|Review by thewoodwhisperer||posted 03-28-2008 06:59 AM||32568 views||8 times favorited||43 comments|
To sum up, I thought the Earlex did a darn good job spraying pretty much everything I put in it, including oil-based poly, water-based finishes, lacquer, and latex paint. I would probably recommend purchasing some of the smaller tip sets though, since they will increase performance on the water-based stuff. The 5000 does lack some of the spray controls typically found in higher-priced 3 and 4-stage units, but sometimes those extra features are just unnecessary. I found the simplicity of the unit to be refreshing. In fact, there were a few occasions where I needed to spray and I found myself gravitating to the Earlex primarily because of its simplicity. Now the unit has only been in my possession for about a month so I can’t comment on its longevity. But from what I’ve seen so far, I think the Earlex represents what many of you are looking for: a low-cost way of getting into the spraying game, without scarifying the quality of your finish.
Based purely on comparative performance, I would probably give this unit a solid 4 stars. But the fact that the Earlex costs significantly less than half the price of its 3-stage and 4-stage competitors means I absolutely have to give it a 5 star rating.
I also posted a video that covers my initial impressions and experience with the Earlex Spray Station 5000.
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