ProShot Cordless Family Tree
Todd and Scott have been testing, reviewing and downright using/abusing Graco handheld sprayers since their inception in 2010, when the original, first generation ProShot came out. What has been interesting to us about this family of handheld sprayers is that they challenge the user to modify his or her spray technique, and also to know their products. ProShots are larger and heavier guns than most of us are accustomed to, requiring a unique approach to pace and distance from target.
Some people confused the ProShot with the old Wagner buzz guns. Others assumed that because it had a quart cup attached to a gun, that it must be hvlp. Wrong on both counts.
ProShot First Gen and Fine Finish Era
[Click here to read our 2010 ProShot I Review as it appeared in print publication in APC magazine]
[Click here to read our 2011 ProShot I Review as it appeared in print publication in Tools of the Trade magazine]
We enjoyed the same type of developmental phase relationship with the ProShot Fine Finish prior to it’s 2011 launch, and we were most definitely encouraged and excited to see that Graco acted upon some of the feedback from our previously published critiques of the first gen ProShots.
One of the biggest suggestions we made in the first ProShot generation testing was that the handheld genre would benefit greatly from the integration of a pressure control system.
When the Fine Finish prototype came through our shop for pre-launch scrub down, we were very excited that while there was less power overall (1500 psi), we would now be able to control it.
The introduction of Pro Control system would significantly change the nature of handheld sprayers going forward, by increasing the range of product viscosities that can be sprayed and allowing the user to control transfer efficiency to reduce overspray on a product by product basis.
[Click here to read our 2011 ProShot Fine Finish Review as it appeared in print publication in APC magazine]
New Generation ProShot II: Best of Both Worlds
We began testing the ProShot II in May of 2012, which was many months prior to it’s public release. In our opinion, the ProShot II combines all of the best attributes of the previous first generation ProShot and the Fine Finish version.
The ProShot II rolled in with 2000 psi, but sporting the ProControl pressure control system that we came to know and love on the Fine Finish. Graco also bumped up the battery to a 20v LI pack. And this would be the most directionally functional ProShot yet, due to a complete suction tube redesign, which also shaved another minute or so off the overall post use clean up time. Overall, it’s a pleasing fusion of the best of the original ProShot, with the refinement of the Fine Finish.
We are very excited, as always, to share our tool testing experiences with the readers of the greatest paint publication on the planet, American Painting Contractor magazine.
Check out our ProShot II Review at paintmag.com via this link:
[Click here to read our 2013 ProShot II Review as it appears in print publication in APC magazine]
We are also testing the Graco TrueCoat line of handheld sprayers.
This most recent ProShot review in APC is titled “Cordless Evolution”, and that is an apt description of how we would summarize the current state of the art of cordless handheld sprayers.
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