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Old 05-25-2011, 07:31 AM
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I was in HF yesterday and just happened to take a quick look at their compressors as I would like to upgrade to a bigger version - quite frankly for you to use it as your sole air supply and do commercial work, it will probably not survive long.
what compressors are you looking at? I know they changed most of there compressor lineup, only 1's that I know stayed are the Bel-Air built US Generals, but there probably the best deal in the store
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the Bel-Air built US Generals, but there probably the best deal in the store


They are not only the best deal in the store but probably one of the best deals in ANY store! At least for a compressor of that class.


The same can not be said of the "Central Pneumatic", or whatever they call them, because these are just the typical very poorly built Chinese outfits that will only hold up under very light use, if they will hold up even then. While I have not personally used one of these compressors the quality, or lack of in this case, is quite obvious and the odds of one of these units holding up for extended periods such as would be required for body work would be very "iffy" indeed. The likelihood of breaking down in the middle of a job would be much higher than with a quality outfit and their performance ratings would not only be suspect but would be almost certain to decline rapidly after only a few hours of use. I certainly don't know the OP's electrical situation and it may very well be that he simply can not obtain a 220 volt supply for reasons we don't know about but with a good 220 volt compressor on hand the 220 volt circuit would be the best way to go if it is at all practical. The reason I say this is that it is a matter of energy management and the amount of energy required to deliver the amount of air necessary for even a small body shop is going to be more than a single 110 volt line can supply, air compressors are terribly inefficient and waste tremendous amounts of energy so a single 110 volt line is just not up to the task.
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Yep. They got rid of the old small compressor line, which were rebadged Campbell Hausfeld and replaced them with junkers. Still oil lubed, but less amps/ cfm and smaller pumps...

My now 3 year old 90234 is still kicking and holding up to my use.
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What I saw were all Central Pneumatic.

This is probably at the same store where you purchase tools, Matt - Rte 5, Albany-Schenectady road.

One more note and a short hijack on HF - that particular store was stock poor for the second visit in the past 6 weeks and another thing I've noticed, pricing is going way up. I needed a long 6 point 3/8 drivex9/16. It was $3.99 and MORE then the Craftsman ($3.39) that I ended up purchasing. Also, the impact sockets and the 3/8 drive allen sockets purchased in Jan. have both gone up by several dollars each. It just isn't as cheap to buy there as it was

OK - done with hijack

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Confused me, I had to look at google maps ( I know it as Central Ave ), but yes ,that is the HF that I go to. I'v been noticing the same thing over the past yr altho, they will always price match the website.. Find myself going there less and less.. been there a few times looking and walked out empty handed


My 3/8" torx bit driver set that I bought 4-5 years ago ( $10, why not ) finally really came to use when I pulled the bed off this junker Ranger that I'm pulling apart now
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