Fuji Spray Mini Mite 3, 4 and 5 Review
Editor Rating: 4.9/5
Fuji Spray Mini Mite 3, 4 and 5
Reviewed by: Timothy Henderson
Fuji Spray Mini Mite Review Summary:
Forget the DIY, semi-pro, and prosumer units — when you want a true tradesman-grade paint sprayer, few machines come close to the Fuji Spray Mini Mite 3, 4, and 5 models.
This series of products is aimed at the committed professional user — whether they’re cabinet makers, car resprayers, or home decorators — in fact, any business that demands the ultimate in finish, practicality, and durability. Or, they would equally be attractive to the DIYer whose experience, enthusiasm, and ambitions border on pro-level.
Winning numerous industry awards, including the Best Overall Sprayer and Top HVLP Sprayer as judged by Fine Woodworking Magazine and Wood Magazine respectively — the Mini-Mite line is renowned for its heat dissipation chamber, noise reduction cover, powerful turbine, and incredibly robust durable metal housing.
The Mini-Mite sprayers are the midway products in the full Fuji HVLP catalog — a step above the DIY-Pro line, and below the ultra-quiet Q Platinum machines.
Buy the Mini Mite 3, Mini Mite 4 and Mini Mite 5
The Fuji Mini Mite Products
Whatever the project, from a complete home respray through to border fencing staining — any one of the three Mini Mite products has the power and capacity to cope. However, if you work in a particular painting niche — or have a particular key requirement — some features of an individual machine may be more appealing than others.
Hence, allow me to give you the details on what characteristics these units share — and equally importantly, where they differ.
Common Features of the Mini Mite Fuji Spray
Here are the key features common across the range.
Heat Dissipation Chamber
Fuji’s heat reduction system elevates the longevity of your machine.
The rear of the turbine casing houses a trademarked Heat Dissipation Chamber — combining a large surface area cooling plate together with sixty air ventilation holes — lowering the internal temperature through convection.
As this reduces the stress placed on the crucial motor components — the turbine is less liable to failure and thus elongates its lifespan. Seriously useful if you’re using this machine for extended projects or on a day-to-day basis. If you do experience any issues with your Mini Mite, I suggest checking out my Fuji Troubleshooting article.
Furthermore, its carefully thought-out design ensures the unit doesn’t emit whistles or hisses — and prevents blowing floor-standing dust and debris around your working area. Not only making for a more pleasurable operating experience — but also giving less annoyance to possible customers — who let’s face it, can sometimes be a little precious.
Professional spraying has two vital characteristics — rapid coverage and a smooth finish. Too slow an application and you’re not going to complete your job on time — and a rough coat will mean an unhappy customer and critical online review.
So, for both of these crucial requirements — you need power — and that’s what the Mini-Mite product line delivers. Providing a PSI of 6.5 to 9.5 across the range — you achieve excellent atomization for a perfect finish and speedy covering.
Just a quick note.
If you’re a pro you know this — but just in case any spraying newbies are reading — it’s a worthwhile tip — don’t compare the PSI of an airless machine with a turbine, it doesn’t work.
Airless machines utilize a pump to propel a seriously dense medium (as a liquid) — meaning their PSI is much higher — often in the thousands. Turbines, moving only air, require substantially less pressure.
Turbine Spray Gun
While the spray guns slightly vary across the Mini Mite machines — they share common characteristics including:
- Durable metal construction.
- Choice of three spray patterns — horizontal, vertical, and circular.
- Non-bleeding — avoiding annoying drips.
- Variable flow control.
- Corrosion-resistant stainless steel springs.
- Ergonomic plasticized Stay-Cool handle.
- Width adjustment control.
- Proprietary Easy-Pull trigger.
All the guns are straightforward to breakdown into their component parts — enabling hassle-free cleaning. And, while these handheld pistols can cope with water or solvent-based mediums without thinning — should one example be more suitable for your stain or paint — they’re interchangeable with the full Fuji turbine spray gun range.
While the sixty holes in the Heat Dissipation Chamber may prevent hissing — your turbine still produces sound.
Thankfully, all the Mini-Mite products include a proprietary Noise Reduction Cover — which muffles the noise created by the powerful motors. Not only keeping your punters happy — but also allowing you to listen to your particular paint-spraying ‘jams.’
Metal Case with Quick-Change Filters
Unlike the DIY and prosumer floor-standing turbines which typically include a plastic casing — the bodies of all the products in the Fuji Mini Mite HVLP paint sprayer range are constructed from metal.
This rugged design adds additional protection to the crucial internal motors — and safeguards against the bumps, knocks, and drops that are associated with hardcore pro-use.
Furthermore, all the Mini Mite turbine casings include friction-fit rapid-change filters — both ensuring that your final coat is residue-free and preventing damage to the internal components.
You know the debate — is length important?
In truth, it depends. Too short and weedy and your results are limited — too long, and it’s difficult to enjoy a comfortable performance.
Hence, Fuji has opted for a happy-medium in its Mini-Mite non-kinking hose. At 25-feet (7.62 meters), it should provide sufficient capacity to complete expansive projects with little transportation of the turbine unit. This beats many of the DIY and prosumer models with a 12/13-foot range.
Furthermore, it steers away from the immense 50-foot hoses seen on other pro-level sprayers. Sure, you have an immense range — but that comes with the additional risks of snagging and tripping.
How the Fuji Mini Mite Products Differ
T-Model Spray Gun
The Fuji Mini Mite 3 HVLP spray system comes with the standard T70 gun — featuring a 1.3 mm air cap and rotating pressure tube nipple — making it suitable for both left and right-handers.
