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jonnybone

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06-02-2011 06:14 PM

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good evening umberocks,

I just poichased this unit from The Freight last and will be using it today. It is definitely one of their stronger tools….I like the ergonomics, weight (not having to shake a stinkin aerosol can for ten minutes }0) and overall feel. I bought this at the Saddle Brook Loc.for 72.00 which works out to be what?... 7-8 cans of lacquer or so? If I can get the hang of this thing and spit out some nice sheen I’m golden… and also will have paid for itself. I am going to spray up some test pieces and see how it goes and get back to the thread when results understood.

jonnybone in the face.

-- Everyday Woodworking is saving my life.


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#1 posted 06-02-2011 06:24 PM

Yep, probably one of the best value tools you’ll find. A real gem.

Just a tip for it’s use…start with the flow control all the way in and gentlely loosen it to control the flow. You’ll get a really nice mist this way. Plus, less flow is a good way to conpensate for a lack of spray-pattern control (you can hold the gun closer to the work to yield a smaller spray pattern IF you use less of the actual product).

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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#2 posted 06-02-2011 06:30 PM

Yep, I just ordered one yesterday and with my membership and discounts and tax and shipping it came to just under $54. Can’t wait to try it.

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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#3 posted 06-02-2011 06:44 PM

Just so happens Im at a project where I want to experiment with Dye’s and I have been waiting patiently for this to come back in stock. Its listed as back ordered, and the local HF doesn’t have it or know when its coming in. Rockler also sells the same thing but for $55 more.

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#4 posted 06-02-2011 07:33 PM

Another helpful tip…

Even if you buy the sprayer at HF, you can purchase replacement cups from Rockler (HF does not have them to my knowledge)...my local Rockler has them in stock for about $8 each, though you can always get them online.

They are clear, graduated, 1 quart cups, complete with caps. I have four of them to hold a variety of finishes. I use the original black cup to hold whatever solvent I need in order to clean the gun at any given time…and will usually just leave it on the gun until I’m ready for the next coat or project.

Really, it’s hard to criitize this tool. A larger cup option would be good…and perhaps the ability to refine the size of the spray pattern…and perhaps a .5mm needle size…but really, I have yet to find something it cannot spray…and spray well.

It’s a nice system for very little money.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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#5 posted 06-02-2011 07:34 PM

One more thing, while at HF, be sure to get you a hundred pack of strainers. Cheap and works well.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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#6 posted 06-02-2011 09:59 PM

I have read several post here and on other sites about this unit and I think 99% of them were that it is as good or better than units costing 2 or 3 times the price. Granted your not going to pait your house with it but thats not what it is made for either. Glad to find another good tool at HF

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#7 posted 06-03-2011 06:50 PM

I’m interested in hearing more from peolpe that already use this sprayer.

Thanks for the post it is proving out to be interesting.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#8 posted 06-03-2011 07:11 PM

John:

I think the point is that, for furniture and shop-made projects, it’s really all you might need in a sprayer. You just don’t want to run it for long periods of time or try to paint a house with it. I’ve burnt out a Chicago Electric hammer drill before (and another one of their tools I can’t remember now)...and it occurred because of the cheaper motor components they use (plastic and stuff).

I’m sure that the HF sprayer will blow up if given half the chance…so if you protect it and use it for spraying no more than its quart capacity at any one time, it should perform well for quite some time. I might even be underselling it there…but I would just call that “smart” usage of the tool. If your need from such a tool is more than this, then I’d probably look toward an Earlex or other higher-capacity options.

But the nice thing is that if it does blow up after a year, then you’ll still have gotten your money from it.

For somebody who has struggled for years spraying air guns with small compressors, it’s just hard to beat this tool in value/performance.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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#9 posted 06-04-2011 04:44 AM

I have this sprayer and am just starting to use it. So far I quite like it. I am beginning my first big finish project hopefully tomorrow and will report back more.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#10 posted 04-09-2012 12:41 AM

I am getting ready to use this and was wondering what others had to say about this unit.

I paid $80 plus tax, so I figured I would be golden if I could get at least 3 home projects out of it.

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#11 posted 04-09-2012 12:51 AM

Really like mine for small projects.

Thin your finish for sure prior to use even if the can says no thinning. 10%.

Be sure to strain prior to spraying

I always get my settings right by spraying cardboard prior to actually doing the job.

Watch your inlet pressure…..... even with the step-down, high pressure screws me up if I don’t watch it.

Use an inline water filter if you have one. Worth the (little) money.

Lots of good advice posted above.

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#12 posted 04-09-2012 01:11 AM

You can use cheese cloth for strainers, a lot cheaper. Just cut to fit the top of your cup and fold to make it strain like you want.

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#13 posted 04-13-2012 03:00 AM

Help!

I just finished SPRAYING some SW Multi Purpose oil primer and the Harbor Freight HVLP turbine made a total orange peel mess on these cabs. I did not thin it. Please tell me I can sand this out.

I had started hand brushing the oil primer on with a 2” nylon Purdy sash. It was going pretty well, but it felt too slow. So I pulled out the HVLP from the trunk of my car that I had all packed up and ready to return to Harbor Freight. What a mistake.

I want a factory looking finish on these flush inset door cabinets I made. I won’t settle for anything else!

Yesterday I used it with some SW Pro Classic waterborne and it did pretty poorly. I guess I may have thinned it too much. I used 8 ounces of paint, then added 2 oz of Floetrol and 2oz of water. It didn’t work out well at all.

I have been using the 2.0 tip. I also have a 1.5 and 1.8 tip I could use.

Are you guys using enamel latex type paint like the Pro Classic in this unit?

Please direct me all ye Masters of Paint.

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#14 posted 04-13-2012 03:25 AM

Did you use the velocity cup?

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#15 posted 05-27-2012 02:00 AM

I have been looking at this sprayer, and am curious how you guys are getting this for $80 give or take? The cheapest I have found it is $120.

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