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Graco Magnum X7 Professional Sprayer Review

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Editor Rating: 4.5/5

Excellent

Graco Magnum 262805 X7 HiBoy

Reviewed by: Timothy Henderson

Published on: January 12, 2017

Last modified: September 25, 2017 @ 10:58 am

  • Design
  • Functionality
  • Price

Review Summary:

While rollers and paint brushes can handle smaller jobs around the house, serious projects need serious tools. If you want to save time and money in the long run, but don’t have a big budget, there’s a solution. The Graco Magnum X7 is the perfect option for those that don’t want to break the bank but need a good quality paint sprayer to cover large areas.

Greco is a company with almost a 100-year long history. It is a premium brand with units that many professionals are happy to use. Even though they offer top of the line tools at premium prices, there are also paint sprayers in their lineup for DIY and light professional use.

The Magnum X7 can handle many different materials, from light to heavy viscosity. It comes with a motor that can handle interior and exterior paint jobs. This includes doors, ceilings, walls, trimmings, siding and more. To find out more about this model and whether it’s the right one for you, read our full review bellow.

Graco Magnum X7 HiBoy 262805 – The Basics


Despite its relatively light weight and size, this unit packs a real punch when it comes time to paint. You can use everything from light stains to thick latex and acrylics with this model. The only things it can’t work with are hot solvents, solvent-based lacquers, and textured materials.

In the box, you get a metal SG2 spraying gun with a full trigger that has a built in filter and RAC IV 515 tip. This unit can support a max tip size of 0.017 and spray up to 0.31 GPM working with a 5-gallon or 1-gallon paint buckets. Moreover, you get 25 feet of airless Duraflex paint hose and 8oz of Pump Armor fluid for when you want to store this unit away.

If you are new to this kind of equipment, the Graco Magnum X7 might be daunting to setup and use, but it comes with excellent instructions. To make the first start as easy as possible, Graco includes an instructional DVD, full manual, and printed quick start attached to the unit itself. During our tests, we had no problem getting this sprayer to work and can recommend it to first-time users. Once we finished testing, we found the Magnum X7 easy to clean and compact to store thanks to a fold-down handle.

The Features


Stainless steel piston pump


Wanting to produce a reliable and durable unit, Graco opted for a stainless steel piston pump. The piston material ensures that this model can work harder and longer than similar units.

Flexible Suction Tube & Paint Saver Pail Hook


Thanks to the flexibility of the intake tube, you can use both 1 and 5-gallon containers with the Graco Magnum X7. Bigger buckets can be put onto the pail hook above the suction tube and carted around wherever you may need it.

Convenient cart


For easy transport, there is a set of wheels built into a rugged frame, so you don’t have to lug this paint sprayer around in your hands. Even though the Graco X7 weighs only 23 lbs, the wheels are a great addition for those who have back issues.

Easy to clean spray tip


If you experience a clog, you can reverse the paint tip and clean out backed up material in a matter of moments.

High-quality motor & Adjustable Pressure Control


Thanks to a 5/8 HP motor, this paint sprayer can put out lots of pressure, in fact up to 3000PSI through an adjustable knob and a 50-foot hose. That way you can tailor it to your needs and get the best finish. If you need a bigger reach, the Graco Magnum X7 can even push paint through a 100-foot hose.

Power Flush Adapter


This adapter can connect to a regular garden hose and cut down on cleaning time. This is as convenient as cleaning can get with this type of equipment.

Who Can Use This Spray Painter?


Graco has designated this as a sprayer for DIY and project use, and we couldn’t agree more. It will handle anything you can throw at it when it comes to remodeling your house. It can make painting decks and fences or your whole facade a piece of cake. If you need to cover interior walls and ceilings, just prep with masking tape and get to it. The money you save on hiring contractors can be invested into this unit which can serve you for years and years.

The Graco Magnum 262805 X7 can also be an excellent addition to a smaller contractor’s set of equipment. Since it’s inexpensive, it can save time and money while doing smaller jobs. With the right maintenance and care, it can handle about 2-3 gallons of output per week or 125 gallons per year.

