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post #1 of 16 Old 05-09-2006, 06:48 AM Thread Starter
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Air Compressor

I'm about to buy an air compressor, but i don't know which one would be best for working on a Jeep. I found a combo from home depot and it comes with tools too. What do you guys think?


http://www.homedepot.com/prel80/HDUS....jsp?pn=168916


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post #2 of 16 Old 05-09-2006, 06:50 AM
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Link just takes you to Home Depots home page

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What does "SCFM" mean. I'm guessing something cubic feet per minute. What's the "S"?
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The compressor will be adequate for the average homeowner. Realize that the impact wrench and air chisel wont be able to run continuous. You'll have to let the air pressure build up. See if they have a pkg with a bigger compressor if you're unsure.
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What does "SCFM" mean. I'm guessing something cubic feet per minute. What's the "S"?
STANDARD Cubic Feet per Minute

So the volume is measured as the amount of space the air would take up at room temperature and standard pressure.

That's a big compressor for a home. More than adequate for most tasks. You aren't going to run a car repair shop in the garage, so I wouldn't worry about having to wait at times to use some tools.

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I have a very similar Husky 26gallon tank and with all the times I've used my 1/2" imact-wrench I have never had to wait for the pressure to build up to keep using it
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....What do you guys think?


http://www.homedepot.com/prel80/HDUS....jsp?pn=168916


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That's basically what I have. Mine's a Campbell-Hausfield. It's adequate for most things. Like others said, you will have to wait on pressure if you want to do much sanding or grinding or stuff like that. It's great for most things.
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The CFM ratings are also on the tools. The need for air volume increases dramatically with things like sprayers (hvlp) etc... Read what the tool ratings are that you want to use, and then look for a compressor. Most package deals tend to be on the low duty cycle side.... an "average" approach for sure. I'd not go with an oil-less setup if possible.

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.... I'd not go with an oil-less setup if possible.
I read that a lot. Why? Again, we're not running a business with these things.

If you have an oil compressor, do you need a special dryer setup for the air?
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I have a similar Coleman oilless compressor that I got at Cosco. Has served me well for working on the Jeep and cleaning things off but one thing about the oilless is they are quite loud.

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I read that a lot. Why? Again, we're not running a business with these things.
Depends on how you use it, but from what I read the oil-less systems don't hold up as well to continuous operation. When I got my compressor I figured I didn't have the space or money for a huge setup, so I went with what I thought was a fair priced oil compressor. That way I could hopefully make up for the lack of tank size with the ability to constantly feed an air grinder, for example.

This is the compressor I went with. It, and others like it, can and will run pretty much all day without an issue.

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What does "SCFM" mean. I'm guessing something cubic feet per minute. What's the "S"?

SCFM Standard cubic feet per minute.

Standard air Air at a temperature of 68 F, 14.70 PSI atmospheric pressure, and relative humidity of 36% (per ASME). In the gas industry, temperature is 60 F.

14.7 is atmosphjeric pressure at sea level

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I bought a Sears oilless compressor several years ago. I really like it. I don't use it all the time but it comes in very handy from time to time. My only complaint is that it is LOUD. If I ever buy another one, it will probably be the old style lubricated type. But, other than the noise issue, go for it. You'll be glad you did.

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Do NOT buy that compressor. My friend has the exact same model. POS and its sooo damn loud. You can't talk over that thing when your in the garage with it running.

Go with an oiled compressor. You'll be much much happier and they last forever and most have 100% duty cycle so you can use it for painting etc if you need to.

I have a 26gal 110v compressor from Home Depot (pictured below). Costs around $380. It puts out 6.6 at 40 psi and 5.8 at 90 psi. That is just enough to run a cut off wheel continously or use a HVLP sprayer continously. I have ran it for 2 hours straight and never had a problem. Just make sure you change the oil when it says. It takes less than a cup of oil.

If I was to buy another I would go the 220v route. There only 50 bucks more and if you can do the wiring yourself or don't care to pay to have 220v installedin your garage its well worth it. Double the tank size and CFM output for only 50 bucks more.



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