Graco Magnum X5 vs X7: Which Paint Sprayer is Best for Your Needs?
|Best for Large Projects
|Graco Magnum X7
|Best for Small Projects
|Graco Magnum X5
At a glance, there are very few discernible differences between the Graco Magnum X5 and the X7. Both tools feature the same range of pressure settings and are cleaned the same way. They even have the same built-in flaw; both spray systems require more cleaning than average because they are prone to clogs.
Indeed, the tools are very similar, which makes it harder to decide between the two. Generally speaking, when comparing two tools, one will be a clear winner, but that isn’t really the case here. Both excel in their own ways. For example, the X7 is a little more powerful than the Magnum X5, which means that it can use longer hoses (100 feet instead of 75 feet). If you need to paint a three-story home, you will probably prefer the Magnum X7.
However, the X5 is also more affordable, which will, of course, appeal to buyers on a budget. To determine which of these two tools will be better for your needs, keep reading for a review of the Graco Magnum X5 versus the X7!
What’s the difference between them?
Performance is a critical consideration for any tool-buying decision. Interestingly enough, there is no real difference between these tools in terms of the spray output. What they accomplish is slightly different (we will get to that later), but in terms of how the paint is dispersed, all things are equal.
The Graco Magnum X7 is just a juiced-up version of the Graco Magnum X5, so that shouldn’t be a big surprise. Both tools feature the same pressure settings, so you can completely control how the paint is dispersed. They are also cleaned the same way, with a hose adapter that makes cleaning this tool as simple as hooking it up to your garden hose, and they even feature the same Achilles heel.
The heel, in this case, is that both Graco tools are prone to clogging, and you need to stay on top of cleaning them to avoid more serious problems. The Graco X7 technically has a more powerful pump, but that is only because it can use a longer hose. If finding the spray system that produces the best paint job is your objective, either tool is suitable.
Price: Point for the Magnum X5
As we suggested in the introduction, the Graco Magnum X5 is more affordable than the X7. If you are looking for a way to save money, going with the X5 may be a good idea, though for some users getting the X7 (or a similarly capable tool) will be necessary. The X5’s hose maxes out at 75 feet, which is fine for one- or two-story homes but may be a problem for larger-scale paint jobs.
Still, if you don’t need the extra length, the differences between these two tools are small enough that you should be fine with the Magnum X5.
Features: Point for the Magnum X7
The features of these tools are also almost identical. Each includes a wide range of pressure settings for complete control of paint flow, a garden hose adapter for easy cleaning, and a flip-tip system that allows you to mitigate clogs while you work. We have mentioned most of those features already, but the last one is worth elaborating on.
The clog-curing tip feature allows you to work around the clogs that frequently pop up in both tools, but it won’t prevent them. If you experience a clog mid-session, you may be able to work around it with the tip. However, you have to clean the entire tool out as soon as possible to avoid a more significant issue.
The most prominent feature difference between the tools is that the X7 design includes a wheeled cart system that allows you to push the tool around easily. If you plan to transport the tool, this feature will come in handy. Of course, if you don’t want to pay more for a set of wheels, you can use the X5 if you are willing to carry your sprayer.
Quick Run Down of the Magnum X5:
- Just right for DIY Homeowners and Remodelers looking for more power and mobility when tackling larger projects
- Ideal for projects up to 10 gallons in size, allowing you tackle multiple projects every year
- Fully adjustable pressure control to give you ultimate control to spray paints or stains unthinned at any pressure
Quick Rundown of the Magnum X7:
- CONTROL PAINT FLOW: Fully adjustable pressure to give you ultimate control of paint flow for any project size; RAC IV SwitchTip allows...
- SPRAY PAINT UNTHINNED: Stainless Steel Piston Pump allows you to spray paint unthinned at high pressure
- SPRAY DIRECTLY FROM PAINT BUCKET: Flexible suction tube allows you to spray directly from a 1 or 5 gallon paint bucket
What the Users Say
The user response to both of these tools is remarkably similar, though perhaps it should not be surprising since the tools themselves are so similar. We have heard from users who worked on large projects like the exteriors of their homes, or even the interiors of their homes without any problems.
We have even heard from people getting good results on detailed projects like furniture painting. The biggest complaint we have seen is that the Graco Magnum X5 and the X7 both clog a lot. However, most customers reported excellent results with the painting.
Our in-depth reviews:
There is no clear winner here. In the X5 and the X7, you have two quality tools designed to accommodate different needs. Buyers with a larger project will want to go with the X7, as the X5 simply can’t handle massive jobs. You may also want the X7 if you think the wheels are a necessary feature for your work.
However, if you don’t need to tackle larger jobs and you think you can get around not having a spray system that is on wheels, the Magnum X5 will be more up your alley. The X5 does virtually everything the X7 does, but it’s more affordable. All that is left for you to do now is evaluate your needs and choose the model most suited for your situation.