|Review by shopmania||posted 08-11-2010 02:35 AM||11096 views||4 times favorited||24 comments|
I had been looking for a sprayer for my latest project, a blanket chest made with quarter saw white oak. I really wanted the finish to look good. I read a lot of good/great reviews on the Rockler sprayer. Then I found one at the new Harbor Freight in my town for about $50 less. I did a lot of research on the net, and found a review on another site that said the Rockler and Harbor Freight were the same machine. In looking at the pictures, they certainly look identical. I’ve heard/read that the Rockler version has a great instruction manual. The one from HF does NOT, which is my only real complaint. I found several Youtube videos on using HVLP guns that were generic but very helpful. It’s not rocket science, and everything is pretty straight forward. The only useful thing in the HF manual was that turning the knob clockwise lets less material out of the nozzle, and counter clockwise lets out more.
There are three spray patterns controlled by twisting the nozzle. A vertical fan and horizontal fan are pretty obvious based on the nozzle shape, and work well. After using it a while, I discovered that by turning the notches on the nozzle to a 45 degree angle instead of vertical or horizontal, you could get a more focused round pattern. The material cup holds about a quart, which is plenty to hold enough finish to put a nice coat on a reasonable sized project (like my blanket chest). The gun/nozzle assembly comes apart easily for cleaning, with only one small wrench (included) needed. I was very pleased with the small amount if overspray it made. The hose is about 15 ft. long, so you can walk the whole way around your project without difficulty. I also used it to spray 2 sets of bookshelves I made, and was very pleased with the results, a nice smooth finish with no brush marks or sags/runs.
Overall, I’m very happy with my purchase. For about $75 instead of about $125 from Rockler, I’d say I made a good deal! Until I’m ready to upgrade to an Earlex or other better brand, this one will serve its purposed.
-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, DrTim@ONeillChiro.com- Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)