SPRAYERS 17 april

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

best buy sprayer 17 april

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.

SCORE: 17/20

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.