|Review by Douglas Bordner||posted 03-18-2012 08:20 PM||4720 views||0 times favorited||19 comments|
I am generally loathe to buy Harbor Freight tools if they have a motor/moving parts, probably snobbish on my part, and not springing from a lot of actual experiential data. But I have had my eye on this little gun for some time, and as it had dropped in price from $15.00 to the ridiculously low price of $12.95, I jumped on it. I mean how bad can it go, this is the disposable chip brush of spray guns, so if it sucked I wouldn’t cry and would have bought an education in “you get what you paid for” with pretty low tuition.
Although it was supposed to come with a wrench, their wasn’t one in my package. Should have opened it up at the store, but I have an air gun universal wrench from another gun so I am not terribly concerned. Thus the 4 star rating. I’m sure if I went back and raised a stink they would hand one over without issue. The local staff seemed pretty laid back.
With a rating of 3 CFM @ 50 PSI, and a 0.6 mm nozzle this gun works well with thin bodied finishes, and indeed, I am using it to spray shellac at a 2 pound cut.
The gun has fan control, air and fluid controls that work well using a PC pancake compressor.
I was able to spray a long while without causing the compressor to cycle.
The 4oz stainless steel cup is gravity fed, and side mounted, allowing it to be swiveled when spraying down. I’m still diddling with fluid air mixture and pressure, and there does seem to be a bit more overspray than I am used to with my PC (DeVilbis, actually) HVLP conversion gun. I am still tweaking it.
There is a 90 day limited warranty, and I will post back if cleaning is onerous, or if the packing nut craps out etc. For a small box guy, or a crafter I think this might be a good little starter gun, or if you have to get in close on larger work, it could be a back-up. Plus it’s so damned cute.
-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.