New Air Compressor

My faithful shop companion of some twenty-five years has gone Tango Uniform.
It was an Emglo 3/4 horse and it did everything I needed it to do.
I've heard that Emglo got bought out some years back and I don't know if current quality is the same as previous.
I see that Dewalt has some out there and Hitachi but don't know anything about them.
The Emglo was quiet, portable, dependable and didn't leak oil in the nice people's houses.
I got the 3/4 horse because back then there were still a lot of 15 amp circuits in houses. I don't think that matters anymore.
I don't need to be able to spray any finishes. I do need to be able to run a couple of framing guns from time to time and a coil roofing nailer on occasion.
Hope that some of you can relate personal experiences/opinions, so I can go to the Borg with a plan and a peaceful mind.
(no noisy-assed pancakes need apply)
Regards,
Tom Watson
tjwatson1ATcomcastDOTnet (real email)
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wrote:

hey tom check out rolair. I have one of the small single tank models from them. weighs a little less than the old faithfull emglow and has the recovery numbers to do what your asking. I believe it is 2 1/2 gal capacity and fills to over 110 PSI from empty in less than 30 seconds.I run a senco 2 1/2 " finish nailer as fast as i can run with it and this compressor keeps up just fine. its not too loud compared to those oiless models. http://www.mytoolstore.com/rolair/rolindex.html there are other models that are comparable to emglo. dewalt B&D now owns emglo and the quality has gone south in a hurry.
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Dunno if it's available at the borg, but if you have a Woodcraft nearby, I'd take a close look at the Senco PC1130. ($170, 1.5hp, 2.5gal, "oil-splash", 3.5 SCFM @ 90 psi) http://www.woodcraft.com/family.aspx?familyid 348 It's also available through Amazon, but significantly more expensive there (~$230?). I've used it's little brother, the 1gal PC1010, and that was a great little compressor. I'd actually recommend that one (or the 1-gal Dewalt) if you don't need to run more than one gun at a time. This little one isn't oil lubed, but it's nice and quiet and lightweight. Even the 1-gal was enough to drive a framing nailer - not rapid fire, but I never had to stop and wait for it. Only problem was that I got the PC1010 used, and a previous owner had done a brazing repair job on the tank, which sprung a leak after a few hours of use. Oh, well, that's the chance you take buying used.
Also, if you're looking for light weight, there's a write-up on a few new aluminum-tank compressors (Maxus and Ridgid) here: http://www.toolsnob.com/archives/2008/01/ridgid_ol25135_aluminum_25_gal_1.php
Hope this is helpful even if it's not a whole lot of direct experience...
Good luck, Andy
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Tom Watson wrote:

Tom,
I still have one of the twin tank 4 gallon emglos that I carry around for small jobs. I recently had a job where the roofers were using the new Dewalt emglo exactly like mine, except yellow.
It looks like the exact same thing. It sounded the same, looked the same, everything was the same size. They used it to run 3 roofing nailers and it did fine. They did have an auxiliary tank for extra capacity, but it convinced me that I would buy one of the dewalts if mine broke. The emglo is just so well balanced and works so well, that I don't want to fix what ain't broke.
If you are considering the same model, I would go with it.
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I have a Delta Shopmaster 2 gal single cylinder that was included as incentive when I ordered my Unisaw. It runs quietly (as compressors go) and runs all day with no problem. I can't say how many guns it will run, I work alone. But it ran a 350 nailer for about 25 shots between cycling on. Mark
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