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Old 01-18-2005, 08:32 AM
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air compressors

I am a new member and currently hunting for an air compressor. I have read most of the posts on this board and others. There is a lot of good info. out there but wanted to get some more information.

I would like to see if any one has any comments on whether or not the Husky 60 gallon, single stage air compressors are any good. These are typically sold at Home Depot. Here is the write up on it:

A solid CAST IRON, twin cylinder compressor pump for extreme durability. Offers 135 PSI maximum pressure and air delivery 11.7/10.3 SCFM @ 40/90 PSI. It also has a space saving vertical design that is perfect for your home garage or work shop. The compressor also includes an efficient Solberg style intake filter, pre-plumbed globe valve, pressure switch, and tank pressure gauge.

Up to 5,000 hours of extended life
A CAST IRON oil-lubricated pump with traditional design that is quieter and longer lasting
60 Gallon vertical, space saving tank design
Powerful, 7.0-peak horsepower motor provides significant air to multiple power tools
Automotive style changeable air filter
Protective belt guard
High quality oversized gauges
1070 Pump RPM
Three-year limited warranty
Over 35 percent quieter and 60 degrees cooler than aluminum pumps with cast iron sleeves

My budget is 500 bucks and I will be running angle grinders and cut off wheels periodically with the compressor. I am a hobyist so an industrial grade compressor isn't in the budget or needed. I have seen some good write up's on the puma's but I am not sure how avaialble the parts are for this compressor or how reliable it is. I was also looking at the Eaton's but they are 700 plus which is a little out of the budget.
I only considered husky just because of their name and they make some decent tools. They have a cast iron cylinder block and use copper lines. they also use oil to lubricate. from what I have seen this and making sure the tank is AsME certified are the features that should judge how good a compressor is.

Any thoughts would be welcome.
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