Oilless Compressor?

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Old 10-10-05, 07:16 AM
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Oilless Compressor?

Only going to be for limited use airing tires and occasional nail or brad gun. Will an oilless compressor do the trick?
 
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Old 10-10-05, 06:28 PM
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Yes and No.

You need to know the pressure and the volume of air that your air tool requires, then get a compressor that can supply that volume at the required PSI or higher.

You did not state tank or tankless.
A tankless puts out more water then one with a tank.
either one you get, you need to keep all the air tools well oiled after use.

What ever you get, try to get one that has an induction motor, they last longer.
some compressors have universal ( motors that have brushes) motors like the ones used in hand power tools drills, circular saws...

I have an older C&H 1 hp oilless tankless with an induction motor. that I use once an a while
Weights about 45 lbs its heavy just for filling tires.
This compressor works best on a 20 amp circuit, any ex-cords should be 12 ga wire.

I went to a junk yard with the compressor a generator and a good air chisel (IR) and cut off the complete rear 1/4 panel of a car .
I did not think a tankless would work, but it did a good job.
A cheap air chisel that I tried did not work at all.

If you get cheap air tools the air requirements stated on the box maybe inaccurate.
Hi speed tools require a lot of air like die grinders, they require large compressors.
 
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Old 10-10-05, 06:30 PM
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Yeah, your probably looking at a pancake style compressor than right? That will do ya fine, in fact, I dont think any Oiled pan cake compressors are made. home depot has a very nice kit from porter cable with a compressor, hose, and nail guns.

Oiless compressors tend to be loud, at least the larger ones are, so for anything more than what you plan to do with it, Id look into an oiled unit.

Jim
 
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Old 10-11-05, 07:35 AM
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What I'm looking at is a Bostitch kit at menards that has a 90psi, 1.8 cf/m oiless compressor with a tank, air line, a brad nailer and a finish nailer for $300. Seemed like a good deal to me, but I have no experience with compressors.
 
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Old 10-11-05, 01:15 PM
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Id go with porter cable instead. the kit was like 300 as well, from home depot. Bostich is a stnaley company and I usualy avoid anything made by stanlet because of htier decpetive marketing practices.

Jim
 
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Old 10-11-05, 01:54 PM
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Yeah, I just hit the HD website and you've changed my mind, I'll be getting the porter cable instead.
 
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Old 10-11-05, 05:17 PM
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Its unfortunate the only way to know if something is worth buying, is to ask someone that currently owns that same item.
Word of mouth.

I can only point out things.
Before you buy a compressor look at the SCFM @ psi. of the accessories you may plan to buy in the future.

I looked at the porter cable web site. It appears they don't list every thing.

look at the C2001- WK compressor.
It states "1.5 (running) HP induction motor for long life"
Some of there other compressors don't state what motors they have, they may use brush type motors which don't last as long.
If you use a brush type motor frequently you may wear the brushes out.


The main draw back on induction motors they pull a lot of current when starting.
 
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Old 10-12-05, 06:04 AM
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Originally Posted by GWIZ
I went to a junk yard with the compressor a generator and a good air chisel (IR) and cut off the complete rear 1/4 panel of a car .


You must have chased all the rats out of that junkyard that day with a generator, compressor and a chisel gun going at the same time.

 
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Old 10-13-05, 09:29 AM
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You'll be happy with the porter cable. I've had that combo for a four years now and it's been a great little workhorse. I re-shingled a house with two guns going, finished out a basement, built a deck......blah blah blah. It's now a traveling tool in the family and has been awesome. Now it comes with even more air tools than when I bought it..........I want my freebies!
 
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