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Old 06-13-2013, 07:41 PM   #1
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Default Need advise on a Air Compressor??

I just bought my first home, nd will be creating my man cave. So I need a good air compressor to clean my cars. What's a good bang for the buck?
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Old 06-13-2013, 08:30 PM   #2
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I just picked one up from Harbor freight. 6 gallon, 1.5hp 150psi for $129.00.
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just blowing cars off or painting with it also? Bigger is usually better as far as air compressors go. Craftsman(sears) has all shapes and sizes for as good of a price as anyone, except harbor freight. Am always a little leary about buying stuff there. Had to many cheap tools fail, that my shop bought. To each is own...
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The only advise I would give you is to not buy a dry oiless compressor but one with oil, I had two oiless compressors and the two of them were worn out after couple of years, the piston rings wear out pretty fast due to lack of lubrication and once the piston rings are done it takes ages to fill up.
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I said to hell with it and bought a 60gal/175psi Ingersoll-Rand.

Will last forever, and parts will always be available.
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Buy quality or you will just keep buying it over and over again. My craftsman oil-less lasted 9 years before I had to replace it. They are twice the price as Harbor Frieght compressors but will last 4 times longer.
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Get a oil less if you plan to paint.
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Get atleast a 2.5hp unit with a reasonable size tank, more hp & bigger tank is better.
I use a 2.5hp compressor that has around a 50lt tank & its ok for cleaning but I have to stop & wait for tank to refill. A 3hp with 100litre tank would be better.
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If noise is an issue get the all-power quiet zone compressor. I use it for cleaning and painting and I love it. About as loud as a dishwasher.
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