternation when I looked in the mirror and watched 300 feet of hose drag around a stop sign. Scratched up, but the gun was ok. Never found the nozzle, though.

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