Best buy – 19/20

The Chapin Knapsack sprayer has padded shoulder straps

Chapin Knapsack Sprayer 61800 £103.32
Tel. 0845 6439776

Plastic body with metal lance arm and stand.

The pump lever can be fitted to suit on the left or right of the sprayer, which has a 15ltr capacity. An internal manual spray pattern adjustment dial and a spray lock are other important features as well as padded shoulder straps. Also comes with three nozzles and the lance can be stored away on the base when not in use.

A delight to use. The padded shoulder straps made the 15ltr weight feel very comfortable on the back and only a few pumps of the lever were needed to bring it up to full pressure. The flow stopped as soon as the operating catch was released.

Although it’s not cheap the extra cost of this sprayer is worth it if you have large areas to spray on a regular basis.

Other sprayers on test were:
* 12 ltr Sprayer Plus  16/20
Hozelock  £64.99
Tel. 0121 313 1122

* 7 ltr Sprayer Pro  14/20
Hozelock  £44.99
Tel. 0121 313 1122

* Perras P7 Sprayer   18/20   £34.75 inc. delivery   LBS Garden Warehouse
Tel (01282) 873370/

* 12ltr Garden Sprayer Tsp   15/20   £39.95  Draper
Tel. 01386 768498

* Cooper Peglar Mini Pro    16/20
LBS Garden Warehouse   £20.47 inc. delivery
Tel. 01282 873370/