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ISN has been having an internal conversation about backpack sprayers, so I thought I'd share it here.  One partner expressed continuing issues with Solo sprayers, culminating in 2 brand-new sprayers arriving in non-working order, and asked about other options.  Here is what partners have shared as other options in no particular order (both are more expensive than Solo, somewhere around $120-150):

  • Stihl backpack sprayers, which don't have the leaking problems and have broken less frequently; some models have plastic components that may break with time
  • Jacto backpack sprayers were recently recommended as very reliable with mostly metal parts

Of course, this isn't an endorsement of any products, just sharing experiences.

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WRISC has had good experiences with Field King backpack sprayers.  They aren't much more expensive than solo sprayers, come with much better shoulder straps (with chest and waist straps) and have viton seals which hold up better to herbicides like garlon 4.  You can find them on amazon or from Forestry Suppliers. 

Similar to Katie, this is not an endorsement, just sharing our experience. 

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