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I am looking to purchase a hand held spray gun and/or watering lance and was hoping for some help. I once bought a Hozelock spray gun with multi hole function and the first time I used it the 'face' section shot off and I lost some of the little rubber 'O'rings! Do you think the metal ones are better than plastic? I must admit, I have had a few leakages with plastic. T i a
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  • chickychicky Posts: 10,402
    edited May 2021
    We gave up on the hozelock/ plastic spray guns a few years ago and have been very happy with the metal ones - much more robust, and no leaks.  Got ours from a company called Garden Access Products.

    while we were at it we replaced all our hose connectors with brass ones too ....again, very happy.  Will not touch hozelock stuff now
  • amancalledgeorgeamancalledgeorge Posts: 2,661
    Three years ago got a heavily reduced lance by Gardena, it works perfectly well and even at full price it's very affordable and not too heavy https://www.gardena.com/uk/products/watering/garden-sprayer/classic-spray-lance/967307801/
    To Plant a Garden is to Believe in Tomorrow
  • BenCottoBenCotto Posts: 4,680
    I have always been a strong advocate of Gardena products but, as explained in this thread, my enthusiasm is on the wane.
    https://forum.gardenersworld.com/discussion/comment/2352090#Comment_2352090
    Rutland, England
  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,511
    Whereas I’m the opposite, Gardena for me!
    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,384
    I gave up on plastic and went for one of these a few years ago:
    I have bought many brands of plastic spray lances over the years;  They all failed, mostly sooner rather than later.
    This is how they should be made.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • amancalledgeorgeamancalledgeorge Posts: 2,661
    But I bet it weighs a tonne...not everybody has the ability to handle all metal watering equipment...so no, not how they should be made. Plastics and aluminium have their place in a modern world. 
    To Plant a Garden is to Believe in Tomorrow
  • Allotment BoyAllotment Boy Posts: 6,736
    But I bet it weighs a tonne...not everybody has the ability to handle all metal watering equipment...so no, not how they should be made. Plastics and aluminium have their place in a modern world. 
    I have one, it doesn't weigh a ton at all , it's very light,  the only drawback we have is it needs decent water pressure and ours can be a bit low . 
    AB Still learning

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,800
    I have a Gardena lance, there was a choice of 2. I took the cheaper lighter one as the bigger one with different spray settings was rather heavy. I'm very pleased with it.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • MeomyeMeomye Posts: 924
    Thanks to everyone for replying. Apologies for repeating a thread, I did try a search but could not find anything ( I think I must do something wrong because I can never find anything) @BobTheGardener that does look interesting, does it have a 'soft rain' option? I have been looking at Geka but they can be a bit pricey. @amancalledgeorge, @Busy-Lizzie interesting point about weight, worth thinking about.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,384
    @Meomye no options, but you can infinitely adjust flow.  I use it for watering everything from seedlings (carefully) to mature plants, but you do need a reasonable amount of water pressure as @Allotment Boy mentioned.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
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