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cynot65
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From: New York
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posted 04-16-2001 09:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cynot65   Click Here to Email cynot65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am comptemplating an air compressor. I have a friend who has one with a 60 gallon tank. I'm going to be using it for body work (blasting) and painting. Any Suggestions or advice would be highly welcome.
Tony C*

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DutchD58
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From: West Milton, OH
Registered: Jul 2000

posted 04-16-2001 10:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DutchD58   Click Here to Email DutchD58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tony,
Gettin' ready for a compressor myself. Just make sure the compressor has a greater CFM capacity than the highest rated tool you intend to run. One source even suggests taking the highest CFM and multiplying it times 1.5 to have a cushion to avoid taxing the compressor. Also, find out what the duty cycle is. A compressor with a 100% duty cycle is capable and rated for CONTINUOUS operation.
As for myself, I'm looking at a Campbell-Hausfeld unit at Tractor Supply. It's called a "Quad" (it's a Vee style with 2 cylinders per side). It's a 7 HP unit on a 80 gal vertical tank (single stage) and it's rated at 16.8 CFM @ 90 PSI (135 PSI max). That's quite a bit for $870.00! And it should run anything I ever expect to encounter. Good luck!

Kevin

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mellowyellow
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posted 04-16-2001 06:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just make sure the compressor is a cast iron unit. The others are way too loud!!

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cynot65
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From: New York
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posted 04-17-2001 01:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cynot65   Click Here to Email cynot65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Kevin for that bit of info. CFM and duty cycles looks like I need to do more research. Mellow, I'm not too concerned about noise, but I will ask about the cast iron unit. If there isn't much of a price difference.....
Tony C*

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66351stang
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From: sayville,newyork
Registered: Jul 2000

posted 04-21-2001 06:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 66351stang   Click Here to Email 66351stang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
stay away from the oiless compressor's they are the one that are noisey, i have a 60 gallon tank ,6 hp motor i bought from home depot 4 years ago, great unit and plenty of cfm,run sanding tools all day.. i paid $675.00 four years ago..
good luck

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Tim
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posted 04-23-2001 10:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tim   Click Here to Email Tim     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey Dutch,
You may also want to check out the IR 2 stage units. I found one at Home Depot for $900.00 Athough it has a 60 gallon tank, it is a 2 stage unit with a true 5 hp motor.

Tim

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cynot65
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posted 04-25-2001 08:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cynot65   Click Here to Email cynot65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well I found one. It was a unit on sale at Sears AND the rep gave me an additional 10% off. Oiless, 2stage, twin V [email protected] =5.1. It will deliver a constant 175psi ( at least that's what the guy told me) All in all for $350 bucks it will do exactly what I need it for,so I'm kinda happy. Already got yelled at for being in the garage till 10pm. I keep telling my wife that for every minute I'm working on the car, it's one minute closer to being done
Tony C*
Thanks for your help guys.
BTW. I forgot, it's got 2- 25 gallon tanks again according to to sales rep will allow constant pressure.

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Matthew
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posted 05-07-2001 12:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Matthew   Click Here to Email Matthew     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Get a good cast iron one. I've got a an 80gal Campbell Hausfeld quad compressor, and I think if I would have gotten anything smaller I would have been unhappy with it. It's not portable, but will power most any air tool, but once again, this is the smallest I would go.

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