Correct me if I'm wrong, but I can't decide whether you are
really delighted with that compressor or not. FWIW, Craftsman 25
Gallon, oil-lubed compressor is currently about $529, on sale. At this
point, I'm not seriously considering it. I have "other logs in the
fire". Maybe I just need to build-on about 25 more feet of shop space
so I can rebuild cars too, like Mike! ; ) No, make that 50 feet.
daily use 50' hose is nice quality. In non oily environments, like
Must be a pain dragging long hoses like that around? Have you
considered a cordless nail gun?
One downside with cordless is the weight. Had a DeWalt cordless for
several years, but eventually sold it because of the 10 lbs weight.
Considered buying a new senco cordless recently, but it wasn't too
much lighter that the DeWalt had been. Guess I'm going to have to wait
awhile longer for battery technology to inprove some more.
On 11/30/2014 10:34 AM, email@example.com wrote:
Actually my fence building partner bought a Paslode cordless for this
purpose long before I bought the air nailer. I have found the air
nailers to be less expensive than the fueled nailers. If the hose is
long enough it is not really a bother for fence building. I did however
work with a builder around 1999 installing base board and shoe moldings,
inside a new home the hose was a bit much and a cordless nailer would
have been much better but that was a temp fill-in job and only lasted a
few weeks. It was around Christmas time when much of his crew vacated
for Mexico to be with family.
Buying an air compressor is like buying a SawStop.
You buy it once and it only hurts once.
If you plan on using air tools including spray guns, you need a real
compressor, not a toy.
I had a 5HP, cap start, cap run, 240V motor, driving a 2 stage
compressor with intercooler and placed on a vertical 80 gal tank.
It resided in the corner.
Cost was about $800. Today the same unit is about $1,300.
You going to need about 15 SCFM to drive a decent spray gun on a
My unit did that.
When you are shooting $200/gal LP, you don't want to have to wait
for the compressor to catch up.
Not going to paint or use automotive air tools like a jitterbug or an
then a low cost pancake unit is probably good enough.
Ya pays ya money, ya takes ya pick.
For $40 you get a throw away compressor that is noisy and slow;
it provides a source of compressed air for a lot of shop tasks other
spray painting or automotive body shop tasks.
For $1300 you get a serious piece of equipment that will provide a
of air compressor service.
What's to research?
So.... You should spend $1340, so you have one to take with you on
vacation, or wherever! : )
It's hard to avoid the cheap, portable one. I still remember my dad and
I blowing up 2 or 3
air mattresses with lung power... routinely!
By the way, you forgot inflation. Even the 6-gallon is $99 at HF. And
it has the same crappy ratings
as the Porter-Cable. This is tough for some of us--to have the mindset
that you are buying
an "expendable" (Karl's word)! HF will allow you to go to an
8-gallon oil-lubed version for $119.99,
which presumably comes with a longer life, so your expendable may last
longer! No one said it was
quieter either--the manual says 88db at 3'.
Good grief Charlie Brown, stay focused.
A HF $40 pancake compressor provides a means of putting compressed
air into your shop for the minimum investment.
It also provides maximum portability if off site capability is
you have purchased a serious piece of equipment some where down
the road for the shop.
If you truly need a compressor, then $40 for a pancake gets the job
done at minimum cost as well as providing future backup capability.
If OTOH, you want to continue to conduct an exercise in window
shopping, that is quite another matter.
Maybe you haven't seen the specs. I'm more likely to buy the 6-gallon.
And the 8-gallon
at Home Depot looks like it came out of the same factory as the one at
HF, except it comes with a 2 year warranty.
FWIW, I stopped at a gas station tonight, put $1 in the air machine, and
even able to fill one tire in my allotted 3 minutes. Several nights
ago, I went to Tires Plus at 7:30, where I bought my
tires, and they closed at 7:00. So this thing is going to another
level... ; )
If you spend the $40 on the compressor now, you won't feel bad about
replacing it with something nicer later. I've got a little compressor
that's only rated about 2 SCFM at 90 psi, and it's adequate for just
about everything I do with it. No air wrenches or paint sprayers, but
handy to have around. It's kinda sorta portable (luggable) as well.
Sure would be nice to have a bigger compressor, but the little one does
everything I need it to so replacement is far down on my list.
I'm not interested in that one. As someone else commented, one with a
little more potential
may allow me to pursue new turf. I had to spend $750 on a "simple" car
repair this morning, so the
price of a $100 air compressor is not an issue. Although, it may become
one, if I have many
more surprises! ; ) I kept thinking about how far that $750 would
have gone towards a compressor! : )
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