The Graco Magnum Series is Graco’s bestselling range of paint sprayers with a few common specs but also important differences between each model.
Put these two paint sprayers next to each other and the first thing you notice is that they differ in size, with the X7 being the bigger model.
However because of how airless paint sprayer work, size is not the only important difference when comparing these products so how else do these devices differ?
Read on for a quick comparison of the two most popular models in the Graco Magnum Series.
Graco X5 vs X7 Comparison
|Specs||Graco Magnum X5||Graco Magnum X7|
|Dimensions||12.4 x 14.5 x 17.9 in||15.3 x 19.3 x 37 in|
|Weight||13.3 lbs||23.3 lbs|
|Working Pressure||3000 PSI||3000 PSI|
|Max Tip Size||0.015″ Thou||0.017″ Thou|
|Flow Rate||0.27 GPM||0.31 GPM|
|Rated Power||2500 watts||2500 watts|
|Max Hose Length||75 ft||100 ft|
The Graco X5 stands at a height of nearly 18 inches and weighs just 13.3 pounds. As mentioned, the X7 is the larger version weighing 10 pounds more and standing nearly 20 inches taller.
However, the larger dimensions make sense when you consider both are quite capable and considered 2 of the best airless paint sprayers for the DIY market. Where the X5 is meant to be a simple stand that you can easily pick up and move, the X7 is designed as a cart so you can pull along larger paint containers.
So, the extra weight does not make it less portable and the taller height actually makes it more functional when wheeling around. This is why the larger version is also more suitable for bigger outdoor projects where you need to cover a large surface area.
Performance & Power
The performance of a paint sprayer is closely related to the max flow rate and max tip size. These are also the key differences between the two models.
The X5 has a tip size of 0.015″ which is smaller than the 0.0.17″ of the X7. this directly corresponds to a difference in flow rate of 0.27 gallons per minute and 0.31 gallons per minute, respectively.
On paper, this might seem like a minor difference but this does have a lot of impact on the speed at which you can work. That being said, neither model performs at a level that a professional needs.
Although the performance of both models is impressive for its price tag and size, they are more intended for frequent DIYers and people with the occasional ‘odd job’. For example, the X5 is great for painting a fence or patio while the X7 is a suitable tool for repainting several rooms.
Both devices have the same specs for its PSI and power. This is actually unexpected since the X7 has a larger motor and a greater flow rate.
This feature makes it even more clear that both models are meant for DIY projects. More power and pressure would also mean that the user needs better control over the device in which case it veers more towards a professional tool.
The Precision of The Spray
Besides performance, the tip size also impacts the precision of the spray gun. In general, larger spray tips are useful in covering larger surfaces but you are also at the risk that the spread is less even.
When reading customer reviews you notice that the consumers are generally more satisfied with the precision of the X5.
They especially like using the sprayer for a stain.
In comparison, the X7 standard nozzle is more prone to overspray, especially when using oil-based paints like latex.
Some also say that is was more difficult to achieve a consistent pattern.
However, users of both models comment that they prefer using a smaller nozzle for greater precision. This suggests that the flow rate of both takes some adjustment if you are not a frequent user of powered paint tools.
Drawing from these reviews, we recommend the X5 for smaller projects like varnishing furniture or something that needs more precision like a fence. You can use the bigger version for interior walls but this specific model is more suitable for more experienced DIYers because you need better control over the device for a smooth and clean finish.
Durability & User-Friendliness
A few noteworthy features that make these models user-friendly is the reversible tip that helps prevent clogging and the self-priming feature that removes the need for paint thinner.
Besides proper cleaning after each use, maintenance on both versions is relatively simple. This is because of the clever design and use of strong materials which promise a paint tool that will last several years.
Who Should Use These Graco Sprayers
As mentioned, both paint sprayers are good choices for frequent DIYers. They don’t quite reach the volume and precision of a professional device but do make paint jobs more efficient which is great for regular home improvement projects.
Overall, the X5 is the better option for several reasons. It is more affordable, lightweight and easier to control than its bigger brother.
The hose is already quite long at 75 feet so you should be able to reach all surfaces in the house with this smaller model. You can place the device in the middle of the room and still reach all walls without difficulty.
On paper, the X7 would be more suitable for large outdoor projects because it has a hose that is 100 feet long. However, this extra length seems less important considering that this design is on wheels and so easier to move, anyway.
On the other hand, if you want to do minimal lifting and use larger paint cans, then the bigger brother version might still be your better option. Since it has no restrictions on paint can size, it is the more versatile model.