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I'm a fairly new contractor and I am doing more painting than expected, I used a previously owned tradeworks 170 knowing it would break soon and now that it's gone I would like to find a better one. I was looking at the nova 390 at sw. I would like to stay under $600. Are any of the Lowe's rigs good? Any above in shopping would be appreciated. At most I would be using this twice a month, maybe 30 gallons a month. Thanks
 

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Look at the Graco Magnum X9 for what your'e doing. Lowes and SW probably has an equivalent. Not the best out there, but taken care of you should get a few years out of it.

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Get the nova 390. You may only be doing 30gal/month now but once you get it your volume is going to skyrocket.

I was @ your volume 3 months ago. Now I do about 250 gallons/month.

That $700 investment has made $15k in 3 months and painting has taken over my business.
 

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That's cool to hear drift, I do enjoy painting more than other work lately, especially drywall! Does the short design work well for you?
 

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I much prefer lo-boy airless rigs over hi-boys. I can wheel it easier in tight spaces, up stairs, thru rugged terrain, etc. Easier to put into the truck bed too. Of course, with extended hose line, a hi-boy is ok, but I like the flexibility of movement with my lo-boy rig.
 

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I like the short design as well. Think about it, how often are you going to move it. Rarely more than lugging it inside.

The nova 390 supports up to 300 feet of hose, something to think about. With that much hose you probably wont even have to unload it.

Going for a cheaper model like the pro x series isn't so bad an idea, its just after you hit the recomended gallon limit it's a crapshoot of when it's going to die. You may get 10 more years out of it, you may not.
 

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I like the short design as well. Think about it, how often are you going to move it. Rarely more than lugging it inside.

The nova 390 supports up to 300 feet of hose, something to think about. With that much hose you probably wont even have to unload it.

Going for a cheaper model like the pro x series isn't so bad an idea, its just after you hit the recomended gallon limit it's a crapshoot of when it's going to die. You may get 10 more years out of it, you may not.
The 390 is too small a rig to think of using 300ft of hose. I'd say 150 ft. max with that unit (not me, brother) and follow the tip below from Graco.

Also, everyone should buy a whip hose for their gun. The short flexible "whip hose" at the end of the main hose up to the gun makes hand movement with the gun so much easier, easier control of the spray and less fatigue on the hand.


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GRACO: Use of more than 100 ft of 1/4 inch hose significantly reduces the performance of a sprayer. Use 3/8 inch hose for optimum performance (50 ft minimum). If you need to use 150 feet of hose we recommend using 100' of 3/8" starting at the sprayer, then 50' x 1/4" to the gun
 

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I used my 390 monthly for i dunno three four years. Interior exterior laquer, shellac, oil, latex. Burnt it up this spring running a hundred feet of hose. under warranty, portland compressor replaced the motor for free. Sold it for 350 and bought a new 390 for 700.00. in other words that pump costs about 75.00 a year to operate.
 

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I bought my 190LTS from C J Spray. It is remanufactured so it was like New without the price tag. So you can get a bigger rig for less if they have a remanufactured in stock. Free shipping too.

I have pushed the 190 harder than I should and it is still going strong. I think a 390 would suit you fine.
 
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I bought a Graco 395, tried it out spraying some heavy bodied blocking primer. It couldn't pump out heavier bodied paints (block primer). I returned it, got the bigger 595. The 395 is a good machine , if not using heavier bodied paints. It's ideal for spraying interior trim projects. Less efficient spraying walls, big and small.
 

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I got my 395 from SW used, they sell off thier rental equipment after it is depreciated out. I paid $450 and made them throw in all new filters and a tip. Im happy with the unit.
 

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I forget Graco has this thing about using their model numbers in different lines.

The U(M) 395 is an $850.00 sprayer. The FP AAAA 395 is a $2500.00 sprayer. I guess the joke about spending way more than he wanted to did not come across well.

The U(M) 395 and 595 are both very nice sprayers.

Another thing, I would never run 300' of hose on any unit. 100' or less is what I use. I have an AirlessCo that will support 2 guns @ a gallon a minute, still would not put 300' of hose on it with 1 gun.

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Metro M & L said:
I used my 390 monthly for i dunno three four years. Interior exterior laquer, shellac, oil, latex. Burnt it up this spring running a hundred feet of hose. under warranty, portland compressor replaced the motor for free. Sold it for 350 and bought a new 390 for 700.00. in other words that pump costs about 75.00 a year to operate.
I'm with metro. I use a 395, which is a little bigger ,but I've used it for everything. Just clean all your filters pretty regularly and keep a sheet on it when you're working inside.
 
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