Berthoud Pluvexel 120

It’s a 120-litre capacity unit with a 3hp Honda engine and it looks a useful tool. Offered in a push version with 10m of hose on a reel or as a towable unit with a 3m, six-jet, weed-control boom, the Pulvexel has the ability to satisfy a variety of tasks from treating trees to lawns. But on test day it also showed how vital it is to read specifications carefully.
The maximum capacity of the pump on the Pulvexel 120 is 25bar but it can be trimmed back. However, the sprayer comes as standard with a high pressure lance. “I think the reel on the front is great. It’s right at the front so it’s easy to run the hose out and there is a big handle to wind it back,” says one tester. “But, as it stands, this unit is unsuitable from general ground maintenance because it has the wrong lance.
Our other tester agrees: “This is a high pressure dosing lance, suitable for use in a glasshouse.”
Both testers think, with hose and boom, this is still a useful sprayer. “I might want to use it on the golf course or even bowling greens and tennis courts.”
Our reviewers are impressed with the re-circulation in this sprayer and the fact there is a sump to drain material. The controls are user friendly, with separate control over left and right sections of the two-section, spring-loaded boom.
“The machine could be easily modified with extra equipment. Obviously that puts the price up but you can have the boom on front – there’s no need to detach the hose – so if I was spraying glyphosate on the pathway, I would have a lance available to spray around bins and street furniture,” says one tester. The other tester points out that it is equally ideal for spraying around newly planted trees. “It can be towed to site behind a small utility and the 10m of hose will really come in useful,” he says. “Kit like this on estates has advantages and saves refilling a knapsack every 12 or 13 minutes.”

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