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Old 11-14-2011, 09:15 AM
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Looking to get a Compressor for around the house, my son is doing Auto Body at Vo-tech and is going to start playing around with some High Mileage cars I have.....

Was thinking of a Craftsman as all the tools I got him so far are Craftsman....

Something like this?
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...=1321290332090

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Old 11-14-2011, 09:28 AM
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You couldn't GIVE me an oilless compressor for something like this. Find something better.
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Make sure the air requirements for the tools you plan to use are exceeded by the output of the compressor. That info is readily available on any tool you buy. Blast cabinets take the most but can be the most useful tool in the shop sometimes.
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5 h.p. 2 stage minimum
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I have a craftman compressor like that and it is great to have around. It's over 10 years old and still going strong.

The only problem I can see is if your son is going to do a lot of sanding you may need a bigger model. Having a sander runing for a long time uses a great deal of air.
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Oil-less equals bloody noisy - period!

If your son is in the business, he really should have something bigger. Ask the Snap-On and Mac Tool tool guys what garages/ shops are going under in your area, buy theirs for not much more money then you are going to spend.
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I have a large stationary compressor in the shop, but for portable needs, I have this compressor and love it. http://www.homedepot.ca/product/air-...gallons/971150
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Thx all...He's just getting into it, He's 16 now.
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Old 11-14-2011, 12:37 PM
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I have an older model of the oilless compressor you are looking at. It is very noisy and will not keep up with a DA sander, grinder, cut off tool, or pain gun.
I just upgraded to the 60 gal, oiled model and could not be happier. If you buy the small one, you will be upgrading soon....
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...2&blockType=G2
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ETA - just keep in mind that the 60 gal model is 220V.
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Originally Posted by Striper In View Post
Looking to get a Compressor for around the house, my son is doing Auto Body at Vo-tech and is going to start playing around with some High Mileage cars I have.....

Something like this?
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...=1321290332090
The pump provides 3.5 SCFM of air flow at 90PSI, making it perfect for use with inflation/blowgun tools, carpentry tools, and for light duty use with many automotive air tools. 20 gallon tank size with 150PSI Max Tank Pressure

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High Mileage cars


Does not compute


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check tools in craigs list
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Old 11-14-2011, 04:19 PM
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My vote is for a Quincy air compressor. Had a buddy back home that ran a speed shop out of his garage and used one. They are fairly affordable, great quality, made in the USA, and from what i remember have a good warranty/customer service.

Im actually looking to pick up one soon for my shop, you can get them through Northern tool and equip. and im sure other places
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Hes gonna want somethin with a 5hp motor, minimum. Ingersoll Rand is another great brand. Id stay away from oilless unless a short service life and loud teeth jarring noise is what you are after. Craigslist is your friend.
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I have a Craftsman oil less (similar in spec to the one you posted) that's 20 yrs old and still runs like new. It is loud however. If I were to get another compressor, I'd go with a dual stage. Mine won't power an air sander. It does power an impact wrench though.
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Originally Posted by Striper In View Post
Thx all...He's just getting into it, He's 16 now.
Since he's 16 and he's into cars buy him a good size unit the first time around, over the years it will pay for itself a hundred fold!

Compressors on the smaller size have to work hard to keep up to constant demands, which in turn produces a lot of heat, which in turn produces condensation, which in turn is hard on the air tools and is a royal pain when painting.

When buying a compressor definitely stay with the upright models...floor space always seems to be at a premium.
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Oh, and stay away from the cheap harbor freight air tools. I once bought an impact wrench from harbor freight. It was their generic house brand (I think it's called "central pneunmatic"). This was about 20 yrs ago come to think of it. It only cost $24. It couldn't even remove a lug nut from a wheel. And no, it wasn't the compressor. Same compressor, different impact wrench (Japanese made Craftsman) does the job just fine. I tossed the harbor freight impact wrench in the garbage. 20 yrs later, I'm still using both the craftsman compressor and impact wrench.

I'm not an expert on air tools, but from what I have seen, good air tools aren't cheap, and the ones that are cheap, aren't good. In my case, I literally threw money away on a cheap air tool (ok, I could've returned it, but I guess I was a little pi$$ed at the time).
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Thank you, Appreciate all the information.

AS was said earlier by most, 5 HP 2 stage and upright is the ticket...
Let ya know what I narrow it down to before I purchase.
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You probably know this Brad, but one can't tell the torque capabilities just by looking at an impact driver....they all basically look the same. One needs to know the specs to differentiate one model from the next.

OP, do Not confuse "central pneunmatic" with Chicago pneumatic (CP). IMO IR (Ingersoll Rand) and CP (Chicago Pneumatic) are the leaders in the pneumatic rat race; everyone else is just following along.

I 100% agree with Brad; as I say, "I can't afford to buy cheap tools....they cost too much" or I'll say, "cheap is expensive". When I first started out in my early teens I would do a job and then buy a tool, do a job and buy another tool, etc, until I had my collection of tools. I didn't buy the absolute best tool there was on the market, but the Really Good tools has made me a Lot of money over the years. The brand IR is the brand of my choice hands down....money well spent!

Oh, if your boy is going to buy a 1/2 drive impact wrench (driver) get something with over 600 lbs of torque......rusty bolts and lug nuts can be a bitch to get off with anything less.
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I've got a beast of a Craftsman (6hp - 33 gallon w/2 wheels) that I bought about 10 yrs ago when I bought my framing nailer. (it's way overkill for home use but I didn't know what I needed).

It's been troublefree, trips the breaker unless it's on a 20a circuit, and wakes the dead when it cycles on.
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