Review of five turbine HVLP sprayers
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.