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Air compressor advice needed!! - April 9, 2010, 11:37 PM

For all you Mechanics out there that know your tools. I want to start adding to my tools, i want an air compressor. I have done some research but still kinda confused about what size and hp to buy, i want one that i can use a sander, air wrenches, paint and impact wrenches and all that stuff on and i was wondering which one would be best. i dont have alot of money but i just want something that is not going to run out of air every 20 mins. give me some of your advice to help me make my final choice.

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April 10, 2010, 12:27 AM

You just need an air compressor that will produce the required pressure for your pnumatic tools. Usually 100psi is fine but specifics should be posted on your equipment. The fequency of "running out of air" just depends on the size of your tank.


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For all you Mechanics out there that know your tools. I want to start adding to my tools, i want an air compressor. I have done some research but still kinda confused about what size and hp to buy, i want one that i can use a sander, air wrenches, paint and impact wrenches and all that stuff on and i was wondering which one would be best. i dont have alot of money but i just want something that is not going to run out of air every 20 mins. give me some of your advice to help me make my final choice.

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1. How much do you plan on using it?
2. How much space do you have?
3. Intensions on sand/media blasting?

you should be looking at a 2 stage 165-175psi 60-80 gallon, and a minium of 15-16cfm @ 90-100psi

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The fequency of "running out of air" just depends on the size of your tank.
If you are talking about how often the pump is cycling they yes, however running out of air (psi) is not dependent on the tank size at all. It is however dependent on your pump rating (scfm or cfm).


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I have room and i will be using it for my own personal projects and maintenance tasks. Thanks for the advice.
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I have room and i will be using it for my own personal projects and maintenance tasks. Thanks for the advice.
Some DA's will require up to 11cfm @ 90, you want the compressor to have a rating higher than that (higher the better) so that the time between cycles is reasonable.

Also if you plan on painting with it (and really if you want your tools to last) you will need to plumb in metal hard lines. it will allow the vapor to condense in the lines so it can be seperated out.
(dont buy this kit but the write up is good)http://www.tptools.com/p/2035,110_Mo...ping-Kits.html

a simple "water trap" can be made out of copper tubing:
http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/wate...or-115341.html

As for the compressor:
These are the same compressors(made by abac american) however the Bel-aire has a baldor motor and the HF has a AO smith unit.
http://www.squaremcompany.com/indust...essor-3-0.html
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=93274


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