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The 4 Best ATV Sprayers – 2018 Review

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You’ve got an ATV and now you need a quality sprayer to get to work, we understand. When we’re looking to buy things the first thing we jump at is value. The no-frills – get the job done, don’t need to be sold on some extra feature kind. The main benefit is increasing the efficiency of the time you spend working without the headache.

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An ATV sprayer is a specialized unit that is designed to increase the efficiency of distributing chemicals or any liquid of your choice through means of a pump, reservoir, and applicator. It’s a simple product when it comes down to it and there are a heck of a lot of options. They’re all better than using a backpack sprayer!

So, which ATV sprayer suits your needs the most? We looked at the materials, pricing, warranties, and the pump to try and give a fair judgement of which models had the most value when everything is considered. 

Here’s our picks for the 4 Best ATV Sprayers on the market:

NorthStar ATV Broadcast and Spot Sprayer

ATV spot sprayer

The NorthStar ATV Broadcast and Spot Sprayer is heavy duty, quality made, and built with hard work in mind. This spot sprayer is capable of 70 PSI and 2.2 GPM, and at a 26 gallon capacity it’s able to hold a considerable amount. You’ll be able to get your work done fast and reliably with this unit. The pump has a 100% continuous duty rating, it doesn’t just claim to be heavy duty – they proved it. The most important component for a good sprayer is the pump and this NSQ Series model has a reliable history. 

The 14-foot swath isn’t the widest effective distance of sprayers in it’s class, which is something to keep in mind. If you need or want a larger area to be covered, you might look at another model. But, if you’re going to be frequently using your pump and you want the best bang for your buck, this is the top of the list. For it’s price it’s the best value of all sprayers we’ve come across. 

Chapin 9700 15 Gallon Spot Sprayer

Chapin 15-gallon sprayer

The Chapin 97200 spot sprayer is one of the smaller units available. If you need something lighter that isn’t going to weigh down your ATV/UTV or yard tractor, this is a great option. It has an adjustable nozzle on the spray wand to help you cover any tricky areas, with 15 feet of hose. Rated for 40 PSI and 1 GPM, this pump won’t put out as much coverage as some other options, but it’s perfectly capable for light to medium duty work. 

Coverage wise, it hits a large area – 30 feet horizontal and 18 feet vertical spray patterns. Chapin is known for having a great customer service team, so kill your weeds with ease. If anything goes wrong you’ll be covered. 

Ironton ATV Spot Sprayer

ironton atv spot sprayer

Looking for a quality option that’s light on the wallet? Ironton ATV Spot Sprayer is here to answer the call. You’ll pay much less than you would for larger units, but this only holds 8 gallons. So make sure it’s the right fit for you. It’s a well built unit that has a rate of 1 GPM with 40 PSI. As for output, it”s not going to be the strongest pump or PSI. But for the money you won’t find anything of similar quality in this price range. 

If you’re looking to upgrade from a backpack unit but don’t need anything too large, choose the Ironton and you’ll be satisfied. 

Precision Products ATV Spot Sprayer

The 25 Gallon Precision Products Sprayer is another big unit in the market. When this is fully loaded it’ll weigh a bit over 200lbs. They’ve included a 90-day limited warranty if you have any defects or problems with the product. Ratings for this sprayer are 60 PSI and 1.8 GPM. The tank has thick plastic lining and is UV resistant. 

Battery clamps are included as is an on/off switch. The sprayer has an effective distance of around 15 feet.  The only thing we don’t like is that the included wand is a little flimsy, but if you choose to upgrade that – this would be an ideal setup. 

ATV Sprayer FAQs

Boom Sprayer

You might be wondering what the difference between boom and boomless is. It’s only the actual extension of the sprayer. Have you ever heard the term “boom microphone”? Well, the same concept applies, a boom is just a way to set up the spray pattern using long cylindrical material.

You should use a boom sprayer if you have a wide open area. Since the liquid is dispersed at a higher vertical compared to a boomless sprayer. That leaves more obstructions for it to get caught on on the way down to earth. In a boomless sprayer, it will be closer to the ground with a tighter spray pattern.

