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BackPack Sprayers

Professional-Grade Backpack Sprayers

When it comes to treating a large area with herbicides or pesticides, a regular hand sprayer is not going to cut it. If you need to treat a wide space, we recommend trying a backpack sprayer. These can conveniently hold several gallons of chemical, making the application process much smoother. In addition to being used to treat for insects and weeds, most of our pressure powered sprayers can also be used as a tree sprayer, with the nozzle adjusted to shoot a narrow stream. You can also purchase extenders to gain more reach and shoot chemicals from farther distances.
 

Solutions carries a variety of backpack sprayers designed to save you time and a lot of headache when needing to do a heavy treatment to a wide area. This is mainly due to the fact that our backpack sprayers come with padded backing and straps, making it very easy to comfortably carry around large amounts of chemical. Many of our customers like to use our backpack sprayers to treat their lawn and garden for large weed outbreaks. Using a normal handheld sprayer in this situation would make spraying individual weeds quite cumbersome.

How to Best Use a Backpack Sprayer

There are two techniques that work best when using a backpack sprayer to spray an area. The first is by holding the nozzle tip at a suitable height above the surface of the target, which we recommend be between 14-18 inches. The second technique is to swing the wand back and forth in a pendulum motion as you walk. No matter which technique you prefer to do, make certain that you achieve a nice even coverage of the treatment site.

Backpack Sprayer Maintenance Tips

    • Thoroughly clean your sprayer after every use. This is an essential step to ensure the longevity of your backpack sprayer. Your backpack sprayer will last much longer if you rinse the equipment and flush the tank out with clean water.

    • Lubricate seals and o-rings periodically (at least once per year).

    • If you live in an area of the country where the climate can reach freezing temperatures, we recommend winterizing your sprayer before storage or storing in a warm area of your home. To winterize, use car antifreeze in your tank to prevent damage due to freezing. However, automotive antifreeze is toxic so when needing to use your sprayer, flush it out and dispose of the fluid properly.

 

 


backpack sprayerBackpack Sprayer: A Useful Tool In Pest Control and Lawn Care

Backpack sprayers aren’t just for professionals. Homeowners can and have greatly benefited from the versatility that a backpack sprayer brings. Aside from giving you a quick and efficient way of taking care of business on your lawn or addressing pest problems inside and outside the home, a backpack sprayer can also be used for other household tasks like spray-cleaning the exterior of your home, washing a car or boat, or adding a new coat of varnish on your deck. This very flexible pest control and lawn care tool can also help you to spot treat plants, or for treating particular areas of your garden where weeds have sprung up.

 

Portable and low-maintenance backpack sprayers can successfully apply herbicides, insecticides or cleaning products and save you from having to touch the liquid or clean up afterward.

 

Components of A Backpack Sprayer

Have you ever wondered how a backpack sprayer works? A backpack sprayer is a compact hands-free instrument that you can comfortable place on your back and allows you to move about your property to dispense your pesticide, fertilizer or water as you wish. The backpack consists of five main parts: a tank, a pump, a wand, a nozzle, and shoulder straps or a harness.

 

Tank

Nowadays, the majority of backpack sprayer pumps are much lighter and less bulky than they used to be and are usually made out of polyethylene plastic, which is durable and not affected by stored chemicals and is UV protected. A tank can hold at capacity between 2 to 4 gallons of liquid, which is ideal for homeowners.

 

Pump

The pump functions via drawing the liquid from the tank and pushing it to the pressurizing chamber where seals and valves hold the liquid under pressure until the pumping lever or valve on the wand is squeezed. This leads to the liquid being projecting out through the nozzle in a high-powered spray.

 

Wand

The wand is the long shaft which is used to direct the liquid to be spray toward the intended target and it helps you to apply the liquid in areas that are hard to reach, therefore allowing to spray way above your head or safely apply the liquid in certain areas that would be uncomfortable like spraying between prickly leaves, thorns and shrubs outdoors.

 

Spray Nozzle

The nozzle is the most important part of the sprayer because it controls the spray flow and the spray pattern. Most backpack sprayers have different nozzle types or ones that are adjustable which you can toggle between such as a narrow or wide stream, a cone, fan.

 

What the spray nozzle is made out of is important to note as well as it effects the quality and durability of a sprayer. Nozzles made from plastic may cost less, but they will also not last you as long. Nozzles made from a metal such as  bronze or brass are more expensive but these nozzles will last longer and save you a lot of money in the long run.

 

Backpack Straps or Harness

Since backpack sprayers are made to be portable, they will usually have straps or a harness which are placed over your shoulders and across your chest to help distribute the weight, so that your hands are free to use the wand and perform other tasks.

 

How to Choose the Best Backpack Sprayer For You

Here at Solutions Pest & Lawn, we have a variety of backpack sprayers available which are all professional quality. While some are more expensive than others, its important to note what you are looking for in a backpack sprayer. Most conventional backpack sprayers can either be operated by one of two different types of mechanical operations: piston or diaphragm pump.

 

Piston Backpack Sprayers

Piston pumps stand out by the up-and-down motion and they are contained in a chamber inside the tank. When you “pump” the lever, it creates pressure which forces the liquid down into the wand so that you can spray the appropriate amount of liquid.

 

Piston sprayers are more affordable, but not all chemicals can be used on this type of sprayer. More abrasive chemicals have the potential of damaging the piston.

 

Diaphragm Sprayers

Diaphragm sprayers work in a similar fashion to a piston pump, but they do not possess an internal cylinder. The pumping of the handle moves the diaphragm to create the pressure. Diaphragm sprayers have a better resistance to damage via chemicals and are more versatile as you can use powders on top of liquids. These are often more costly than piston sprayers.

 

Manual Vs Motorized Backpack Sprayers


Backpack sprayers are also classified in the ways they are operated: manual or motorized. Manual sprayers require the applicator to operate the handpump. While manual sprayers are cheaper, they can wear your hand out when you have to pump for a long period of time, especially if you have a big task ahead of you. However, nowadays there are easy to use high powered pumps that try to address hand fatigue.

 

For larger jobs that you want done quickly, you can’t go wrong with a motorized backpack sprayer. These sprayers will literally take the pressure off your hands from having to constantly pump the handle. However the cons with motor sprayers are that they are heavier, more expensive, and require extra maintenance compared to pump sprayers

 

Other Backpack Sprayer Features.

Backpack sprayers come with a variety of features which can help to make a spraying job more convenient and less labor intensive. These include wands that are more durable and holes that are resistant to breaks and leaks.

 

If you are going to be spraying your lawn or doing a lot of pest control, you are going to need a sprayer is not going to leak all over you. Looking for sprayers which have heavy duty hoses can be important when shopping.

 

Another neat feature of some sprayers are a automatic shut off mechanism. This allows you to control the release of any liquids and prevent leakage and loss of liquid when not in use.

 

For comfort sake, there are backpack sprayers which have comfy padded shoulder straps or harnesses to make a spraying task more convenient, especially when a backpack is on the heavier side.

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