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What are some tips for choosing a pull-behind sprayer for your lawn tractor?

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Some tips for choosing a pull-behind sprayer for a lawn tractor include using boomless pull-behind sprayers for smaller areas, such as an acre, and using boom sprayers for larger areas. Choose a sprayer that comes with a warranty of at least one year.

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Boomless pull-behind sprayers work well for spraying tight spaces between trees, rocks and fence posts. Do not choose a boomless sprayer if one lives in a windy area, as these types of sprayers are prone to chemical drift. Boom pull-behind sprayers work for spraying wide areas in a short amount of time.

Look for a sprayer that has a diaphragm pump. Make sure that the controls are reachable from the tractor seat. Consider tank size when choosing a pull-behind sprayer. Tank sizes come in 9, 15, 25, 40 and 60 gallon sizes. The 15 and 25 gallon tanks are the most commonly used. Check the lawn tractor's maximum tow capacity, and purchase a sprayer with a tank size that does not surpass the limit.

Factor in the weight of a full tank. For example, water weighs more than 8 pounds per gallon, so a full tank of water weighs about 220 pounds. If the sprayer is not mounted on a trailer, factor in the additional weight of the trailer that the sprayer is mounted on as well.

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