Hudson NeverPump Bak-Pak DC Pump Sprayer - 4 Gallon, 60 PSI, Model# 13854
Works great! It is a bit heavy but makes spraying fast!
September 19, 2013
I was very pleased with this sprayer. I had a manual pump one but that got old very quick. Having the battery pack on this product does add some weight but it still beats having to manually pump one.
September 18, 2013
So Far so Good
We purchased 2 of these for our research program and they function very well for spraying our orchid collection with fertilizer and pesticides. So far we are happy with this product. It is nice to not have to pump and the additional weight does not seem to make a difference because you are not wasting energy pumping.
September 17, 2013
Poor design, service and part supply
Bought this with idea not having to pump, will save some time, also had good reviews. But used it 4 times and tank started leaking and then pump will not build pressure. All this started in June and still waiting for parts from manufacture which I'm told will not be available till Sept. Manufacture's customer service is poor at best. Hard to get a hold of, give you little info or miss guided info, just don't seem to care.
So in order to spray everything this summer I ended up buying a Solo backpack sprayer which is working great.
Save your money, build some muscle and get a hand ppump sprayer but not from Hudson.
August 29, 2013
Great Idea, however
Bought this sprayer 1yr 3mo ago. Used it about 4 times. Last time I used it it worked for 5-6 min after 24hr charge.
Battery will not take a charge. I believe the battery should last longer than a year. Of course it's 3 mo out of warranty. Unit is very heavy but I like the idea of not having to stop spraying to pump. Ordered new battery.
August 19, 2013
I've sprayed about ten tankfulls with this sprayer and love it. At first I was worried about the pressure being too high, causing too fine a mist and drifting since I'm using it in newly planted tree rows. I soon learned that you can throttlle the spray by giving it a partial squeeze so a much gentler and course spray comes out. Too heavy? I guess you'd have to blame God for making water too heavy. So far I think it's a great product.
July 26, 2013
Good idea, a few problems
I've had the sprayer about a year, and while it works, I regret spending the money for the convenience of not pumping. Pumping my old Solo backpack sprayer isn't very hard to do, and the extra weight of the battery offsets any effort I saved by not pumping.
Battery life is very good, maybe 6 hours before the motor starts to drag, but 6 hours is a long time to spray!
My biggest gripe is that the included spray nozzles are all very short range, with wide angle and fine, misty spray patterns. When I'm spraying a big patch of blackberry vines and brush, I need to project the spray several feet, and the Hudson nozzles produce a fine mist that can't reach the target. I borrowed the adjustable nozzle from the old Solo sprayer and that works. But the nozzles included with the Hudson are useless for me.
Overall a decent product but I would not buy it again, since it doesn't really save any time or effort.
June 26, 2013
What really makes this sprayer an enticing buy is the fact that with it, you don't have to stop every couple of minutes to pump it up and every 15 minutes to fill it up as you would the usual 1-gallon sprayer.
On the other hand, the company says: "the backpack design makes it easy to carry". Four gallons of liquid weighs 35 pounds. Empty, the unit weighs 15 pounds, for a total of about 50 pounds, which was too heavy for me to carry comfortably. I strapped it to a hand cart/dolly which would make it easy to use on smooth, level ground, but my area is hilly, making the hand cart hard to control while pulling and spraying. It still beats the hassle of a 1-gallon sprayer though.
The manual is among the worst I've ever seen for any product. It's a total mishmash of poorly organized information. I called customer service for clarification and got the following info:
Leaving the sprayer plugged in more than 12 hours can make the battery get hot and swell up.
The manual does not say how to do a "full discharge" of the battery before recharging. It says not to run the sprayer with no water in the tank, but it can take spraying of up to 20 four-gallon tanks of water to run the battery down. Not only is that a waste of 80 gallons of water, but it would be very, very time consuming.
The tech said to put water in the tank and put the nozzle of the wand back into the tank, then turn it on spraying. I would have never thought of that because on a regular 1-gallon manual tank, the whole tank is pressurized and won't work with the lid off, but the NeverPump only "pressurizes the pump".
The straps tend to pop off, so figure on gluing them on.
There are 4 spray heads, but despite the different descriptions, they ALL put out a mist. You can NOT get a non-misting stream or spray of liquid. The mist doesn't go more than a few feet.
Things to do before using the NeverPump:
1. Take off the base and check all connections. The manual doesn't say to, but when I asked the tech, she said it's a good idea because the sprayer is shipped from China and things could come loose.
2. Charge the battery for 10-12 hours. The battery doesn't come out. Just plug the charger into the sprayer's base.
3. Test it with plain water. You don't want harsh chemicals running down your back to be the first indication that there is a leak. (Another good reason to put it on a hand cart.) This is also a good time to try out the different "spray" (mist) heads to see how each performs (hint: about the same).
I wear rubber gloves when using it because the first time, the spray handle leaked onto my hands. I also wear a surgical-type mask because the chemical I'm using says to do so.
June 13, 2013
Best Sprayer Ever
I can't believe I waited so long to get one of these. After years of carrying around a one and a half gallon pump sprayer, this Hudson "no pump" model is awesome. I have a lot of gravel area at my home and it seems the weeds constantly want to take over. I go through about 12 gallons of weed killer on all of the areas I need to spray. With the Hudson sprayer, it takes no time at all. Less refills involved; no bending over and pumping up the sprayer; just fill it, put it on my back with the comfortable straps, turn on the pump and get the job done. So far I've only used one of the spray nozzles it comes with, but it worked great. If you can carry a day pack, you can carry one of these. I highly recommend this sprayer to anyone that a lot of area to spray.
April 26, 2013
No more pumping
Sprayer works great. I am a little concerned about the clips that hold the strap to the bottle. They are plastic and could break. If one breaks, it will be a hassle to rig something up. Its heavier that a manual sprayer, but its not bad. i put it in the tail gait of the pickup and its easy to backup to it and strap it on. Battery last pretty good while. I can spray about 4 or more bottles full before I have to charge it. I have had it about 2 years now and it still works fine. I spray weeds, brush, insecticide. Spray mist is not too fine, but works well.
April 23, 2013