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Air Compressor for the Garage

Discussion in 'Garage / Workshop' started by BassMaster06, Apr 7, 2014.

  1. Apr 7, 2014 at 10:00 AM
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    BassMaster06

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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?
     
  2. Apr 7, 2014 at 10:32 AM
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    skidooman

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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.
     
  3. Apr 7, 2014 at 10:34 AM
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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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    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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    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.
     
  6. Apr 9, 2014 at 6:48 AM
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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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  8. Apr 9, 2014 at 6:58 AM
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    Whatever you get, make sure it is belt driven. Those direct drive, oilless compressors are stupid loud.
     
  9. Apr 9, 2014 at 8:48 AM
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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.
     
  10. Apr 9, 2014 at 9:36 AM
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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.
     
  11. Apr 9, 2014 at 9:58 AM
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    Good info, thanks for all the replies
     
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