If you’ve ever tried to spray weed killer or pesticides over a large area by hand, you know it’s tedious and time-consuming. Luckily, technology can make our lives easier and more convenient. The UTV sprayer is like a hand pump sprayer on steroids. It will strap to the back of any vehicle such as a UTV, ATV, tractor, or even a pickup truck. These sprayers are powered by the 12V battery in your vehicle which provides ample power to run their powerful pumps. The pumps force the water out at high pressure, which gives it superior reach so you never even have to get off your seat.
When you look at UTV sprayers, you’ll notice that there are many to choose from and the prices range drastically. What is it that warrants such discrepancies in the pricing? Well, we tested as many of these sprayers to figure that out, so you don’t have to. The following reviews will compare the six UTV sprayers we thought were the best.
|Master Manufacturing SSO-01-015A-MM|
|Chapin International |
|NorthStar||55 Gallons||Not Rated|
|Great Day||40 Gallons||3.50/5|
This UTV spot sprayer from Master Manufacturing is a great combination of performance and affordability. It’s one of the lowest-priced options we tested, though it’s also one of the most powerful. The pump can push 2.2 gallons per minute, one of the highest flow rates we saw on any UTV sprayer. This is enough power to generate a stream that reaches 25 feet vertically and 30 feet horizontally, pretty impressive by any standards. Even more impressive, the stream lived up to the advertised rating in our testing.
Despite the incredible performance of the Master Manufacturing spot sprayer, it’s light enough to be easily carried and installed by one person since it’s under 20 pounds. Of course, part of that is because it’s one of the smaller options with a tank capacity of just 15 gallons. For farms and commercial use, this may not be enough, but for most applications, this should be plenty. In the end, we thought the performance and price make this the best choice overall, which is why it has earned the top position on our list.
Though it’s the smallest and lowest priced sprayer of the bunch, the quality and performance of the Master spot sprayer were impressive enough to make it our pick for the best value. The stream can reach up to 18 feet in height and can spread 20 feet horizontally. Not the best of the sprayers we tested, but it offers solid performance. Of course, being one of the most affordable sprayers on the market, you can’t complain if it’s not the most powerful spray of all.
At just under 12 pounds, this is by far the lightest of the UTV sprayers we got our hands on. A single person will have no problem moving and installing this by themselves. This sprayer is great if you plan on transferring it between multiple vehicles. It’s so small and light that it won’t be an issue. That small stature and weight bring one drawback though, the meager 9-gallon tank capacity. For around the home weed killing, this is perfectly adequate. Overall, we think the solid performance and low price make this the best UTV sprayer for the money.
The Chapin International UTV sprayer is a premium offering with exceptional performance. With 15-foot long ratchet straps, you’ll be able to mount this sprayer to most any ATV, UTV, or tractor with no issues. The dripless shutoff avoids mess and makes sure nothing is wasted. Brass was used to construct the wand and nozzle which are sealed with Viton seals for the nicest spraying experience we could find. Tank capacity is 25 gallons, right about the middle of the pack. To make cleaning and filling as easy as possible, the opening has a very wide 5-inch diameter.
UTV sprayers are not cheap, and this one is climbing up the price range compared to our top two picks. That said, it’s far from the most expensive model we tested. As far as performance is concerned, we could only find one flaw that was worth mentioning. Some of these UTV sprayers offered streams of up to 30 feet horizontally. Unfortunately, the Chapin International sprayer only managed about 15 feet of stream in our testing. If you need the stream to reach higher or farther, consider a different model like the Master Manufacturing sprayer in our top position.
Our premium pick was pretty expensive, but the NorthStar UTV spot sprayer takes the price range to new heights by nearly doubling the price of the sprayer from Chapin International. It’s a very solid performer though, and would probably earn one of our top recommendations if it weren’t so overpriced. The open flow NorthStar NSQ pump has an impressive flow rate of 2.2 GPM. It’ got a 100% continuous duty rating and a slow-cycling pump for less wear and improved longevity. The 30-foot horizontal stream the NorthStar sprayer puts out rivals the strongest ones we tested.
If you’ve got a lot of spraying to do, the NorthStar sprayer can accommodate it all easily with the 55-gallon capacity of its tank. While this is impressive, it also makes this sprayer much larger than the other ones we’ve used. It’s also very heavy at 85 pounds and may require two people to install. Unless you need the massive capacity, we suggest going with a smaller unit since this one is overkill. You’ll save some money and still get everything you need from it. If you need 55 gallons, the NorthStar is a very competent product, albeit very expensive.
