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Fuji 2904-T70 Review: Professional HVLP Paint Sprayer

Fuji 2904-T70 Review

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What We Like

  • Powerful 4-stage, 9 PSI turbine
  • Non-bleed spray gun
  • Ergonomic stay-cool handle
  • Noise reduction covers
  • Heat dissipation box

What We Don’t Like

  • Expensive but worth it

Bottom Line

A powerful HVLP paint sprayer with a professional spray gun that is ideal for professional painting.

Introduction

With power being a major determining factor in the finish quality of a sprayer, Fuji’s 2904-T70 is packed with lots of it.

This makes is a quick sprayer that delivers quality paint jobs and there is a lot more that it has to offer. Let’s get into the review below to learn more about how it works.

Fuji 2904-T70 Review

Fuji 2904-T70

Photo: Fuji 

Performance & Coverage: Professional Spraying

The Fuji 2904-T70 HVLP sprayer consists of a 4-stage turbine, which produces a maximum pressure output of 9 PSI. This is connected to a professional-grade non-bleed T-70 spray gun.

Not only is this gun efficient, but it also offers multiple adjustment options for maximum flexibility and practicality purposes. For starters, you can change the shape of the spray fan from an oval vertical to an oval horizontal or round shape by turning the air cap.

The gun also has a patented side-mounted fan pattern control knob that allows you to change the size of the fan from small to large. As such, you can easily paint small surfaces with high precision and minimal material wastage, or work on wide surfaces like walls and fences.

While adjusting the size of the fan, you should also adjust the material flow accordingly, and this is done by turning the flow control knob at the rear. For a smaller pattern, turn down the material flow and vice versa.

Connecting the turbine to the gun is a 25-ft hose and this has a quick-connect coupling on the gun’s end for easy mounting. This coupling is equipped with an air control valve that enables you to regulate the air pressure to the gun and thus, you get to control the spray’s intensity.

All in all, these adjustments help you to customize the output to produce professional finishes on any project.

That said, the sprayer also has a professional design and this consists of an ergonomic stay-cool handle on the gun for comfortable use, especially when spraying for long periods.

On the other end, the turbine has a strong metal case with a heat dissipation chamber that keeps the motor cooler to enhance its lifespan, and noise reduction covers for quiet spraying.

Setup: A Few Connections and That’s It

Setting up this sprayer is quite easy because the main task is to connect the turbine to the gun. Begin by linking the end of the hose with a female connector to the turbine’s air outlet and tighten the nut firmly.

Next, link the other end to the gun via the quick-connect coupling. Fill the cup with paint then attach it to the gun and you are ready to go.

It is worth noting that the unit comes fitted with the standard air cap set #3, which is a 1.3mm size. This produces a fine-medium output that is ideal for general purpose finishing when applying water-based lacquers, stains, polyurethane, and acrylics.

There are many other air caps that you can get as extras (7 in total), which range from 0.8-2.5mm in size. Smaller sizes are ideal for super fine output while larger ones are better suited for maximum output. All these are listed in the user manual for easier referencing.

Operation: Check the Viscosity

While this model is run by a powerful turbine, it is not sufficient to spray very thick materials. To help you determine the level of thickness that it can handle, a viscosity cup is included in the set.

You need to fill this cup with the material then measure the time it takes to empty through its hole. As an example, these materials should take the following amount of time.

Material

Time to Drain the Viscosity Cup (Seconds)

Auto Paints and Lacquers

18-20

Primers

30-40

Sanding Sealers

20-22

Enamels and Polyurethanes

20-25

Latex

20-30

Oil-Based Paints

20-25

If the time exceeds the recommended period, you need to thin the material and this should be done using the appropriate solvent as recommended by the manufacturer.  

Note: Stains and creosote paints should not be diluted because they are thin enough to be sprayed straight from the store.

Portability: Turbine Separate from Gun  

Though quite heavy (23.6 lbs.), Fuji’s 2904-T70 has the turbine separate from the spray gun and this design enhances its portability because it places most of the weight on the ground.

The turbine carries most of the weight and therefore, you get to walk around your project while carrying a lightweight gun. Additionally, a long 25-ft hose connects the two and this gives you enough room to walk around as you spray wide surfaces like walls and fences.

That said, the turbine has a built-in gun holder for convenience as you prepare the surface or take a break, and it also has a carrying handle for easy one-hand transportation.

Cleanup: Quite Easy

There are three main sections that you need to clean in this sprayer. First, is the paint cup and you need to empty the remaining paint into a storage can. Wipe the cup using a solvent-soaked cloth on the interior and exterior.

You should also clean the fluid passages and for this, fill the cup about halfway full with the appropriate solvent (warm water or mineral spirit after spraying water or oil-based material respectively).

Spray for about 20 seconds into a waste can then collect the remaining solvent in the cup for use next time.

Third, you need to clean the nozzle and for this, unscrew the collar followed by the air cap. Use the included wrench to unscrew the fluid nozzle then clean all these pieces using the included cleaning brush in the appropriate solvent.

At the same time, clean the nozzle’s housing and the needle then leave them to dry before assembling the pieces and placing the gun and turbine in storage.

Part of this maintenance process also involves checking the air filters on the turbine and if they are too dusty, replace them using Fuji 7224-2 turbine filters.

Price: Worth the Price  

Fuji’s 2904-T70 is one of the most expensive HVLP sprayers because it costs over $800. However, the unit offers exceptional spraying performance and it lives up to its expectations.

That said, within the Mini-Mite series, there are two more HVLP sprayers, which are the Fuji 2903-T70 Mini-Mite 3 and Mini-Mite 5.

The Fuji Mini-Mite 3 is more affordable than the one under review but it has a less powerful 3-stage motor that develops a maximum pressure output of 6 PSI.

On the other hand, the Fuji Mini-Mite 5 is more expensive but it has a 400cc gravity-feed metal cup and a more powerful 5-stage turbine that produces a maximum pressure output of 9.5 PSI. This makes it faster and capable of spraying thicker materials.

Verdict

A powerful turbine-and-professional-spray-gun combination that produces high-quality and professional paint jobs. 

With a 4-stage turbine, the Fuji 2904-T70 is quite powerful and this works in tandem with its professional spray gun to deliver professional finishes when working with different materials on different projects.

Specs

  • Product Name: Fuji 2904-T70
  • Product Brand: Fuji
  • Maximum Pressure: 9 PSI
  • Cup Size: 1-qt (32 oz.)
  • Hose Length: 25 ft.
  • Dimensions: 17 x 14 x 16 inches
  • Weight: 23.6 lbs.
  • Warranty: 2-year limited (parts and labor)

Key Features

  • 4-stage 9-PSI turbine with noise covers and a heat dissipation chamber.
  • Professional-grade non-bleed T-model spray gun.
  • Side-mounted fan pattern control.
  • 25-ft hi-flex hose.
  • Rear fluid flow control knob.
  • Quick-connect coupling with an air control valve.
  • Stainless steel fluid passages.
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