Originally Posted by Ericglo
Agreed, which goes for pretty much all one stages which includes the no name.
But in fact it doesn't. Unless you have specific experience with the HV2900, you should not make such assumptions.
I have had several iterations of Electric HVLP rigs, and have direct experience with both 2 Stage and Single Stage Turbine units. The HV2900 paints just as good a pattern, and at just about as high an output as The Wagner Control Spray Plus, as well as the Control Spray "Max". Both of which I own, BTW. As well as a HV2900 (my 3rd...I've given away 2...)
The original all in one Wagner Control Spray was pretty anemic...but worked well enough to paint screens upward and beyond 200" using the thinned paints as prescribed. The "Double Duty" added a higher Flow Rate and larger Needle / Nozzle and increased performance by 2x minimum. Taking the smaller Needle/Nozzle Head from a original CS and putting it onto a Double Duty unit was a match up made for faster, more effective spraying...but with a finer mist.
The "Plus" simply upped the Flow Rate by almost double again...because it was/is a 2-Stage unit.
That's the Wagner 95% of my own screens have been painted with the last 3 years. The last 5% have all been with the 2900 by virtue of it's power, diminutive size, affordability, and it's Brass Needle / Metal Nozzle assembly.
It's a fantastic unit for the "Re-furb" price, and performs like spray rigs costing 3x as much.
It does not deserve to be lumped in with ultra-cheap, "Toy-like" sprayers, and try as hard as you might to find one, I can recall seeing not a single negative response on this Forum coming from anyone about having purchased one and having used it for screen painting in over the last 1-1/2 years it's been available for $49.95.
Would that the track record of the original Control Spray had been so pristine.
To it's credit though, it certainly filled a nitch need for many of us, but we all benefit from nothing so much as all of us keeping watch out for value added purchases that just serve to make our projects easier, quicker, and less expensive to deal with, all the while as they serve to assure us of better results than we might otherwise have a right to expect.