Electric vs. Gas – Which Power Sprayer Pump for you?

Posted by Andrew Greess on Sep 23, 2007

I am often asked by my customers, which type of pump should I use for pest control / weed control power spray rig, a gas or electric sprayer pump?

There is no right answer to this question. The answer depends on your company strategy, service strategy, budget, and technician preferences.

Here are some things to consider:

Gas-Powered Sprayer Pumps:


  • More volume
  • Higher pressure
  • Complete large jobs faster
  • More expensive to purchase, plumb & maintain


  • Noise
  • Safety – moving parts
  • Safety – carrying gasoline on truck
  • More weight
  • Requires more space

Electric-Powered Sprayer Pumps:


  • Quiet
  • Safety – moving parts, gasoline
  • Less space required
  • Less weight
  • Less expensive purchase, plumb & maintain


  • Lower volume
  • Lower pressure
  • Slower on large jobs

Gas power spray rigs cost more, because the pump and engine are usually more expensive (then electric), and additional plumbing (pressure relief valve, pressure gauge, etc.) and steel (for the skid) are often required.

If your service strategy calls for mostly IPM with only occasional power spraying, electric sprayer pumps are a great choice.

If you are treating smaller properties (such as residences), electric may work for you.

If your service strategy calls for power spraying on every stop and you are servicing large properties that require higher spray volumes or pressures, gas may be the better solution.

We have found that if your technicians are used to using a gas-powered rig and you switch to electric, they will complain about the volume and pressure. If using electric, start with electric.

Discuss your strategy with your equipment supplier so that you get a solution that works long-term for your company. Do not settle for a standard solution if it will not support your strategy.

Happy spraying.