I am not a review writer as I feel I am not qualified to. However I could not find a single review of Earlex 6003. Hence I am starting this.
I recently (11/2014) bought my first ever spray system. I have neither experience of spraying nor any professional training. So please take comments in that spirit. Based on various review about Earlex specifically 5500 I felt it will work for my woodworking hobby. However I wanted to ensure I am not limiting myself as this will be (I hope) long lasting tool. So I wanted to go with 6900 or Fuji mini 3. When I contacted Earlex, they told me that they have discontinued model 6900 and new model is either 6002 or 6003. Cost wise Fuji was costing much more. I am referring to one time as well as various supplies including different sizes of tips. Earlex 6003 is running @550 USD which includes additional tip (package includes 1.3 and 2.5 mm). In addition, I found a better deal at “Awarehousefull.com” at 460 or 480 depending upon gravity feed or not. They were also ready to take $10 off as a new customer and free shipping. Effectively that was a turning point. ($469.99 total landed cost)
Since then I used this gun for spraying lacquer on my cabinet project.
Packaging was very good. Shipping was fast and on time. Package includes 3 stage turbine, pressure feed gun, two tips and needles. Most of the gun is aluminum alloy. However the tip and needles seems to be stainless steel. Adjustment knobs are plastic. I wish they are at least aluminum. Fluid control knobs need to be assembled against the spring pressure. I feel one need to be very careful about first thread engagement. Over a period it may start breaking that. There is no way one can assemble that knob without spring pressure pushing it out. I wish if I can hold spring by any other means and just turn thread; it will be easy on plastic threads.
All other adjustments are easy. There are three adjustments on the gun mainly 1) Fluid Control 2) Pattern Control 3) Spray size control.
1) Fluid Control is achieved by multiple turns allowing precision in how much one wants to push the needle in or out.
2) Pattern Control – Earlex claim it is 360 degree infinite position (not limited to just horizontal or vertical). One claimed feature is while spraying you can change position. However I found that while changing position, it loosens the threaded sleeve which holds the pattern control in its place resulting in stopping the work and re-tightening the sleeve.
3) Size Control – it is only 90 degree turn. So not much precision in adjusting. However it works very well. One can get a small round circle to large spray pattern of few inches. Depending on position of gun with respective to work piece size of the spray pattern can be small or large.
Recommended cleaning process is easy.
I will come back and add to this review after I have used it for few months.