I've had the vertical unit for two years now and, except for the loud noise
when it runs - it has worked fine for me. I've mainly used it for spraying
paint - both regular and HVLP guns. No problems with either. Tried some
airtools with it and they worked fine but I'm not a big fan of airtools so I
don't really use them. Seem to recall it was on sale for around $299 new at
he time and came with a mess of airtools.
I got the Porter Cable upright from Lowe's a couple/three years ago.
Lowe's has now stopped selling them and went with another brand.
I got mine for $350 tax and all with their meet it and beat it price
I have also put the Amzoil Compressor oil in it and it runs like a top.
I had a Wal-mart special 5hp/20gal that only lasted a couple years and
blew the startup windings in the motor.
When it comes to air compressors, that thing is a toy IMHO.
Buying an air compressor is like buying a good table saw.
You bite the bullet, spend the money, cry once, get it out of your
system, then enjoy the advantages of a good compressed air system.
IMHO, the best value for the money is a 5HP/240V/1Ph/60HZ motor driving
a 2 stage compressor mounted on top of a vertical 80 gal tank.
You will have enough air to spray on a continuous basis, do body work
with a jitterbug, etc.
I can go into a lot more detail, if necessary.
I've had one for about 10 years not, it has never let me down.
Thanks for the input, everyone! Not sure if I'm closer to making a
decision, but more information (which I requested) is always good.
Just to provide more information back, the compressor I'm looking at is
"lightly used", and the asking price is currently $220CAD. The only thing
locally that's somewhat comparable in price is either some "no-name" oiled
compressors (usually 3 or 4cfm@90psi, 3 to 6 gallon tanks) or a refurbed
oil-less Campbell Hausfeld ("5HP", 5cfm@90psi, 15 gallon tank). There's
probably more out there, but I figure that's about average. Most of the
other ones I've seen are also 120 to 135 psi; is higher pressure any real
advantage? Seems like you'd get, all things being equal, more capacity out
of your tank if it was higher pressure.
Basically, I'm looking for my birthday present, and this came up. My other
choice was a sander (probably disk/belt), or "something else" (don't know
unless I see it).
I would give you mine it is close to the model tough a bit older for
free. it is so load even with ear muffs on it drives me nuts. free was
a bad price for this one.
you can have mine for shipping.
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Thanks for the offer, Steve! If I didn't suspect it would cost more to ship
up here (to Canada) than to buy this one used, I'd probably take you up on
that. Who do you normally use to ship to Canada, anyway?
If you look hard enough, for $220 you can buy a serious industrial
compressor that will last your lifetime, not just fraudulent consumer
I just helped one guy a little bit to liquidate his factory, he sold a
7.5 HP 3 phase compressor for $200, to someone else. That compressor
could be repowered with a 5 HP single phase Baldor motor for not
terribly too much. I was a day late. It would be sufficient for any
home shop. As for repower, I bought a 5 HP baldor for $12, but it
needs new bearings. Just an example. I digress.
From him, I got a 2 HP Speedaire compressor with an 80 gallon tank,
for $50. It was 3 phase. I repowered it with a nice used, 2 HP single
phase motor for $10 extra. This one I did not keep and listed on ebay
this morning, since I already have a compressor.
My point is, there is Stuff around if you are willing to scrounge,
mess a little bit with repowerings and such. No rocket science, just a
bit of common sense and electrical wiring and motor control. All
questions that you might have, will be answered on newsgroups by very
As you are scrounging, you will come across Stuff that you are offered
at ridiculously low prices, but do not need. Buy it and sell it on
ebay. The money earned will pay for the tools you buy, and you will be
left with some extra.
For the "120V, 6 HP compressor", I would offer the seller $10-20.
I have one of Sears' upright models that uses basically the same setup at
the one you're talking about. I have had it for at least 5 years with no
trouble. I have used air tools, sprayers and impact wrenches with no
apparent strain at keeping up. But I have to agree with those recommending
the spending of greater money and buying the larger stationary upright unit.
They will no doubt last far longer and run much quieter than those direct
drive units. It just all boils down to whether you can swing it.
My own unit is frightfully noisy and usually startles me quite well when it
kicks off. It sits right next to our backup fridge in our/my garage/shop.
Only once did it kick off while my wife had her head stuck in that icebox.
If I had been able to video that, I could have surely made some money from
America's Funniest Home Videos. She, however, was much less amused.
I bought that model about 6 months ago for about $330. I think for the
money it is probably a decent compressor. It is very loud, but mine is
a real deep, loud HMMMM. My biggest complaint is that about 1 time in
4, it kicks the breaker when it cycles on. I've tried it on a couple of
different circuits, all 20 amp. Sears' rating of 6 HP is "peak" but
they claim 2 HP "continuos".
oilless sucks. it is so loud it can drive you nuts. I just replaced my
craftsman becauseo f this. it worked fine but it was slow to fill and
horrible in the noise department. the worst tool I owned for noise.
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I am "the maintenance guy" where I work. We have two of these. Unless you
absolutely MUST nake an immediate purchase, skip this one. Too much noise,
too hard on breakers. (20 amp dedicated circuit). The inside doesn't seem
to be finished in any way (rust in the drain water begining with the very
first draining after less than a week.)
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