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Old 08-15-2010, 12:55 PM   #1
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Default Air Compressor Recomendations

I'm planning on buying an air compressor. It will be in the garage. Mostly use it for: tires, blow out sprinklers, cleaning, etc. Will want to get some other air tools in the future, but nothing too much of an air hog. Sprinklers will likely be the biggest demand (SCFM wise). I am thinking an upright 10-20 gallon, 5ish SCFM @ 90PSI. Any recommendations?

I like these:
Porter Cable http://tinyurl.com/2fhjtkk [deltaportercable.com] $440 @ Amazon
Dewalt http://tinyurl.com/2b6y3y2 [homedepot.com] $390

Any advice? How are dewalt? Never had their stuff. Aren't they owned by B&D now? Do they make shoddy stuff as such?

They are the upper range of my price limit. Ideally, I'd find something cheaper. Maybe I am buying more than I need too.

Home depot had a Husky brand compressor that isn't online. 26 gal tank, 4-5 SCFM (I can't remember) and 2 air tools, & a hose for $230. Seemed too cheap for me. Husky compressors seem to have a decent rep, but it looks like they are made by Campbell Hausfeld which seem to have a horrible rep a lot of places online.

So, any thoughts? I would like to get closer to $300, but will drop the coin so that I don't get a POS.


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Old 08-15-2010, 01:09 PM   #2
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If I were you I would go to Harbor Freight, not the best quality wise but great pricing


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My personal preference is to buy quality. If I can't afford it, I would much rather wait than buy something cheap, and keep buying it over and over.
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Old 08-15-2010, 02:08 PM   #4
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I've had my Craftsman 26 gallon for 10+ years and it's never let me down. Does fine with most air tools. The only exception is a die-grinder....but that's to be expected considering it's basically just a hole in the end of the hose.

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...2&blockType=G2
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That one fits the bill pretty good. My dad has a craftsman horizontal that he likes. Right at $300 too. Some folks complain that sears non-hand tools have gone downhill, but I'm not sure there is much to that.
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I love my Craftsman 30 gallon 160 psi upright. I figure if it is only going to live in the garage get something bigger than 10 or 20 gallons. But like Hammy71 said, if you want to die grind it ain't happening without a heavy duty compressor...but HF's electric die grinders are dirt cheap and seem industructible.

As a quick side note, they will get water in them and can rust out which is why they have a relief/drain valve on the bottom. I leave that valve open at a trickle at all times so no water ever sits inside.

I have no knowledge of Porter Cable other than their good reputation. However, my DeWalt tools are worth every penny so I could only imagine their air compressors are just as good.

Oh yeah, and keeping it beer related, I use mine to blow out the water from my IC instead of having an anorism using my lungs.

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Bensiff- Is yours a recent Craftsman?
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About 2 years old, got it for around $300 and it came with a tool package such as an impact wrench and a few other tools.
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these things get cheaper around the holidays. So if you are in no hurry. you may just score big. and with a bad economy,pawn shops may be worth looking over.
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I know what you don't want and that's a direct drive, rotary, oil-less unless you want your neighbors calling the cops on you.

An oil cooled, belt driven, cast iron piston pump is quiet enough to have a conversation next to.

I know Harbor Freight is a dirty word for real mechanics, but this one would be a treat with a 20% coupon. http://www.harborfreight.com/5-hp-60...sor-93274.html


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