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Pros:

N

Affordable and light weight

N

Includes wheels for easy to transport

N

Works with 1 and 5 gallons paint buckets

N

Fewer parts, quicker cleaning

N

Able to spray almost any coating

Cons:

N

Can get clogged from thicker materials

N

Overspray might be a problem for beginners

N

Hose could be longer

What We Didn’t Like


It’s hard to find a paint sprayer that will please everyone, especially at this price point. Because of that, it’s only natural that we noticed a few drawbacks to using the Graco Magnum X7.

First of all, this is not a high volume or high output machine. It is best suited for home projects or light commercial use when you don’t have to rush too much. Secondly, you need to know there’s some overspray when using the X7. Thus, it is recommended that you always mask off areas you don’t not want to paint and make practice runs beforehand. Other than that, the motor casing and some small parts feel flimsy, which is to be expected for the price.

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The FAQ

Does this sprayer work with oil and water based paints?

Yes it does. For further information, you can take a look at the online manual.

What is the overspray like?

Airless units have less overspray than compressed air ones. To reduce overspray, you should match the tip to the type of pain you’re using

I need a bigger hose, what's the longest one I can use?

According to the instruction manual, up to 100 feet, but the pump will have to work harder which can stress parts more.

Is it worth buying this model?

For one or two small projects, you might be better off renting. If you want to use it for many larger jobs around the house, it can be a good choice.

What do The Users Say?


Opinions on the Graco Magnum 262805 X7 are somewhat divided among users. Depending on what you expect and your experience with paint sprayers, you may like it or find it lacking.

A common issue that is often brought up is overspray, but that can be remedied with careful masking. Some people also noticed problems with clogging. You can avoid blockages by putting the painting gun tip into a bucket of clean water during breaks. Finally, those that want to work on two story houses or need extra reach said that the 25-foot hose included was too short.

Conclusion


There is no shortage of reviews online for the Graco Magnum 262805 X7 HiBoy. It gets used by hobbyists as well as professionals. We noticed that this paint sprayer gets lots of praise despite a few negative reviews.

For the price tag, this is a powerful piece of equipment. It can be quite versatile and durable enough to handle projects around your typical household. You can use a wide variety of materials with this model and cover most of your painting needs. For some jobs, you will need to invest in a different size gun tip to get the best results. But, even with that expense factored in, the Magnum X7 is still a tempting piece of equipment.

The downside to this unit is that it’s not built for big jobs and can’t withstand the abuse that comes with them. Some might be suspicious of the build quality, and that isn’t surprising because of the price-tag. A reported issue that stands out is clogging. When using thicker materials so you should always take your time with cleaning. If you fail to remove solids, you can end up having to wash everything again after you’ve started a new project.

All in all, the Graco Magnum X7 can be a valuable addition to any house if you need to cover larger areas. It can also be a good choice for professionals with a limited budget.

But, contractors that want to buy this unit should take care not to push it too hard. As declared, the annual limit is 125 gallons or 2-3 gallons per week. If you take care of your X7, we are confident it can last you a long time without requiring significant repairs.

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Conclusion


There is no shortage of reviews online for the Graco Magnum 262805 X7 HiBoy. It gets used by hobbyists as well as professionals. We noticed that this paint sprayer gets lots of praise despite a few negative reviews.

For the price tag, this is a powerful piece of equipment. It can be quite versatile and durable enough to handle projects around your typical household. You can use a wide variety of materials with this model and cover most of your painting needs. For some jobs, you will need to invest in a different size gun tip to get the best results. But, even with that expense factored in, the Magnum X7 is still a tempting piece of equipment.

The downside to this unit is that it’s not built for big jobs and can’t withstand the abuse that comes with them. Some might be suspicious of the build quality, and that isn’t surprising because of the price-tag. A reported issue that stands out is clogging. When using thicker materials so you should always take your time with cleaning. If you fail to remove solids, you can end up having to wash everything again after you’ve started a new project.

All in all, the Graco Magnum X7 can be a valuable addition to any house if you need to cover larger areas. It can also be a good choice for professionals with a limited budget. But, contractors that want to buy this unit should take care not to push it too hard. As declared, the annual limit is 125 gallons or 2-3 gallons per week. If you take care of your X7, we are confident it can last you a long time without requiring significant repairs.

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