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Old 06-22-2010, 12:27 PM   #1
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I would like to hear your thoughts on air compressors for handyman home use.I have narrowed a couple of things down that I think I would like.
#1. Oil lubricated
#2.No off shore junk
This is what I would need it for.
#1General handyman stuff
#2 Run a nailer that would put up some fence boards and siding,this would not be in a production type setting
#3 Run a nailer for laying down solid hardwood flooring
#4 Possibly run an HVLP paint sprayer for small projects
#5 Run air hammer, air die grinder, but not in production setting.
Any models you would recomend from the major manuafcturers like.Dewalt,Makita,Porter Cable,Campbell Hausfield,Maybe Speedair.
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The big questions are: 1) how portable do you need it to be, and 2) 110v or 220v?

The longer-term question is: do you want an industrial machine with lifetime bragging rights about how you didn't compromise and how the thing could be the sole unit at a tire shop (several thousand dollars), or a good 60-gallon 220v machine putting out 10+cfm at 90psi (rebadged Campbell-Hausfelds all over the place for US$400).

I don't know what Princess Auto carries, but the 60- and 80-gallon machines Harbor Freight sells down here in the states are actually very good compressors.

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Old 06-22-2010, 02:26 PM   #3
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Hello Jack
Geeezzzz.Forgot to mention those two points.Thanks for bringing them up.
It needs to be portable
It needs to be 120volt
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Hello Jack
Geeezzzz.Forgot to mention those two points.Thanks for bringing them up.
It needs to be portable
It needs to be 120volt
Thanks

I have two air compressors. A 6 gallon oilfree portercable and a 15 gallon oilfree Dewalt. The 15 gallon Dewalt gets used quite a bit. I bought it because I thought it being portable would be handy. I just run longer hose and it has not moved in a year. http://www.google.com/products/catal...d=0CEYQ8gIwAw#


Oil-free is loader and will not last nearly as long. My next air compressor will be an Ingersoll-Rand 2 stage 60 gallon. I do not like waiting on my compressor to build up.

Make sure it at least has 5 SCFM or it will have a hard time running most tools.
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This one got a recommendation today on Garage Journal. Looks like it would work pretty well. Kobalt is Home Depot's name, but I'm pretty sure the original manufacturer of the compressor is Campbell-Hausfeld.



Cast iron, twin cylinder compressor pump, 135 PSI maximum pressure and air delivery 6.5/5.5 SCFM @ 40/90 PSI.


The downside? It weighs 170 pounds and costs US$380. But it's got pretty good (air-filled) wheels.

Is Home Depot common in Canada?
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Campbell-Hausfeld sucks
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That's the first negative I've heard about them. I've got their 60-gallon model. Never had a problem.
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Jack we have Home Depot in all major centres in Canada.I have one about 15 minutes from where I live.Have you or anyone on here have an opinon on Speedair?
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Jack Olsen has very good suggestions--Two things on your list:Automotive air tools and HVLP sprayers use a lot of cfm's.---No portable will run them.

I've had 6 Campbell Hausfield compressors---They have given me good service.--Mike--

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