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Old 04-07-2014, 10:00 AM   #1
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Hey TW,

I am looking into getting an air compressor for my garage. I want something reliable that will allow me to run air tools, like an impact wrench, spray gun, etc. I don't need anything too crazy, but I want something that will get the job done. Sears sells a Craftsman 26 gallon 5.5 hp for around $300 but it doesn't have the best reviews. Would like to keep it in that price range, give or take. Any recommendations?
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Old 04-07-2014, 10:32 AM   #2
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I think that is what I have. Mine might be 33 gallon. Mine runs everything I have except my die grinder. It runs it, but it is always on to keep up. Looking back I would have got something bigger, but I just use my electric angle grinder more.
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Old 04-07-2014, 10:34 AM   #3
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Wait for a big one to go on sale. TSC here in Canada was selling a 60 gallon for 349$ a while back. Thats what you'll most likely want.
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Old 04-09-2014, 02:45 AM   #4
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Mine is a craftsman probably about 15 years old. Has always performed well. Granted I am not a heavy user but I have no complaints.
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Old 04-09-2014, 03:57 AM   #5
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Air tools, spray gun, etc. take allot of cfm. I wouldn't go smaller than a 60 gallon 230v compressor and personally would go big with an 80 gallon two stage compressor which I plan on doing some day.
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Old 04-09-2014, 06:48 AM   #6
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My craftsman 12gal compressor is a pile of shit. Its maybe 5 years old now. Within 2 years with very minimal use the head gaskit had to be replaced. Now it can barely reach 100psi if i let it run forever. Smells like its burning up by bthe time it gets there. current craftsman = junk
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Whatever you get, make sure it is belt driven. Those direct drive, oilless compressors are stupid loud.
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Old 04-09-2014, 08:48 AM   #9
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I'm not too concerned about the loudness. Functionality is what I'm after. I will be using it for rotating my tires, freeing up stubborn bolts, etc with the impact. Down the road I'd like to get a spray gun for painting decoys, jon boats, etc. I'd prefer to get a unit that puts out no less than 5 cfms, but id also like to move it easily if I need to (wheels). Trying to keep it under $400. I've seen several 25-30 gallon compressors that will seemingly fit my needs. I've looked at the Dewalt, Husky, and Craftsman so far, found mixed reviews on all.
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It's all about CFMs. You need to decide what you'll be using the compressor for. If you plan to use a spray gun, you'll need a bigger compressor. Most HVLP's consume a healthy 10-14 CFM and you want to have a compressor that is bigger so that it isn't running constantly when spraying as you'll get quite a bit of moisture in the air which then requires really good filters. For an impact gun, the size/price point is good enough. Other things to think about are power and mobility. Bigger compressors for a home shop run best off 220V and are stationary. You then have to plumb your area with drops. Keep in mind that noise will be a consideration when it's kicking on and off constantly. I have mine in my unfinished basement so that it's away from the attached garage when I'm out working on the car/truck. It's a 3HP, 220V, 80 gallon very old sears unit - about 40 years old. It puts out 15CFM at 90psi and I have sprayed cars with it with a Deville-Bliss gun that consumes 12.5CFM. I wouldn't consider any smaller compressor that than for my spray gun. Finally, consider Craigslist too.
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Good info, thanks for all the replies
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