Boomless Sprayer

On trails or wooded area we recommend boomless. It will generally cover a larger surface area. If you are going to use it in the woods and on trails frequently, go boomless. Obstructions, tall grass, and in uneven terrain a boomless sprayer is superior. Here is a great video so you can see what makes it a superior option for these scenarios with your own eyes. 

Spray Height

atv nozzle spray height

Most nozzles nowadays only come in 110 degrees. Eighty degrees are still available for some manufacturers and some nozzle types. 110 degrees generally gives you a bit of a wider fan angle. If you’re losing a low-drift nozzle it’s going to operate better at lower pressures. 

Boom Height – important for sprayer performance – boom height depends on your field and variables no one but you will know. If you have a higher boom, it’s going to create more spray drift. Your spray will get dispersed more easily and it’s more likely to miss your intended spread the higher you go. 

So, how do you set the spray height for your sprayer? A typical boom has a nozzle every 20 inches, and it pushes down a fan shaped pattern. These patterns tend to overlap. So – the overlap should be about 30% to compensate for more spray being laid down in the middle compared to when it loses some juice at the edges of the spray pattern. 

If your nozzle isn’t low-drift: The real answer you want: If your nozzle is 80 degrees set your boom height between 18-20 inches. If your nozzle is 110 degrees, set your bomb height between 14-16 inches for optimal coverage. 

If you have a low-drift nozzle: You’re going to have to do this by eye if you have a low-drift nozzle. 

Materials

All tanks for sprayers will be some sort of polymer. The most common fail points people have tend to be in the moving parts; either the boom, pump, or valves.  If a company cheaps out on the valves or pump over time you could potentially have some drip. A common complaint people have with sprayers is a valve or boom not holding good pressure or being fully sealed. If your pump stops working to it’s potential – that’s a hair pulling headache in the works. 

So, it’s important to take a look at the build quality of the sprayer you choose. If it looks cheaply made, it probably is. 

Flow Rate

Two measurements are important here, PSI and GPM. PSI refers to the strength of the flow. The volume is GPM or gallons per minute. This is just a measurement of how much liquid your system is capable of throwing down and how fast. For ATVs you won’t be seeing a high rate because most of these tanks can only hold to about 30 gallons. The most common ranges are from 1 GPM to 2.2 GPM. 

Power Supply

All mounted tanks are going to run on 12 volts, suitable for ATV/UTVs.

How to hook a sprayer up to the battery?

Your sprayer should come with a lead wire connection and some alligator clips. Simply hook those up to your battery and you’re good to go. There are a few heavier duty options that use a gas engine for power, but those are going to be on tow sprayers. 

Tank Capacity

Depending on how much ground you have to cover you’ll either want a larger or a smaller tank. We see sprayers anywhere from 5 gallons all the way up to 26 gallons being mounted on ATVS.

The most important thing to remember is how much a fully loaded tank is going to weigh. A gallon liquid weighs about 8.34 lbs.  So, if you’ve got a fully loaded 26 gallon tank that’s about 217 lbs. Which is going to make your ATV real light up front. If it does feel light, it’s not a bad idea to try and counter that weight with a rock or something.

If you’d rather not have that much weight on the back of your ATV, tow sprayers are a great alternative. 

ATV Tow Sprayers

If you need a higher capacity sprayer, the top choice for tow sprayers is this NorthStar. Recommended for smoother surfaces, the benefit of having an ATV mounted sprayer is that you can get places that you wouldn’t normally be able to. But, if you have some flat land, or relatively flat land that you need to work on then it’s not a bad idea to get a tow. Your turns might be a bit more annoying or the terrain will have to be easier, but you’ll be able to carry a lot more weight with ease. 

How does an ATV Sprayer Work?

The design is pretty simple. It’s a reservoir with a pump, your pump will most likely be electric. Gas engine options do exist but those are for heavier duty applications – like a tow sprayer. 

Your electric pump will grab your fluid from the reservoir and the pump is probably the most important part of the whole setup. That’s why it’s important to get a quality one with a good warranty. Your flow rate, spray pattern and the strength of the stream will all depend on your individual setups capabilities. 

Conor

I'm the owner of Beast Auto. I live in Phoenix, Arizona. I love anything automotive related, and taking road trips all across my beautiful state.

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