Any experience with Craftsman compressors?

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Hello all,

In the market for a portable air compressor.  It will be used for
occassional trim carpentry (NO framing nailers), utility type crap
around the house (inflating bike/auto tires, etc.), and most
importantly, blowing woodchips out of mortises while I'm drilling them
on the drill press.

It will be used in the woodshop, so one of the primary needs is for a
relatively quiet compressor.

Sears is running a CC sale next week, and they're putting a 3-gallon
oil-lubed portable on sale for $89.  (Regularly $129)

I know, at this price point, that I won't be passing this tool down to
the kids, but can anyone give me any recommendations either way on this
one?  It's model # 15310.

I'd post a link, but it's about 175 characters long.

TIA for any help.


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For those types of use, any compressor will fill the bill.  I had a
Craftsman 33 gal compressor for years and got a lot of use out of it that
went well beyond its design intent.  If you don't anticipate any
significantly greater use than what you've iterated above, just go buy the
cheapest thing you can find and you'll do ok.

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-Mike-
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I had one of those it was so loud and slow I got a small compressor to
replace it because it was horrible when I ran. well it died and my
little guy can fit it's own 4 gal tank and the crapsman tank faster
then that sucker could do on it's own.
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I was lucky Steve - mine wasn't really so bad for what it was.  It wasn't
too loud, all things considered, and it filled quickly enough.  I think
DeVilibis makes (or made) these for Sears.  Like I said - I used mine for
things it was never intended to do and I really can't complain about its
performance.  I painted a lot of cars with that compressor.  The only thing
it just couldn't handle was a DA, but those just suck the air out of any
compressor.

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-Mike-
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I got it for free so I can't complain much. but when I took the motor
off it was 15 amps Hey were was the 5.5hp motor?? (G) and the piston
was small. I bet it was atleast 400 bucks new. my little guy is 150
and is a far better machine.
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affordable handmade wooden planes

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wood_newbie@yahoo.com wrote:
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Just look at the SCFM at pressure to see if it has enough guts to do
what you want.  Unless you're talking of small brad nailer, the air
requirements for a trim nailer aren't <that> much different than the
framer, for example.

But, as Mike says, it'll probably be adequate if your expectations
aren't too high, but I'd not expect the noise issue to be solvable w/o
some additional actions.

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On 23 Sep 2005 07:35:56 -0700, wood_newbie@yahoo.com wrote:

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I have a 30 gallon oil-less Craftsman that has done fine for me in the
shop. However, it is both loud and cumbersome to take places and into
the house. Thus I have had my eye on the same one you are considering
and am interested in any info you get on it. Being oil-cooled I assume
it will be quieter than my shop compressor. I have to go look at it
and pick it up to see about portability & weight. I think it has a
fairly high pressure rating (135 psi or 150 psi, I forget). It
definitly has sufficiemnt CFMs for what you were talking about. It
won't do much painting, air sanding, die grinding, impact wrenching,
air chiseling, etc. due to a small tank and small CFM ratings.


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I bought a large (60 gallon I think) Craftsman compressor a number of years
back to use in my companies photo lab.  It was an oil free model and was
loud as can be.  The motor actually disintegrated after only a few days.  We
were lucky nobody was in the room when it happened.  It was a mistake
choosing this compressor for the heavy duty use that we were going to put it
to but I didn't know any better at the time.   For limited duty use as
you're aiming for they are probably just fine and the oil lubed model should
certainly be much quieter than the oil free.
--
Jeff P.

Check out my woodshop at: www.sawdustcentral.com

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Thanks Jeff.  And by the way...good luck today with your dog.  I've got
a two-year-old retriever myself, and I know how attached you can get to
those knuckleheads.  Fuck the guy that carped about melodrama...when/if
that day comes for me where I have to make the decision on my boy, it
ain't gonna be a good day for me either.

Hell, it won't be a good year for that matter.


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Thank you very much.  It's not easy but even hurting as much as I do right
now it was still worth it.  The 12 years of joy and fun were worth this
pain.  She was a blessing to us.  People that don't understand or feel this
bond are missing out on one of lifes pure pleasures.  I've started typing a
reply to bh several times and ended up just deleting most of them.  It's not
worth it, he wouldn't understand.

Anyhow, thanks again.

--
Jeff P.

Check out my woodshop at: www.sawdustcentral.com

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it withstands a reality check when compared to
<http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=47407>
which is a little less compressor for a little less money.

here's your compressor:
<http://tinyurl.com/9qg5u

I'd say if you think it will work for you it's a decent price.

I can't comment on the noise factor of thet particular machine, other
than to say that air compressors are loud, and small ones are louder
than big ones, certainly per performance and sometimes absolutely.


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Hey...how'd you to that thing with the URL???  Excellent!


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On 23 Sep 2005 13:04:41 -0700, wood_newbie@yahoo.com wrote:

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you talkin' to me? it'd help if you included enough of what you're
replying to to make it clear where you are in the thread.


I used www.tinyurl.com to turn an awkward machine generated url into a
crisp short machine generated url.

doing so has it's advantages and disadvantages. in short:

advantage- the url doesn't word wrap.

disadvantage- it'll expire in a week or so.


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wood_newbie@yahoo.com wrote in news:1127486156.878168.31380
@f14g2000cwb.googlegroups.com:

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Speaking from experience, get yourself the biggest (highest CFM)
compressor you can afford and fits your other requirements.  You'll find
there's some air tool that would be just really neat to have but you've
got to invest another $150 in a new compressor just to use it rather than
another $40 more.

Puckdropper
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