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post #1 of 21 Old 09-07-2004, 12:03 PM Thread Starter
 
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Help me choose: Air compressor

I don't really know where to start here. Budget is "negotiable".

I'd like to be able to run a paintgun, die grinder, air ratchets/impacts, air chisels and the like. I'm still renting so I can't properly plumb the garage or build a proper compressor shed at this point.

And I guess this is my dilemma. Buying a nice upright 2 stage for $1k+ seems like a waste but having the 175 PSI sure is sweet when you have a stuck bolt and I'd hate to waste money on a compressor I won't want in a few years when I have a real shop.

Any experience you have would be appreciated.




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Do you care if it's loud?
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Re: Help me choose: Air compressor

Good question.

Quiet is of course better (so it's less likely to piss off the neighbors during long wrenching sessions), but I think I will build some crappy shed outside my shop for now even.




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Re: Help me choose: Air compressor

I have this one:

http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/produ...&bidsite=CRAFT
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I checked the upright version of that one out yesterday while I was buying some tools. I have a friend locally with the same one you have and it is pretty good.( we painted all my fairings with that compressor actually) Damn noisy though. Unfortunately you have to spend real big bucks to get one that is quiet.




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Re: Help me choose: Air compressor

And this is next on my list of air-compressor-related purchases:

http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/produ...&bidsite=CRAFT
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Re: Help me choose: Air compressor

You probably already know, but your impact gun and other similar air tools should have a PSI/flow requirement much larger than any paint gun will need. Base your tank volume and compressor rating on the ability to sustain those tools. If plumbing is a concern due to temporary/rental location check out the cost of 3/4"-1" pvc. It's fairly cheap, durable, easy to install and can be found rated at well above 200psi.

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You probably already know, but your impact gun and other similar air tools should have a PSI/flow requirement much larger than any paint gun will need. Base your tank volume and compressor rating on the ability to sustain those tools. If plumbing is a concern due to temporary/rental location check out the cost of 3/4"-1" pvc. It's fairly cheap, durable, easy to install and can be found rated at well above 200psi.
Yep, die grinders are the worst.

I didn't think about using PVC, that would be cheap/easy!




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I installed one of these a couple of months ago....seems to work pretty good...

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I installed one of these a couple of months ago....seems to work pretty good...
Nice garage you have there.


Been looking at the IR compressors on Grainger though.




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Nice garage you have there.


Been looking at the IR compressors on Grainger though.

LOL...you are on to me...

That's a 25hp screw I installed for a small plastics shop here...

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Re: Help me choose: Air compressor

I am looking into buying this one:

http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/produ...nk+Compressors

It is a two stage that is supposed to be quiet. Price is not that bad either.
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I am looking into buying this one:

http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/produ...nk+Compressors

It is a two stage that is supposed to be quiet. Price is not that bad either.

I have one of those. For what its worth, it holds air pressure for a loooong time I bought it cause it was on sale and runs off 120 for portability. But I have only used it to charge the tank. The 240v is plumbed into my garage.

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If you are going to plumb the unit with pvc, be sure and get a pair of PVC shears (cheap) instead if cutting the pvc with a hack saw. The dust can get into the plumbing and that aint too good. on yer tools. Theres nuthin that sucks more air than a nice sand blaster A manifold and some nice ball valves are a good thing to have at the compressor side of your plumbing too.

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Re: Help me choose: Air compressor

Got nothing to do with LTL's search for the ultimate screw but many years back I used to work for Compair BroomWade, big compressor manufacturer over here. Got seconded to the Compair Kellogg factory in New Hampshire in 86, sorting out some quality issues (basically the UK plant exported some duff units, went with another fellow and rebuilt them). Great time. Used to build some pretty big units for the North Sea oil and gas industry. Three 340hp comprssor on one skid. My section mainly built the 10 - 150 hp screws.

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