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Sparmax ARISM viz compressor thoughts

Discussion in 'General Airbrush Discussion' started by beanpoleuk, Aug 4, 2016.


  1. beanpoleuk

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    I finally had a chance to test the Compressor I won as third prize in the Sparmax competition.

    My first impression was surprise at how small and portable this unit is (it only weighs 2.5Kg), it also came with the sparmax silver bullet bleed valve/moisture trap.

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    Picture of the bleed valve..

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    The little screw on the side is how you control the air 'bleed', the air bleed is used to set the max air pressure , ie there is no automatic cut-out switch, the compressor works continuously providing constant air flow, depending how much you open the bleed valve determines the air pressure at the airbrush nozzle.

    I was curious to see how this system works in practice , you would have thought the compressor will get hot and overworked with no shutoff switch, but on the top of the unit there is an airbrush stand and when you place the brush in stand the motor shuts off.

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    So every time you pause and put the AB in the stand the motor stops.


    The unit itself is only L20 x W12 x H18 cm so very small and seems quite sturdy, the motor is a 12v DC unit so comes with a dc power supply and mains plug.

    I tried a bit of painting for a couple of hours during which time the unit did not appear to overheat or loose pressure , constantly delivering the pressure set with the bleed valve. When you switch of the unit by placing the AB in the holder, the motor instantly stops and when you resume the pre-set pressure is immediately ready.

    It takes a bit of getting used to hearing and feeling the constant air leak from the valve especially as I like to hold the moisture trap in a sort of pistol grip hold when spraying, and my hand gets wet as moisture builds up in the valve.

    Performance wise constant pressure was always delivered with no 'pulsing', this is certainly perfect for when I attend any demonstrations or local shows.

    A nice touch is the personalised decal on the side :)

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    :)
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    Congratulations again. It looks and sounds like a great little machine. And thank you for telling us that is a bleed valve and not a regulator. I would have made the mistake for the second time if I ordered that and expecting a regulator. They do make the valves on their own if you don't want to use the water trap. That bit of a personal touch is nice of them and make it extra special.
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    Thanks for the review. I'm looking at the big brother version. Looking at the reviews on youtube it looks to be a clever system but the constant hissing would annoy me a lot... Thanks for the review.
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    If I was being picky the little valve could be a little bit 'stiffer' to use ie a bit more resistance when turning , it feels a bit loose.

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    That was my problem with the build in MAC too, too easy nudge open accidentally, I was looking into this when you announced your win, but the airbrush holder put me off, I would be scared to leave my bush on that, if I'm not using it has to be well out of harms way, I'm too damn clumsy, can you switch it off without that holder and without pulling out the plug;)

    It does look nice, I like the chrome on the front, although if I do decide to buy one, I would prefer my own name on it, lol
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    Yes there is an on off switch at the back ,( the back is also chrome). The airbrush holder base sits in a square spring loaded cradle , which i assume pushes down on a micro switch, you could just lift out the holder and put a weight in there instead then use the on/off switch at the back.

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    Now I'm seriously tempted, I've just done a quick Google and these things only cost around 180 quid, I find that very very tempting, the gauge says it goes up to 80 psi so it could easily handle my mini spray gun to blast a couple of boards here and there? now I'm going to look around for one here:)
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    It's only the new model produced from mid July which has the AB stand switch. I did hold my finger over the outlet when I first started it up and watched the pressure gauge quickly swing past the 70 psi mark before I let go. I only ran it constantly at 15 psi . I will do another test on a t-shirt running it at 50 to 60 psi.

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    Just because it can handle pressure does not mean it can handle it constantly.
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    It doesn't need to handle it constantly, two or three A4 baords, ten minutes tops per coat with an hour to dry between coats, the needs only 35 psi:)
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    I think Andre had a good point just because it can handle the pressure doesn't mean it can constantly. I think this model is very well suited for occasional use for demos and shows etc, but not as a main studio workhorse pumping out high pressures all day.

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    Ahhh you were typing at the same time as me.. :) That should be okay based on my tests today ...

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    LOL, I was planning another brush but now I've found one of these thanks to Mark I think I'll get that first:thumbsup:
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    @beanpoleuk can you please do a test to see for how long it can handle high air pressure.
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    Will do another test tomorrow afternoon :)

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    You could just use a heavy pen or piece of 10mm threaded rod to place on it Malky. That would work I'm sure.
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