Weed Control Sprayers - More Problems to Avoid

Posted by Andrew Greess on Mar 13th 2012

Weed Control Sprayers - don't make this mistake when buying your sprayer.

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The manufacturer of this 12 volt electric spray rig used a cheap plastic fitting at the suction point of the tank. They did not use a shut off valve. If (when) the fitting breaks after exposure to extreme temperatures, temperatures variations, bumpy road conditions, etc., the entire tank contents will dump. There is no way to shut it off.

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Here is the right way to do it with metal fittings and a shut off valve.

But wait, there's more! Look how the tank is secured:

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Look how tight the securing steel cable is to the tank. After a several months of bumps & vibrations, the cable is going to wear through the tank. Result: chemical spill.

Here is a better picture of the problem mentioned in my prior post. Too much weight hanging on your hose reel swivel will reduce the life of the orings and cause the swivel to leak much sooner than normal.

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Other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how do you like your spray rig?