I know I should just google it, but it's Friday, I've spent the whole
week doing tile in the house and I'm tired, my hands, knees and back
hurt, and worse just too lazy to look right now. So, an assist from
the rec would help here.
My old air compressor (given to me by pop in law - a really good guy)
petered out on me a while back as a hole popped out in the tank. Given
the aforementiond tile job I'm doing I need to replace a whole bunch of
trim and the time has come to invest in a new air compressor. Dad in
law is not footing the bill on this one.
What would you all recommend as a minimum for doing trim, moulding,
furniture, etc. I don't need a workhorse for framing and huge jobs.
Just something to take care of smaller jobs. I guess I am wondering
what HP, PSI, etc.
Thaks in advance to all for hte help.
If it's just for running air nailers, than just about any compressor with a
tanke will do the trick.
But a 2HP, 6 gallon would be fine. PSI you need is 70-120 PSI for most nail
guns, big and small.
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I can relate, just finished grouting the kitchen last night. The room
never seemed so big.
I have a 30 gallon Craftsman that has been great. Just bought two PC
nailers for the reasons you mentioned. Before you buy a compressor
think about this:
Does it need to be portable?
Will I ever have the need for an HVLP sprayer? (don't know much about
this, but I gather it requires a special or high-volume compressor)
Space available (next time I will get one with a vertical tank for a
Noise level of the compressor, wife, kids, neighbors, etc.
What kind of tools will you need to run? As already mentioned, nailers
don't need a big tank, except maybe a roofing gun. Air tools like
grinders, drills, ratchets, impact guns and the like use a lot of air.
My 30 gallon at times can't keep up when using these tools.
As usual the answer is: It depends...
What about brazing the hole in the tank or having it welded?
Think about this; the compressors these days are cheap. Buy a little
bit larger one than you think you might need, and then buy plenty of
It is not unusual for me to put the compressor out on a job by the
outlet, and then run 250' of hose from it. My jobsite compressors are
half oiled and half oiless. Some here think that the oiless are too
noisy... roll, or take it away from your work area and put on all the
hose you are to work with.
Unlike electrical, you won't lose pressure with longer hoses, but you
will get farther away from a noisy machine. Both of my buddies that
have cabinet shops have their compressors outside the shop and run
their hoses where they need them.
Yea, my tank rusted throw also, I brazed it and it's holding air (five
years, so far). I will be replacing the tank though.
But I have a question.
My buddy had a leak in his motorcycle gas tank, he bought an epoxy
liquid that lined the inside of his tank and stopped the leak. This
material was made specifically for this purpose (lining old rusty gas
What I thought was, if I get a new tank, can I use this same epoxy to
line the inside of the new tank before I use it, to prevent future
rusting. For some reason, I've never seen anything in print about this
solution, what are the down sides, would epoxy paint work as well.
I have this compressor:
which is adequate for doing stuff around the house. About 11 CFM, 80
gallon, 3 honest HP, 220 volts. So far, there is no job for it that is
too big for the compressor. It sits quietly in the corner, not taking
too much space.
Mine cost me $350 used.
Beware that compressor ratings are shamelessly inflated. Some
companies are selling "5 HP" compressors that plug into regular 110V
About any compressor will do the job for running nailers and the like.
However, you might want to think about how you used the old one - and future
needs. If you run any continuous-demand tools (sprayer, sander, etc.)
you'll want to go bigger. The 2HP, 15-20 gallon machines in the home and
farm-supply stores will meet most needs. I personally have a CH 30 gallon,
upright oiled compressor. It is on wheels so I can move it around if
needed. I have used it for everything from nailing to spraying and can't
image overloading in my shop.
PS - Shop the home stores for packages. I helped my daughter buy one for
the son-in-law last Christmas. We picked up a Husky 26 gallon oil-less at
HD for less than $300 and it came with a hose and lots of toys (impact
wrenches, air chisel, grease gun, fittings, etc.) Granted the toys were not
top quality but it got him going.
Any small compressor will handl the nail guns and have plenty of pressure.
I have a little 6 gallon Porcer Cable pancake that works well for me. Even
the small ones will put out 120+ psi
If you are getting into air tools, grinder, etc, you need much more.
For interior trim you want light and transportable. Porter Cable has
a 2hp, 6 gal. pancake that is only 34 lbs. would be good for what you
On 29 Jul 2005 07:07:05 -0700, " firstname.lastname@example.org"
First suggestion: get a new tank. Cheaper than buying whole new
Second suggestion: for the first time, I tried a Harbor Freight
compressor. It is just FINE and it's on sale now for $89. At least, it
was last week. I think the normal price is around $139. There are two
models that look almost exactly alike. I got the one that uses a copper
tube instead of plastic between a couple of parts in front. Check out
ITEM 38898-3VGA online for specs.
It's an oil bath unit, which I insisted on because they last longer and
are much quieter than the oil-free units. It uses about one bottle of
oil and has a little window so you can tell your oil level. I used it
to run a couple of brad nailers, one 18ga and a framing nailer with 3"
nails. I'm amazed at the performance for the money, to be blunt. I also
got their $20 brad nailer and it runs fine too. I already had a
Craftsman 15 ga nailer and a Dewalt 16 ga and it all runs fine. Nailers
are easy on compressors. You can shoot a dozen or more
nails/brads/pins/staples before the compressor comes on. 4 gallons
isn't much to store but it does fine for nailers, IMHO. I wanted a unit
that was easy to lift. At 50 pounds, it was perfect.
I'm surprised by the increased functionality of some of these super
cheap tools. I never would have tried HF for anything with a motor a
few years ago. I think nailers and compressors now are safe bets - just
read newsgroups for personal reports. Keep a sharp eye on stock and
model numbers. There are differences, even between units that look
identical at first.
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