[NAFEX] backpack sprayers

Jolyn jolyn at tctwest.net
Tue Feb 19 18:03:05 EST 2008


Hi Mark,
Both of mine have the belt that straps around the waist & one was purchased last fall.  I don't use the waist belt because it seems to be balanced without it.  I am 5'5" and don't have any problem with the weight of the 3 gal loaded.  I see that some of the 2008 models are 4 gal. capacity.
Jolyn
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Mark & Helen Angermayer 
  To: North American Fruit Explorers 
  Sent: Tuesday, February 19, 2008 2:25 PM
  Subject: Re: [NAFEX] backpack sprayers


  Rivka & Jolyn,

  I've looked at the Solo website and it doesn't seem any of their sprayers (except the battery powered) have a hip/waist belt.  Am I missing it?  I'm interested in Solo for the simple reason they appear to sell a 5ft. spray wand as an accessory.

  The trombone sprayer is a pretty neat idea and seems to work for my son's super soaker, but I move around a lot and it looks like it would take three arms to move the bucket and spray at the same time.

  I share ownership of a 25 gallon sprayer, and have a smaller hand sprayer, but I'd like something a little more intermediate.

  Thanks,
  Mark
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Road's End Farm 
    To: North American Fruit Explorers 
    Sent: Tuesday, February 19, 2008 10:29 AM
    Subject: Re: [NAFEX] backpack sprayers



    On Feb 19, 2008, at 1:53 AM, Mark & Helen Angermayer wrote:


      Do any of you use a backpack sprayer? Are they that much better than a
      large 3 gallon hand sprayer? Do you have to pump them less/more than a
      regular hand sprayer? Any other advantages/disadvantages? Appreciate your
      thoughts.


    I've never used one of the 3 gallon hand sprayers, so I can't compare; but I do use a Solo 3 gallon backpack sprayer. It's easy to pump; pump it up some to start, then just pump occasionally with one hand while continuing to spray with the other. They also make battery-powered electric versions that you don't have to pump at all.

    I strongly agree with the recommendation to get one with a hip belt. As long as you have the hip belt, they're pretty comfortable to wear.

    --Rivka
    Finger Lakes NY; zone 5 mostly 


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