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A good tool for the money!
on August 10, 2005
This is the first airless sprayer I've ever used, and I have been very impressed with it. I am using it to paint the exterior of my house and it is proving to be a huge time-saver. Tricky areas like the eaves under the roof would have taken forever with a brush. With this tool I'm done in minutes, and it looks great! Even though this is the entry level model in the Wagner line, it still can throw a lot of paint on in a hurry! I can only imagine what the big models will do. I am spraying a latex exterior house paint straight out of the can, no additives or dilution required.
The unit came with a 415 tip which was fine for large areas, but proved a little wide for the detail work. I bought a 313 to do the trim. Fortunately all of the brands (Wagner, SprayTech, Grayco, etc.) use the same tips which can be found at any big-box store (Home Depot, Lowes). You will also need to buy a swivel for the gun (about $20). The paint hose becomes very stiff under pressure, and without a swivel, the gun is very hard to maneuver.
Cleanup can be a chore. The capacity of the pickup tube and the hose is substantial and all of that paint has to be thoroughly flushed out. Then you have to clean the gun with a brush. None of this is really unexpected. It's a professional style tool for big jobs, and even with the cleanup, you're way ahead of the game.
As for the other reviewers who complained about a broken tip, I'm not sure how that could happen as it's made from steel. Maybe they were talking about the tip holder? Just buy a new one from HD for $15 and get on with it.