SPS International Model 100 Triple Function Backpack Sprayer
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- Repairable triple function piston diaphragm pump module
- Pump capable of generating 150 PSI of pressure (working pressure 15-80 PSI)
- Jet agitation for wettable powders
- Built-in check valve in the lid to prevent leakage from accidental tipping
- Complete spray gun with lock pin, brass spindle, filter and grip; comes with 51" PVC hose
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Week in and week out I spray everything from fruit trees to vegetables with solutions of liquids, wettable powders, and anything else that is required. This sprayer has always performed perfectly. You can generate very high pressures with this sprayer to spray even very tall trees with a little adjustment to the nozzle. I give this unit 5 stars because for the money I don't think you can buy a better sprayer.
Maybe there's something I'm missing, that the other reviewers "get", but I don't, but I have not been as pleased with this sprayer as they have been.
Up front, let me say that as far as spraying things goes, it works well. You can get good pressure and, thus, better dispersal/height than with a smaller portable sprayer. You'll still need a ladder, though, for those mature fruit trees that are semi-dwarf and larger.
What's troubling though are the "ease of use" design issues. First, when the sprayer is sitting on the ground/bench, pumping it causes the pump mechanism to impact the surface it sits on, thus impeding the ability to pump it. Second, the instructions note that you should pump "continuously" while in use. I'm not sure what that means but I can tell you that pumping it, at all, while it's on your back is an exercise in contortionism. The handle sits up high, well behind your left shoulder. Essentially, it can not be functioned with your left hand. You can drop the nozzle and, with your right hand, reach over your left shoulder and pump the unit with several very short-travel strokes, causing unpleasant strain in the latissimus dorsi on your right side.
Finally, and most annoyingly, there are NO liquid level marks on the tank (at least as far as I can find). If you want 2 gallons in the tank, you need to measure into another container first, not from the hose directly into the sprayer.
In conclusion, this sprayer has problems that make me wish I had not spent the money.
Another concerned was whether pumping up the pressure would be difficult. Some sprayers I tried in the past were a real challenge to your arm strength and a royal pain.
I am happy to report that this sprayer is fantastic and it works flawlessly with "Surround WP". Also, the pump travel is only about 6" and it is so easy to pump, requiring hardly any effort. You do not need to remove this backpack sprayer from your back to pump it. The pump handle sticks out near your left elbow and pumps with an easy downward motion. It pumps up surprisingly fast - a quick 20 pumps and it is ready to go. Not only that, but each pumping action stirs the mixture so the powder does not settle. The directions say to give it a pump every 5 seconds to stir the mixture. I thought that would be a hassle, but it is so easy, and a non-issue.
One thing, for those of us that don't read directions, the directions say to put a light coat of oil on the cover gasket to prevent air leaks. I used a Q-Tip to apply some mineral oil. That worked well - no leaks. This needs to be done each time you use it.
It comes with four different sprayer nozzles.Read more ›
I have owned a SP sprayer for two years. I have used it to spray roundup. It clogged and I took it apart to repair it. When I put it back together it would not build up pressure and did not work. I purchased new replacement parts. The recommended Kit 12 is very expensive. $28.89 for two "O" rings and two "rubber?" washers. Despite the overpriced replacement parts cost SP also charged a $1.31 Materials Handling Fee and a $5.00 Warehouse Handling Fee. These fees were not mentioned a the time I placed the telephone order. I am buying a new sprayer from a different company.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought one last year but it has deteriorated on some of its outer J hose connections and the diaphragm. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Tilman
I used it very lightly and started leaking after few times. I contacted the manufacturer and they refused to send me the defective part. Read morePublished on December 31, 2013 by Haidar
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