Evo - buy the one with the metal paint cup. I think it is made in a
different Chiawanese factory than the all plastic one, and I believe
it is a two stage unit.
Barry (who we will see after the election turmoil dies down) is
another finisher, and both of us have top line HVLP systems. But when
he primes, he uses the HF unit and says it works quite well. He also
told me he has used it for different enamels as well.
With that in mind, I have directed a couple of my friends that didn't
want to drop a pile of cash on a heavy duty unit to buy them. They
love them, and one does some nice work work with unit.
Like anything else, you will need to practice with your thinning and
spray pressures/patterns as it doesn't have enough power to really
push out some of the thicker finishes. I am pretty sure they bought
this one, HF # 91772.
For $39, I think it is a steal. If it were me buying one, I would
also figure how to change out the hose to get a longer length if I
liked it. (I have a 25' length of heavy duty hose on mine, plus an 8'
7' of hose is just something to trip over unless you are spraying
small stuff. With a one stage unit, you can use plain garden hose to
make yourself a longer hose. HF also sells the quick disconnect for
larger hoses like that as well. See part number 65180. I have them
on my hoses and they work great.
Don't forget to pick up the cleaning kit while you are there.