Spraying herbicides or nutrients using a pump sprayer can be very time consuming , labor intensive, and getting complete coverage is problematic even when using a marker dye. Hose-end sprayers – though not appropriate for all situations – can make the task much easier and faster. Two of the most popular hose-end sprayer on the market are the Chapin G362D Professional All Purpose Hose End Sprayer and the Ortho Dial N Spray Multi-Use Hose-End Sprayer. Having used both of them, here are my impressions of these products.
Chapin G362D Professional
The Chapin sprayer , coming in at just under $20 at Lowe’s, is a metal body sprayer that can hold up to 32oz of concentrate. Mixing ratio is adjusted by turning the metering dial at the top, and conversion from teaspoons to tablespoons is done by inserting a small brass converter into the siphon tube. The sprayer features a removable spray deflector which creates a wide and somewhat coarse spray pattern.
Having used the Chapin sprayer to spray glyphosate before renovation, I have found that suffers from a few major issues:
- In what I’m assuming is an attempt to keep the concentrate bottle vertical, the bottle and nozzle assembly rotates independently from the handle. This makes it impossible to spray at an angle and very difficult to get into hard to reach areas or in situations where you can’t walk on the grass, like after seeding.
- The sprayer seems to have problems metering out concentrate. After spraying half the yard, I realized that none of the concentrate had been extracted from the bottle. Stopping briefly and then resuming spraying magically resolves the problem, but reliability is an issue.
- The droplet size created by the deflector is very large, which is less than ideal when doing foliar applications. A finer spray can result in more even coverage and better coating of the grass blade.
- There is significant space between the bottom of the siphon tube and the bottom of the bottle, which means there will always be a good amount of concentrate left over at the bottom.
Unfortunately, while the build quality appears to be good, the design of the product is flawed. These design issues make its use in lawn care challenging if not outright frustrating.
Ortho Dial N Spray Multi-Use Hose-End Sprayer
The Ortho Dial N Spray, coming in at just under $11, is a hose end sprayer made entirely out of plastic. Like the Chapin, it features a 32oz concentrate bottle but it is also compatible with large Ortho concentrate bottles – just attach the sprayer directly to the bottle. It features 3 spray patterns : shower, fan and jet. The metering dial is located in the side of the sprayer and features 14 settings.
At first touch sprayer feels cheaply made. It is all plastic and you can actually feel the two sides trying to come apart slightly as you
push the trigger. The concentrate bottle attaches to the body of the sprayer somewhat loosely, adding to the “cheap” feeling. However, upon first use, the Ortho proves to be a good performer. The fan nozzle produces a finer spray than the Chapin, though still more coarse than I would like. The metering is solid – the concentrate gets sucked out evenly and consistently. And since the sprayer body is one piece, you can tilt and spray at an angle. Unfortunately, the shower and jet nozzles don’t seem to have much use in a lawn care setting, though they could come in handy for other tasks.
Bonus: an empty Bayer Fungus Control bottle
After spraying the contents of a Bayer Fungus Control Ready-To-Spray bottle, I decided to hang on to it to see if it could be re-used. The bottle produces an excellent spray with perfect droplet size, and is a consistent performer. After having re-used it for about 20 applications, varying from fungicide to iron, the thread on the bottle wore off to where it could no longer be re-used. While it lasted, the “free” Bayer bottle was the best performing “hose-end sprayer”.
Unfortunately, both the Chapin and the Ortho sprayers suffer from flaws. The Chapin, at double the price of the Ortho, is sturdy but unusable due to design flaws. It thus gets a 1 star rating. The Ortho, while not as sturdy, does a good job at half the price and so receives a 3 star rating. Maybe Bayer can turn their RTS bottle into a standalone hose-end sprayer? One can only hope.