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Forum topic by Gene Howe posted 375 days ago 940 views 2 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Gene Howe

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375 days ago

I already had a gravity fed gun I used with my 7 hp, 80 gallon compressor. It was sort of a hassle to get 10 lb of pressure consistently and the air hose weight and stiffness inhibited movement for spraying insides of projects. That’s why I jumped on the sale Peachtree had on this no frills complete system.

Out of the box, it was ready to go. The manual is meager, though. Someone totally unfamiliar with spraying generally and with HVLP particularly, will get little help from this manual.

The kit comes with one ea. 1.0 needle. Sufficient for most paints stains and varnishes. Also included is a viscosity funnel and instructions on it’s use. My first use was with Defthane so, the funnel was not needed. For thicker mediums like some paints and, maybe some varnishes, thinner will be required. The plastic pot holds 16 OZ. For the first coat on a 7’ tall X 36” wide and 36” deep gun cabinet, I used a pot and a half.

The compressor is encased in plastic and the 8’ pressure hose is ribbed plastic. It’s light and easy to maneuver.

In use, nothing could be easier. With less than a 1/2 full pot, I was still able to spray upside down or straight down, and a vertical surface was a breeze. I haven’t sanded the first coat yet but, it appears I got a nice even coat on all surfaces. I did not do a crossing pattern and tried to get as little overlap as possible.

Clean up was simple. Just washed out the pot with mineral spirits and reloaded the pot (about 8 oz) and sprayed the mineral spirits until I could get no more poly through. Wiped all of the gun’s surfaces with the spirits and dried it off.

I’ve only moderate experience with spray equipment but, I can tell I like this system better than the gravity gun, air hose and big compressor.

I give this system 4 1/2 stars. A better manual would earn it another 1/2 star.

I’d recommend this Summit HVLP system to any casual user. Lacking a range of needle sizes and a more robust gun and compressor housing, It’s not a “Pro” system.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton


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a1Jim

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#1 posted 375 days ago

Glad it worked out Gene

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#2 posted 228 days ago

I note that Peachtree has this on sale for $60. Might be a good time to….. wait for it…. pull the trigger on a purchase.

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#3 posted 228 days ago

Sounds like a winner, but before I go traipsing around the internet chasing ghosts -
This is a complete HVLP system with the sprayer thingamajig, the hose and the compressor? All I need to do is add the finish of my choice?
And Peachtree (is that peachtree woodworking?) has it for $60?

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#4 posted 228 days ago

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#5 posted 228 days ago

Thanks! I just placed the order.

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#6 posted 227 days ago

count me in on pulling the trigger. just placed my order as well.
i have to yet LEARN to finish and all. but i do know, it will be in my immediate future so… for $60, cant go wrong.

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#7 posted 227 days ago

I’ve been looking for a low cost sprayers.
I had seen this one, but wasn’t sure how good it was.
Between the review and sale I had to get one too.

-- Randy, Los Angeles/Brentwood, Ca

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#8 posted 227 days ago

just make sure you input the discount code in your shopping basket when you check out. i nearly bought the thing at full price before i realized i had to put in the code.

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#9 posted 222 days ago

Anybody know if the Rockler (or someone else’s) replacement cups fit on this guy?

Seems like it would be much easier if I could leave finish in one cup, and then add solvent to another cup to clean out the gun.

Randy

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#10 posted 222 days ago

I don’t know. How’d you get yours so fast? Mine isn’t arriving until Thursday.

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#11 posted 222 days ago

I don’t have it yet. I was just thinking about how I would use it, and figured an extra cup/lid would come in handy.

Randy

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#12 posted 219 days ago

I just got my sprayer (ungh, hips to the left) I just got my sprayer (ungh, scoot to the right) I just got my sprayer (cha cha cha shuffling forwards)

Doin’ the happy dance because I just got my Summit HVLP system and it looks and feels like a great tool. Can’t wait to try it out.

The cups are 2.5” od with what looks like 3 threads over 3/8”, so 8tpi. If anyone knows the measurement on the HF cups we can tell if they’re at least close.

Thanks again for recommending it Gene, and to brtech for posting the link.

I just got my sprayer…

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#13 posted 219 days ago

i think we ordered at the same time. but i got mine yesterday :)
also.. got my grizzly track saw in today as well!

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#14 posted 184 days ago

I was wondering now that you guys have had the sprayer for a little while, are you still impressed with the quality of the finish? I just got a coupon for 49.99 for one of these but wondering if they do a decent job or not.

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#15 posted 184 days ago

mine is still fresh in it’s box. i bought it knowing i would be using it in the next couple months at my first attempt of a dovetailed hand tool wall cabinet. some other things popped up first that need addressing, then i’ll give the little thing a shot

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