Understanding the Different Types of Agricultural Sprayers

an agricultural sprayer

an agricultural sprayer

There is no limit to the number of sprayers available currently. They are, after all, an essential component of most residential and industrial applications. Not all of these sprayers, however, will suffice for the agriculture, floriculture and horticulture sectors. In farming, you will primarily need sprayers for the application of herbicides, fungicides and fertilisers. The wrong type of sprayer will significantly affect the crop’s quality since it will not deliver your liquid to the crops efficiently.

The available farmer spray machine options primarily rely on a high or low-pressure concept to eject a liquid from a tank. The machines thus provide optimum performance with minimal efforts on the operator’s part. Here are the best sprayer alternatives you have for your farm or greenhouse.

Hand-Held Sprayer

This holds approximately a gallon or two of liquid. Its pumping mechanism is located at the top of a container with a spray nozzle attached to an application wand’s end. The operator holds the application wand and presses it. The pressure generated propels liquid from a tank connected to the wand via a rubber tube. Hand-held sprayers are generally used for small greenhouses or direct application of fluids to a plant’s base on large farms.

Backpack Sprayer

This comprises a tank that holds approximately four gallons of liquid and a hand-held pump. Pressure is applied to an application wand with the tank strapped to the operator’s back and propels the fluid from the tank. The application wand and rubber hose connected to the pump extend into the tank’s bottom, making the liquid easily accessible. A backpack sprayer is generally used in large greenhouses and small farms.

working on an agricultural sprayer

Pull-Behind Sprayer

This is used on large farms. It comprises a boom that is mounted on and extends on the sides of an all-terrain vehicle or tractor. Pressure is generated by a mechanical pump inside the sprayer, which is driven by the vehicle’s electrical system or a battery. The liquid is then dispensed through multiple nozzles located on the vehicle’s back. A pull-behind sprayer has a device or remote control connected to control lines, which regulate the sprayer’s pattern and flow.

Aerial Applicator

This is an ideal choice for large farming tracts. Tanks with booms and multiple nozzles are attached on a small plane or aerial applicator. The pressure inside the tanks is generated from mechanical pumps powered with the applicator’s electrical system. The pilot of the applicator controls the spray flow and pattern using an electrical device or remote control. Application of liquids using an aerial applicator is sometimes called crop dusting.

Self-Propelled Sprayer

This is a self-contained sprayer comprising application booms, an engine and a tank. Some self-propelled sprayers also have hand wands to spray crops like grapes. A mechanical pump generates the pressure in the tank, and the sprayer is manoeuvred up and down crop rows using a remote.

Your sprayer choice makes the difference between a failed crop and a bountiful harvest. Therefore, diligence is essential when choosing one from the above. Work with an experienced supplier to guarantee you make the right choice.