Wednesday, November 14, 2018

SPF Depot purchases 2 German Manufacturers

2018:  Patrick M Gililland, President of SPF Depot announced that SPF Depot has finalized the purchasing of 2 German firms specializing in parts and equipment for the SPF field.  PolyCraft of Frankfurt, owned by Klaus Bucking was finalized just weeks prior to his sudden passing.  Klaus Bucking and Pat finalized the purchase early 2018 and payment was made in full just 6 weeks prior to Klaus passing. All inventory for his aftermarket GAP PRO gun have been purchased and moved to the SPF Depot USA office.  In turn, Klaus, owner of Polycraft started selling SPF Depot brand parts to his current customers throughout the EU region.  

Klaus arranged for his Nephew, Daniel Bucking, president of PUR-Craft to assume his roll.  PUR-Craft now stocks and sells SPF Depot brand products for the Graco Fusion AP, Fusion CS, GAP guns along with GUSMER Europe parts and equipment. They also manufacture heated hose sets for the SPF industry. PUR-Craft and SPF Depot will begin to manufacture the EC Janke SYsteme proportioners that are the same specifications of the original GUSMER H series. 4 sizes are available. They will also produce a new mini air powered unit called the A-10 which is much like the GlasCraft FF1600. 

The 2nd firm purchased in October 2018 was EC Janke Systeme from Roding Germany. Mr Janke and Mr Bucking where close friends for many years while working for GUSMER-Europe. Pat met them both a few years ago and they developed a good relationship selling each others parts. Both decided to retire from the business and felt SPF Depot could best represent what they had built.  Mr Janke has over $1 million in original GUSMER, GlasCraft and GRACO parts and equipment. Most will be moved to the US office with some going to the Frankfurt office to be distributed by PUR-Craft. Some of the inventory will go to Poland to be distributed to customers in Poland, Russia, Ukraine and the surrounding area. 

SPF Depot had to add a 2nd floor mezzanine to their new warehouse to hold all of the new GUSMER and GlasCraft inventory. Some manufacturing will be continued in Germany for several aftermarket GUSMER parts such as rods and modules. 

Prior to this purchase, SPF Depot purchased all remaining GAMA inventory from PMC in 2017. These purchases make SPF Depot a major supply house in the global market with them stocking OEM and aftermarket for the following:

Gama Master I
Gama Master II
Gama Master III
Gama Star
Gusmer GX7, GX7A, GX7-400, GX7-DI
Gusmer GX8
Gusmer AR125
GAP, GAP PRO
Graco Fusion AP, Fusion CS, Fusion MP
PMC AP2, AP3, PX7
Gusmer GX7 Series Spec's









GRACO GX7 VERSIONS




LBS PER MINUTE MINLBS PER MINUTE MAX







NOTES 



GX7A IN THEORY
4
40




MODULES ROUND
12
50
Actual










GX7DI IN THEORY
4
20
Fan only



MODULES ROUND
8
9.75
Actual










GX7 400 IN THEORY
3.5
8
Fan only



MODULES ROUND
3.5
3.5
Actual




















































IN THEORY THE #5 Module SHOULD FLOW 16 LBS @ 1600 PSI 



ACTUAL NUMBERS AT 1250 PSI SHOULD LOOK MORE LIKE THIS BASED ON THE PCD



PCDVOLUMEPATTERN SIZELBS PER MINUTE



40-60%48



46-54%





55-45%79.5



70-30%89.75



80-20%99.75



90-10%109.75


*10001212*


110
INCREASE
14INCREASE



125
INCREASE
16INCREASE



140
INCREASE
20INCREASE


Popular Guns for Foam and Polyurea Update

We wanted to update our post from years ago about different guns people use. Below are the more popular guns and their specifications along with things we like and/or detest about them.

Graco GlasCraft Probler P2 Gun and P2 Elite

View Store Here:  https://www.spfdepot.com/searchresults.asp?Search=p2-&Submit=Search

The Probler P2 Gun is lightweight and easy to maneuver – even in difficult spraying positions. Its double piston design provides more than 300 pounds (136 kg) of triggering force – much more than a smaller piston diameter. (Most guns on the market will give you a shifting force of 300+ pounds. because most all use the same size pistons) The Probler P2 reduces maintenance, increases spraying uptime and is easy to use.
The P2 elite has a couple modifications. You can easily remove the filter screw to clean the filter, so no more having to remove the entire side block just to clean a filter screen. The main block is about 1/4" longer to allow this, so a spacer is required to get the chamber to screw on to the piston. 
The P2 has always been a good gun and I can count the number of scratched chambers I've seen over 10 years on 1 hand. That is till 2018 hit.  2018 brought in numerous issues like scratched chambers.  SPF Depot can harden your Graco chamber so it holds up far better, or you can just buy our chamber for the gun. The SPF Depot chambers for the Probler Glasswork Craft P2 gun is a single part design so the insert is machined into the body. Its a good gun for foam and polyuria, but I prefer to sell it to people spraying that don't need to change chambers out. Guys spraying in the field that tend to want to change chamber sizes, have to clean the tip often for closed cell foam or have to replace the ISO filter often due to ISO crystals, the P2 gun is going to be labor intensive for you. Any cleaning or work require you to remove the side blocks, unscrew the main block, unscrew the chamber - then start screwing everything back on.  

