Our Review of the RS125 - 12 litre & RS185 - 18 litre Backpack / Knapsack Sprayer by Mesto


The Mesto RS125 is a backpack sprayer with a 12-litre capacity (RS185 has an 18-litre capacity) white, polypropylene tank and with a 6 BAR maximum spraying pressure which gives a maximum flow rate of 1.4 litres per minute.

Initial Impressions, Packaging and Sprayer Manual

Once you have purchased the backpack sprayer, I suppose that the first thing that you see is the box and the box for the Mesto RS125 knapsack sprayer gave me a good first impression.  It is brightly coloured with plenty of good quality and informative photos and with a construction that felt strong enough to both hold and give protection to the sprayer.  As the RS125 is slightly smaller than the RS185 it doesn’t integrate the sprayer tank handle into the box however there is a handy handle cut into the box so carrying is not a problem.

Upon opening the sprayer box, the first thing I found was an instruction manual and quite some instruction manual it is; over 125 pages of instructions and pictures.  Okay, so only 8 of the pages are in English but it is nice to get an instruction manual and this one tells you pretty much everything that you need to know, from a welcome message and safety notices through technical information, assembly instructions, care and maintenance information and a faults guide.  Putting the manual to one side for a moment it was time to have a look at the sprayer.  Everything was nicely packed around the tank so to remove the sprayer from the box required just removing the sprayer hose; with a gentle pull on the handle, the tank lifted easily from the box.  My first impression of the sprayer is that it felt substantial and looked good as did the hose and various handles and metal lance.  The next step is to assemble it.

Sprayer Assembly

I have a skim through the manual and everything seems straightforward enough.  The shoulder straps are already fitted to the tank so there are only five parts to put together.  How hard can this be?  Not hard at all, especially when you realise that there is a plastic bag inside the sprayer that holds a couple of small fittings.  Please don’t forget these as you can’t assemble parts of the sprayer without them.

The first thing I did was to attach the hose to the handle and tank.  Remember to slip the locking threads onto the hose before doing this.  The 1.5 metre hose looks and feels like it could take some real battering. I think that it has a much sturdier feel than many hoses that I have seen with sprayers and matches the overall impression I have of the sprayer itself.  I fitted the hose to the sprayer handle in a matter of seconds but I did find pushing the hose onto the tank fitting to be a little tricky. However, a few extra seconds of pushing and the sprayer hose slipped into place.  If you find the hose a little hard to push onto the fittings, then softening the ends of the hose by dipping them into hot water for a few seconds will help.  The metal lance is then fitted to the handle and assembly is nearly finished.  The only thing left to do is to fit the pump lever.  This can be fitted to either the left or right side of the tank (for left or right handed people) and it comes in two pieces with a small extension that is pushed into the main pump lever and allows the lever to be set at a length that best suits the operator with three options to choose from.  The main pump lever is fitted to the tank by simply pushing it into a hole at the base of the tank and fitting a locking pin.  Once again, you also have a choice of three settings giving you a width to suit the operator.  I found this locking pin a bit of a pain to fit but that was mainly because I was trying to do it in very poor light.  Once I had moved, so that I could see something, I managed to line up the holes and the pin slipped into place.

As with the RS185, the assembly only took a couple of minutes.  Obviously, I have put sprayers together before but I have found the RS range of knapsack sprayers to be some of the easiest I have done and the manual is there to help although I found the drawings easier than the written instructions.

Sprayer Use

The tank has a 140mm wide neck which makes filling easy.  The bright yellow lid was easy to open and close and there is a plastic filter, in the neck, which I found easy to remove if not needed.  I would, however, recommend leaving it in place so that nothing can be added to the tank that could block the nozzle when spraying.  So, with tank filled I put the sprayer onto my back and with padded shoulder straps I thought the sprayer was very comfortable and sat well.  Just a little word of advice, the straps need to be clipped to the base of the tank before you can wear it.  There is plenty of adjustment in the straps so all shapes and sizes should be well accommodated.

