Not many outside of the pest control industry know about the relationship between professionals and the B&G compressed sprayer. It’s been an equipment staple since the late 1940’s-1950’s. Although some consider the product “dated” and prefer smaller equipment, the B&G is still widely used and loved by thousands of industry professionals (including myself).
The reason for it’s popularity?
The B&G is of high quality, it can take tons of abuse, and requires minimal maintenance. It’s performance is legendary, but, as mentioned, it DOES need routine maintenance.
I remember my first attempt at rebuilding a B&G sprayer. It felt like an overwhelming task. The sheer number of parts packed in that little eight-pound tool seemed infinite.
The dang thing was SO complicated! Every connection was met with a nut, gasket, plumber’s tape and anything else they could pack in to that particular coupling.
Over time, of course, I began to make sense of it all. I did this by breaking the sprayer into three major parts: the tank, pump, and wand.
Although the tank is the largest and most recognizable part of the B&G, it’s by far the easiest to rebuild. Including the hose, the tank section of the sprayer has seven parts (two of which are optional). Even under heavy use, most pest management professionals won’t need to replace parts on this section annually. I personally find the hose and washer to last approximately two years; with the life of a siphon tube being over five.
As for the actual tank? There’s no limit on the life of that shiny canister, just keep it polished and clean.
The pump section fits on top and inside the tank. Consisting of thirteen parts, it’s a bit more complicated than the tank section and requires the most frequent maintenance. B&G recommends 3-4 parts of the pump to be replaced regularly. My usage requires one part (the polypropylene cup) to be switched out nearly every six months.
The granddaddy of all is the wand. This thing can be a headache for a novice to rebuild. The wand has twenty-four different parts, but only four (a spring, a gasket, and two types of o-rings) need to be replaced regularly. I find the gasket and one o-ring to last a year, with the spring and the other type of o-ring to perform well for 2-3 years.
B&G offers a gasket kit that includes thirteen replacement parts. Although I don’t always replace all of the parts included, I prefer this kit over smaller rebuild kits offered. I suppose It’s just a preference thing (After all, you can’t have enough spare parts, right?).
I think I’m going to start a year-long new project.
The B&G compressed-air sprayer consists of about different 44 parts. Purchased individually, those different 44 parts will set you back between $400-$500. A new sprayer will cost about $250. So the SMART money is to buy a full unit, right? Of course, but….
Just for the fun and anticipation, I’m going to buy a single B&G part nearly every week. Expensive things, like the tank ($110), will be multi-week purchases. I’ll do this to keep my little game from putting any sort of dent into my “play money” budget.
I’ll keep you updated quarterly!