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Old 05-11-2018, 10:44 AM
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The pump on my 30 yr old Craftsman portable compressor bit the dust. Bearing disintegrated, connecting rod busted in two. Parts no longer available. So that puts my in the market for a new compressor. My primary use is for removing / tightening lug nuts and inflating tires. My Craftsman was a single stage oil less 3.5 hp (forgot how big the tank is, thinking 20 gal). 6.8 SCFM at 90 PSI and 8.45 SCFM at 40 PSI. It worked well for my purposes.

Would like to go with an upright portable. Thinking $500 (or less). Not for professional use, but then again I don't want junk. And thank you in advance for not mentioning Harbor Freight.

Any suggestions?
Old 05-11-2018, 10:51 AM
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Any oil less compressors I've ever hear make more noise than a jackhammer going off inside your head!
When mine finally died it was one of the best days of my life. I don't know how many times I tried to sell that damn thing, but on buddy wanted it because of how loud it was. Every time it started up it drove me out of the shop running.
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I very reluctantly bought one of these last year. The name scared me at first because I associate WEN with hobbyist type crap. I wanted something that would run my air hungry HVLP spray gun. I have a 120 gallon Porter Cable at home that could run a full blown shop, but obviously its bolted to the ground and I needed something to use in my home away from home in MD. I had a hard time finding something with this flow rate 5 cfm @ 40 psig that wasn't huge or super expensive. I have a pancake compressor already and that works great for the nail gun and small air chisel but it did not have enough flow. I bought the WEN unit from Sears and with their weird rewards system which I still don't get I think I paid a bit under $150. It was actually built as well as the other portables I looked at - DeWalt, PC, etc. and did deliver in the flow category although at times it had a problem keeping up when I was spraying non-stop for over 5 minutes. When I started pacing myself a bit slower there were no issues. Not sure what your primary use is? If its a nail gun a pancake is just fine. If you need more flow then this little WEN, you are going to be in the $500 range. My Porter Cable 120 is over 10 years old and works like new. My PC pancake compressor is way older and runs great as well. Good luck!

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Belt drive. Get one of those. Compressor is low rpm and reasonably quiet.
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I love my 6 gallon Porter-Cable pancake. Does all the things you want short of full-duty commercial work or higher flow. Weighs 30 lbs.

They do make a 20 gallon upright (oil-less) and a 30 gallon upright (oiled, belt-drive) that might be in your ballpark in terms of flow. Particularly the 30 gallon. At 150 lbs, I guess they're portable.

Or a new Craftsman 33 gallon upright for $350...SCFM Delivery At 40 psi:6.8. SCFM Delivery At 90 psi:5.1
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Thinking about this one:


Think it would power an impact wrench ok?
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I bought one of these last year when my old Craftsman oil less bit the dust. It’s so much quieter. Commercial quality. Kinda top heavy. Doesn’t take up much space.

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I like oil, not oil free, because they are a lot quieter and I think more reliable. I also like a 1750 rpm vs 3450 rpm because the slower motor is also quieter and I think will last longer due to less stress on the pump.

The Makita is not oil free which is good because oil free would be a deal breaker for me. It also has a 3440 rpm motor which is not what I prefer but if I liked everything else about the compressor it would be a contender. I'm thinking that if you end up buying the Makita you would be happy with it.
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I love my Makita dual tank. 75 pounds and it can run two framing nailers at once. Not too loud.
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I've had this puppy for 4 years and it is absolutely the cat sass.


I looked at a bunch and it was the best value for the dollar. It's on the upper edge of what I'd call "portable". I mean you could wheel it from the garage out back pretty easily, but it's a stout beast. Doesn't take up much room though.

I wouldn't consider an oil free. This one is just so quiet and runs at a lower speed.

Northern carries one under the IR name which is the exact same compressor for $100 more.
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Bought a California Tools Upright 3-4 years ago. Very quiet and recovers well. Dual piston direct drive. Everyone that hears it run comments on how quiet it is. I think I paid around $400 online at HD.

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