Backpacks and compressed air manual sprayers are important tools in the spray tech’s arsenal.
- If all your backpacks and manual sprayers are the same, everything is easier: training, operation, maintenance and parts inventory. Standardization is one reason Southwest Airlines, which flies only 737s, makes money when other airlines lose money.
- Select a quality product. For example, the spray valve (i.e., the spray gun) should be well built with quality materials, such as brass or steel, not plastic. The backpack must be well-built. If the backpack looks flimsy, it probably is; don’t buy it.
- Serviceability. If you can’t service the sprayer, it’s a throwaway. The pump must be easily accessible for cleaning and service. The backpack’s filter must be easy to access and clean. If you can’t clean the filter, the backpack won’t last.
- Repair parts. Check to ensure repair parts are available. If not, the sprayer is a throwaway. Don’t buy it.
- Multiple tips. Are multiple spray tips available for the backpack? If not, the backpack can be used only one way, which limits its value to you.