Haws V118 Practican Plastic Watering Can, 1.6-Gallon/6-Liter 水鸭色
- Well designed with two handles for balance and effortless watering
- Tall neck prevents water from spilling out when it is tipped forward
- Removable plastic-backed Oval brass Rose and right-angle downspout Attachment for more precise watering
- Rose can be pointed upwards for a gentle spray and downwards for a heavier spray
- Original design created by John Haws in 1886; made in England
The Haws Practican Outdoor Plastic 1.6 gal. Watering Can has 2 handles for balance; you won’t be accidentally watering the floor or patio. Featuring a right-angle downspout attachment, the watering can enhances precise watering. The removable oval brass rose can be pointed upwards for a gentle spray or downwards for a heavier spray. Made of plastic, the can is available in bright teal. The watering can is made in England. Since 1886 Haws has been producing the finest water cans in the world. When John Haws of Clapton, London obtained a patent for his improved watering pot, the patent read: 'This new invention forms a watering pot that is much easier to carry and tip, and at the same time being much cleaner, and more adapted for use than any other put before the public.' Improving upon a design and method of manufacture from a French waterpot, he created a watering can with perfect balance. It can be used without strain whether it's full, half-full or empty. Today, Haws' comprehensive range of watering cans continues to offer new innovations as well as utilizing the many excellent design features of the original models. Dimensions: 25L x 9W x 11.5H in.. Plastic construction. 1.6 gallon capacity. 2 handles for balance. Removable oval brass rose. Right-angle attachment for increased precision. Bright teal finish.
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In a drought, this can't be beat. Been using watering cans for 40 years - This is the best watering can I have ever used. Here's why:
1: The rose. When turned down, it perfectly wets a gallon sized black pot. By that I mean that it actually wets the soil without spilling much around the outside of the pot, which is important when trying to save water in a drought, or keep your deck from rotting away from excess water. The oval shape of the rose makes it maneuver easily through the tomato plant stems to get all the soil wet in larger pots. And it wets the soil thoroughly, too, without over-watering, because there are enough holes in the rose, and they are properly spaced apart so I was able to be very precise, and there was very little water running out of the bottom of the pots. When you're watering over 200 plants, that makes a big difference. I have used many different watering cans over the years, but every one of them glugged out too much when full and overshot the pots, wasting water and fertilizer, and disturbing the soil and roots. I just watered all my plants with this Haws Practican - more than half of them with this rose (the others with the right angle downspout) and the soil is evenly wet, the deck is mostly dry, the veggies and flowers are happy, and there is very little overflow water in the pot trays to attract mosquitoes.
Note about the rose - I did not attempt to force the rose (or the right angle downspout) completely onto the spout end. I pushed it on about half way, out of fear of cracking it, because of comments in other reviews. It did not leak. It did not crack. It was tight enough and did not fall off. I'm careful with them, and grateful to the other reviewers.
Note about watering technique - When you're done watering each plant, keep the entire rose over the plant as you tip the can up to stop the water flow. That will keep the water in the plant and off the deck.
2: The handle. The watering can handle is NOT over the top of and blocking the fill hole, making this can so easy to fill and mix, I had to mention it. It is really well balanced, too, and the handles are well placed. The only problem I've had with it is in trying to pour water into it from the smaller bucket I use to collect hot water that isn't hot yet (for watering plants in the drought) - but I'm getting better at it. I bought the 24 inch wooden spoon to thoroughly mix fertilizer in the water. I think an 18 inch spoon would work well, too, but our kitchen spoons are too short..
3: The right angle downspout. This allowed me to be so precise, I was able to water 3 inch wide, tiny pots without spilling or over-watering, even when the can was full. The spout allows me to water directly over dirt and avoid watering leaves and causing spills. For comparison, I have a little watering can for indoor plants, and even with it's small size and tiny little openings, I have never used it without water splashing out and getting in surprising places I didn't want it to be. I'll be using this Haws can indoors from now on.
