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Old 01-27-2003, 06:35 AM
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im not comfortable about a compressor motor that you cant put oil in. does any one have one of these and what do you think about them? are they woth the money to buy one? companies sell a lot of them so i guess they cant be too bad.thanks for any input

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Generally they are "Buzz boxes", I can't stand'em.
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I have a Craftsman one dose good job is loud as sheet! If you can I think it would be better to get the other kind. Mine was on sell is why I got it but will go with the piston type when it goes out. Everyone says they dont last as long Iam on year two with it.

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thanks for the reply. i think i will look for the regular piston type. they are not badly priced anyways but i just seen the maint. free on sale
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I have the maintenence free 4HP unit made by Cambell Hausfield mainly I bought it for the race track where I can only get 120 Volt AC power. It is noisy as he11 but it does recover quickly compared to some piston types, If you are buying a piston type make sure you get a dual stage.

There are times I wish I didn't buy it, mind you at -40 Celcius it still fires up no problem. The best feature is no oil in the air and condensation does not seem as severe as the dual stage piston type. I have painted with it and with a large enough resevoir I think I could paint an entire car although it would take forever between compressor tank recharges. I have owned mine for 5-6 years now and it has never failed me once, to be honest it doesn't get used much except for impact work and blowing out holes and a little die grinder work...it easily pumps up to 120 PSI. It does the jobs I ask of it but man is it noisy, this summer I intend to mount it in a little dog house outside so I don't have to listen to it.

I suggest you save up for the piston type, it's a better investment if you consider the noise and durability aspect although it is a little slower to recharge between uses.
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I bought a 5HP Coleman mostly for the portability. I had a car repair business and in some instances would go to the customer to repair the car. The oiless allows you to tip it, lay it down or whatever without fear of oil draining into the cylinder(s).

But it is noisy...but then I have heard some noisy two stagers also...
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Porter Cable makes a piston type (single stage two cyl) 6hp upright that is reasonably priced, and maintenance free. But it's pretty noisy.
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