Earlex - HV5000 Spray Station Pro System - Fine Woodworking Tool Review
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Earlex - HV5000 Spray Station Pro System

Earlex Inc. - Earlex - HV5000 Spray Station Pro System

This Earlex HVLP system runs off a two-stage turbine. It's is a good value for an occasional spray finisher.

$325 (As of 5/1/2008)

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Editor's Review: Spray-Gun Choices

by Andy Charron

review date: May 1, 2008

I had no trouble spraying water-based finish right from the can, with no thinner added. The fluid flow was ideal and the material atomization was sufficient to allow the finish to flow out into a smooth coating without any orange peel or mottling. I ran the same finish through 1-mm, 1.5-mm, 2-mm, and 2.5-mm tips and, other than a relative increase or decrease in fluid flow, I could see no real differences in the quality of the finish. That said, the water-based lacquer I used (Ultima Spray Lacquer; available at www.targetcoatings.com) is designed for production spraying, so the results with other off-the-shelf products might be different.

If you run a production shop and spray eight hours a day, this probably isn’t the system for you. But for anyone spraying only occasionally or looking for an inexpensive alternative to brushes and rags, this system is a great value. The Earlex Spray Station sells for $325 at www.woodcraft.com.

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Editor Test Results:

Temperature N/A
Air Pressure N/A
Air Output N/A
Transfer Efficiency N/A
Atomization Sufficient to create a smooth coating without orange peel or motting
Overspray N/A

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Earlex Inc.
Manufacturer's Web Site www.earlex.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 704-827-7889
Gun Type N/A
Hose Connection N/A
Fluid nozzle orifice size 2.0 mm and 1.5 mm needles included (2.5 mm and 1 mm versions sold separately)
Air-reducing valve N/A
Horse Power N/A
Amps N/A
Volts N/A
No. of Stages 2 stages
Turbine Diameter N/A
Materials Metal spray gun

great tool.

My first foray into spray painting. I purchased this machine based on reviews I read from others. At a substantial saving over more "professional" equipment I was slightly hesitant. However all my fears were proved wrong as I now have been able to move up a level in my quest for quality wood work. The finishes I once used have been superseded by more spray friendly products especially water based. My projects have never looked better and I am learning another skill which allows me further avenues to explore in my project design. I recommend this product.

I am completely new to woodworking who has never done anything in the craft other than a small roughly made jewelery case in high school. So finishing is not only difficult, it was a totally foreign concept to me. Fast forward to my first foray into furniture making, where I set out to do a high gloss piano finish on a set of 4 cabinets (doh!). Got this sprayer after reading the woodwhisperer's review, paired this up with Target's excellent finishing products and got that deep piano gloss off my cabinets...clean, close to distortion-free reflection (with some sanding of course but the Earlex laid the finish down really smooth). Never had to grapple with orange peel AT ALL. I highly recommend this sprayer for anyone making their first foray into spray finishing...Imagine this - a factory-like piano finish on a greenhorn woodworker's first furniture project....also, get the extra needle kits, well worth the investment.

I admit I do not have much experience with spray guns. In the past I have used large piston sprayers and a few air brushes. I recently remodeled a house and was left with 45 pieces of trim to paint. I thought this would be the easiest way to do this job efficiently. This gun did a great job spraying latex paint and was a breeze to clean up. I can not wait to use it for more precise projects.

I have been taking several cabinet making classes out our excellent community college shop(s), mainly as a hobby for when I retire. I have been looking for an HVLP sprayer for a while at a reasonable price. I found this one at Harbor Freight at a good price. I checked the companies web site (in the UK) to make sure this wasn't an Asian knockoff, it seems that earlex have a good rep, so I bought one. Main intention to blow lacquer etc. Turns out the first job was respraying our Kitchen cabinet doors with a Latex paint, primer & top coat. beat the heck out of brushing on & the finish was very good! My only minor complaint is you have to be careful not to step on the air hose!BKA CA

I wanted to get a sprayer and get away from brush streaksI didn't like the cheap ones and could not justify the turbo ones at $800.00.I was in woodcraft they just got it in and I got it right out of the box we had great success. my son being young and just married he bought unfinished kitchen cabinet. we stained them got out the brand new Earlex HV5000 and sprayed satin poly. they looked almost factory finished we had great success right out of the box with no prior experience using any type of spray system they and the other projects that have been sprayed with the Earlex all look great.

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