In comparison, the Fuji Spray Mini Mite 4 and 5 models arrive with the T75G — the key difference being that this gun is gravity fed — as opposed to the bottom siphon-fed characteristic of the T70. The smaller top-mounted T75G container reduces the profile of the unit — making it more appealing to cabinet and furniture restorers who may need to access confined areas.
Paint and Stain Container
While this may initially make the Mini Mite 3 machine look more appealing for larger-scale jobs — don’t allow it to be a dealbreaker — since larger compatible containers are available for the 4 and 5 models from the official Fuji website.
In turbine sprayers, this output is delivered by the internal fans. Basically, a two-stage motor has two fans, a three-stage three, etc, etc. — and in turn, this affects the PSI of the unit.
The most powerful of the Mini-Mite range is the Platinum 5 — which features five stages and provides 9.5 PSI. Hence, the observant among you will have noticed that the model number relates to the number of stages of the machine — and therefore it’s brawn.
So, the Mini Mite 4 has four stages and dispenses 9 PSI, and the three-stage Mini Mite 3 supplies 6.5 PSI.
Hence, only the Mini Mite 5 comes with this welcome gratuity. It includes:
- Six-foot whip hose — for smaller projects.
- Wet film gauge — to check paint thickness immediately after
- Spray gun maintenance/cleaning kit — 19 pieces in total.
- Two spare turbine filters.
- Notebook — for recording sprayer settings, viscosities, and results.
Quick Comparison Table
If after reading this far in my Fuji Mini Mite review you’re more confused about the differences between the machines then when you started — stick with me.
For those people, like me, who prefer data in a more visual format — I’ve put together a useful comparison table to clearly see how these units are distinguishable.
Fuji Mini Mite 3 vs Mini Mite 4 vs Mini Mite 5 Specs
|Mini-Mite 3||Mini-Mite 4||Mini-Mite 5|
|Container Capacity||one-quart |
|Air Cap Nozzle||1.3 mm||1.3 mm||1.3 mm|
|Hose Length||25 feet||25 feet||25 feet|
|Turbine Case Size||12 x 8.6 x 8.1 inches||12 x 8.6 x 8.1 inches||12 x 8.6 x 8.1 inches|
|Product Weight||22.8 pounds|
|Voltage||110-120 volts (US)|
220-240 volts (UK)
|110-120 volts (US)|
220-240 volts (UK
|110-120 volts (US)
220-240 volts (UK
What do The Users Say?
For me, the complete Fuji Mini Mite range provides perhaps the ultimate in serious pro-grade spraying — with the ruggedness and durability to stand up to extreme hardcore use.
Yet, I’m not using these machines as part of my day-to-day work.
Hence, to gauge a true overview of these sprayers — I sought out the opinions of dedicated DIYers, professional users, and industry experts.
Unsurprisingly, their feedback was overwhelmingly positive.
Frequently mentioned by owners and painting aficionados were the remarkably quiet operation, the longevity-boosting heat dissipation units, and the robust metal cases. Furthermore, they lauded the Mini Mite line’s smooth, drip-free finish and rapid coverage — and praised the impressive warranty, customer service, and access to additional and replacement parts.
To be honest, I struggled to find any sensible criticisms.
The only common moan amongst the doom-mongers was that the hose couplings become extremely hot. Firstly, the instruction manual mentions this is completely normal — and markings on the turbine units also indicate a warning to this end. And secondly, I’m not sure what these naysayers were expecting — a unit knocking out between 6.5 and 9.5 is going to get warm.
Personally, I’d suggest that these DIY malcontents get themselves a nice, safe, and cool handheld HVLP — such as the Wagner FLEXiO 590.
If you want to discover more about the favorable opinions of the Mini Mite series — check out the genuine reviews for yourself.
Alternatives to Fuji Spray Mini Mite 3, 4, and 5
In my view, for pro-grade turbine spraying — there are few products to beat the Fuji Mini Mite series.
However, if you feel even these mighty machines don’t meet your expectations or requirements — here are a couple of options to consider.
Utilizing a hydraulic pump — they deliver more speedy coverage than the turbine, but without the air-powered finesse. Drawing directly from an original paint can or container via means of a suction hose — these units require no filling — allowing you to crack on with your job.
- Larger units than the compact turbine machines such as the Mini-Mites.
- More suited to outdoor work — the Mini Mites are comfortable inside and outside.
- Comparatively more budget-friendly than the turbine Mini Mites.
Prosumer Floor-Turbine Sprayers
Like the Fuji units — these sprayers offer a choice of spraying patterns, lengthy hose, and material flow control — but are budget-friendly and feature a plastic construction instead of metal. My favorite example, the Wagner Control Spray Max, features 2.7 PSI output, one quart and 1.5-quart container, and a 20-foot hose.
- Lighter on the pocket than the pro-standard Mini Mites.
- Lacks the Mini-Mites durability for extended use.
- Lower PSI means less atomization — giving a slightly imperfect finish.
Whether a painting tradesperson or zealous DIYer looking to ‘go-pro’ — the Fuji Mini Mite range deserves serious consideration.
The three formidable sprayers in this product line offer eye-watering power output, outstanding durability, and reassuring reliability.
Despite their mighty turbines — they’re quiet in operation with the proprietary noise-reducing casing. A heat dissipation chamber prevents the internal vital components from overheating — and the industry-respected T70 series spray guns ensure a uniform, smooth, and residue-free finish.
Admittedly, their high-end design and user-tailorable features may be over-indulgences for the intermittent DIYer — not to mention their price tag.
Where Are the Fuji Mini Mite Sprayers Made?
How Much Does the Fuji Mini Mite Cost?
What’s the Difference Between the Mini Mite 3, 4, and 5?
What Are the Uses of the Fuji Mini-Mite?
- Motor vehicles.
- Walls, doors, and ceilings.
- Stairs and banisters.
- Exterior masonry.