Review of five turbine HVLP sprayers

Clockwise from top left: American Turbine AT 950, Campbell Hausfeld HV 3000, Lemmer T-55, Wagner 2600, Apollo 700.

For Chris Minick's comments on these tools and for their specs and ratings in this test, see below.

American Turbine AT 950 (www.american-turbine.com)
Pros: The AT 950 is the most compact, portable system of those tested. The gun is made of metal, and the system has an air-reducing valve to regulate atomization pressure.
Con: The air hose is slightly stiff.

Apollo 700 (www.hvlp.com)
Pros: The 700 is the most comfortable sprayer to use. It has an extremely flexible air hose, filters are easy to replace, and the plastic handle stays cool during use.
Cons: On the downside, the 700 has no air-reducing valve to regulate atomization pressure, and it produces a spray pattern that's not elliptical. Also, I found the manual to be poorly written.

Campbell Hausfeld HV 3000 (www.chpower.com)
Pros: The HV 3000 has a convenient built-in hose-storage rack on the turbine, and an interchangeable fluid nozzle and fluid needle are supplied. The system also has an air-reducing valve to regulate atomization pressure.
Cons: The air hose on the HV 3000 is located at the top of the gun, making the unit awkward to use. The trigger is located too far forward for comfortable use, and a squared-off grip adds to the discomfort. The air hose spews a high concentration of plasticizer vapors during use. The air cap causes an irregular spray pattern, and the gun produces a large volume of overspray. Overall, the unit has poor transfer efficiency. The spray-gun cup of the unit tested was corroded out of the package.

Lemmer T-55 (www.lemmer.com)
Pros: The T-55 is an extremely comfortable sprayer to use, and it comes with a well-written, informative instruction manual. Of the units tested, the T-55 has the best turbine filtration. The sprayer comes with a viscosity drip cup and is equipped with a 14-ft. power cord.
Cons: The T-55 has a slightly stiff air hose and no air-reducing valve.

Wagner 2600 (www.wagnerspraytech.com)
Pros: The 2600 is a well-balanced sprayer with an industrial-quality, nonbleeder gun. The sprayer has a flexible rubber air hose, which makes the unit easy to maneuver. The system has an air-reducing valve to regulate atomization pressure and achieves very fine atomization. The 2600 had the least amount of overspray in the test. For convenience, the spray gun is stored in the turbine housing.
Con: The only problem with the 2600 is that it has small turbine filters.

Model Apollo 700 Lemmer T-55 Campbell Hausfeld HV 3000 Wagner 2600 American Turbine AT 950
Price $499 $375 $399 $499 $495
Turbine info
Amps 10 8 12.5 11 8
Stages 2 2 3 3 2
Diameter 5.7 in. 5.7 in. 5.7 in. 5.7 in. 5.7 in.
Air output
Per manufacturer 112 cfm 55 cfm 65 cfm 80 cfm 52 cfm
Measured at hose 23 cfm 25 cfm 38 cfm 40 cfm 31 cfm
Measured at gun 11 cfm 15 cfm 13 cfm 15 cfm 13 cfm
Air pressure
Per manufacturer 4.5 psi 3.9 psi 6 psi 6 psi 4.25 psi
Maximum 3.75 psi 3.5 psi 5.25 psi 5.75 psi 3.5 psi
Atomization 2.8 psi 2.5 psi 4.25 psi 4 psi 2.8 psi
Temperature
Measured at hose 134°F 104°F 126°F 112°F 99°F
Measured at gun air cap 114°F 88°F 115°F 84°F 85°F
Spray gun info
Type Bleeder Bleeder Bleeder Nonbleeder Bleeder
Hose connection Handle Handle Top Handle Handle
Fluid nozzle orifice size 1mm 1.4mm General purpose 1.3mm 1mm
Gun body (material) Aluminum Aluminum Plastic Aluminum Aluminum
Gun cup (material) Aluminum / Teflon Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Air-reducing valve No No Yes Yes Yes
Transfer efficiency 60% 65% 50% 67% 69%
Overspray 17% 14% 34% 11% 16%
Atomization Fine Fine Coarse Very fine Fine