The benefits of an electric sprayer are many but perhaps the most obvious is that it can be used in smaller spaces. In addition, it is much more fuel efficient. A gas powered sprayer will have to be kept in one spot and can pose a safety hazard. It can be hard to keep under control when it becomes too powerful and spills are common. An electric sprayer is very easy to operate and does not pose a fire or electrocution risk.
Less mess. An electric sprayer tends to take up less room in a work truck than a gas finishing paint sprayer. The motor and compressor are generally much smaller than a gasoline finishing pumping and spraying assembly.
Flexible hose lengths. A typical gas finishing pump is limited to a certain diameter and length of hose. An electric sprayer hose can be practically any length. This allows for a much greater flexibility in working with a large surface area at one time without the need to bring the pump back to the surface level to start spraying. This also reduces the risk of hose breakage.
No cleanup required. With a gas finishing gun, after spraying the material, additional cleaning is required. With a high volume electric sprayer nozzle, the hose can be drawn through the sprayer easily and no cleanup is required after spraying.
Pressure control. Gas guns tend to work harder to achieve a consistent pressure. While this can be achieved, it takes more effort and often requires more energy from the operator. In addition, the extra energy required can lead to an increase in labor costs. A sprayer with pressure control provides a consistent spray with no additional effort or cleanup.
Versatility. Electric pumps are only appropriate for limited applications, where there isn’t a need to move large distances or apply large amounts of paint at one time. Electric spray guns are versatile and can be used on a variety of surfaces with the same nozzle. They are available as either pump only or spray and paint combined models. Depending on the application, it may be more cost effective to purchase a combined model rather than using separate pumps for both the spraying and the applying. These types of sprayers are available from a wide range of manufacturers.
Paint completion. An advantage to using an electric sprayer is that it allows the operator to complete a precise spray of a large volume, usually up to a gallon, in very little time. Depending on the type of paint and the material to be painted, the paint flow can vary greatly. A high-speed electric sprayer is able to pump out thousands of gallons in a few seconds, while a slower speed sprayer may take half as long and is typically only able to complete a quarter to half a gallon in a minute or less.
There are several different styles of sprayers, including the portable version, the fixed position spray gun, and the contractor gun. It is possible to attach an air compressor to a spray gun to increase its output. For commercial projects or applications outside the home, a professional electric sprayer is recommended.
Using a portable sprayer is quite simple, and the hose is often reusable. One must attach the flexible hose to the spigot on the sprayer, which will then allow the user to spray paint. Some models allow a “dry” firing option, which means that the gun does not spray until there is a drop in the water level on the hose. This is important to ensure accuracy, and will likely increase maintenance.
Fixed position sprays are typically used with a garden hose or a rac iv. With a fixed position sprayer, it is important to be sure that the nozzle is pointed down the pathway of the spray. This is because some pesticides, such as insecticides, have a side effect of drifting downward. If this happens, the user may need to adjust the direction of the spray downward, or find another path of spray. This is easily accomplished by rotating the suction tube so that the spray nozzles are facing the other direction.
There are several differences between electric sprayers generally used for gardens and those that are powered by electricity. The most noticeable, and perhaps most obvious, is the lack of an air hose. As the name implies, an electric pump generally requires an external air supply to work properly. This has obvious advantages over an electric sprayer that uses a garden hose, in terms of portability. It is also much less expensive than most gas-powered sprayers.