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
thanks in advance.
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:
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.
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On 22 Nov 2004 13:58:29 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org (RAY D.)
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
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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