Compressed Air cutting tools, chain saws, axes, angle grinders, welding
kits, circular saws,...
"How did you lose your fingers?"
"Oh, bought something on impulse at Aldi. Should have asked and got
something more suitable for the job."
Not myself having too many issues about tools bought there, but am
wondering if the NHS has an accident book of DIY'ers incorrectly using
commercial class tools that are normally offered into the hands of
people under supervised training, and doing Health and Safety at Work
courses as a prerequisite.
The power of Compressed air scares me....
I don't see anything on that list that's particularly dangerous and some
tools, such as the air bradder/nailer are IMO much safer than the
electric equivalent. I have a Tacwise electric nailer and it's crap, the
kickback is much greater than the air tool and the nailer also marks the
workpiece and fails to set nails correctly.
The air tool is much better, more positive in action with no kickback.
Hence IMO safer.
The other tools on that list are all of a type that I own. I find each
to be lighter, more controllable and hence (again IMO) safer than the
Looks an interesting deal. Great horsepower at 2.5HP and the flowrate of
270L/m or 9.5cfm sounds really good too. Plenty of useful tools including a
Pity about the small tank though.
Question is, would a 24L tank be enough to spray something like an average
car bonnet in one go? or would it be limited to such as a wing?
Got to admit that I'm tempted at that price.
I saw the ad as well. Just couldn't believe that compressor price,
having paid 280 quid for an 8cfm from Clarke machine tools 20 years
ago (still using it).
Laid me low for months but even then was relatively cheap. God help me
if the Chinese start demanding decent wages :(
I got a Â£69 one too! All these imported tools have costs heavily linked
to the dollar and with the weak pound they are inevitably going to be
The specs are very optimistically quoted.
I suspect the 2.5hp is the equivalent electrical power input and the
1500 watts is the motor output (2hp). The flow rate of 9cuft/minute must
be at atmospheric pressure. It is a good little compressor for small air
tools and light useage. Very good for a blow gun and pumping up the
tyres and other hobby use.
I would not expect it to keep up with car type paint spraying although
Ok for applying laquer/stain to modest woodworking projects.
Finally it is very very noisy and runs hot if worked hard.
You only get what you pay for!
Same company (Omega Wolf) based in Nottinghamshire but for their Wolf
Seems that the Power Craft range of tools at Aldi are serviced etc at Omega
Wolf as their address is on every box, and look identical to Wolf products
(re-badged??). Therefore, the compressor at Aldi is identical to the Wolf
one, apart from the colour etc:
http://www.wolf.tv/product.asp?id 3454 AND is made in the UK. So I wonder
if the Power Craft on is also made in the UK.
Their service/parts and ordering are all from Notts.
Good thing about Wolf is that most of their products appear to be MADE IN
BRITAIN !!!!! (according to their paper catalogue).
"The Wolf Sioux II Air Compressor is hand built by our expertly trained
engineers here in Great Britain"
Call me an old cynic, but I tend to expect that means they bolt the
compressor assembly and wheels to the tank when it gets off the boat
Glad to say that I managed to buy one of these compressors today (Sunday).
Interesting to see that they were going like hot cakes in the store in
Also interesting is that they are distributed by Omega/Wolf, who are based
only 1/4 mile from where I live !!!! Hope that means they will offer
The quoted figure of 2.5HP is correct but the figure of 1.5kW on the website
is wrong. On the compressors box it states that the motor is 1.87kW which
would make it 2.5HP, although 1.87kW seems an odd figure. I'll have a close
look at the motor plate and check this out.
It contains a very good selection of bits and pieces such as a 10m hose and
a 5m extension hose. I also bought the air ratchet c/w impact sockets.
Will let folk know how it performs.
I bought an 11cfm diesel compressor for use on the farm. Again chinese
construction and good vfm. However some of the detail of construction
pissed me off. The engine was not properly aligned with the compressor
hence on first use the belts ran off and I had to spend an afternoon
aligning and tensioning correctly. I also needed to add filters, change
the quick coupling block from the bizarre chinese fitting that didn't
mate with anything that I owned and to fix some minor leaks.
Once done however I did have what I now regard as a decent workhorse.
Shame quality control was non-existent.
Yes. Employers and 3rd party stuff.
My NFU rep. stood looking at my very second hand workshop compressor and
said * you do realise this has to be maintained under the requirements
of the pressure vessel regulations?*
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