Select Page

Graco 17G177 Magnum ProX17 Review

Graco-17G177-Magnum-ProX17

Editor Rating: 4.6/5

Outstanding

Graco 17G177 Magnum ProX17 Stand Paint Sprayer

Reviewed by: Ian Lewis

Published on: January 12, 2017

Last modified: August 7, 2017 @ 2:40 pm

  • Design
  • Functionality
  • Price

Review Summary:

In recent years more and more manufacturers have been offering tools for lower price ranges. This trend has benefited people who need the advantages of professional paint sprayer, but don’t want to spend large amounts of money. The downside to this is that there are now more models than ever with similar a price-tag and specs. The result is a confused customer base and a lot of time invested when picking out the right tools. To make sense of this situation and help you choose, we are reviewing and picking out some of the best paint sprayers in different categories.

The previous Graco on our test, the X7, was an excellent solution for home projects, but for professional usage, the Graco ProX17 is the way to go. Both of these models come from the same, high-quality brand, but the Magnum X17 can handle bigger jobs. To find out more about this paint sprayer, continue reading our review.

Graco 17G177 Magnum ProX17 Stand Paint Sprayer – The Basics


While the X7 has a recommended annual usage of 125 gallons, the X17 has more than twice – 300 gallons. This means you can use 5-6 gallons of paint per week if you are working every week of the year and cover thousands of feet. This unit is ideal for maintenance of rental properties or big remodels. It can handle exterior and interior work like walls, fences, decks, sidings, etc.

When it comes to output, this model is no slouch. The expected output is 0.34 gallons per minute. The paint tip size limit is 0.017″, but that’s enough for a broad range of projects and materials. Included in the package are an SG3 spray gun made out of metal and a full trigger that sits firmly in your hands and performs well.

Speaking of materials, this paint sprayer handles most of them. The only things it cannot work with are materials with texture fillings, block fillers, and lacquers. You can use both 1 and 5-gallon cans by putting them underneath the flexible intake.

Finally, setup was no more complicated than with similar models. For people that haven’t used a machine like this before, there’s a bit of a learning curve to setting it up and using it for the first time. Those that have experience with units like this or are professionals will get it working in no time.

The Features


Stainless Steel Piston Pump


With the intent of serving the needs of professionals, Graco decided to include a stainless steel piston into this model. This feature provides a longer lifespan and all the reliability you need. The power piston has just one packing set that doesn’t need lubrication and operate without maintenance.

High-quality hose


Included with the Graco 17G177 Magnum ProX17 Stand Paint Sprayer is a 1/4″, 50-foot DuraFlex hose so that no project will be out of your reach. For further convenience, you can hook this model up to a 150-foot hose.

Powerful DC Motor


Big jobs need big tools, and this paint sprayer doesn’t lack power. It comes with a 3/4 horsepower motor that can push material through a hose that’s up to 150 feet long without hassle.

Easy transport


The fold and store design of this unit let you take it around with you wherever you may be going. With its compact size and weight of 27 lbs, users can fit it into tight spaces and carry it along with other tools in their car.

Adjustable pressure


Featured on this unit is a control for adjusting pressure. It has symbols that are easy to discern as well as separate controls for priming and spraying.

The adjustable pressure has a limit of 3000 PSI so that you can tailor it to your needs. All in all, there are four distinct settings. These are “hi spray”, “low spray”, “prime/clean” and “roll”(for use with a paint roller).

Graco-17G17-magnum

Easy Pump Replacement


We all know how much trouble and downtime a broken part can cause. That’s why Graco has developed the ProXChange System which let you replace a pump in a matter of minutes without the use of tools.

Automatic priming & Easy clean up


The AutoPrime feature reduces problems related to priming and clogs or problems that stem from improper cleaning. Washing this model is easier thanks to the Power Flush adapter that can connect to a garden hose. Besides that, the spray tip can be reversed to clean out small plugs.

Who Can Use This Spray Painter?


Graco says the Magnum ProX17 is for professional use, and we couldn’t agree more. It’s a step up from the Magnum X7 in all the areas that count the most.

If you are a contractor that does job after job, this might be the machine for you. You can use it day in and day out while covering large surfaces.

Graco-17G177

This doesn’t mean that this isn’t a good choice for home repairs and remodels. In fact, if you can spare the money, it’s better to go with a higher quality product like this paint sprayer. But, you should also know that this unit excels when met with large areas. If you want to cover big decks, siding, and big rooms, you should consider a machine with the capacity of the ProX17.

