110 volt compressor use
Ok here's the deal, I am maxed out on my panel and because of insurance I need to pull a permit and get a licensed electrician in to add a sub panel on order to use a 220 v compressor. Very expensive.
I have searched the site and see that the Ingersal Garage Mate has a rated 5.5 scfm @ 90lbs (the 20 gallon model). My cut off tool says it needs 5 scfm @ 90lbs. On paper this leaves with a 10% margin of error. I do not intend to paint or use more scfm than the cut off tool.
I am looking for input from someone who has the 20 gallon IR Garage Mate and how it has performed with their air tool use. I do not want to make this purchase based upon paper performance, but would rather hear from a user.
In addition if there is a 110 volt compressor that delivers more scfm I would love to hear about it.
Thanks in advance,
I'm using a Campbell Hausfeld 5 "peak" hp 20 gal 110v 15amp compressor. It will run my harbor freight cutoff wheel but not continuously. IMO 110V compressors are just toys good for airing up tires and thats about it. My compressor is almost 7cfm at 90psi IIRC.
It is hard or impossible to get a good compressor on 110V. Of course this is just my opinion. They will get your job done but will take some time and will slow you down quite a bit. If you aren't ever pressed for time and are patient then i am sure it will work just fine for you.
I am putting together my own air compressor. 80 gal horizontal tank, 705 Saylor Beall pump 17.1 CFM, load genie continuous run unloader, and 11hp Honda gas engine. I am in a situation just like you. No access to 220v for a compressor. I suspect this will work for me very well.
When I was choosing a compressor I considered gas-powered on wheels. I liked the options of moving it out of the way when stored, taking it out back for sand blasting, and having it outside drawing clean air when painting. Didn't go that way for other reasons but portable, gas-powered has advantages if you don't use it every day.
On paper it may seem like a 10% margin of error but it the real world it won't even be close! Compressors are almost always WAY overrated as to what they actually produce and air tools generally need a heck of a lot more air than they claim.
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