Mar 13, 2010

Graco ProShot™ Cordless Airless Paint Sprayer

Cordless Airless Sprayer with lots of potential

graco proshot airless sprayer

We all are familiar with Graco and their HUGE line of paint sprayers and you might imagine the research and technology that goes into producing any one of their products. The PROSHOT™, to date, is Graco’s most expensive undertaking as they pave the way for the first handheld professional cordless airless paint sprayer.

The (somewhat disposable) cordless Graco 18v ProShot™ airless paint sprayer will be sold exclusively at Sherwin Williams the first week of May 2010. NOTE: The information following has not entirely been confirmed yet but here are a few things we learned.

There are two models available but we are going to talk about the more feature rich model. $449 MSRP

PROSHOT ADVANTAGES

  • Ultimate portability to move around on the job
  • Ready to spray in seconds
  • Comparable performance to Graco’s professional airless sprayers
  • Sprays material as designed by the paint manufacturer – no thinning required
  • Consistent, even spray pattern for one-pass coverage
  • Pro Quality Finish – Expert Results
  • Compatible with any material that can be cleaned with mineral spirits, paint thinner or water
  • Allows spraying in any direction – floors, ceilings, walls [adjustable suction tube]
  • Maintains 2200psi

 

PROSHOT INCLUDES

  • ProShot Cordless Airless Sprayer [Part #258865 / SMIS #5775515]
  • 211 and 515 ProShot Reversible Tips [Does not use standard tips]
  • Two 18V Lithium Ion Power Pack Batteries
  • TILT-N-SPRAY 32 oz [.95L] Cup with Cover & (5) Cup Liners
  • 4 oz [.12L] bottle Pump Armor
  • Cordless Sprayer Storage Case
  • Sprayer Hook mounted on side of unit

 

OPTIONAL

  • Shoulder strap
  • 48 oz [1.42L] cup size and adapter to accommodate Sherwin-Williams Color To Go samples.
  • ProShot Repair Kit 16D563 – Simple repair doubles the sprayer life from 50 gallons to 100 gallons

About the 18V Lithium Ion Batteries
Each fully charged battery is able to spray 1 gallon [3.78L] for continuous spraying.
Battery recharge time for 80% performance is approximately 45 minutes


For Consideration
The ProShot has a 150 100 gallon max life. The $449 unit needs repacked at 50 gallons and can only be repacked twice once. The $389 model cant be repacked. Ask yourself what you intend to do with the ProShot. For me, it would get used for spraying the exterior side of front doors (1 pint).

Conclusion: Sounds promising and as a paint contractor you would know how quick it can pay for itself even if you have to toss it. Unit has some weight to it. After all, you are spraying holding a quart of paint at the end of your hand. It’s a great product idea with lots of potential but at that price – I would also look at Graco Tradeworks 150 for $299 also sold at Sherwin Williams.

My thoughts on the Graco ProShot is this… I would buy one for specifically painting front doors on new construction homes. Typically I can brush most any color in two coats on a white fiberglass door but it takes longer to work two solid coats, many guys do them in 5-6 coats. The idea of spraying a single front door with minimal cleanup and masking is appealing. But in my line of work that is really the only use I have for the Graco ProShot on a regular basis. For more flexibility I may go with the Graco Tradeworks 150 but I spray doors with a 209 or FF210. A 211, which is the minimum on both the Graco ProShot and the Graco Tradeworks 150 is overkill for a front door.

Graco Tradeworks 150 The Graco Tradeworks 150 1/2HP is sold more as a DIY pump but it uses standard tips, its small, lightweight 16lbs, affordable and portable and you can treat it as a throw-away unit too. It also accommodates a 0.011” thru 0.015” tip range and comes with a SG3 spray gun and a RAC5 guard.

A Graco Ultra 395 weighs 42lbs. for comparison.

I must say Sherwin Williams has made some extreme changes in the past 3 years and I like the direction the company is going by introducing a better selection of tools for the painting trade.

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1 comment:

orchard said...

I bought this sprayer to paint about 2000 feet of horse fencing. The main problem is you can spray a gallon of paint in 30 minutes but it takes 45 minutes to recharge a battery. After a couple gallons of paint, you are left with a partially charged battery that must be used to clean the sprayer. In addition, after 25 gallons of paint, the sprayer quit spraying. After two trips to the shop for repair, the shop says it is OK, but it won't spray a quart for me before quitting. Maybe my batteries are shot. This tool is not ready for "prime" time.