Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Solo 475-B Diaphragm Pump Backpack Sprayer. This review is rather short, as I am short on time today but let me just say I own the Solo 475 B myself and I absolutely love it. I have had it for 5 years now and with basic care and maintenance it works as good as the day I got it.
Not everyone needs a back pack sprayer that holds 4 gallons at a time. It is best for larger homesteads and those with a significant number of trees under either a conventional or better yet a full organic program. It is also excellent for those with large gardens using my fertility program which includes things like liquid kelp, Garrett Juice, liquid mineral supplements, etc.
The reason I rushed this review today is that the Solo 475-B Diaphragm Pump Backpack Sprayer has just dropped in price to about the lowest price it has been on Amazon in a very long time. Normally selling between about 100-112 dollars where it is very fairly priced. Right now it is knocked down to 85.08, it has not been lower in price than that in well over a year.
For most small back yards I recommend a simple and inexpensive sprayer like the Chapin 2 Gallon Pump Sprayer. At only19 bucks it is a hell of a good deal and will do all you need. I will say that even with care you will likely have to replace it about every three years. Again the Solo one I own I have had 5 years and it still works perfectly.
My view is if your typical spraying uses more than 2 gallons at a time consider moving up to the big sprayer. If not then it likely isn’t worth it to you. Let me just say though the convenience between a back pack sprayer and a carry around one is pretty big. You always can easily have a hand free to see to the things you always find needing done when out on your property.
The other big thing. You never sit it down, get distracted and forget it out in the yard. Then find it two days later not yet cleaned out. This sucks and it is how you kill a sprayer, ask me how I know that!
To clean it is easy, spray it out with a hose and dump it, may as well dump it into a bed. Then fill it with about a gallon of water and pump it up. Spray it for about a minute or two to clean out the tubing and spray nozzle. Unsrew the control tip and rise it with the hose. For best results leave the top off it to dry. I tie wrap the tip nozzle in a small plastic bag to the hose so I don’t lose it. This keeps crud from building up and hardening at the tip end.
If you do this every time you use it, your sprayer will last a long time. And at the price right now if you need a larger sprayer this is the best price I have seen on the best sprayer of this type I know of. So check out the Solo 475-B Diaphragm Pump Backpack Sprayer today. And if you don’t need it but need something again that little Chapin 2 Gallon Pump Sprayer is hard to beat under 20 bucks. I actually own both. When I just need to spray a few beds I use the little one as it is faster to get out, fill up and clean. When I need to spay all the beds or some trees I use either the Solo or a tank sprayer on a trailer with my tractor, but that is a post for another day.
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