All that was left was to do some spraying.  A few gentle movements of the pump lever and you can see the pressure gauge on the trigger handle start to rise.  I like the pressure gauge.  I think it’s a great touch, looks really good and is helpful, letting you know when the 6 BAR maximum pressure has been reached.  Pull the trigger and you are spraying.


This knapsack sprayer can be used with our 3.2-metre & 5.4-metre, telescopic lance extensions.  All you need is one of the connectors which will join the lance handle to the extension handle.  I have used this sprayer with the telescopic lance and have found it easy to connect.  TIP: I found that locking the trigger of the telescopic lance in the on position and using the sprayer handle to regulate liquid flow the easiest way to spray.

Can I change the side that the compression handle is fitted?

Yes, the handle can be easily moved from one side to the other. It takes a couple of minutes and should be done when the tank is empty of liquid.

I notice that this sprayer can work up to 6 BAR. Do I need this much pressure?

How much pressure you need depends upon what you are spraying and the products you are using. Many products around the home and garden can be easily applied with only 3 BAR however if the liquid is thicker then you will need more pressure. Just because the sprayer can work up to 6 BAR, you don't have to use it at this pressure. This sprayer has a pressure gauge on the handle that gives you visual confirmation of the pressure you are working at, so you choose which pressure is best.

This sprayer can handle acid solutions but can I also use it for alkaline chemicals?

This sprayer is fitted with FPM seals which are very good for most acidic products as well as pH neutral and some alkaline solutions.  Therefore, if you are looking to use this sprayer for mainly acidic and neutral products and the very occasional alkaline product then using this sprayer will be fine however, if you are looking to use a lot of alkaline products or strong alkaline products then it is very likely that damage will be caused to the internal parts of the sprayer.  For these products we have our RSAlkaline knapsack sprayer which is fitted with EPDM seals which are designed for use with alkaline solutions.  Please contact us for details of this sprayer unit.

Our range of backpack sprayers are of the highest quality designed for professional use and are suitable for home & industrial applications.  This range of Mesto RS knapsack sprayers are manufactured with rigid polyproptlene tanks and are supplied with Viton chemical resistant seals and reaches up to 6 BAR (88psi).

  • Unit Height:  0.55m (maximum)
  • Unit Weight:  4.5kg (when empty)  16.5kg (gross maximum weight)
  • Maximum Operating Pressure:  6 BAR (87 psi)
  • Tank Working Capacity:  12/18 litres
  • Tank Material:  Polypropylene
  • Carry Position:  Back
  • Maximum Flow:  1.4 litres/min @ 6 BAR
  • Seals: FPM (Viton®)
  • Hose:  1.5m reinforced with fabric insert
  • Lance:   Brass, 50cm length and 360° rotatable
  • Nozzle:  Brass, hollow cone 1,1 mm
  • Padded shoulder carrying straps & back padding
  • 20 years spare parts supply GUARANTEED


Special features of the product:
• Ergonomically formed shut-off valve with control pressure gauge
• Filling cap with integrated measuring cup and captive loop
• Large base: Safe stand even on an uneven surface
• Extra large filling opening
• Ergonomically shaped integral grip,adjustable in length
• Pump lever can be installed on left or right side
• Functional reliable spray wand holder
• Practical mounting bracket for spray shield on both sides

A review of the RS knapsack sprayers can be found in the 'Our Review' section, simply click the tab above to read our review of the knapsack sprayer.
Hose 1.5m reinforced with fabric insert
Lance Brass
Maximum Flow 1.4 litres/min @ 6 BAR
Maximum Operating Pressure 6 BAR (87 psi)
Nozzle Brass
Seals FPM (Viton®)
Tank Construction Material Polypropylene
Unit Height 0.55m
Unit Weight 4.5kg (when empty)
Working Capacity 12 / 18 litres
Connector Required for Telescopic Lance Yes

Mesto RS Backpack Sprayer - 6 BAR

6 BAR working pressure & Viton seals.  12 or 18 litre models.

  • Brand: Mesto Sprayers
  • Product Code: AM:SP:UN-1151-0001
  • Availability: In Stock
  • £100.00

All prices are quoted net of VAT

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