Consumer editor, Julia Heaton looks at garden sprayers which allow you to mix exactly the volume of chemicals you need to target weeds and diseases
RYOBI ONE OCS-1840 and BCP1817/2SM 18V 1.7Ah Ni-Cd Batteries & Charger Pack of 2
£119.05 inc. delivery screwfix.com
Build ***** A well designed excellent quality, compact system and wonderful brass lance. However, although it didn’t hamper my work the battery is a bit of a heavyweight – coming in at 2lbs (0.9kg
Features ***** Has a capacity of 4.73 litres and screw-on filler cap that doubles as a measuring jug. The micro-adjustable nozzle has a wide range of spraying patterns from a long, thin powerful continuous jet to a wide fine mist.
Performance ***** The rechargeable battery delivered a long, powerful performance – it was still going strong after half an hour making this sprayer a five star performer.
Value** The battery system is compatible with lots of other Ryobi power tools. If you don’t already own one though, you might baulk at having to shell out the £80 or so for the charger and batteries.
Other sprayers tested
I’ve also tested four pump up sprayers. See below for prices and star ratings.
B&Q 5 Litre Sprayer £15.98
CP5 Maxipro £65 inc. delivery
Draper 5 Litre Sprayer £22.25 inc. delivery
Hozelock 4607 Killaspray £45.90
For a full rundown of these see our 17 April 2010 issue.