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Old 12-27-2011, 05:48 AM   #1
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I've been thinking of picking this up for a few days now. The reviews on the Home Depot website are good, but I figured I would ask here as well. It seems like a good deal, but I am not completely sold on the ability of the unit to hold up over time.

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The little oil free compressors are a hit or miss thing. Some will last for years, and some will belly up with relatively low hours. The newer PC nail guns, I cannot speak to. The only ones I've had any experience with are the brad nailers. In a commercial environment, they went down rather quickly. In a home use situation they could last for a long time.

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The little oil free compressors are a hit or miss thing. Some will last for years, and some will belly up with relatively low hours. The newer PC nail guns, I cannot speak to. The only ones I've had any experience with are the brad nailers. In a commercial environment, they went down rather quickly. In a home use situation they could last for a long time.
That is what I was afraid of. Thanks for your input.
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Depends on what your going to use it for. For a home owner it's fine.
Never going to be able to keep up with a sandblaster, or paint gun. But for one gun at a time it's fine.
We tryed them for roofing and they would last a year then the piston and rings would be shot. But that's running two guns at a time and 8 hours a day.
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Depends on what your going to use it for. For a home owner it's fine.
Never going to be able to keep up with a sandblaster, or paint gun. But for one gun at a time it's fine.
We tryed them for roofing and they would last a year then the piston and rings would be shot. But that's running two guns at a time and 8 hours a day.
That doesn't sound bad at all for what I would do with it. I would probably upgrade before the time came to replace the unit because of it dying if that were the case. What I am concerned about it buying it and using it for 3-4 projects and it crapping out just past the point where I could swap it out for another one or just past the warranty. It's very important to me to get stuff that have great warranties or that I know the quality is there. I'll pay extra for peace of mind.
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I'm not a pro. DIY only. I have 3 PC nailers that have done everything I've asked. The framer's done an addition, several outbuildings, finished a basement. Brad and finish nailers work great.

I figure any oil-less compressor is not a lifetime tool. If you want long life, get a cast iron compressor with a oil sump. But for homeowner use, running a nailer, inflating tires, etc, I'm guessing that one will work well. If you want to use it for large CFM tools; sanders, grinders, buffers, sprayer, you'll be dissapointed.

If you're shopping at HD, there's a sticker on the tanks of the larger units that indicate what it will do.
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I'm not a pro. DIY only. I have 3 PC nailers that have done everything I've asked. The framer's done an addition, several outbuildings, finished a basement. Brad and finish nailers work great.

I figure any oil-less compressor is not a lifetime tool. If you want long life, get a cast iron compressor with a oil sump. But for homeowner use, running a nailer, inflating tires, etc, I'm guessing that one will work well. If you want to use it for large CFM tools; sanders, grinders, buffers, sprayer, you'll be dissapointed.

If you're shopping at HD, there's a sticker on the tanks of the larger units that indicate what it will do.
Thank you. Yea, this unit will be used solely for nailing. Finish nailing specifically. I am getting into a little woodcraft/furniture making and that's all this will be for. As my needs expand, so will the tools I'll be using. My biggest concern with this unit is that I'll need to get 3-5 years out of it. I think it can do that with the load I'll be putting on it.
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I had a 20G and it blew up in a h.o garage the moter exploded.leave it at depot
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A 20 gallon Porter Cable? what happened exactly?
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I have an older version of that compressor. Mine came with the narrow crown stapler and brad nailer. I've had it about 6 years and it has been great. It has run a framing nailer and a roofing nailer with no problems. I've built a garage, a shed, reroofed my house and various other projects and it has held up great. These days it's mostly just running a finish nailer and pin nailer, and occassionaly inflating car tire or kids toys, but it's still alive and kicking. I didn't expect it to last as long as it has, but the price was right and it has more than met my expectations. I have a few friends with the same setup and have had good luck also.
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I have an older version of that compressor. Mine came with the narrow crown stapler and brad nailer. I've had it about 6 years and it has been great. It has run a framing nailer and a roofing nailer with no problems. I've built a garage, a shed, reroofed my house and various other projects and it has held up great. These days it's mostly just running a finish nailer and pin nailer, and occassionaly inflating car tire or kids toys, but it's still alive and kicking. I didn't expect it to last as long as it has, but the price was right and it has more than met my expectations. I have a few friends with the same setup and have had good luck also.
Do you think it's safe to say that the guns will outlast the compressor?
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Do you think it's safe to say that the guns will outlast the compressor?
I can't really say. The compressor certainly has lasted longer than I expected. When I started using it to run some heavier duty guns, like a framing nailer and roofing nailer, I thought it would quit in no time. To my surprise, it's still going strong.

As for the guns that it came with, they don't get too much use and when they do, they don't get used too hard. It's all indoor use and I haven't dropped them (too much).
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A 20 gallon Porter Cable? what happened exactly?
I was doing a roof heard a bang. Climbed down the ladder. some steel cylnder inside was shattered. my gc (sub-contract) took it back and got a 8g bostitch and it worked good...and yeah a 20 G stand up
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I was doing a roof heard a bang. Climbed down the ladder. some steel cylnder inside was shattered. my gc (sub-contract) took it back and got a 8g bostitch and it worked good...and yeah a 20 G stand up
Wow. Lucky no one was near it I guess.
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Wow. Lucky no one was near it I guess.
Yeah. No kidding. :eek:

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