NEED ADVICE: WHICH AIR COMPRESSOR SHOULD I BUY?

Hello, I'm pretty handy around the house, and am considering purchasing an air compressor to help with various projects. Some future projects I'm planning include framing/finishing off my basement, building a deck, installing moulding, and possibly some light auto repair. I was thinking about getting the 6gal/2 HP model from Sears, due to its portable nature and relatively small size. However, I'm concerned that it might not be powerful enough to handle a framing nailer. Please advise! thanks in advance.
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RAY D. wrote:

I don't know how Sears rates their compressors. Some companies tend to be generous when it comes to specifications.
Most framing nailers need 70-120 psi at 4.0 - 5.0 CFM. Air tools for auto use may need a little higher flow rate.
Unless you are planning to use the compressor on a steep slope, I'd strongly recommend you buy an oil type compressor, not the oil-less. For your application consider this IR model or something similar:
http://air.irco.com/asg/small_recip/twin_stack.asp #
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RAY D. wrote:

If it has a tank, it can handle a framing nailer.
Best regards, Bob
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Ray, I bought one of the Home Depots 2 1/2 gallon jobs for around $300. Came with some accessories and I built a big oversizwd two car two story garage. I used a big porter cable nail gun for the framing all worked great. I now have a brad gun for finish work and also a kit of tools from Sams club for working on the truck. No need to spend big bucks when all you need is a small unit. Easy to carry around and just plug it in the wall and is great for the type work you mentioned. Check Ebay for nail guns. Muff
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On 22 Nov 2004 13:58:29 -0800, snipped-for-privacy@myrealbox.com (RAY D.) wrote:

Grab the specs and check. Framing nailers will list PSI requirements, and there's likely a chart of what tools your compressor will run. And yes you can use framing nailers fine with that compressor. I've run two at a time off an older version. For other tools, check each one.
Jeff
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What kind of compressor should I get to clean and blow stuff off. I'm usually cleaning upholstery on newly constructed chairs and sofas. I'd like a unit for the garage also. This unit will also be used as a drive a brad nailer.
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