air compressor purchase ?

Old 10-12-03, 09:14 AM
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air compressor purchase ?

want to replace all the millwork, install coves etc, lots of finish work plus around the house stuff (blowing out sprinkler system), saw the package Porter cable has at HD, includes brad nailer etc.

what is the best value. many thanks in advance.
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To me, the break point is whether or not you want to use air tools such as sander, paint sprayers, grinders; all of which use a large volume of air. If so, a large tank unit will be needed to provide an adequate number of surface feet of air per minute. If you are not going to need a lot of volume and pressure, one of the many smaller units will do. The ones without wheels need to be carried. They run around 50 - 60 pounds. The samller ones run nailers, inflate tires, blow out dust and dirt, and such just fine. Needing a large volume of air causes them to run all the time, not what they were intended to do. Plus, they cannot make enough air to runs sanders and high pressure sprayers, even running all the time.

I have an Emglo, a nice compressor.

Take a look at this thread.

Hope this helps.
Old 10-13-03, 12:05 PM
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a small hotdog style compressor is all you need for interior trim work.

to blow out a sprinkler system properly, you need a MUCH larger compressor.

unless you plan to use tools that need the large volume of air I would say wait until you need it, and then buy another one to sit in your garage, and complement the smaller one.

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