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Old 12-10-2012, 09:41 PM   #16
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Now I'm thinking 3g and separate tank for that one task.
Yeah, my thinking exactly. I got my 11g tank from Harbor Freight for $35, and you can often find 20% off coupons in magazines.


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Old 12-11-2012, 12:01 AM   #17
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What ever you buy if you don't use it every day don't store if with air in it open the drain and leave it open. I had a nice Cratsmam 30gal compressor. I drained the tank of water after heavy use. It lasted 30 years, then the tank rusted thru. The air in the tank will make condensation every time the temp changes around the out side of the tank.

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Big difference in noise of oil-less or not...weight a problem, get the twin-tank aluminum from Sears or HF, 20gal. 3.5 or 5hp will run a framing crew of 3... pancake will drive everyone nearby- crazy or deaf.. my 2 cents.

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Guidance on Buying a Compressor

buy a ridgid Tri-stack. 4.9cfm @90psi
you can seperate the compressor for the small trim jobs.
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Old 06-18-2013, 10:44 PM   #20
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Ended up getting the Porter Cable 6 gal on a Father's Day Home Depot sale for $199 with framing nailer and brad nailer. I got a crown stapler separately.

Love this thing. Should have done long ago. Already used it to chicken wire up some enclosed garden structures and attach some shelving.


Apparently, you're supposed to break it in for 15 minutes with the drain valve open. I didn't do that. I've only got a couple of hours on it now, but I'm not sure if it would help to do that at all, since I drained the air out of it after use. So any condensation should have gotten blown out then.

I'm a manual reader. And I did read the manual, but somehow missed this snippet and read about it online.


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