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Old 10-25-2018, 04:44 AM
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What is a good all around compressor to have for home use.
Tractor & Truck truck, Blow out some rv lines etc...
Decent Pancake compressor? ( Would they do a Utility tractor? From time to time I borrow a neighbors that has a slow leak)

Ever since my kid bought is 11 acres with a shop on it...seems there has been more room in my garage with all my things in his shop. :-)
Which I do not have a problem with until I need something and it is not there.

Also a decent small profile jump box that is good for around the house and put on the boat as well.

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Old 10-25-2018, 05:02 AM
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I've got an Emglo model E810-4V in the garage that I use for general purpose. Inflating tires and pool toys. I have also used it for my air ratchet and impact gun. It is a pretty powerful compressor for its size although. For bigger jobs I have a 60 gallon compressor in the shop that I use. The only thing I don't like about the Emglo is if it is cold out it can be difficult to start and trip the internal breaker. I changed the oil and went with full synthetic and it helped out a bit but still if it is really cold it will do it. When the temperature in the garage is 65 or above I don't have issues.

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I have a pancake and a 50 gallon. I use both of them way more then I ever thought I would. The pancake is a porter cable and the 50 gallon is a husky. You kinda need both as the pancake is portable but does not have enough air for things like spraying and air tools. I have the 50 gallon supplying the overhead airlines in my shop which is great for things like air tools, blowing out shop vac filters and what not.
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Old 10-25-2018, 05:21 AM
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Originally Posted by budbrande View Post
I've got an Emglo model E810-4V in the garage that I use for general purpose. Inflating tires and pool toys. I have also used it for my air ratchet and impact gun. It is a pretty powerful compressor for its size although. For bigger jobs I have a 60 gallon compressor in the shop that I use. The only thing I don't like about the Emglo is if it is cold out it can be difficult to start and trip the internal breaker. I changed the oil and went with full synthetic and it helped out a bit but still if it is really cold it will do it. When the temperature in the garage is 65 or above I don't have issues.

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I taped a magnetic block heater to the oil reservoir of my compressors. Then again there where times it was 30 below when we were using them.

Good times. I don't miss them.

My crappy Hitachi just dies. I bought a cheap pancake at Harbor Frieght.
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Old 10-25-2018, 05:45 AM
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Look around auctions for an old USA made slow turning ...

Might have to replace a cord and Capacitor but will be worth it
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I've had a Campbell Hartsfield 25 gallon tank model for close to 30 years. Separate motor with a v-belt running a single cylinder. Portable in the sense you can wheel it around, but takes 2 people to lift in to a truck.
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Originally Posted by Lorne Greene View Post
I have a pancake and a 50 gallon. I use both of them way more then I ever thought I would. The pancake is a porter cable and the 50 gallon is a husky. You kinda need both as the pancake is portable but does not have enough air for things like spraying and air tools. I have the 50 gallon supplying the overhead airlines in my shop which is great for things like air tools, blowing out shop vac filters and what not.
Similar. I have a pancake and a 30 gallon. I hardly ever use the pancake anymore and use the 30 gallon compressor almost exclusively. It runs all my mechanics tools and all my air nailers on anything I'm working on in the garage. However, its not portable for jobs that are outside of the garage. For those the pancake comes in handy.

Mine is a craftsman that I bought used on Craigslist for $75 about 6 years ago. There may be better, but for the price it has worked great for me.
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Old 10-25-2018, 06:05 AM
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I had a porter cable pancake that a friend gave me. Used it for about 2 years and the entire regulator assembly came apart and leaked so bad that even though it still ran, it wouldn't make any pressure at all. Looked at taking it apart to fix it but after about 5 minutes of looking at it, it was apparent that it was not made to be serviced. Replaced it with a Ridgid pancake. It was about $50 cheaper than the PC like I had and I use it fairly infrequently so I went with the cheap one. The Ridgid does fine although it's a good bit louder than the PC one was. I use this compressor to run nail, staple and brad guns and it does that great. I also have a 7.5 HP, 80 gal IR compressor in my shop that I use for bigger stuff. The pancake is portable and that's why I bought another. At 600 lbs, the IR is not exactly portable.

