Graco’s 2017 lineup includes a total remodel of the handheld sprayer, now to be referred to as Graco Ultra (or Ultimate) Handheld Sprayers. We all recall the ProShots and TrueCoats from over the years. They’ve had their ups and downs. We’ve been working with handhelds for 7 years now. The biggest complaints about them historically were the inadequate and quirky batteries on the cordless units, and the tips (pricy and incompatible with other sprayers).
At their best, they are the ideal convenience tool. At their worst, you want to smash them into a million pieces.
[Read our Simple History of Graco Handhelds]
What’s New About the Graco Ultra Handheld Sprayers?
We will be exploring the new lineup in the coming weeks and months. It includes 3 units. One corded and two cordless. Specs on all 3 machines are the same (500-2000 psi).
All three sprayers are designed to work with the new fine finish low pressure tips, the same RAC style tips that you would use on your airless or air assisted sprayer. That will save users from having to invest in a whole bunch of handheld specific tips. It just makes sense that tips should be compatible from gun to gun, regardless of type.
And the battery platform is now Dewalt. This should be a pretty big step up from the previous battery platform on the handhelds.
You will only have to consider two questions to decide which one is right for you:
- Corded or Cordless?
- Do you spray ‘hot’ solvent based products?
We’ll be updating through our social media channels and in our Facebook Spray Group as we discover performance characteristics during testing. We will likely share our end results here on the site.
Meanwhile, if you are using any of the new Graco Ultra Handheld Sprayers, please add your comments below.