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Air Compressor
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Jim(MO)    Posted 02-03-2003 at 12:01:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Any suggestions about what to look for (specifications) in the way of a light to medium duty air compressor would be appreciated. Mostly for airing up tires, blowing seeds outa the tractor radiator, etc. Probably would be nice to be able to drive an impact wrench and maybe a spray painter too.


Gyp-Wy    Posted 02-04-2003 at 12:33:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Get one that you can move around and handle, I went too big for the power and most of my jobs are light duty and it would be great to have a more mobile unit. Power is good if you need it but size is a hassle.


Corey    Posted 02-04-2003 at 07:31:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Go to Harbor Freight on the computer, there you can get a decent cheap air compressor such as a 3 to 5 horsepower with anywhere from 5 to 20 gallon tank 110v for between $100 to $175 brand new.


Tom A    Posted 02-04-2003 at 04:40:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I bought a small Sears back in '79, 3/4 HP with no tank. It came with a paint spray gun, 20' of hose, and some other little attachments to fill tires and clean out stuff; paid about $80 as I recall.

Just a few years ago, I bought another, bigger Sears and it is a good tool, but I still use the little old one much more often for doing exactly the kind of stuff you describe.

The little one is easy to carry around where I need it and does about 95% of what I need it to do, from filling tires to painting the house and barn to blowing dirt out of radiators.

I'll bet I don't drag the big one out once every other year, but the little Sears gets used at least once a week on something or other.

Tom A


JiM I gotta tell Ya    Posted 02-03-2003 at 20:39:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Man whatever you do --DONT BUY A DIRECT DRIVE, it will drive you out of your workshop, I bought me a 5hp belt drive brand new for 300 bucks. Works awesome, put on 3 roofs with it and painted the Ozone to half. Warning- some of the great big
A-C's are miserable lops with a big tanks dont be fooled, just my 2 cents. Big Fat Slobering BOB


gene dennis    Posted 02-03-2003 at 15:50:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i have a sears 5hp 110v does anything i want it too. including using 200' of air hose to paint fence and barn. it just wouldn't do it using elctric cords gene n ky


Greg VT    Posted 02-03-2003 at 12:53:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Be careful with the HP ratings. Horse power can be measured in different ways and really don't mean much when it comes to air compressors.

CFM is a better spec to use when comparing compressors.

I did the research last year and had decided on a Speedair. Unfortunatly the wife's car bought the farm and my compressor money with it.

Check out Grainger's for some good comparisons.


kraig WY    Posted 02-03-2003 at 12:42:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Get a sears tool catalog, in it they have a list of air tools and their requirments. I would go bigger for future needs. Check the requirements for a air die grinder. If you get a compressor that work it you'll be covered for just about anything.


Gary, Mt, Hermon, La.    Posted 02-03-2003 at 12:38:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Once you get it you'll wonder how you ever lived without it, so get one at least 5 HP, You'll need that much if you plan to spray paint, 220 volts, not less than 30 gallon tank. I have a Sears Craftsman (14 years old) and use it often. Remember to drain the tank of condensation often and it will last many years.


Spence    Posted 02-04-2003 at 11:56:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Gary, my son bought one for our shop. Trouble is the temperature goes down to freezing when we're not using it.

Do you see any problem concerning damage due to freeze up?


Gary,Mt. Hermon, La    Posted 02-04-2003 at 15:41:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ilive in a climate where it gets way down to maybe 25 once or twice a year for 6 sometimes 7 hours. I don't really know any thing about freezing weather, But I would think if you pay special attention to bleeding the tank often during the winter, depending on how often and how long you run the compressor you shouldn't have any problems with freezing concensation in the tank


Hey, I might be able to answer that one, Jim(MO)    Posted 02-04-2003 at 12:45:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have/had a real cheapie Campbell Hauser (sp?) just for inflating tires. Forgot to bleed off the small, presumably plastic, holding tank and it froze up and cracked. I'm guessing the combination of pressure and frozen condensation did it. Had it for 3 years with no previous problems. That's the main reason I'm looking for a new bigger unit. I'm pretty sure that if its drained properly it should be OK.


Jim(MO)    Posted 02-03-2003 at 13:47:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Why 220v? This will not be a heavily used tool. Did I forget to mention budget is also a consideration here ? ;>)


Gary, Mt.Hermon, La    Posted 02-03-2003 at 17:39:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Budget constraints,now but what about 5to 10years from now, you won't always be low of cash. I had a 110 as my first, then later in life found myself with a 6X6 meat cooler with a 1 ton compressor and an air hoist to lift the critters. I couldn't run the air compressor and the 220 cooler compresor at the same time. I replaced the motor of the air compressor to 220 and have no problems running them both at the same time. I just thought you may consider what the future needs may be... you never know. Some of the newer compressors now come wired for 110 but have instructions on the motor plate on how to rewire for 220.
But it's your duck and your buck and just MHO. Hope what ever you choose works for you now and later.


RayP(MI)    Posted 02-03-2003 at 17:29:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
220v will give you much better performance. I had lots of trouble with my 2hp on 110v, poor starting, blowing fuses, destroying pressure switches, etc. Rewired it for 220v, and problems greatly diminished.


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