4: The size. At 1 ½ gal, the size is just right. The last time I watered the plants, I used my old 2 gal (16 pounds when full) watering can and I filled that can 16 times to water all the plants. I knew I was spilling a lot of water, but I didn't realize just how much. Today I filled the new Haws can 14 times to water the same plants, (12 pounds each fill). Considering that the Haws can is 1 ½ gallons, I used about 21 gallons. With the old can, I used 32 gallons, so I was wasting 11 gallons every time I watered. In a drought, that's a big deal! Plus, I'm not as strong as I used to be and so holding 2 gallons of water out far away from my body to water a plant in the back is difficult. Now that I'm such an old coot, smaller is better. The can is British, but a US gallon and a half is about 6 liters, which is marked on the can.
Also, in comparing my old can to the new - the old can leaked with the rose attached, and watered too broad an area through the rose, which left almost as much water outside the pots as in, and yet it did not actually wet the plants enough because the holes in the old rose are too few and too far apart. Without the rose, the stream of water was too strong to control. This is what is wrong with all the watering cans I have used in the past. The HAWS PRACTICAN WATERING CAN SOLVED ALL THESE PROBLEMS BEAUTIFULLY! But this might be the best part - I not only used less water, I carried less water! At 8 pounds a gallon, I carried 256 pounds of water to do the job with my old can. With the new Haws can, I carried just 168 pounds of water to do the same job. It didn't take as long and I'm not as tired. Nor are my shoulders sore. But the plants are properly wet and the deck is mostly dry.
5: The quality of the can. The plastic is thick in the right places, but still lightweight. I didn't feel any flex in the plastic when full, either, and I found no thin spots. It's plastic, not resin, so I think I'll keep it inside, away from direct sun and heat, to prolong it's life, because I NEVER WANT TO BE WITHOUT IT AGAIN. All these years I've wondered why I couldn't get the plants watered without mess, it just didn't seem like it should be that hard, yet was always impossible. Now I know it wasn't me, it was the can. This is a great tool that OUT-DID MY EXPECTATIONS and is worth every penny.
Much to my dismay, the downspout cracked in less than a month, even though I was being so careful not to push it on too far. I had already ordered a replacement rose and downspout, so I am using that now. I no longer put the rose and downspout on the holders on the can, as that seemed to be the cause of the crack in the soft plastic stem of the downspout. Seems the holders have sharp edges and are a little too fat for the attachments.
What I did to resolve this problem is wrap 2 cable ties around the stem of both the rose and downspout, and pulled them tight enough to add support but not distort the shape. I used 2 because a single cable tie didn't provide enough support. If you try this, be careful - the first one I tried I made too tight and I almost tore it trying to use it. So far, this is working. It makes it a bit harder to put on and take off the can, but I can live with that. I water all the plants that need the rose first, then change to the downspout and water the rest, which turns out to be easier and faster than changing attachments multiple times between plants.
I still love this can and love using it. I have since also bought the 700 ml indoor can and the Conservatory 2.25 liter can, and love them both, too. I had hoped the Conservatory can would have the 3/8 inch spout and rose that the 700 ml can has, but no. I wish there was more information in the description about the spout sizes - this is what I've found:
700 ml 3/8" spout, comes with a tiny, truly wonderful rose for indoor plants, very gentle rain
2.25 liter 5/8" spout, with downspout that reduces to 3/8 inch flow, and a round rose, gentle rain
6 liter 5/8" spout, with downspout that reduces to 3/8 inch flow, and a large oval round rose, gentle rain
I have put a single cable tie on the 3/8" rose, and 2 cable ties, right next to each other and close to the edge on the 5/8 inch rose and downspout. The attachments don't "snap" on the can, they require a little finesse. I'm willing because I've tried so many other cans over the years, and I still find this Haws design to be superior.
Hoping this would be covered under the warantee, I took photos and mailed them to the manufacturer, because the options are snail mail or calling the UK office. I never recieved any information about my claim, replacement parts, or anything else. It has been more than 6 months, and my $45 watering can is currently identical to a $10 watering can. Very displeased with this purchase.