|Review by NewEnglandsWoodWorks||posted 08-29-2012 12:53 AM||8364 views||1 time favorited||18 comments|
If you are looking into getting started in the world of HVLP this is where you want to begin. At a fairly low entry price compared to other HVLP units this unit is a performer too.
I ordered the unit from Highland WoodWorking and they shipped me out to it in about 3 business days. The total package cost $325 dollars including sipping. The sprayer comes with a 2.0mm needle and tip and I would recommend buying the additonal 1.5 mm needle and tip.
The Earlex 5500 comes with the base, air hose, cord, the gun itself, a spanner to change needles, a small brush for cleaning and a viscosity cup. Also the 1.5 mm needle came with my unit because of a deal Highland WoodWorking has right now. If you are going to buy this unit I would recommend buying either 1.5mm or 1.0mm needle. I believe that the 2.0mm needle is just too big for most finishes.
The base unit stores the cord, air hose and gun, a very convenient feature. The gun itself comes with the 2.0mm needle as mention before. The gun also features a nozzle that can be used to change the spray pattern from horizontal to vertical and circular.
In my tests I sprayed varnish, wood stain and polyurethane. All of the finishes turned out flawless with no flaws at all. The spray system can spray almost anything from stains, oil based top coats, water based finish and even paint. I believe this system would perform flawlessly no matter what your spraying.
The Earlex 5500 has very little over spray and produces a fine finish on all your wood projects. If you are just getting into the world of HVLP this is the system I would recommend.
Pro’s: Low Price Little Over Spray Great Gun In general
Con’s: Viscosity cup is too big in my opinion and should be smaller and rated for a shorter time (makes things faster) *Needle that the gun comes with (2.0) MM is too big and should come with the 1.5mm instead
My total rating is 5/5
For the full review go to my website at www.newenglandswoodworking.com