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Old 12-16-2012, 01:01 PM   #1
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Let's Talk Air Compressors

So I have this 6gal pancake compressor that is loud as and, although it touts high pressure, it is not very good for my air tools...a bit of a limp if you know what I mean...

Options? Thoughts?

Anyone got a use replacement that might make sense?

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What re you trying to accomplish with your air compressor? Power what tools?
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1/2 inch impact, 3/8 ratchet, grinder, chisel/air hammer...

I do not paint.

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need to get a quality oil unit. Most oiless units are loud. check c-list, there is always a few on there
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need to get a quality oil unit. Most oiless units are loud. check c-list, there is always a few on there
What size price would you recommend? The 6 gallon is way too small.
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it's not the size to worry about it's the CFM's. Pretty sure air tools require at least 4.5-5 to run properly for any decent amount of time.
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If u want to spend about 4 bills one from home depot or lowes 5hp 60 gallon would do well for home or small shop stuff, I steped up to a 8hp 80 gallon 2 stage years ago and it was awesome, now I have a 15hp 120 gallon commercial 2 stage that runs very quiet and is 220 single phase and it is the chit only turns like 1600 rpm and its the bomb but also was about 10k, but will last a lifetime, and these big ones are real hp ratings, not these fake wannabe ones, the electric motor is prolly 200lbs and is bigger than a 5 gallon bucket, lol, way more than anyone needs unless they are running a mechanic or small body shop
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^^ That's actually quite excessive.

We have a Crapsman 1.6hp 33 gallon compressor and it's great... we've had it for years now and run a variety of air tools on it no problem.
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^^ That's actually quite excessive.

We have a Crapsman 1.6hp 33 gallon compressor and it's great... we've had it for years now and run a variety of air tools on it no problem.
x10000 I have the same thing, it's running top notch.
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Get an affordable craftsman. If you want to run grinder/cutoff wheel/wire wheel etc on it you should pick up an extra tank. Plumb into it as a ready supply. Rotary air tools eat some psi
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craft 60g profesional series works amazing for anything ive needed, air tools for excessive time in use, impacts, air hammer act.
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I am leaning towards the oil filled motor because they are quieter.

Do they make one in say a 40-60 gal that would not require me to put 220 in the garage?
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they do make a 110 version, also if your drier is in garage just tap into that wiring, I got tired of wimpy and loud compressors, lol
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Ingersol Rand... 30 gallon will do you right. =P.

otherwise, if you don't really care for brands, a 20 gallon or 10 gallon generic will do.
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I kept upgrading till the 7.5hp 80gal Husky now in the garage. Air power is like a lot of things related to tools, just when you bought the next size up, you find another use for it that needs more. So... buy the biggest you can afford and have room for. If you don't have 220v, install one. If your main breaker box is right there in the garage, it only takes a double pole breaker, a 220v outlet and some Romex wires.

Guess what prompted me to buy the 80gal biggin? Blow cleaning RC monster trucks. You just never know.
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Cool, thanks!

If anyone has a compressor they want to sell, let me know...
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I wouldn't mind selling mine to upgrade, I have the : Craftsman Professional 60 Gallon Air Compressor, 3.1 RHP, Vertical Tank, Oil Lube

Let me know if your interested. I would say the motor runs for about 10 min a week max. About a year- year in a half old. Have changed the oil twice.
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Jredford, Hey these guys are all telling you the right but to help you understand whats-up air tools require a certain CFM, Cubic feet per minute, most air tools average about 5 CFM now that is continuous thats where the tank comes in a 1or2 gal. tank will barely turn an air ratchet What you have is more for nailguns and staplers cuz they have their own tank. If you are going to run air tools you will need a minimum of 30 gal tank just to be able to run a few bolts in or out without the comp. kicking on. That 30 gal. tank would have to have min. 1 1/2 horse motor and you would only be able to run one tool at a time if you need to run multiple tools at a time you will need to up the CFM output of the comp. to maybe 9-10 CFM and 90-100 gal tank 5 - 10 horse motor Give or take and if you want to paint you will need an even bigger tank, You get the idea? Look up Ingersol Rand they can tell you a lot and they make a great compressor my little one is a I.R. .
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Let me know if your interested. I would say the motor runs for about 10 min a week max. About a year- year in a half old. Have changed the oil twice.
Is it 240 or 120?
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Jredford, Hey these guys are all telling you the right but to help you understand whats-up air tools require a certain CFM, Cubic feet per minute, most air tools average about 5 CFM now that is continuous thats where the tank comes in a 1or2 gal. tank will barely turn an air ratchet What you have is more for nailguns and staplers cuz they have their own tank. If you are going to run air tools you will need a minimum of 30 gal tank just to be able to run a few bolts in or out without the comp. kicking on. That 30 gal. tank would have to have min. 1 1/2 horse motor and you would only be able to run one tool at a time if you need to run multiple tools at a time you will need to up the CFM output of the comp. to maybe 9-10 CFM and 90-100 gal tank 5 - 10 horse motor Give or take and if you want to paint you will need an even bigger tank, You get the idea? Look up Ingersol Rand they can tell you a lot and they make a great compressor my little one is a I.R. .
Good info, thanks.
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