[NAFEX] backpack sprayers

Road's End Farm organic87 at frontiernet.net
Wed Feb 20 12:16:01 EST 2008

I have two older Solos and they both have hip straps. It's possible  
these were an optional add on; I don't remember.

I did a fast search and came up with a Gempler's page for Solos; as  
near as I can tell, they don't automatically now come with hip belts,  
but for 24.50 at that site you can get a deluxe harness that includes  
one, as well as better shoulder straps. (scroll down the page)


I might, fifteen years or so ago when I got mine, have bought them with  
an upgrade to the better harness; but my memory on this is fuzzy.

I wound up with two because years ago I was spraying rotenone, which  
doesn't dissolve well, and clogged the pump in my first one. At that  
time, at least, two different hand pump models were available; one was  
better at dealing with things like rotenone, the other at getting  
higher pressure for reaching greater heights. So I had the first one  
repaired and got a second one with the other type of pump. Both still  
work fine. I don't use them very much, however, so don't know whether  
they would have lasted this long with heavy use.

Finger Lakes NY; zone 5 mostly

On Feb 20, 2008, at 10:58 AM, tanis cuff wrote:

> I don't think Solo ever designed one.  I use my Solo for 2 gallons &  
> less, because my hand-held fell apart.  I have another backpack  
> sprayer equipped with a hip-strap, but it leaks pretty badly and the  
> wand design was less than durable; the company I think has gone out of  
> business because when I replaced the wand I had to patch from others.
> I just tried a search on "commercial horticultural supply catalog" and  
> got a nice assortment of websites to choose from.
> ________________________________
> From: hangermayer
> To: nafex
> Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2008 15:25:15 -0600
> 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.
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