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Compressor Suggestions/Advice - January 10, 2013, 10:42 AM

So I'm looking for a compressor, I've got a small 12v for putting air in shit. Looking for something that could be potentially used for impact wrench, nail guns?

This isn't for a shop or job, so I don't need to be doing a shit ton of nails etc in a row. I've looked at HD and seems that you need about 150PSI and 2.4 Gal/Min of air flow or so to run most decent tools? This sound about right?

I was hoping not to spend more than $150 or so, so I may be priced out already...

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So I'm looking for a compressor, I've got a small 12v for putting air in shit. Looking for something that could be potentially used for impact wrench, nail guns?

This isn't for a shop or job, so I don't need to be doing a shit ton of nails etc in a row. I've looked at HD and seems that you need about 150PSI and 2.4 Gal/Min of air flow or so to run most decent tools? This sound about right?

I was hoping not to spend more than $150 or so, so I may be priced out already...

Any recommendations let me know!

Harbor Freight my friend. Would be more in your price range and get you what you need. Is it just for your home/garage or will you want to be able to take it places like the track or when you go trail riding?


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January 10, 2013, 11:07 AM

good timing with the topic, i'm in the market for a compressor for installing hardwood floors and also powering tools in the garage. aside from harbor freight, any other recommendations? what are the minimum specs to consider?


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Harbor Freight my friend. Would be more in your price range and get you what you need. Is it just for your home/garage or will you want to be able to take it places like the track or when you go trail riding?
Was thinking for Home and I'd buy just a couple gallon tank that I could take with me If I needed some quick air somewhere... I don't/won't race, only see little track time, so 95% of my air needs are going to be at home. Space is a semi-factor as I've got a Packed shed/basement, but I'll make due with what I can I was looking at the HF ones the other day didn't know if anyone had one and would have opinion on reliability etc.


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I don't know if I'd go with HF. Buddy got one and it constantly leaked. Eventually threw it away because it's obnoxious to have it running all the time.

I took the craigslist route. $100 for a 30g vertical Husky. works awesome for every I need it to do.
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Small contractor pancake type is fine for nail guns and such and is super portable. Great for home improvement projects.

For shop air tools like impact wrenches, air grinders, etc you need more air storage capacity. A small compressor is not going to keep up with the demand. You can rig up an aux tank for use in your garage but it's asking a lot of a small portable compressor to fill this function.

For long term life in a garage enviroment spend a bit more money and get a compressor with a belt driven cast iron oil bathed compressor motor. They last MUCH longer, run much quieter (Won't run you out of the garage when running), and can handle higher air volume requirements. I went through two direct drive aluminum compressor motor units (and not cheap ones either) before getting smart and buying a compressor that will last longer than I will. Only bad part is even the ones with wheels can't really be considered "portable" except in terms of wheeling from one part of the gargae to another if you needed to for some reason. They're heavy fackers.


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I don't know if I'd go with HF. Buddy got one and it constantly leaked. Eventually threw it away because it's obnoxious to have it running all the time.

I took the craigslist route. $100 for a 30g vertical Husky. works awesome for every I need it to do.
Not all HF compressors are bad. Their large 2 stage (165+ PSI) 60/80 gallon compressors are a mix of US and European made parts and assembled in south carolina (They are re-badged Belair compressors)


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Not all HF compressors are bad. Their large 2 stage (165+ PSI) 60/80 gallon compressors are a mix of US and European made parts and assembled in south carolina (They are re-badged Belair compressors)
Fair enough, but those aren't exactly in the $150 price range.
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+1 on CL. You can usually find exactly what you need for a much better price than new.


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Yep, I got a 30 or 40 gal craftsman for less than $150 on craigslist years ago. The little compressors suck if you're installing tires. Takes forever to get a bead to seat.
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Small contractor pancake type is fine for nail guns and such and is super portable. Great for home improvement projects.

For shop air tools like impact wrenches, air grinders, etc you need more air storage capacity. A small compressor is not going to keep up with the demand. You can rig up an aux tank for use in your garage but it's asking a lot of a small portable compressor to fill this function.
^^^ That.

One thing to consider is mounting tires. If you do your own, the smaller nailer set ups will do a 120 tire - but don't have enough pressurized volume to take on a rear. A larger vol pancake can take on a 160, but might struggle beyond that.


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Yep, I got a 30 or 40 gal craftsman for less than $150 on craigslist years ago. The little compressors suck if you're installing tires. Takes forever to get a bead to seat.

I have a 3gal compressor I bought used that does my tires at the racetrack with NO problem. Just have to let it build up above 50-60psi to have enough umph to set the bead.

It's nice b/c I take it to the track with me and use it at home on my tires and on friends tires when I change them.


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One thing to consider is mounting tires. If you do your own, the smaller nailer set ups will do a 120 tire - but don't have enough pressurized volume to take on a rear. A larger vol pancake can take on a 160, but might struggle beyond that.
i've used a cheap $10 walmart tire pump that plugs into a cigarette lighter to seat the bead on a 180 rear, so i know it's possible. took some time to build up the pressure though.


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^^^ That.

One thing to consider is mounting tires. If you do your own, the smaller nailer set ups will do a 120 tire - but don't have enough pressurized volume to take on a rear. A larger vol pancake can take on a 160, but might struggle beyond that.
pull the core and use a blowgun, or if you enjoy fire use ether...

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