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From: Sterling, VA
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posted 10-16-2000 09:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DaveK   Click Here to Email DaveK     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My wife said she would think about buying me an air compressor for my birthday (Isn't she great?). What are some of the specifications that I should look at when choosing a compressor?

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posted 10-16-2000 12:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DidgeyTrucker   Click Here to Email DidgeyTrucker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
CFM: Cubic Feet per Minute. The more the merrier. Check out some air tools you want to operate and look at their requirements.

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posted 10-16-2000 01:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for brockjoe   Click Here to Email brockjoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
if you have 220 go for the gusto and get a big one 60 galllon would be great. i had to use 110 so i got the biggest i could 30 gal. the more gallons the less often it will run and with as noisey as they are that's a good thing

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posted 10-16-2000 02:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jimb   Click Here to Email jimb     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There are usually two ratings that compressors are rated by.
CFM at 40 psi and CFM at 90PSI. The lower one is a rating good for paint spraying and the higher one would be for air tools. the CFM that the compressor can put out at those pressures is what to look for. My brother in law is picking up a verticle 60 gallon compressor from Sears for less then $400. The CFM ratings are not as high as my 30 gallon compressor but it's not bad. The compressor is oilless. Go with 220 volt if you can it starts easier when under a load.

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posted 10-17-2000 12:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Parsons   Click Here to Email Rob Parsons     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have one of the Sears 60 gallon upright oilless compressors and it is very loud. It seems 2 or 3 times louder than a regular compressor. If I had it to do over again, I would not get it for this reason. Does anyone else have one and think it is too loud?

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posted 10-17-2000 09:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes,I have a 5.5/30 gal oilless and it is real loud. It gets annoying when you sandblast parts.

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posted 10-21-2000 11:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tim   Click Here to Email Tim     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm also looking for a new compressor. I just talked to a person at a local repair shop. They do warranty repairs for devilbiss, Cambel Hausfeild, etc.
He said to stay away from oilless models, noisy and they don't last as long.
I'm looking at a Ingersoll-Rand 2340LS for $989.00 at Northern Tool. Anybody seen a better price???

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