Solo 418-2L 2-Liter One-Hand Sprayer Review

Solo 418-2L hand held sprayer

I normally focus on backpack sprayers but this is such a great little hand-held sprayer I wanted to write up my thoughts on it. The Solo 418-2L One-Hand Sprayer is one of my favorites, hands down. It is a simple design, solid construction and the perfect size for smaller jobs. 

Solo 418-2L hand held sprayer


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Solo 418-2L Hand-Held Sprayer in the Bathroom


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Quick question, would you completely lose faith in a manufacturer or brand in general if you had been using it for years and one day got one lousy product?

That idea popped into my head the other day because I was reviewing a couple of things that I wanted to buy online. One of them was a PS4. I have had all of the PlayStation versions that have ever come out and had a ton of fun with them, but the last one I had a PS3 broke down multiple times. I read that this was common for that specific model and still tried to find a way to fix it. I didn’t turn around and buy an XBOX even though they are less expensive. Their price fits my budget a lot better. The other was a Craftsman leaf blower. However, I remembered that my last Craftsman item didn’t turn out the way I would have wanted. So I did a couple more searching and found a lesser known brand at a better price and bought that instead.

I know this article is about the Solo 418-2L 2-Liter One-Hand Pressure Sprayer. Don’t worry I’ll get there I am just making a point. Sometimes we are more loyal to brands because our good experiences have been great! Compared to some bad ones we may have experienced.

Key Features for the Solo 418-2L

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    Chemical-resistant Viton® seals for outstanding resistance to harsh chemicals.
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    Multi-directional nozzle.
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    Unique drift guard for added control for spot treatment.
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    Locking trigger for reduced user fatigue.
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    Pressure relief valve releases excess pressure.

The other day I found the Solo 418-2L 2-Liter One-Hand  Pressure Sprayer online while shopping for a bigger Solo backpack sprayer for pesticides. I really thought that this was a nice little sprayer that looked cute. However, in my experience, cute tools don’t usually perform well or last as long as the big tough versions. Besides I really didn’t see the difference between this and a 5 dollar plastic sprayer from the store.

Then I delved deeper and found out this actually has some pretty neat features. It has chemical resistant seals and o-rings for prolonged use with tough chemicals. Plastic ones don’t really protect you from any potentially harming chemicals you may be working with so that is a plus. Also, it has multiple features to make spraying easier and more fun. The multi-directional nozzle allows spraying from all positions. You can pump up for more powerful spraying, or use the unique drift/drip guard for specific treatment where you only need a couple of drops. Overall I’d say it gives you a lot more control than a regular backpack sprayer. While being a lot safer for handling toxic and difficult to handle chemicals. Essentially you can use it for this as simple as watering plants to actually treating them. As well as spraying coating on wood. Cleaning and lubricating cars or bathrooms. It can literally take anything you put in it and allow you to disperse it easily. This allows you to have better and safer control when using potentially toxic chemicals. As well as total control of where and how you want these chemicals dispersed. 

Solo 418L Possible Uses

  • Plant feeding and protection - The adjustable spray nozzle enables user to perform foliar feeding or to apply fungicides, herbicides and pesticides effectively.
  • Herbicides - May be used to reduce pesky weeds and plants, however avoid using the same sprayer for feeding and protection.
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    Pest Control - May be used to apply approved chemicals to deter or kill bugs indoors and out.
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    Auto Care - May be used to apply cleaners as well as rubber and vinyl preservatives. Do not used acid based wheel cleaners. Acids can be harmful to you and the sprayer.
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    Indoor Use - The sprayer may be used to apply detergents, vinegar, cleaning solutions, warm water (up to 120F or 45C) and other non-toxic household cleaning and maintenance liquids. Carpets, walls, glass, floors, ceilings and other surfaces can be treated. Do Not use a sprayer that has been previously used with herbicides, pesticides or toxic chemicals for indoor use or for animal treatment.
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    Outdoor Use - Window cleaner, detergent, general purpose cleaning solutions, certain wood preservatives, waxes, water proofing and diluted household bleach are among the many things Solo sprayers can apply. Avoid using the sprayer for cleaning and other applications once it has been used for plant protection or herbicide spraying. 

Would You Trust Someone Who Has Let You Down?

When doing my research on this product I came across I review that was titled “It’s a 5-star product when it works and a 1 when it doesn’t.” My first reaction was to say well aren’t we all! He then proceeded to explain that he had bought the Solo 418-2L 2-Liter One-Hand Pressure Sprayer for the 3 time. He had had 2 of them previously that worked marvelously. He had used them at home and work with all types of products. After losing the second one he bought a third piece. Which had some issues and would leak constantly. Obviously, this led to him no longer being pleased with the product. I truly understand something like this you don’t want it to leak at all. This being his third piece could he have cut the people at Solo some slack and just ask for a refund or another piece without putting out a negative review? Just like my dilemma comes in. I ask, “Should we cut companies some slack when we get a faulty product?” We do in some cases, but not others. I understand it also depends on how you were treated, and who difficult the malfunction was. In this case, I am fully torn. On one hand, I really think this is a very cool novelty product. A great luxury to have. Maybe even novelty product is an unfair tag. You could potentially find a whole bunch of uses for it. 

Could End Up Being A Great 6th Man 

In a basketball analogy, I think that the Solo 418-2L 2-Liter One-Hand Pressure Sprayer could be a great 6th man. That go-to luxury player you kept on the bench for special occasions. Like most of the reviews around the web say it works great. It works great for indoor and outdoor cleaning. It is perfect for those of you that love taking care of your flowers and garden meticulously. For those who enjoy taking care of their cars especially for those challenging to rinse places like the rims. So overall it is a novelty product that can turn into a game changer. It has cool features that making cleaning a lot easier. 

Of course, the most important thing is that you find a place for this sprayer to work on your team. It can make life easier in many aspects of your everyday duties. Some might still not have a good reason to invest 20 dollars on a product when you could find similar products at 5 dollars or less. To them, I say you may be right, but for 20 you won’t have to buy another sprayer for years instead of one every few weeks! 

Our Rating

If you are still not sure and need more information visit the Solo 418-2L 2-Liter One-Hand Pressure Sprayer page on Amazon to see the latest customer reviews. 

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