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Hey everyone. My name is weston and i own a construction business. I have a question about air compressors. I recently bought a 60 gal Sanborn air compressor. It has 3.7 hp 240 volt 155 psi max and 11.5 cfm @ 90 psi. My question is, Will this air compressor run 3 framing nailers without having to wait?

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Hey everyone. My name is weston and i own a construction business. I have a question about air compressors. I recently bought a 60 gal Sanborn air compressor. It has 3.7 hp 240 volt 155 psi max and 11.5 cfm @ 90 psi. My question is, Will this air compressor run 3 framing nailers without having to wait?

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3. This might be hard to figure out, but if you can, find out how much air one of your nailers use in a minute, (say, 120 nails a minute, as I think this would be the fastest anyone could nail with one of those). Then, multiply this by the number of nailers you have (3). This figure here is "x". If your air compressor can deliver "x" CFM @ 90psi (what most pneumatic tools run at) then you're golden. 3 x "x" = CFM you want

4. Hopefully the compressor is rated at 100% duty cycle, as there's no worries about needing time for the compressor to sit around and cool.
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I don't know much about nailers but I watched a fellow use a rather large one while framing in a room addition on my house and all he had was one of those little pancake compressors, he never seemed to run out of air. If that little thing could run that huge nailer he was using with no problems then the compressor you are talking about would probably hardly even notice 3 or 4 of them.
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The guys that roofed our house ran 3 nail guns off one of these:



You prolly have enough to run 30 nail guns consistently with that thing.
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You prolly have enough to run 30 nail guns consistently with that thing.

Exactly what I was thinking!
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Nailers do not take much air. Your compressor will easily handle 3 of them.
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Nailers do not take much air. Your compressor will easily handle 3 of them.
Exactly, they do not use a high flow rate of air, just in gulps. That compressor would probably run several dozen nail guns at the same time.

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My NR90AE round head framing nailer uses 0.088 cf/cycle at 100 psi. (It usually gets the job done at 90 - 95 psi). I run it from a portable "5HP" 110V compressor (real HP is less, of course) and the compressor doesn't have any trouble getting ahead even when the nailer is set to contact firing, like for flooring.
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