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Old 08-11-2009, 08:17 PM   #1
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I am looking to buy an air compressor to be used for nailing and I am looking at one in my store that is all alluminum and extremely quiet. It's made by All Power and has the following specs: 5.2 CFM at 40 PSI and 4.2 CFM at 90 PSI. The tank is 4.6 gallons, 3.5 peak HP. Will this be good for use in a personal shop for casual wood working. Would this be powerful enought to use a framing nailer down the road? Air tools for automotice use? Any comments would be appreciated since this is the first time in buying an air compressor.

Here is a link to a web site that makes the air compressor I am looking at:

http://www.allpoweramerica.com/produ...php?id_prd=118

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Old 08-11-2009, 08:32 PM   #2
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How much is it where you are looking and is noise level a big concern?

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Old 08-11-2009, 08:49 PM   #3
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You might want to look up the air requirements for your air tools. A spray gun needs over 5 scfm. Not sure about orbital sander, but I would half expect it to.

With a tank that small, the compressor will run a lot and the air would be hot, possibly messing up anything you are painting with a spray gun.

Hope this helps.

I have a Porter Cable compressor that is working just fine for my wood shop projects. BUT, I'm not real fast so it has no problem keeping up with my nailers (framing, 15 ga. finish and 18 ga brad).

Note: I won't be doing any automotive work because I'm too old and too lazy. :-)
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I can get the compressor for $199.99 and the noise level is very low. I plugged it in and myself and a co-worker were able to talk normally sitting next to the compressor. I've read alot of quotes about people stating that the noise of some compressors are so load that it is annoying. I'll be working inside my shop. Also, this compressor is light enough to carry around etc.

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I have a Porter Cable compressor that is working just fine for my wood shop projects.
And this is at half the hp of the OPs choice.
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A small compressor will run more. So in turn it will be annoying also. My suggestion would be to find a combo kit. One that has a nailer (or nailers) and a compressor. I have a Hitachi and it is great. It came with a framing nailer also. You will probably save some money in the long run because they give you a $$$ break with buying the kit. A framing nailer could be used at 90psi but the results would be unsatisfactory(imo). I run my nailer around 110 or 120. The compressor can also run multiple guns. Not many small twin tank compressors will run auto air tools. You need alot of cfm to run those types of tools. A small compressor will.... well....die.
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That type of compressor will do fine with nailers and such, but as previously mentioned automotive tools require a lot of cfm. A dual action orbital sander for example can need 15 to 20 cfm to work right. Air ratchets and impacts can work off smaller compressors but as said earlier, the compressor will run more and you might not be able to use the tool for extended periods of time.
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I have about what you have, and it will not keep up with an automotive orbital sander.
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Look at the air tools you will be using and match them up to a compressor that generates at least 10-20% more air.
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It comes down to the hp delivered by the compressor, minus line losses, equaling the hp needed by the tool, but nobody seems to rate air tools by hp.
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I think for nailing purposes it will be fine. It is going to kick on a lot with a framing gun. I don't think I would run sanders, grinders, or the like as the tank is to small for that. For light use automotive work it should be fine.

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