My faithful shop companion of some twenty-five years has gone Tango
It was an Emglo 3/4 horse and it did everything I needed it to do.
I've heard that Emglo got bought out some years back and I don't know
if current quality is the same as previous.
I see that Dewalt has some out there and Hitachi but don't know
anything about them.
The Emglo was quiet, portable, dependable and didn't leak oil in the
nice people's houses.
I got the 3/4 horse because back then there were still a lot of 15 amp
circuits in houses. I don't think that matters anymore.
I don't need to be able to spray any finishes. I do need to be able
to run a couple of framing guns from time to time and a coil roofing
nailer on occasion.
Hope that some of you can relate personal experiences/opinions, so I
can go to the Borg with a plan and a peaceful mind.
(no noisy-assed pancakes need apply)
tjwatson1ATcomcastDOTnet (real email)
hey tom check out rolair. I have one of the small single tank models
from them. weighs a little less than the old faithfull emglow and has
the recovery numbers to do what your asking. I believe it is 2 1/2 gal
capacity and fills to over 110 PSI from empty in less than 30
seconds.I run a senco 2 1/2 " finish nailer as fast as i can run with
it and this compressor keeps up just fine. its not too loud compared
to those oiless models.
there are other models that are comparable to emglo. dewalt B&D now
owns emglo and the quality has gone south in a hurry.
Dunno if it's available at the borg, but if you have a Woodcraft
nearby, I'd take a close look at the Senco PC1130. ($170, 1.5hp,
2.5gal, "oil-splash", 3.5 SCFM @ 90 psi)
It's also available through Amazon, but significantly more expensive
I've used it's little brother, the 1gal PC1010, and that was a great
little compressor. I'd actually recommend that one (or the 1-gal
Dewalt) if you don't need to run more than one gun at a time. This
little one isn't oil lubed, but it's nice and quiet and lightweight.
Even the 1-gal was enough to drive a framing nailer - not rapid fire,
but I never had to stop and wait for it. Only problem was that I got
the PC1010 used, and a previous owner had done a brazing repair job on
the tank, which sprung a leak after a few hours of use. Oh, well,
that's the chance you take buying used.
Also, if you're looking for light weight, there's a write-up on a few
new aluminum-tank compressors (Maxus and Ridgid) here:
Hope this is helpful even if it's not a whole lot of direct
I still have one of the twin tank 4 gallon emglos that I carry around
for small jobs. I recently had a job where the roofers were using the
new Dewalt emglo exactly like mine, except yellow.
It looks like the exact same thing. It sounded the same, looked the
same, everything was the same size. They used it to run 3 roofing
nailers and it did fine. They did have an auxiliary tank for extra
capacity, but it convinced me that I would buy one of the dewalts if
mine broke. The emglo is just so well balanced and works so well, that
I don't want to fix what ain't broke.
If you are considering the same model, I would go with it.
I have a Delta Shopmaster 2 gal single cylinder that was included as
incentive when I ordered my Unisaw. It runs quietly (as compressors go) and
runs all day with no problem. I can't say how many guns it will run, I work
alone. But it ran a 350 nailer for about 25 shots between cycling on. Mark
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