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Old 06-15-2009, 09:06 PM   #1
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Hey guys, just looking for a cheap air compressor to use for cleaing my cars, any recommendations.
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Old 06-16-2009, 09:45 AM   #2
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Check out Sears....a few options for around $100-$150.
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/c_10153_1...+%26+Air+Tools
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i have the 3 gal. 1 hp sears one works out fine and at $99
you can't go wrong the biggest thing i can say is to get one
with oil in it DO NOT GET A OILLES ONE thay will not last
as long as one with oil in
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Old 06-16-2009, 10:01 AM   #4
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+1 for sears - you can get them as low as $79 on sale. Any cheaper you have enought power to clean it
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Another +1 for sears and oil lubed. Oil free compressors are junk.

This is what I use and it's absolutely awesome.
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...+%26+Inflators

But on a budget this is a good choice.
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...+%26+Inflators

And for being an oil free compressor this is a decent travel compressor. It's small, quiet and not powerful, but is great for travel races. I use this one in hotel rooms for cleaning my vehicles at away races. I have yet to get one complaint about it. Granted they weren't no 5 star hotels.
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...+%26+Inflators
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I have had a Cambell/houshfeld oilless compressor for 6 years now, no problems at all. The oil based one I bought for my store is a pain in the butt. Oil leaks all over the place, and my employees have frozen the motor twice forgetting to check the oil. The window that shows oil level is so cloudy, you cant tell if it needs oil or not, and you cant tell if your overfilling it, which causes it to shoot oil all over the place when you turn it on. If you spend the money once and get a good oil free one ($200-$300) it will last a really long time, and one less thing to buy, or worry about and clean up, Just my 2 cents
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http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...+%26+Inflators

is what I use and I think is a great deal...
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Oiless 3 gallon compressor from Harbor Freight for $50
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I use this one from Husky that I got at home depot. It has a telescoping handle and its on wheels. It is also light. The tank is small but it recovers fast. I also find that some of the larger compressors wont run at certain tracks because there is not enough power. My little Husky always works.

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+1 I have the same one and it does the job just perfect.
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i just got a air comp. from Harbor Freight for like 100. it a 8 gallon, bolted it in our truck just for track use
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I bought this one when my little blue 2 gallon Campbell Hausfeld one burned up after 3 years.

http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?actio...-WK&lpage=none

Its got more PSI than most of the small compressors and its supposed to have a low amp draw so using it at the track off a generator isnt a problem but it is LOUD.

FYI the little 2 gallon Campbell Hausfeld one could have been rebuilt with a couple O-rings if I had taken it apart when it started acting funny but I let it go too long and it ate up the bore. Its got a O-Ring under the piston ring that I guess it uses to hold the ring up against the bore in the cylinder.

I may get another one of those little ones as it was small enough I could use it off a small power inverter (350 watts) places there was no power. The truck had to be running though.
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do you have a link to the campell, i am 13 so i don't exactly have big bucks.
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do you have a link to the campell, i am 13 so i don't exactly have big bucks.
http://www.chpower.com/

Here is there site, Walmart sells these brand Compressors. Cheapest one i believe was 99 bucks last time i checked. Thats about the standard price you will pay for a small compressor... Anything less and its probably trash.
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Hey guys, just looking for a cheap air compressor to use for cleaing my cars, any recommendations.
Didnt read threw everything, just saw the main post.. i got mine at harbor freight for $69. i use it for airbrushing and the track, its fine for your basic's, but its not a monster.. It is perfect for me and the guy i pit with.. its a 1/4 hp, 100psi, 3gallon compressor.. this is the identical one i have
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=90168
and there is this one for $69
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=97080
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