I got one as a birthday gift, a Porter-Cable.
Seems my 3 gallon compressor ain't enough to keep it humming. I have
to stop frequently to let the pressure rebuild. Just how a big a
compressor is apprpriate?
Not at all. I have a single stage with two massive cylinders and a 60 gal
tank and it cycles in an acceptable manner running my DA. It's all about
air volume. Mine delivers 18.7 SCFM at 100lbs and 16 SCFM at 145lbs.
Plenty for a DA.
Just out of curiosity, "How many legit HP does your compressor have
powering it?". I don't remember how many SCFM my two pumps are rated
at. I have two, two cylinder pumps (single stage) on a 3HP motor, 20
gal tank. Runs and ROS OK, cycles, smells a little warm after an hour
or so but doesn't get too hot to touch except the heads and air line to
Mike Marlow wrote:
It's all about CFM. And duty cycle. Check the manual or www.porter-
cable.com for specs on your model, but continuous service for pneumatic
DA ROS's typically consumes 15CFM at 90psi.
My compressor sustains perhaps 11CFM at 90psi. It runs a Dynabrade ROS
slightly underpowered, but adequately for most work. If I have more than
a half hour of continuous sanding to do, I lower the regulator pressure
to 80 psi and set up an external fan to help cool the compressor. Under
those conditions, the compressor is on about 80% of the time. Not ideal,
but it does get the job done.
Y'know, if you guys would plane and scrape your wood, you wouldn't
need so many sanders, and those you used would do the job on a much
smaller air supply.
Is it time for your medication or mine?
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Eh? I have four cylinders, single stage, three HP. Not three HP
"developed" or whatever the advertising hype says but 3 HP on the motor
nameplate. Keeps up with sanders and everything I've tried except a big
sandblast gun. Tank is 20 gal. I takes it a long time to shut off
again but it gets there eventually, (running the sander).
Never Enough Money wrote:
Porter Cable advertises 15 CFM needed to run their pneumatic DA sanders.
That said I run a DA sander off my Porter Cable air compressor often.
It almost keeps up! It runs steady when the sander is running, and the
pressure in the tank may drop to 80 PSI but no lower. Most of the time when
sanding you do not run steady for more than a few minutes so it gives the
compressor a chance to catch up.
If you are serious about sanding you will need a bigger unit, perhaps an
honest 5 HP.
Perhaps this one, but be prepared to spend close to $1000!!
Are you running your DA in dual action mode Greg? I had a smaller
compressor that would half operate a DA but it never delivered the air
volume to properly rotate the thing. It would sand - sorta, but not really.
Not compared to what a DA should do. Hook it up to a decent air delivery
and it's a whole different story.
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