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Unread 10-06-2013, 01:33 AM   #1
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I was going to buy an air compressor today and ended up buying a new tool chest instead. Later on I'll pick one up but I wanted some feedback on a few I'm thinking about. These two are in my budget and will do pretty much all I want to do (die grinder, sander, impact gun, etc...), I just don't know if they will work with a HVLP paint gun. I'm a bit fuzzy on the whole scfm thing.

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Unread 10-06-2013, 01:49 AM   #2
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I've had the one from Lowes for 10 years, works great. Never painted with it.....

I think airpower is over rated in a shop. i converted to 18v dc power tools. I can do a lot more with a Snapon 18v 1/2" impact and a couple of 3/8s 18v impacts than I ever did with air and hoses.... The big compressor? Yeh -now it fills tires.
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Unread 10-06-2013, 03:21 AM   #3
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I've got a compressor now but it wont push my die grinder or cut off wheel. It took me 20 times longer to cut through expanded metal then if I had a good compressor. On my last project I tried the electric tool route and it wasn't so pleasant and I don't want to dump a ton into cordless tools when I already have most of the air tools.
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Unread 10-06-2013, 08:20 AM   #4
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Default Re: I need some feedback on an air compressor

Both of those compressors look fine, possibly a little too big but that is no bad thing. You did pick up on the fact that they are 230 volts so if you have not already you will have to run a two phase supply. The CFM rating is cubic feet per minute and is an important number. My Kobalt tools require at least 7 cfm so unless you were splitting the line and running several tools I would say you were good to go.

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Unread 10-06-2013, 08:54 AM   #5
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A lot depends on what tools,and how much you use them.If you are doing body-work,you want a 2-stage(not just 2-cylinder,but 2-stage,they have 1-large primary-cylinder,and a smaller secondary that increases pressure).For high-demand/high volume(D/A sanders,sand-blasting,etc...)you want a minimum of 60gal,2-stage with 150-175psi,then regulate it down for your tools that need certain requirements.For once in a while,short-duration work,smaller compressors will work,but it will be slower-going for sanding or blastingStay away from direct-drive oil-free units if you are looking for long run-cycles like sanding,they get very hot,and don't last long.I had a 30gal,single-stage Craftsman for a few years,it worked decent for normal stuff like impacts,etc...but sanding killed it.I bought a 1962 Kellogg 2-stage,60-gal.that was like new,and when I'm running a D/A,it will come on,build to 150psi,and shut-down,while sanding.Granted,its' a very large unit compared to what most would use at home,but its' comparable to larger shop-style compressors.I ran a 30gal.Direct-Drive Sanborn in my service-truck,it worked fine for doing tires on big-trucks,just had to wait for it to catch up every few lug-nuts,but it ran a 1" tire-gun.I tried it for sanding once and it wasn't doing well.Line-size matters too,as do couplers.I run 3/8 hoses for normal stuff,1/2" for big-stuff,but I use a larger than normal 3/8"-coupler at the tank,it makes quite a difference(standard couplers are 1/4",and are restrictive).You can run an impact and see the difference with the fittings.At least use the larger fitting at the inlet-end of the hose,then your only restriction is at the tool,which is 1/4" anyway.If the compressor has a Regulated-Manifold,remove the line that feeds it,and "T" it there or use another plugged,spot on the tank to tap in for your supply,alot of those manifolds are ultra-restrictive.My Sanborn couldn't run a die-grinder very well as shipped,I connected direct to the tank and it was great after that.Hope this helps.
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Unread 10-06-2013, 09:01 AM   #6
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Definately go with a big compressor. The air tools run into problems because they use so much air, smaller compressors don't have the reserve air to run the tool at full power for very long. I don't know about the HVLP paint guns but usually you have to regulate the air pressure to paint. Those compressors should be more then enough to paint.
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Either of those will run a spray gun and all the standard air tools you might use. Sandblasting is iffy, they will do it but struggle and run constantly even with a small nozzle. All I can run through mine is fine media, course media requires a larger nozzle and the compressor will not build up enough pressure to blast efficiently. If you have a Tractor Supply Company around check them. I bought a Campbell Hausfeld last year with roughly the same specs for less money from my local TSC.
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Air drills and cut off tools are so air hungry it takes a 5-600 dollar compressor to run em .... HF has electric cut off die grinders for like $20 - It's just a thought.
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Just to add to the others posts, check on the noise level (it should be listed in DB's) on the ID plate. I've had bigger compressors that worked great, but sounded like a train going by! If noise is no concern, great, but if this unit is going to be in your shop I would look into the noise level it will produce.
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Unread 10-06-2013, 12:44 PM   #10
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Either of those will run a spray gun and all the standard air tools you might use. Sandblasting is iffy, they will do it but struggle and run constantly even with a small nozzle. All I can run through mine is fine media, course media requires a larger nozzle and the compressor will not build up enough pressure to blast efficiently. If you have a Tractor Supply Company around check them. I bought a Campbell Hausfeld last year with roughly the same specs for less money from my local TSC.
I don't think I have a tractor supply around here. I'm also not fond of CH compressors. My last two were CH's and I wasn't thoroughly impressed, the current one has a tendency to overheat and it takes forever to build up air pressure. I don't plan on using a sand blaster, it's on my wish list, but I just don't have the room for it in my garage.
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Air drills and cut off tools are so air hungry it takes a 5-600 dollar compressor to run em .... HF has electric cut off die grinders for like $20 - It's just a thought.
Tell me about it. I may have to get one until I get the compressor. Technically I have the funds for the compressor but that would seriously deplete the cart fund.
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