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Old 05-27-2013, 01:49 AM   #1
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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

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Old 05-27-2013, 09:05 AM   #2
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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.


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I agree---

I've tried spraying with that sized compressor---not up for the task----recovery is to slow and will cause uneven spraying.
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Old 05-27-2013, 12:26 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 05-27-2013, 10:33 PM   #5
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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?
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