Craftsman 5.1 Cfm @ 40 PSI Terrible For Auto Painting? - Painting - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum

Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Painting


Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-27-2013, 01:49 AM   #1
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 2
Rewards Points: 10

Craftsman 5.1 cfm @ 40 PSI terrible for auto painting?


Recently my wife got me a present, a craftsman 26 gallon 150psi 1.5hp. Turns out the cfm is 5.1 at 40psi and 3.8 at 90psi. I'm having a hard time finding a gun that will be compatible with such a low cfm... I only wanted a compressor for painting lol! The things I will be painting is smaller stuff mostly... motorcycle fairings or repairing panels on my work vans here and there.

So the questions are... take it back, or can I work with it? Anyone have any experience with a low cfm compressor

Thanks so much,


Heyaeveryone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2013, 09:05 AM   #2
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: outside ocala fl
Posts: 5,470
Rewards Points: 5,978

Take it back. It has been my experience with craftsman tools is they are prett but when put to the test are usually under powered. A long time ago my wife bought me a table saw from them. Was underpowered and the arbor was only long enough to use part of a dado blade. Hard to believe with 5hp motor the cfm is that small. If it's not big enough to do what you want you will never be happy with it and will always be disappointed.


ToolSeeker is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2013, 09:45 AM   #3
DIY staff

Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Kane county,Illinois
Posts: 25,728
Rewards Points: 7,174

I agree---

I've tried spraying with that sized compressor---not up for the task----recovery is to slow and will cause uneven spraying.
New members: Adding your location to your profile helps in many ways.--M--
oh'mike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2013, 12:26 PM   #4
Architectural Sculptor
RWolff's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: USA, Midwest
Posts: 766
Rewards Points: 502

That kind of compressor is okay for things like nail guns, pinners, inflating tires, but they will barely run an orbial sander or even spray guns, the pressure drops too fast to use for more than a few seconds at a time.
Sculpture scholarship recipient, 2008
Asbestos information:

RWolff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2013, 10:33 PM   #5
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 2
Rewards Points: 10

Thanks again for the advice. I'm going to take it back tomorrow. Any suggestion on a compressor around a $600 price tag that would be adequate for painting?
Heyaeveryone is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Porter-Cable or Craftsman Drill Dilema cprice12 Tools 19 02-16-2012 07:00 PM
Painting / Coating Laminate Counter top? Kitchen Cabinets ctandc Painting 1 09-29-2011 10:42 AM
Painting Problem jacksonalbany Painting 7 03-07-2010 09:45 AM
Painting over a sponge painted wall Snowdog Painting 3 03-16-2008 11:13 PM

Top of Page | View New Posts


Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1