I am thinking about purchasing this machine and advertising textured walls and ceilings to our contractors. I currently have a hopper and compressor, but larger jobs are a real pain in the shoulder. any info on the graco?
I bought one in 2004 and another one in 2006 as back up for a 300 room hotel we were remodeling floor by floor at that time. They both are still woriking till this day. I've only replaced the pump/hose one time on the older one. And had to rebuild my three gun's (the spring rust's out) six or so times total. I do alot of texturing and they are a real workhorse for me. I don't have one complaint. You also can get the larger size knockdown on ceilings that you can't get using a hopper. But, on repairs and stuff I use a hopper. I use a RTX 1000 for that. It has the option to use a hopper or the 7.5 gallon tub on it with the same gun.
The pumps went bad so soon, I thought. They started to surge. Inconsistent. I really liked them tons better than the hopper, though. We use a Kodiak now. Has the rotor stator pump. Way more consistent. But you have to have air. It doesn't produce it's own like the Graco. Trade offs.
A couple of things for the surge. Run a gallon of warm water through the machine to loosen up the hose so it dosen't stretch out. Also, when spraying on a second floor, if you keep the tub at least 3/4 full it helps with keeping it at a consistant flow. I run 75' of hose with no problems.
I know they are not too heavy but with the hose and all they still suck to drag around. I know, ***** ***** *****.
If I were to do it over I'd prolly just build a unit in the trailer and have a 1500 and or a hopper for smaller jobs. Either way I'll still be squirting like a porn star.:laughing:
This unit is great for the amount of material it can hold, But lacks compressor power. ensure you run it back into the hopper for at least 5 mins to get all air pockets out. Tip for graco larger compressor would really make it stand out
I made the same mistake when I bought mine. Thinking I could spray basements with it. This machine will only spray splatter finishes, orange peel, or some people like to call knock-down. It will not take the place of rolling the mud on by hand.
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