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Gautama
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 2:55 pm    Post subject: Sprayer recommendations? Reply with quote

Any recommendations for a sprayer for burgundy mixture?

For the last few years I've been using a 7l Hozelock Killaspray but it's not great, and hasn't been since I bought it.
It needs to be re-pumped a few times during a spraying for the mist to remain fine.
Also, the delivery is uneven. The leaves sprayed first always have a heavier coasting of blue mix than those toward the end of the spraying (from the same fill)
Given that it cost about €50 I'm reluctant to buying another without recommendations.

It's the only sprayer I've ever used so maybe the above problems are normal?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 4:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think your last remark may sum it up. The pressure to expel the mixture is in the vacant space in the tank and, as you remove mixture, the volume of space increases. The pressure then drops gradually and you need to pump to restore it. It's also best to shake the whole thing regularly to make sure the contents remain thoroughly mixed.

If this bothers you, and your veg patch is close enough to the house, the only thing I can suggest is an electric paint spray gun but they'll probably only hold a litre at most so will need repeated filling.

If it's any consolation, the old fashioned method was a tin bath and a manually operated stirrup pump so what youo have may be as good as it gets?

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 4:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think your last remark may sum it up. The pressure to expel the mixture is in the vacant space in the tank and, as you remove mixture, the volume of space increases. The pressure then drops gradually and you need to pump to restore it. It's also best to shake the whole thing regularly to make sure the contents remain thoroughly mixed.

If this bothers you, and your veg patch is close enough to the house, the only thing I can suggest is an electric paint spray gun but they'll probably only hold a litre at most so will need repeated filling.

If it's any consolation, the old fashioned method was a tin bath and a manually operated stirrup pump so what you have may be as good as it gets?

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