Graco Inc.

Another Industry First for Graco with Launch of XForce HD and ProShot HD Heavy-Duty Cordless Airless Sprayers

Designed to spray the toughest protective coatings and corrosion control materials

MINNEAPOLIS (August 15, 2012) – Graco Inc. (NYSE: GGG) announced another industry first for professional airless spraying with the introduction of XForce™ HD and ProShot® HD heavy-duty cordless airless handheld sprayers.  The battery-powered, portable XForce HD and ProShot HD allow a single-coat, high-quality airless finish to be quickly applied virtually anywhere.  Built specifically for high-performance coatings such as epoxies and polyurethanes, the XForce HD and ProShot HD incorporate many time-saving features including ProConnect™ tool-less pump removal, Spray-N-Throw™ Material Cup System, and the FastClean™ design, which allows complete cleanout of material in less than 30 seconds, while using only ounces of solvent or water.

The new XForce HD and ProShot HD models feature patented and patent-pending ProSpray technology. This technology delivers professional spray results in the palm of your hand and makes every project fast and easy from set-up through clean-up.  

According to Graco Contractor Equipment Division Global Product Marketing Manager Bob Gundersen, The Graco HD handheld sprayers were designed based on input and research from protective coating professionals who needed a faster and better solution for spot repair, small jobs and touch-up.” Gundersen added, “Coating professionals told us they are tired of the hassle and expense with current small job methods such as brushing, rolling, cup guns, and that they were in need of a more innovative way to apply materials. This is especially true with the trend towards high-solids, low VOC coatings in which a large airless unit is often required for even the smallest job. With the new Graco HD sprayers, jobs that used to require hours now require only minutes to complete.”

ProShot HD (exclusively available at Sherwin-Williams for $2,300 MSRP) and XForce HD (available at paint and specialty equipment distributors across the U.S. for $2,260 MSRP) are ideal for small jobs like weld seams, flanges, doors, nuts and bolts, electrical components, pipe, structural components, holiday repair, and punch-list items using high-solids epoxy primers and coatings (up to 100% solids content), zinc-rich primers, plural component coatings, fire retardant coatings and much more.  Each unit includes one reversible tip, two 28V lithium-ion Power Pack batteries (ProShot HD includes one extra bonus battery), lithium-ion battery charger, six 48oz. disposable liners and lids, heavy-duty storage case and more.  

For more information on Graco XForce HD and ProShot HD handheld paint sprayers, including store locations, spraying tips, sprayer specifications and accessories included with each sprayer, features, benefits and usage recommendations, please visit www.graco.com/contractor.

About Graco

Graco Inc.’s Contractor segment designs and markets sprayers to apply architectural coatings such as paints, stains and texture materials as well as sprayers for line striping and pressure cleaning applications. The segment supplies products through a worldwide network of distributors that sell to homeowners, trades people and contractors in the painting, roofing, texture, corrosion control and line striping markets. Graco has earned the annual Frost & Sullivan United States Paint Contractors’ Choice award for “Overall Best Brand of Spray Equipment” since its inception in 2007.

Graco Inc. supplies technology and expertise for the management of fluids in both industrial and commercial applications. It designs, manufactures and markets systems and equipment to move, measure, control, dispense and spray fluid materials. A recognized leader in its specialties, Minneapolis-based Graco serves customers around the world in the manufacturing, processing, construction, and maintenance industries. For additional information about Graco, please visit us at www.graco.com.