First tool gloat? (compressor)

I just picked up a used Crapsman 15 gallon, "3.5hp", belt-drive, oil-lubed compressor for $60. It's around 10 years old, but it filled the tank in short order and quietly.
It's old, and it's Craftsman, and it's not really 3.5 HP, but still, $60? Do I qualify with this gloat?
This purchase was a target of opportunity for me. Now for some air tools :)
-Mike
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Mike, go to a Sam"s store and look in the tool dept. They have a nice case full of all the air tools you will ever need except for a nail gun. Cost $54.00 if I remember right. I got one for Xmas and love it.
Congratulations on getting that AC for only 60 bucks you done well. Muff

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: Mike, go to a Sam"s store and look in the tool dept. They have a nice case : full of all the air tools you will ever need except for a nail gun. Cost : $54.00 if I remember right. I got one for Xmas and love it. <snip>
You should look VERY closely at the air flow requirements of the "tools" in that $54 play set from Sam's Club!!
Find your receipt and return those *toys* before it's too late!
BTW, I learned that the "hard way" about a year and a half ago. I bought a Coleman compressor and that "bargain" tool set at Sam's, got it home and immediately discovered that I should have left the whole kit and caboodle in the truck.
The compressor could only produce 5.4 CFM at 90PSI -- the impact wrench in that toy set required 11.5 CFM at 90PSI to produce a measly 200 ft lbs of reverse torque!
Well, DuH! Small wonder it wouldn't turn a loose nut! The other tools in that set were just as worthless!! Really crappy work ratings at enormous CFM requirements!!!
I ended up with a PC oiler compressor that delivers 6.8 CFM at 90PSI and a Ingersol Rand impact wrench that only needs 4.8CFM to produce 600 ft lbs of reverse torque. (The IR wrench cost darn near as much as the original Coleman compressor I returned.) Yes, I spent a lot more than I originally planned, but I "got it back" by avoiding repair shop labor by the time I finished the brake jobs on cars #1 and #2.
My other air tools now are almost all (carefully selected) from Harbor Freight's "professional" line. They work.
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Harbor freight is a great place to get fittings and hoses etc. However for nailers, I just browsed ebay for about a month and found a PC 16 guage and a PC 18 guage nailers, and paid $60 for one and $75 for the other. Not as cheap as a $20 chinese made Harbor Freight item, but then again, it's not as cheaply made as a HF item either. You get what you pay for, just try to pay less than all the other suckers.
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I picked up an 8 gal. oil-less compressor made by Campbell Hausefield (sp?) at Lowes about 8 months ago. They had about 10 of them on clearance for $97. I think the regular price was around $200. Went back the next week and they were back up to regular price. Figure that one out......
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