4 Top Tips for Buying an Airless Sprayer with Airless Discounter

Choosing your first Airless sprayer can be a duanting task, especially for those on a budget. The price tag of some machines might seem quite expensive for those not accustomed to professional paint spraying equipment. What other costs must be factored in? We look into the common expenses for buying an airless sprayer and keeping it in good-working condition over many years.

Choosing the right machine to be used with the right material

What will your typical working material be? Some machines are specifically designed to handle a certain type of material. Are you painting with material indoors, or outdoors? Outdoor materials like fireproof- or anti-corrosion coats usually require heavy duty machines. Do you want to work with water soluble emulsion paints only? Some machines cater only only for water soluble material variants. They are easier to clean but are limited in their scope of use. Do you want a machine that can handle oil-based paints or plaster? Usually this type of machine is associated with higher prices within the range of models available.

Lighter viscosity materials like stains and indoor emulsion paints would usually correlate with smaller, less costly machines. Heavier materials require larger capacity devices, higher delivery rates and higher pressures. This is a general rule, however the quality of the machine must also be taken into account. If you have already chosen the painting material, see if the technical data sheet suggests what pressure, tip borehole size and delivery rate should be used. Then match those specifications with the machine table technical specifications. Each Airless sprayer device will have a recommended maximum and/or minimum operating metrics for Delivery Rate, Tip Size, Fluid Outlet, Generator and Power Requirements.

Wagner HeavyCoat HC 950 SSP

A heavy duty machine for heavy duty work, the Wagner HeavyCoat HC 950 SSP

With what frequency will the Airless sprayer be used?

If you are often driving in a heavy traffic congested city, it makes sense to drive a smaller car that operates well under conditions of frequent stopping and starting, parking in narrow spaces and light on petrol. If you are driving longer distances or off road, such a small car would be pushed into the red, burdening the motor for longer perids of time or its tyres and two wheel drive would simply be unsuited to the muddy, uneven terrain.

 

If you are often driving in a heavy traffic congested city, it makes sense to drive a smaller car that operates well under conditions of frequent stopping and starting, parking in narrow spaces and light on petrol. If you are driving longer distances or off road, such a small car would be pushed into the red, burdening the motor for longer perids of time or its tyres and two wheel drive would simply be unsuited to the muddy, uneven terrain.

In the same way, professional painters using their machines regularly, almost everyday daily, and painting large areas. would equip themselves with an Airless sprayer with a high processing capacity . The advantage is that the machine will not always be on its maximum working capacity, which will prolong the life of the device. This is like driving the car in the recommended revolutions per minute, so that the it is not going into the red with each gear change.

Conversely, if you only working on a smaller project once a month or once every few months. A compact, affordable machine will suffice.

Graco Ultra

Graco Ultra Handhelds are great for small projects on-the-go.

What will the expected maintenance and repair costs be in the future?

Graco Mark VII

The Graco Mark VII has the ProConnect feature allowing you to replace the pump yourself

If you think you will be paying a once off cost for the machine and never have to worry about it again, you are wrong. Using our car example again: we still take our motor vehicle in for service and some parts are general wear and tear spares that are replaced at regular intervals with normal use. So Airless machines will have general wear and tear pieces like Tips, which are replaced routinely when the spray pattern begins developing “tails” (noticeable differences in paint surface covering at the top and bottom of the spray pattern).

Higher quality machines, as the name suggests, will give you less hassles in the future. Lower quality machines run the risk of breaking down on the job, costing you more in the future and possibly even the job! If you are looking to use the machine for paid work, having a better performning device will give you peace of mind when on-site.

The simplicity of the machine design may alllow you to do the repairs yourself. Some machines with the diaphragm pump will allow you to replace the pump within a few minutes. Other machines with complicated designs will need to be maintained by professionals.

What is the price tag of the machine?

Tip Sizes

Tips are replaced frequently and must be factored into costs for owning and operating a sprayer

Since we have outlined that there are additional costs in the future when buying an Airless sprayer, ensure to include those expenses when calculating your budget. This may also help you to price your work. Clients will be willing to pay more for a professional, clean and neat painting service that can be attained when using good Airless paint spraying devices.

A sample budget for one year would include accessories, an important spare part and maybe one service.

Budget = Price Tag + Accessories + Spare Part(s) + Service

Spare Parts might include an additional Gun or Hose and a selction of Tips.

Depending on the machine, accessories might include additional paint beakers (eg. FLex-Liner for Graco Ultra Handheld), or larger tubs with much greater capacities for holding paint for larger jobs.

A smaple budget for a 5-year projection, would include perhaps a repair service or a main replacement part such as a diaghragm pump, which is more costly. However this is more aimed for those using their machine on a daily basis.

Conclusion

Buying an Airless sprayer should be a sound investment to your business or a welcome addition to your DIY renovation arsenal. The smooth, even coating from an Airless sprayer is an extremely desirable paint finish to home-owners, clients and project managers alike. But don’t get stuck paying more than you wanted to and be sure to calculate future costs when purchasing your device.

For any further questions regarding our products, you can contact us on +49 (0) 30 220 15436, fill out our contact form below or email us. You can also visit us at our service base during office hours. Should you ever get stuck, we are happy to assist you with our nationwide repair and maintenance service.

 

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