72 of 76 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2011
This sprayer makes painting almost fun.
-Shoots paint right out of a 5 gallon bucket.
-Makes painting about 3x faster than using a roller.
-Easy to clean up.
-Even a novice can pick it up.
-Much less over spray than I expected.
-Many places carry parts. Home depot, Lowes, and Dunn Edwards to name a few
-This sprayer is for homeowner use. In comparison to commercial Graco Sprayers, the X7 pump is encased within the plastic making it hard to service if the pump ever seized. I was told by an employee at Dunn Edwards that if the pump seizes, you are better off buying a new sprayer. With that said, the commercial Gracos pump can easily be removed and replaced for about $125. Their cost is about $700 from Dunn Edwards. (I don't see them for sale on Amazon). The Graco website is quite helpful in choosing sprayers. I would follow their recommendations. I believe it will save potential buyers money in the long run.
I'm happy with this sprayer. It does everything it claims. Even if you only finished one big project with the sprayer, a house for example, it would be worth it. I've shot about 15 gallons with it and plan to shoot about another 15. I'll be sure to update as I continue to use this sprayer.
55 of 58 people found the following review helpful
on September 10, 2012
I just completed the painting of the exterior of my 2,200 square foot home with this sprayer, and am thoroughly pleased with my purchase. The build quality of this sprayer is very good and the design is well thought out. It easily paid for itself in time savings on this one project alone (I was able to spray the entire house in about three days, the balance of the job was prep and hand work) and I expect to get many more years of service from it. The quality of the sprayed finish on aluminum siding is unparalleled. My home had been previously painted by brush, the ProX7 was able to flow paint thick enough to easily cover these brushstrokes and leave a very smooth, even finish. I used a Behr premium-grade paint and primer in one product, which was extremely viscous, and the ProX7 had no issues flowing it well, even when I was 30 feet overhead, without the need to thin it. I found control to be exceptional, I did my wooden trim around window casements by hand, and this 4" margin for error proved to be ample space to paint with just a small spay shield, and in the case of the horizontal edges without any masking whatsoever. Perhaps it was the density of my paint or my careful work, but I found warnings over overspray going everywhere to be greatly overstated.
On rough, freshly-scarped wood surfaces, I found brushwork to be much more effective at applying a nice thick coat than the sprayer. But on aluminum, it was a dream. I pressure-washed with TSP, hosed it off, and went at it, and the results were excellent.
The major drawbacks to a sprayer, beyond cost, is that there is a fairly complex startup and shutdown procedure, and if you fail to follow it you WILL wind up with a mess, a confounding non-spraying sprayer, or a very expensive broken tool. But this procedure is covered in ample detail in the included documentation (the included DVD uses the very same ProX7 as the example, which is a nice touch), and for anyone familiar with pumps it will be pretty common-sense. But it takes a good bit of setup to get it running, and the cleanup process is fairly involved, usually taking about 20 minutes with latex paint, and I would imagine that any cut corners here will leave you with a broken sprayer. This makes a sprayer like this a less practical tool for small jobs.
I wavered quite a bit between this X7 and the ProX7 when making this purchase and am glad I got the ProX7. The extra hose length is a HUGE time saver, and on the gable ends of a two-story home with a peaked roof, you may well need it. The additional filter and swivel on the SG3 gun were also very helpful for high-up exterior work. Purchasing the longer hose and this swivel alone make up most of the price difference between the two models, which ought to make your decision easier should you intend to use this for an exterior project.
36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2011
I bought the refurbished version of this sprayer to save a few bucks, the one I got worked great. I have rented sprayers in the past and was never satisfied with the consistency of the spray, but this one, so far, has done a good job. I sprayed ceilings and crown molding (with the tip extension), base trim, doors, and walls. I had a few runs when I would hesitate, but overall the sprayer did a good job. I was particularly concerned about getting acceptable results on the doors, but they turned out great. I sprayed heavy latex right out of the can. Clean up is always a pain with a sprayer but this was easier than some I have used. Someone suggested spraying the hose and sprayer with spray cooking oil to make clean up easier and that was a great suggestion.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2013
I bought this sprayer because I have a couple duplexes that I'm reworking and I do volunteer work (mostly construction and maintenance) all over. This model will handle anything I need to do and as much as I need to. It's beyond the "home handyman" level; but if you have a few extra bucks - this is a great sprayer for the home handyman! You can never have to many tools. I have used low quality sprayers at times in the past and it's frustrating. This sprayer will allow you to quickly apply coatings at the viscosity they were meant to be applied at - no more thinned down paint running down a wall. One of the biggest plusses is that tips and parts are readily available at most hardware or building centers - including Lowes and Home Depot. In fact, Home Depot carries this model, but you will pay about $75 more unless you catch a sale. With Amazon prices and Prime shipping, this is a bargain. I was so impressed with Graco that I bought stock in the company!
28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2010
I had pondered over the purchase of this sprayer for a while as I read other reviews. I can honestly say this was a great purchase . Everything exceeded my expectations!. The sprayer works great, The shipping was right on time , and it arrived in perfect condition. I would strongly reccomend it to anyone!!!!!!!!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 3, 2014
I purchased the ProX7 because of all the positive reveiws and because a friend highly recommended it. I painted our new house additon of 1000 sq ft. The ceiling and wall space combined came to 3500 sq ft. The included video provided excellent examples and training. It only took a total of 14 hours over two days to apply two coats. This is the first time painting with a sprayer for me. If I can do it most anyone else can too. This paint sprayer is everything the reviews said it was and then more. I was surprised how easy it was to operate even when we had to purge the system when changing colors. These machines are not cheap but they are worth every penny.
I recommend that you apply taping and paper cover up and avoid over spray messes. Clean up is a little effort, so I would say it is best for larger jobs or if you are just interested in perfection. Compared to roller, it's no effort to get full coverage even on textured surfaces.
Maintain a good sweeping speed when spraying or you will waste paint.
The 50 foot hose was really nice as it kept me farther away from the sprayer and required less time moving the sprayer around.
14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2012
This was a refurb. sprayer and except for a bit of paint on the wheels it looked brand spankin' new. It worked perfectly w/o any faults and it sprayed with a clean edge line. I didn't need to use the feature but the reverseability for clearing the tip is a plus. I would buy again if needed it worked so well.
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on May 29, 2013
I have had a Graco paint sprayer since 1992 that has helped me apply 100's of gallons of paint over the years. That old machine was getting tired and was constantly in need of maintenance, so I was shopping for a replacement. This machine fit the bill. I recently completed a siding project on our home that also included painting 720 pieces of installed Hardie Plank siding. Great machine, easy to operate and clean after each use. I am extremely happy I made the decision to replace my old tired machine with this unit.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2014
Had to paint the entire exterior of my house. Home Depot rents for $115/day, so I decided to buy. Bought a "used" model for $380. Unit arrived next day (thanks amazon Prime!). Box had been previously opened, but sprayer was brand new! Painted for most of yesterday, and although I've not finished the entire house yet, the Graco ProX7 worked perfectly! Clean up takes awhile, but I believe that when you take care of your tools, they will take care of you. Overall a great experience that I would do again in a minute. Saved almost $100 by buying "used". I have always been a little hesitant to do so, but this is my 3rd experience buying used from Amazon, and have been happy with each purchase. Thanks Amazon
21 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2010
I am a pro, and this machine makes our jobs so much easier and faster. Painting also comes out much more professional versus using a brush on trim.