I just checked and Home Depot now has the Porter Cable for $99 (6.5 gallon pancake). That's $30 cheaper than the Ridgid! And $30 cheaper than the PC 3.5 gallon pancake. Pretty good deal!!! Apparently a clearance deal. I really like the PC that I had. It was certainly quieter than the Ridgid.
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Old 10-25-2018, 06:10 AM
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If you don't need a portable, get a belt drive low rpm machine. I can't stand the noise of the 3600 rpm direct drive units. Drives me nuts. You can get a belt drive unit on a horizontal tank with wheels, those are sort-of portable.
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Old 10-25-2018, 06:13 AM
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Stay away from direct drive oil-free units. They are loud as shit and don't have a great life span. I would recommend buying used on craigslist. Oil bath compressors are hard to kill so IMO used units are a better value as long as they aren't totally ragged out. I have a Sanborn 23 gallon that I use for most of my home garage purposes including my boat build. I also have an 80 gallon bastard-mutt compressor at my shop that had the compressor head blow up so it's about to get replaced with an Ingersoll Type 30.
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Utility tractor did you say....he he he

www.homedepot.com/p/DEWALT-FLEXVOLT-2-5-Gal-60-Volt-MAX-Brushless-Cordless-Electric-Air-Compressor-Kit-w-Battery-2Ah-and-Charger-DCC2560T1/302871472

Yeah, it's expensive, Yeah it's a small pancake. But it is so convenient for on the go air for small jobs, especially when you're not close to power.

But whatever compressor you get, there is typically a "run-in" process to be performed when placing a new compressor into service -basically running it continuous for 20 or so minutes with plug open so as to not build pressure. It may just apply to the oil-free units.
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I run a 90 gallon Porter Cable in the garage and through the house for the big stuff. Got a great deal at an industrial auction on the beast and then installed it in the garage with stainless lines running through the garage and into the shop. I bought a Porter Cable small pancake and that is amazingly powerful! I can run any of my nailers off it and also use it for small jobs around the house. I wanted a portable to use with my spray gun and had a tough time finding something with enough flow that wasn't as big or as expensive as the 90 gallon in the garage. Surprisingly I found a Wenn that had enough flow for under $200. It works well enough that I can use my spray gun so I'm a satisfied customer. The DeWalt's looked good too but this was about half the cost. I probably don't need the pancake now but you can never have too many tools. I don't spray paint that much so this is probably good enough for my use. I don't think it would hold up to commercial service
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Stay away from direct drive oil-free units. They are loud as shit and don't have a great life span. I would recommend buying used on craigslist. Oil bath compressors are hard to kill so IMO used units are a better value as long as they aren't totally ragged out. I have a Sanborn 23 gallon that I use for most of my home garage purposes including my boat build. I also have an 80 gallon bastard-mutt compressor at my shop that had the compressor head blow up so it's about to get replaced with an Ingersoll Type 30.
I bought a type 30 a few months ago - the 7.5 hp model. Thing is awesome! I used it to run a blasting cabinet for all the cabinet handles and hinges in my son & DIL's new house and it just rocks! Was running the blast cabinet wide open, no regulator and the compressor would only run about 2 minutes out of every 10-12 or so. Never had a compressor that could keep up with blasting like that. Even my old 5 hp, 80 gal Sanborn would run constantly when blasting.
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I have the Rigid 6 gallon pancake with 150 psi and bought it on sale for $99. It has a 3 year warranty and I figure if it goes bad, I can bring it back to HomeDepot and do a quick trade-in.
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Buy what fits your budget but make sure the tank drain is open when you're not using it.
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I abused the earlier version of this for almost 20 years before the pressure safety switch (no longer available) took a dump.

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I abused the earlier version of this for almost 20 years before the pressure safety switch (no longer available) took a dump.

This is what I have. Cheap, works...loud.
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I have a harbor freight 2 gallon compressor I use to run nail guns and what not. Then I have a 30 gallon compressor in the garage for bigger tools. Not really sure on the brand, I'd never heard of it before, it was $100 on amazon as a refurb. Works great though.
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Stay away from direct drive oil-free units. They are loud as shit and don't have a great life span. I would recommend buying used on craigslist. Oil bath compressors are hard to kill so IMO used units are a better value as long as they aren't totally ragged out. I have a Sanborn 23 gallon that I use for most of my home garage purposes including my boat build. I also have an 80 gallon bastard-mutt compressor at my shop that had the compressor head blow up so it's about to get replaced with an Ingersoll Type 30.
Had an oilless Craftsman that lasted 30 yrs. Loud yes, but lasted a long time. I didn't hesitate to buy an oilless when I had to replace it this year. I went with a Dewalt.
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