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Earlex recently introduced the budget-minded Pro Spray Station 6900 and I put it through its paces over several weeks. The turbine is compact and easy to carry. It supplies 71 cfm at 5 psi through a 13-ft. flexible hose. It comes with a 2 mm needle and tip, with 1 mm, 1.5 mm, and 2.5 mm tips available as extras.
I sprayed lacquer and shellac through the 1.5-mm needle. For heavier waterborne finishes, I used the 2-mm needle. The rig had plenty of power and applied a nice finish with all the products. Unfortunately, the gun has an awkward feel. Specifically, the air-feed tube is directly in front of the trigger, leaving little room for fingers. I had to pivot the handle a bit off center to make the grip more comfortable.
A simple air-control valve would make the gun much more versatile. Without one, the gun sprays at the same velocity all the time. This creates an unnecessary amount of overspray when you’re finishing inside cabinets and cases and spraying dyes and other lowviscosity materials.
At $500, the Pro Spray Station 6900 is an economical way to achieve a good finish, but with its awkward ergonomics, you should try it out before buying it. For more information, go to www.earlex.com.
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