Wagner Smart SideKick

Wagner Smart SideKick
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Every home painting super hero needs a Smart SideKick. The powered roller design from Wagner gives you the power to pull paint directly from up to a 5-gallon container, so you can tackle large-room and multi-room projects without pausing to reload. From Wagner.

  • Includes Smart SideKick powered roller, handle, shed-resistant 9" roller cover with 3/8" nap, and 5-gallon container adapter
  • Designed to pull paint directly from 1-gallon to 5-gallon paint containers
  • ETL listed; 1-year Limited Manufacturer's Warranty
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Wagner Smart SideKick is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 24.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Muy Recomendable Compre este producto hace mas de un año y sigue funcionando como el primer día. Es muy eficiente, facil de usar y se limpia rapidamente. Lo recomiendo ampliamente para todo tipo de proyecto interior. Excelente calidad y excelentes resultados como Wagner me tiene acostumbrado.
Date published: 2019-04-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Works well except for on-off pushbutton I just painted my new (large) garage with the Wagner Sidekick. It does save a lot of time especially on the walls. Ceilings are another matter but a small fix in the product would help ceilings go infinitely faster with less lap marks. So listen up Wagner. The on-off pushbutton to activate the pump not only works badly with intermittent failure to turn off or time delays in that, but it is badly positioned on the handle. Lets take the position first. If you are doing a ceiling you will be using a broom handle or an extension pole, but alas the button is no where near where you can reach it when the roller is on the ceiling. Sure you can lower it down into your hand and turn on the pump for 9 seconds (that is about optimum) and turn it off again and then lift the roller back to the ceiling to continue painting, but you might have taken it down and refilled it in a pan of paint. The best thing about a power roller is that if left on the wall while you roll, you can turn on the pump for as long as you want and just keep rolling. Sure you let it pump while you apply paint to maybe 4 or 5 feet of wall width and then stop it to smooth all that out, but the pump would operate for half a minute or more and apply a lot of paint. If you do only 5 feet or so at a time it stays wet long enough to smooth it all out and not leave lap marks and the wall gets done wonderfully fast and beautifully with no lap marks. Great. But not the ceiling. And I even do walls with the broom handle extension but as the roller goes up and down the wall midway down the button is accessible while the roller is still on the wall. So the first huge suggestion is take that button off the handle and put it instead on the bottom of a broom handle. Sure you would need to include that handle and it is hard to know how long of a handle we need. You could offer a sectional handle to shorten for tight spaces. The button would need to be on the bottom of the bottom section that would always be used. I think a better choice would be to let me chose whatever extension pole I want and just give me a button to attach at the bottom of the pole with a velcro strap. So this gets me to the actual function and design of your button to activate the pump. For god knows why in this era of radio frequency (RF) devices you used a air pressure switch with an air plunger button on the handle and an air tube running along the paint tube all the way back to the pump where the actual pressure switch resides. I am sorry to be blunt but this is just outright stupid design. First the air tube makes the entire hose tend to kink and be unwieldy - that is bad enough. But the switch itself too often does not actuate when you push that button, or worse there is a second or two delay that makes you think it did not work. It seems to turn on the pump immediately when pushed, every time, but when you push it again to turn it off it either does not work or has a time delay which makes you tend to push it again - and that sometimes turns it back on which is the worst possible thing because the paint keeps flowing and you get far more than you wanted and if not on a wall - as when doing the ceiling it drips all over. Gee I could live with an intermittent on, but when we need to turn it off the action needs to be immediate - no delay. I have no idea why the on is so reliable and the off not. Makes no sense to my engineering knowledge but I can testify it is real and I read many reviews complaining of this air button actuator, some saying it fails completely. So I was ready and bought a remote operated outlet with a small RF transmitter that I attached to my handle with duct tape and the RF controlled outlet as the outlet for the Sidekick pump assy. That works so much better than your air button I am simply amazed you have not made this simple change. It would likely save you money to boot. RF controlled outlets cost less than 10 bucks at most all big box hardware stores, but if you had your own made in Asia you could buy the transmitter with a velcro strap for pennies and the receiver would cost little more than your air pressure switch and would go in the unit in place of that switch. RF controls are dirt cheap and used everywhere these days. Then you could use dirt cheap standard plastic hose that would cost a lot less than your custom hose with a large paint tube joined to a small air tube. Kinks in the hose would not block the air control. Well the advantages should be obvious. I will say that the RF control I bought had a small pull out extendable antenna that I had to have pulled full out for it to function reliably, and I would bump it and nearly broke it off - I did bend it so I recommend a transmitter strong enough to not need a fragile antenna on it. But they are cheap and small. Home security systems no longer run wires - they stick a tiny RF transmitter on your window or your doors that transmit back to a home unit rooms away to tell it a window or door opened. They are small, dirt cheap, and powerful enough to need no antenna and still transmit through walls. You guys need to use the technology we have today.
Date published: 2018-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to set-up and use I have 12ft Pop corn ceilings and have to use a latter. This make it easy to reach and roll them without getting up and down the latter a lot. It works well with a short extension. I did have to change rollers about every gallon of paint. The rollers would get clogged up from the pop corn and start leaking paint out the sides. It was easier to change rollers then to clean them. Clean we fast and easy.
Date published: 2018-02-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Long time fan Well,,, I had your older version that took 4-D batteries and it finally died. It served me well since 2000 and I have probably sold more of them than most of your salesman I liked it so much. So I bought this one and there are some serious pros and cons. 120v ac, awesome. Long roller cord, awesome. Direct paint bucket feed, awesome. No speed control? Sucks, this thing puts out more paint than I could cover on a driveway. Handle extension option, half cool, would only be usable with a remote kill, this thing dumps too much paint. The only way I have found to tame this thing is a 1/2" nap roller and never use an extension... What I would like to see to make it awesome? 2' handle with switch or a switch extension. flow/volume control. everything else is awesome but it's very hard to use with it's brute force approach.
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast and Easy This is a great product. It delivers plenty of paint with the touch of a button. You can paint a room so much faster then the conventional way. I'm never going back to the old way of painting, never. The delivery tube is nice and long. It cleans ups really easy.
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from did lower level painted my lower level, took about 1 1/2. 5 years ago without sidekick took 4 hours. clean-up was slick
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works awesome! Have used my Roller on 3 occasions so far. It works great and clean up is easy. A very good investment.
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from don't paint without it i have painted a lot of houses. I will never paint another without my sidekick. time is money and this saves so much time.
Date published: 2017-10-02
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