Gusmer GAP and GAP Pro Guns
View Store Here: https://www.spfdepot.com/searchresults.asp?Search=gap+gun&Submit=Search
  • Designed for construction, bedlining, roofing and other plural-component spraying
  • Hardened steel sids seals and mix chamber for long-lasting performance 
  • No adjustments necessary
  • Easy access screens reduce end-of-the-day maintenance time

  • The claims made are a bit out of date, or not a major deal. The gun sprays what they say, but most people sell hardened side seals and chambers. Big Deal. SPF Depot makes the harder and for a lot less money. Still a popular gun in the US market with "old timers". Its what many people started with and was popular when I started in 2005. In fact, my first training school was for the GAP gun and I had the Fusion AP. Chamber prices from Graco for the GAP gun have have gone out of site. Obviously, they don't want to keep this gun alive - so SPF Depot bought a German company in 2017 that makes the entire gun with their own aftermarket parts. The person that made it is retired from Gusmer, so he knew all dimensions and all parts interchange. The side blocks screw on just like the Probler P2, but you can easily unscrew the filter screw to replace the filter. Changing the mix chamber is just as involved on the GAP gun as the GlasCraft P2 is. Still, its a very good gun as are all guns made by the original GUSMER folks that now work for PMC Polymac.  More on the PMC guns later. 
  • Maximum Fluid Working Pressure
    3000 psi
    Minimum Air Inlet Pressure
    100 psi
    Maximum Air Inlet Pressure
    125 psi
    Maximum Output (flow rate)
    40 lb/min
    Air Inlet Size
    1/8 npt
    A Component (ISO) Inlet Size
    -5 JIC; 1/2-20 UNF
    R Component (Resin) Inlet Size
    -6 JIC; 9/16-18 UNF
    Length
    7 in.
    Height
    7.25 in.
    Width
    4.4 in.
    Weight
    2.34 lb
    Wetted Parts
    Stainless steel, carbon steel, brass, nylon, acetal, PTFE, aluminum

GUSMER GX6, GX7, GX8 Series guns
View Store Here: https://www.spfdepot.com/searchresults.asp?Search=gx7&Submit=Search
These guns have been around for decades and still work. This speaks volumes for the original GUSMER spray foam guns and the engineering/design they did. They where made to last rather than just sell repair parts for. SPF Depot bought another German company in 2018 that stocked over $1 million in original GUSMER factor parts. E C Janke retired from GUSMER and has parts for all the Gusmer guns along with some aftermarket parts. Some parts are made by the same guys that made the original GUSMER GX7 parts. The inventory levels include GUSMER and GLASCRAFT cylinders and repair kits. The GX7 gun is great for spray foam including closed cell foams that tend to clog up chambers so fast.The GX7-400 series is perfect for spraying polyurea due to the tips and mix modules they use. We strongly recommend the GX7 and the PMC PX7 9 (exact copy by PMC) for closed cell foam so you don't have to clean the mix module every 10 minutes. 
Air Supply
100-125 psi
Maximum Operating Pressure
3500 psi
Maximum Output ❄
GX-7A Model
40 lbs/min
GX-7 DI Model
22 lbs/min
GX-7 400 Model
8 lbs/min
Minimum Output ❄
GX-7A Model
4 lbs/min
GX-7 DI
4 lbs/min
GX-7 400
3.5 lbs/min
Dimensions
Height
9 in.
Length
9.5 in.
Width
4.5 in.
Weight
3.5 lbs.
Mixing
GX-7A Model
Internal impingement, airless atomization, solvent-free, mechanically self cleaning
GX-7 DI Model
Internal direct impingement, airless atomization, solvent-free, mechanically self cleaning
GX-7 400 Model
Internal direct impingement, airless atomization, solvent-free, mechanically self cleaning

Graco Fusion AP
View Store Here: https://www.spfdepot.com/searchresults.asp?Search=fusion+ap&Submit=Search
Still the most popular spray gun worldwide. Graco made this gun to be user friendly in the field and even their design patent claim is easily assembled and disassembled in the field without numerous tools.  I think all you need is the 5/16 nut driver. Its easy to change out the chamber and the filter screws. The biggest issue is bypass of fluids, scoring chambers. Much of the blame is on the guys maintaining the gun. Sanding the chambers and side seals cups the surface so they leak. The front main cap threads start to wear and don't force the side seals to seat very hard. The chamber "ears" on the rear used to fit the mix chamber to the piston break. SPF Depot had this problem before and we fixed the issue. SPF Depot hasn't had a broken chamber in 5 years, but e still se new Graco chambers getting broken. Distributors claim you need a new piston, you hit the air cap and caused the chamber to break, you need to grease the piston.... It sells a lot of new parts, but that not fixing the chamber and its problem. 
Maximum Fluid Working Pressure
3500 psi
Minimum Air Inlet Pressure
80 psi
Maximum Air Inlet Pressure
130 psi
Air Flow Range
200°F
7.5 x 8.1 x 3.3 in
Weight
2.5 lb
Wetted Parts
Aluminum, stainless steel, carbon steel, carbide, chemically resistant o-rings

PMC AP3
View Store Here:  https://www.spfdepot.com/searchresults.asp?Search=pmc&Submit=Search
The AP3 came out to replace their AP2 in 2018.  The AP3 is improved by making the handle and trigger section all 1 piece. The AP2 had a dove tail design that was easily damaged and small screws many people would strip out. The chamber design is good and allows you to spray standard and wide angle all with the same chamber just by replacing the air cap. This gun is popular in theUS and is starting to sell well in the EU regions.