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Old 11-21-2009, 10:05 PM   #16
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You're right, you want one you can adjust yourself!
Thanks. I think I will be going with the little Craftsman.

- OIl lubricated
- 3 Gallon, small but adequte for me
- SCFM at 90 PSI is adequate
- Only concern is it its "maximum" PSI of 125, which is a mere 5 pounds over the common operating range of 15 gauge nailers. The pancakes I have seen out there have maximums of 135 and 150 PSI.

I also like the fact that it isn't packaged with anything I don't want. Still hope to hear from someone whether a max psi of 125 is a good idea.

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Old 11-22-2009, 12:34 AM   #17
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My Craftsman 125 psi works nicely with my nailers.
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Old 11-22-2009, 01:51 AM   #18
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Craftsman 125 PSI


ROX.

I went back and looked at your first post to me, and noticed where you had trouble with the Porter Cables that were "self-adjusting". My thoughts are that, in general, even good companies sometimes end up putting out junk desighed for the low end market. Sometimes it isn't the desigh as much as "glitches" in getting manufacturing running properly. Most people comment favorably on the Porter Cable pancakes, but it sounds as though you got some lemons.

I see you do window treatments and do upholstery for which you use the Craftsman in your home. I know next to nada about your craft, but wonder whether you use small brad nails (1" 18 guage) and finsh staple guns, whereas I want something to shoot 2" long 18 gauge brads and heavier 2-1/2" 15 gauge finish nails.

I also note where you deprecated youself for being "anal". No one can be more obsessive than yours truly.

I hope to get a look at the little red devil if I can get by Sears tomorrow. As is, I have committed to spending some time selecting plants at a nursery. This one very likely is basicly the same as yours. The sale only ran through noon Saturday and the price is now back to $99.

Meanwhile, I bought one sight unseen over the internet at the sale price and it is waiting for me to pick it up across town, but I can cancel my order any time prior to pick up. Unless anyone, oh'mike, thinks maximum psi of 125 is not quite enough or something else turns up when I check one out, I doubt I will be cancelling my purchase.
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Old 11-22-2009, 05:18 PM   #19
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Klawman,

I think I was a bit confusing --

I have two compressors. The Bosch is the 6 gal pancake that came with a finish nailer and a brad nailer and it stays in the garage. The smaller compressor (Sears) I keep in my workroom which is in my basement and use it when I'm doing upholstery work, etc.

If I'm building something in the garage I use the Bosch, but if I'm working on something in the house (trim moldings etc), I just carry the Sears compressor upstairs and use it as it is lighter in weight, thus easier for me to carry.

What I was meaning to say is that I can use my nailers with the Sears compressor just as well as with the Bosch. The only thing that is different is the compressor will run more often.

I just ran to the garage to see what size nails I use with my finish nailer. They are 16 gauge, 2 1/2".

Yeah, I think you're right about the good companies producing inferior items at times. Porter Cable is a good company. I suspect they make a good LARGE air compressor, but the little ones-- not so sure. Maybe I just got 2 lemons. I wouldn't be surprised if they just get some crapo ones from some far flung country and slap their name on them just to be able to service ALL consumers' needs.

Let us know how you like your compressor when you get it.
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I was confused but see what you mean. What I want the pressor for is a 2 1/2" 15 guage gun. If yours will handle a 16 gauge it will probably handle a 15, especially as you probably give your craftsman more of a workout than I will ever give my guns.

Thanks for explaining.

Meanwhile my wife just spent $100 more on plants for the front slope then I have budgeted for pressors and nail guns and I have to get them in some holes.

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Ah, Life -- sometimes it gets in the way of Living, eh? Happy digging!
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LIving? We bought some plants because she says they are what we bought at another nursery last week. After they are in the ground, she says they aren't the same. She said she would help me plant, and on the way back from the nursery she says she can't because her back is bothering her. She keeps life interesting.
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Got the pressor


Thanks all. Finally got down to the nearest Sears and eyeballed the little red devil, that I supposedly bought for $79.99 online for store pick up. They had them in stock and one out on the sales floor. All prices include the same junky accessories kit. I verified that it had manual controls and looked at the price. It was $129.99 or $139.99; not sure which, but the larger amount is supposedly the regular price. I see it is now listed online for $99.99. I guess I got a decent shake and took the one I bought online home.

Now all I need is a gun and some nails so I can shoot up the walls, the furniture, the puppy, and my thumbs. I think I will pick up a Hitachi 15 gauge at Lowes when I receive a 10% off coupon that is "in the mail". That or a Dewalt. Lowes has Dewalt stuff at 10% off and I should be able to get another 10% off of the reduced price by using the coupon tha cost me $5.00. Then put a Hitachi 2" Brad gun on my Xmas list.

Thanks again all for the help.
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Used some 20 gallon, 3 h.p. for framing company for 10 years, max 110. Don't know what wood you will need higher than what your getting. Good choice, oil bath. The oil-less last 2 years in production use as they have Teflon valve seats and rings (less friction). Some will say, not a problem. Unless you time how long the tank takes to fill compared to new!lol.
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Used some 20 gallon, 3 h.p. for framing company for 10 years, max 110. Don't know what wood you will need higher than what your getting. Good choice, oil bath. The oil-less last 2 years in production use as they have Teflon valve seats and rings (less friction). Some will say, not a problem. Unless you time how long the tank takes to fill compared to new!lol.
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Thanks. I see you are a framer. I don't intend to use it for that but for larger, but not huge, crown molding and baseboard. After I got it, I stumpled onto an online chart rating which comprssors operated what. Sears said somehting like it can power framing guns for short periods before needing to refill.

What is interesting is the unit I paid 79.99 that was supposed to be on sale from opening to noon Saturday, but I bought on Friday night before the sale began. Then when I saw it in the store this morning, it was selling for $139.99 (I think, it may have bee 119.99, when I got mine home the online price was 99.99, and when I just looked it is $119.99.

I will probably shoot nothing more than a half inch of mdf through a half inch of drywall into studs. I am happy with the deal.

Now to see if I can pick up a decent 15 gauge finish gun for not much more than a $100 including shipping. I was hoping something would go on sale for Black Friday, but they are all 16 gauge.
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