Pros:

N

Suitable for larger areas and professional use

N

Compact and easy to transport

N

Good value for the money

N

Strong motor with high output

N

High-quality finishes using lots of different materials

Cons:

N

Lacks wheels for greater portability

N

Warranty could be better

N

Not ideal for small projects

What We Didn’t Like


In the context of commercial use, there isn’t much that we didn’t like about the Magnum ProX17. It guzzles paint down and covers large surfaces with ease. Slight over-spray can be a problem, but careful masking can help reduce this issue which most airless units experience anyway.

Some contractors might also not like the 0.017″ tip size limit which can cause problems with thick or heavy coatings. Besides that, the only trouble with this tip limit is the size of the fan you can produce and the area you can cover in a given time frame.

Graco-17G17-small-project

The FAQ

What can I expect when it comes to warranty?

Graco offers a 12-month warranty during which all parts determined as defective will be replaced. Breakdowns caused by misuse or general wear and tear aren’t covered by this warranty.

Which gun tip do I get with this unit?

There’s a reversible 515-212 spraying tip included in the package. It has a 10″ and 4″ fan respectively. Other tips are available as aftermarket parts.

Can I spray paint that has been thinned?

The X17 can handle light to moderate viscosity coatings which include thinned paint.

What do The Users Say?


Users on various forums and online retailers agree that this is a reliable piece of equipment. Many experienced contractors have more than one Magnum ProX17 in their line-up and report having no major issues. With the addition of a few extra tips, this turns into a versatile machine.

Most people who left reviews say that this model is their top pick for the price, but it’s not for small jobs. It is best suited for large projects.

Other than that, it’s hard to find any negative comments about this sprayer which is always a good sign.

Conclusion


Are you looking for a machine that can handle larger jobs and work without breaking down when you need it the most? If that’s the case, then Graco 17G177 Magnum ProX17 Stand Paint Sprayer might be the right unit for you. This model has an impressive performance rating which it owes to a few different things.

First of all, there’s the 3/4 horse power motor which can pump paint through hoses up to 150 feet long at 0.34 gallons per minutes. That way you will be able to reach every nook and cranny, even when painting two and three story houses. If you happen to have a major malfunction and need to change out the pump, you can do in a quick and straightforward way. For those just starting their business, the ProX17 will be a welcome addition. It is lightweight at 23 lbs, easy to carry and packs down into a compact size. A welcome addition would be a set of wheels, which can be found on cheaper models, but it’s not a deal breaker.

For those that are looking small project sprayer, this might not be the best option. You can end up using more paint to fill the hose than it takes to paint your room. Nonetheless, cleaning this unit is as easy as possible because you can attach it to a garden hose to flush all the residue out.

Testing this product has been a real eye opener. The minor flaws that we noticed didn’t manage to ruin our final impressions. We were left impressed with the finish quality and lack of significant over-spray. The Graco 17G177 Magnum ProX17 is a serious contender for the price-tag and the features it offers.

Graco 17G177 Magnum ProX17 conclusion

Conclusion


Are you looking for a machine that can handle larger jobs and work without breaking down when you need it the most? If that’s the case, then Graco 17G177 Magnum ProX17 Stand Paint Sprayer might be the right unit for you. This model has an impressive performance rating which it owes to a few different things.

First of all, there’s the 3/4 horse power motor which can pump paint through hoses up to 150 feet long at 0.34 gallons per minutes. That way you will be able to reach every nook and cranny, even when painting two and three story houses. If you happen to have a major malfunction and need to change out the pump, you can do in a quick and straightforward way. For those just starting their business, the ProX17 will be a welcome addition. It is lightweight at 23 lbs, easy to carry and packs down into a compact size. A welcome addition would be a set of wheels, which can be found on cheaper models, but it’s not a deal breaker.

For those that are looking small project sprayer, this might not be the best option. You can end up using more paint to fill the hose than it takes to paint your room. Nonetheless, cleaning this unit is as easy as possible because you can attach it to a garden hose to flush all the residue out.

Testing this product has been a real eye opener. The minor flaws that we noticed didn’t manage to ruin our final impressions. We were left impressed with the finish quality and lack of significant over-spray. The Graco 17G177 Magnum ProX17 is a serious contender for the price-tag and the features it offers.