Lidl have this compressor
http://lidl.co.uk/cps/rde/xchg/lidl_uk/hs.xsl/index_13876.htm on offer
at £80 next Thursday.
Is it likely to be any good? [It's quite a lot cheaper than a (roughly)
equivalent jobbie from the likes of Machine Mart].
I've often toyed with the idea of having a compressor - so this looks
like a possible opportunity to 'stick my toe in the water'.
How many of you own one? How useful is it - particularly one of this size?
And me (4 actually).
I've a 50l / 15cfm jobby when I really need some air and don't mind
the noise and a Bambi / Wolf 25l / 2cfm hybrid that is virtually
silent when I need a bit of air and want it without the need for
earplugs (or it's late).
Then I have the lightweight oil-free portable (240V) jobby that is
handy for blowing the dust out of stuff and tire inflation and a
similar pump on a 25l reservoir that the daughter uses up in Scotland,
mainly for the blowgun and tyre inflator.
Very handy when used with a rattle gun, air gun and tyre inflator.
Cheers, T i m
I now have three compressors. A large diesel-powered one for use on the
farm, it's a 15cfm unit and it's essential for powering farm tools. I
also have a compressor like the Lidl unit which I bought for use at home
because I realised how much I missed using the air tools once I didn't
have access to a compressor.
I don't know why, but I find my air drill and air chisel to be more
"handy" than electric versions of the same tools.
: I've often toyed with the idea of having a compressor - so this
: like a possible opportunity to 'stick my toe in the water'.
Before anyone can answer your questions you need to tell us what
you intend to do with the compressor, inflating your car tyres,
using a nail gun or repainting a car or house all need different
spec's of compressors...
The truth is that I don't really know! It may be the case of a solution
looking for a problem - or a case of let's get one and see what I can do
with it! Hence my request for other people's experiences.
I guess that primarily I would use it for inflating tyres and blowing
dirt off things. I might get attachments such as a nail gun and/or
impact driver - and possibly sand blaster. I don't expect to do much -
if any - paint spraying.
: > <snip>
: > :
: > : I've often toyed with the idea of having a compressor - so
: > looks
: > : like a possible opportunity to 'stick my toe in the water'.
: > :
: > Before anyone can answer your questions you need to tell us
: > you intend to do with the compressor, inflating your car
: > using a nail gun or repainting a car or house all need
: > spec's of compressors...
: The truth is that I don't really know! It may be the case of a
: looking for a problem - or a case of let's get one and see what
I can do
: with it! Hence my request for other people's experiences.
: I guess that primarily I would use it for inflating tyres and
: dirt off things. I might get attachments such as a nail gun
: impact driver - and possibly sand blaster. I don't expect to do
: if any - paint spraying.
The Lidil compressor should be fine for the first three uses
(providing that you are not planning to 'nail for Britain' in a
house building competition. Both impact and most certainly sand
blasting could be a problem if used constantly as it doesn't have
a very large (24lt) tank capacity, and thus you would be more
reliant on the displacement of the actual compressor (the Air
Displacement figure). That said, for the price, this unit should
be good to get started if used sensibly. Always wear eye
protection is using a compressed air supply for blowing dirt
off/out of things, the average elf and safety inspector frowns on
such use for understandable reasons!
Neighbor has a large compressor (twin cylinder job) recently had it running
so his 5yr old son could play with air hose.
No safety kit, not even any shoes on.
So he was happily blasting away stones, sand, water, cement dust etc. from
his not yet laid drive .... does make you wonder how risky that is.
: . Always wear eye
: > protection is using a compressed air supply for blowing dirt
: > off/out of things, the average elf and safety inspector
: > such use for understandable reasons!
: > --
: Neighbor has a large compressor (twin cylinder job) recently
had it running
: so his 5yr old son could play with air hose.
: No safety kit, not even any shoes on.
: So he was happily blasting away stones, sand, water, cement
dust etc. from
: his not yet laid drive .... does make you wonder how risky that
Proves how stupid some parents are, not only is there a risk from
flying grit etc. but the very real danger that such a young kid
could have ended up inflating parts of his own body - should the
wrong sort of blower-gun be in use...
Well it has to be said, that a blast of compressed air can shift crud
that is otherwise hard to shift!
Tell her she can do the tyres on the car without having to go to the
garage and do it under the watchful eye of a load of strange blokes!
On Fri, 10 Sep 2010 18:18:56 +0100, John Rumm wrote:
Tyres are about the only thing I need (as in need not would be nice
to have) for compressed air and I have a heavy duty tyre inflator for
Blowing cack out of things might be useful but isn't a strong enough
hook to hang a compressor on. My lungs work reasonably well, both
methods just end up shoving the cack into the atmosphere though.
A driver for nuts could be handy now that I swap wheels between
summer and winter. But the ordinary car supplied wrench is good
enough with a torque wrench. Now a driver that you could set the
torque would be good.
Still not a very strong hook...
: Still not a very strong hook...
I can tell you, having access to air tools is a "How did I manage
before" moment and when you can't have access to air tools you
realise just how much of a bummer it is without - in the same way
that it's quite possible to live without the electric drill but
how many would chose to?!...
: On 10/09/2010 21:29, Jerry wrote:
: > I can tell you, having access to air tools is a "How did I
: > before" moment
: I'm sure you're right! For the sake of the un-initiated (like
: you care to elaborate on the advantages of air tools over
: electrically-driven equivalents?
Usually tool weight, safety (carry on with that must do job even
if you're working in a monsoon), ease of use and - even these
days - the availability of suitably spec'ed tools, to name the
Innuendo aside,and apoologies for hijacking the thread, but Northern
Tool is most certainly not a Northern company, no matter what its
origins and the original reason for the name.
One of the nasties, in fact, which makes a point of refusing to
deliver to the Northern half of the UK except at the most punitive of
rates, even for northern mainland deliveries. Northern Tool may not
be the worst at concealing the charge, but they certainly pile on the
freight charges worse than most -- often at the rate of 50-100% of the
cost of the goods.
I never have worked out exactly how it can be legal for some companies
to exclude from their definition of "UK Mainland" an area which is the
size of Belgium. Either it's mainland or it's not mainland. Lies
don't help or change facts. And who wants to trust companies who
aren't honest or truthful with regard to carriage charges? My
quarrel is not with the right of companies to restrict the area within
which they're prepared to trade, but rather with companies which
distort the terms and conditions of trade in their catalogues and
Rant over. Sorry for hijacking thread :-)
no probs -
twas only my attempt at jest ;>)
I've never bought from them yet they send me crapalogues every now and
then with ludicrous pricing annd shipping, (doubtless aimed at
"corporates" and "council jobsworths" who believe themselves to be
"worth it"; and/or to allow "sales" with fakey "discounts" (a la
Draper) now and again).
Anyone have any good experiences with this lot ? wonder what their
turnover is? annd who pays those eyewatering prices/delivery scams?
We were somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the
saying something like:
I bought a welder and compressor from them several years ago - the
carriage cost to Ireland was very cheap, the prices were good, and the
only flies in the ointment were the numpties at the warehouse who
couldn't pack anything worth a shit.
Might have changed since, of course.
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