This sprayer from Great Day has some serious potential, though it’s held back by pitiful quality control. With a capacity of 40 gallons, it can hold enough to cover some serious area. It’s also powered by the most powerful pump of any model we used with 2.8 gallons per minute of flow. That results in a spray that reaches 25 feet, though we expected a bit more from such a powerful water pump.
Performance-wise, we don’t have many complaints about this sprayer. That said, we had some quality control issues right out of the box. There are two drain holes in the bottom of the tank that must be plugged. No plugs were in ours when we got it, though. We ended up having to hit the hardware store to grab some. It was a small expense, but annoying when we expect to have everything we need to be included with the sprayer. Once we got it all hooked up, the performance was terrible the first time! After getting back on the phone with Great Day, they sent us a new nozzle and we were on our way with vastly improved performance.
Precision Products has produced a very affordable tool in the TCS25 spot sprayer. The 25-gallon tank capacity is impressive for the price. It’s equipped with a 1.8 gallon per minute pump that’s capable of pushing 60 PSI. In our testing, this resulted in a stream that reached about 15 feet in total. This isn’t comparable to most of the competition and it’s one thing that held this sprayer back. Sitting on your UTV, you’re hoping for the stream to reach anything you need without getting off. Unless you pull up very close, this sprayer may not have sufficient reach.
We noticed two major flaws with the Precision Products’ sprayer. First, the hose is just 12 inches! This is far too short to be much help since it’s not even long enough to spray from both sides of the vehicle! We had to get a longer piece of hose to make this sprayer usable. Even worse, the wand handle is made of cheap plastic that broke quickly. We ended up replacing it with a better wand and the performance was excellent. This requires spending more, so we suggest purchasing one that comes ready to work on arrival.
After reading through our reviews, you could listen to our recommendations and purchase one model we suggest. However, we think you should take a minute and read our buyer’s guide which will go over which traits we thought were most important to keep in mind when choosing a UTV sprayer. If you consider these when making your decision, make the right choice that will perfectly fill your needs.
One of the biggest differences between models is the capacity of the holding tank. If you have a relatively small yard you probably don’t need a 55-gallon capacity on your sprayer. If you have acre after acre of land that needs to be sprayed, you will be looking for as much capacity as you can find. The larger tanks will be more expensive, and they will also be heavier. Once you mount it to your UTV this may no longer matter. You will need to install it in the first place though, so if the one you pick is too heavy, you may need an extra set of hands to get it in place.
After carrying capacity, we think the distance your stream reaches is the second most important factor. Therefore, our top recommendation has a stream that reaches 30 feet! If you have to continuously get up from your seat each time you stop to spray, you will be wasting a lot of time. A sprayer with a longer reach can help you speed up the entire process and save you time, something we value very much in the long run.
For some people, price will be the biggest deciding factor. Others may not even care what it costs as long as it performs well. We prefer something right in the middle where we get the best of both worlds. We’re willing to spend a little extra to get some solid performance, but we don’t want to break the bank or waste money. In general, we’re looking for the best bang for your buck, whichever product will give the best performance for the price.
The most expensive models we tested were up to three and four times more expensive than the more cost-effective models we tried. Unless you’re using it for commercial purposes, we didn’t think these provided a high enough value to earn our top recommendations. In the end, price comes down to preference and everyone will have their own unique budget to stick to. We’ve provided options for every price range.
We spent a lot of time riding around testing these sprayers to see how they perform. Before you run out to purchase one, let’s quickly summarize the findings we’ve written in our reviews. Our favorite overall was the spot sprayer from Master Manufacturing. The 2.2 GPM pump is powerful enough for the stream from this sprayer to reach 25 feet vertically and 30 feet horizontally. Even with such impressive performance, it’s one of the most affordable models available. Better yet, it’s light enough for a single person to move and install it with no problems.
The Master spot sprayer in our second position was the cheapest one on our list and the sprayer we think provides the best value overall. Not only is it low-priced, but the performance is also on par with a stream that reaches 20 feet. If you don’t mind paying a bit more, the Chapin International UTV sprayer was our third pick and premium choice. The 25-gallon tank provides ample carrying capacity while the wide mouth makes it easy to clean and even easier to fill. 15-foot ratchet straps make installation easy on any vehicle. All three are great options and we stand behind our recommendations.
Featured Image Credit: Master Manufacturing SSO-01-015A-MM 15 Gallon, Amazon
Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!