When I decided it was time for me to go out and get a paint sprayer for a couple of paint projects at home, I knew I needed to research which one was right for me. And while I was reading up on sprayers, two particular models were mentioned a whole lot: The Graco X5 and The Graco X7.
These are two of the top entry-level sprayers on the market today, and it’s easy to see why. They’re both very affordable, are easy to use, and they both produce professional-looking finishes.
However, while these two are very similar, they each have their own unique qualities that are well worth looking into. And in this Graco X5 VS Graco X7 comparison, we’re doing just that. Read on to learn more.
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|Graco Magnum 262800 X5 Stand Airless Paint Sprayer||4.9||See latest price|
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Pros & Cons Of Each Sprayer
The Graco Magnum X5
- Comes with a long 75-foot hose
- Comes with a hose adapter
- Lightweight and easy to use
- Packs a lot of power
- Not as powerful as the X7
- Tends to clog
The Graco Magnum X7
- Packs more power than the Magnum X5
- Comes with a 100-foot hose
- Great for large projects
- More expensive than the Magnum X5
- It can clog from time to time
What Are The Similarities Between The X5 & X7?
Before we get down into what makes these sprayer unique, it’s important to look at their similarities.
For starters, these two sprayers have very similar designs. Except for the wheel cart that comes with the X7, both of these models look fairly similar. They both have a mix of durable plastic and stainless steel in their design that gives them a distinct look.
But now it’s time to get into the specifics. Keep reading to find out what exact features are shared by these two sprayers.
Both of these paint sprayers have pressure adjustment knobs on them. This is great, considering that both of the models have pretty strong motors in them.
And while it would be ideal to have a large output when spraying wide surfaces, it’s also important to be able to tone the pressure down for more detail-oriented areas.
A lot of airless paint sprayers on the market today have strong motors and high outputs. But a lot of times, too much power means smaller projects will be very hard to do with them.
With these two sprayers, you can adjust the pressure depending on the type of surface you’re painting.
As mentioned earlier, the adjustable pressure means that you have a versatile set of options when it comes to what surfaces you can spray. But it doesn’t end there.
Both of these sprayers come with long hoses that will allow you to move around freely while painting. You won’t have to worry about having to lug the heavy piece of equipment with you to every corner of the room anymore.
Aside from that the Stainless Steel Piston Pump and SG2 Spray Gun on both of these models can handle unthinned and denser paints. That means you also have a whole range of options when it comes to the type of paint you use.
Lastly, both of these models come with a Power Flush Adapter for cleaning. This allows you to connect your garden hose to the sprayer so that you can spray down all the areas that you need to clean up after your paint job.
We all know the clean up can be the worst part of DIY projects. But as the saying goes, no job is complete until everything has been cleaned up. Luckily, that’s much easier to do with these two models.
What Are The Differences Between The Graco X5 & X7?
Now, it’s time to look at what makes these two gadgets unique.
Both of these paint sprayers have a maximum pressure of 3,000 PSI. However, the Magnum X7 can produce a higher output than the X5.
When using the X7, you can spray a maximum of .31 gallons per minute, which is way more than the .24 gallons per minute of the X5.
This is because the engine of the X7 is a bit stronger. It measures in at ⅝ horsepower, while the X5 only has a maximum output of 0.5 horsepower. So if you need to paint larger projects faster, the X7 is your best pick.
It was mentioned earlier that the Graco Magnum X7 has more power. That also means that it’s a bit heavier. Which is why a wheel cart is included with the sprayer so you won’t have a hard time moving it around when doing large projects.
Having a wheel cart also allows you to carry both the sprayer and bucket of paint at the same time, which saves a lot of time and effort.
On the other hand, the X5 is much lighter, so it doesn’t need the cart. But since it lacks a cart, it might be hard to carry both the paint bucket and sprayer at the same time. So the point might have to go to the X7 for this feature.
While at face-level, the X7 looks like the superior choice, that isn’t exactly the case. While it does have more power and allows you to do more things, that does come with a higher price point.
The Graco X5 costs less than the X7, making it a better budget option for DIY painters.
If you’re looking to save money and you’re willing to sacrifice a bit of power, then the X5 might be the better option. But if you plan on doing a series of big projects, you might want to shell out a bit more for the X7 since it’s better equipped for things like that.
Conclusion – Which Is Better?
Well, it will depend on what you need to get done.
If you plan on repainting a series of walls, furniture, windows, and other bigger things in the house, you might want to get the Graco X7. It has more power, more weight, and it comes with a longer hose to make painting large areas easier.
However, if you only plan to do small projects around the house, the power that comes with the X7 might not be necessary anymore. The X5 is the more affordable option that can still handle small and medium home paint projects with ease.
So before you go out and buy either of these sprayers, it’s important to ask yourself what you need to get done and how much you’re willing to spend. But once you have that down, all that’s left to do is get the right sprayer for you and get painting!