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New spray system5/27
I'm looking for a new spray system. I currently have a 3 stage hvlp earlax mv7000. Needs to be replaced. I have a small dying pancake air compressor. I spray in a booth in my shop. So far i have been spraying SW sealer,conversion varnish and pre cat. Not looking to spend a ton but want something that will last. Any suggestions? Most projects have been smaller so far. Bedroom sets, kitchen cabinets, tables and benches. I am about 2 years into the start of my business and averaging around 7-8 gal a month. I am a one man shop. What are your thoughts???
I currently am using an aaa system but I also have an Accuspray hvlp gun with the 3M cup system with disposable liners that runs off a turbine. My turbine finally died and I haven't replaced it but was thinking about a new Accuspray turbine (3M owns them now I think). It's great for quick changes, easy cleanup and sprays great, just not as fast as the aaa.
i've sprayed cat, kremlin, and graco aaa systems (and have extras systems for sale) and like many others before - wish i had ponied up for an aaa sooner. i struggled with a cup gun (iwata) for a couple of years before a large project demanded an aaa rig. we still have a cup gun for spray stains and little stuff but we really only use the aaa for top coated product that goes out the door.
in my experience -
cat - fine pump and gun. the bobcat gun is easy to handle and parts and tips are easy to get from our local supplier.
kremlin - i have a 15:1 eos system that we shoot with daily. i'm not 100% sure if i think it is better than cat or graco, but i want to because i put down extra dollars for this system. i do like the excite gun over the bobcat or graco's g15.
graco - i have an older 20:1 pump i purchased at auction and had rebuilt. i think it is the best pump but the g15 is uncomfortable for me to hold. this pump is the quietest of the three. we don't use this set up much as it is dedicated to pigmented finishes.
we spray only two-parts finishes and use the kremlin hopper (best) and cat hopper (cheap) on our graco system. this allows us to spray small amounts without wasting too much finish.
With that volume you could get by with a turbine or a pressure pot. Do you have a decent sized compressor? If so a pot is a good stepping stone.
As far as a turbine, I have a Capspray turbine and an Accuspray model 10 GP gun set up with PPS.It is an outstanding gun and sprays as well as any AAA in fact I prefer it's spray pattern over the AAA sprayers that I have.
I also have a CAT AAA with the bobcat gun and a Graco Merkur AAA.
I had to scale back my custom cabinet shop due to a knee problem so now I am not spraying the volume that I used to and pretty much exclusively use the turbine/Accuspray gun.
If you are interested in an AAA, let me know as I am really no longer using the CAT unit and would sell it for a reasonable price.
Thanks for the replys. I dont have a good sized compresser. I think i may get one tho. Any advice on size? I am guesaing i will go preasure pot options. Dont have the extra funds to stick in a AAA. Would love to but bills on new shop have to be paid first. Need an upgrade tho. Thanks
Get a minimum 5 hp and 80 gallon tank.
I bought it for on site work to revive a Cabspray turbine that I had sitting around because I didn't like dragging my AAA to job sites when I was spraying kitchens doing cabinet restorations.
The gun was not cheap but I can say it surpassed my expectations for spray quality and for smaller volume jobs I actually prefer it to the AAA units that I have.
Mine is the 10 GP that is pressurized and I use 3m PPS liners in it for fast clean up and change overs.
Thanks again, Jim
Kremlin= I have three Kremlin systems.I want spray anything else. Great finish.I have three sata guns ( Cup ) for stain and toner , dye , etc.