Small Oil-lubed compressor


Old 09-06-04, 03:17 PM
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Small Oil-lubed compressor

Seems everyone likes the oil-lubed compressors better. Everyone that is except for my local stores. I need a small (4-6) gallon portable for some nailing projects. I really like those pancake styles for their small size and stability, but have only seen oilless types. I have checked websites for Porter and Cambell but don't see any there (Porter did have one but it came with this wheeled trolley) that are what I am looking for.

Can anyone recommend a brand and model for a super quiet oil-lubed small compressor?

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Old 09-06-04, 04:28 PM
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There is definately a place for oiless compressors.
Where the problem comes in is when they get used for more than they were designed for which is intermittant use.
For use with an air nailer, for blowing up tires or dusting they would work perfectly fine.
It's when the owner of an oilless begins to appreciate the usefullness of air and then starts to use it for spray painting, air wrenches or air sanders where the compressor then has to run an extended amount of time which most of them are not designed to do.

A carpenter friend has a good quality Dewalt oiless that he's had for over ten years and nailed a ton of wood without problems.

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