What is the difference between a multi-use sprayer and a professional farm and field sprayer?
Shown above are two Chapin 48oz sprayers – model 1002 for the multi-purpose sprayer, and model 1003 for the farm and field sprayer.
They both have adjustable nozzles for delivering fine to coarse streams, white plastic bottles, and anti-clog filters.
Looking online didn’t help – they look to be the same product but with different model numbers.
With industrial spray bottles, different descriptors often indicate a difference in chemical resistance. Other times, bottles might be labeled according to chemical for user convenience.
Lab wash bottles, for example, will usually be labeled and color-coded to reduce the potential confusion between water, alcohol, and acetone.
I spoke to someone at Chapin International – I called their technical support line – and they couldn’t find any obvious differences either. The bottles (poly) and seals (nitrile) are made from the same material, and the nozzles offer the same fine-to-coarse adjustment and flow rate at 0.4 to 0.5 GPM.
So what’s the difference?
The prices are usually about the same, but sometimes one is on sale for lower than the other.
At the time of this posting, the farm and field model is less expensive.
Chapin advertises the 1002 multi-sprayer as being suitable for “weed and pest control, fungus control, fertilizing”, and the 1003 farm and field sprayer as being suitable for “weed and pest control, fungus control, fertilizing, general purpose cleaning”.
If Chapin’s tech support couldn’t tell the two products apart, maybe there’s no difference?
I would guess the farm and field sprayer could be the same exact product, but with a label that makes such users more comfortable about chemical suitability.