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Old 09-04-2013, 07:48 PM
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shopping for air compressor

Hello folks. My name is Woozy.

The air compressor forum is what brought me in here. I, like a lot of other folks, am shopping for a compressor. I am 70 and pretty well informed concerning tools and automotive stuff. However, I lost everything I had in hurricane Katrina. Yes, I'm from the New Orleans area. I wasn't alone, thousands of people suffered, and still suffering from Katrina.

I lost my compressor and now that I am pretty well settled in southern Mississippi, I would like to purchase another compressor.

I can't believe the prices of these things now. WOW!

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Old 09-04-2013, 08:10 PM
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Welcome to the forum .

As for a compressor, it all depends on what you plan to use it for, but I usually tell people the same thing I tell them when they ask about building a shop. Figure out what you want, how big it needs to be to serve your intentions, then get something bigger LOL. Of course there are a multitude of options and prices, I highly recommend looking at the specs on the engine and compressor. The main things I tell people to look for are adequate CFM for waht you are planning to use the compressor for (if your needs are 14 CFM get a 17-18 CFM compressor). Tank size is somewhat important if you plan on using sanders, blasters or painting, more tank means less cycling of the compressor which means less heat and moisture. Also look at the life expectancy the cheaper lines such as IR, PUMA, CP are usually in the 10-12,000 hour range while Quincy for instance has a 50,000+ hour life expectancy at 100% duty cycle. Not saying the others are bad compressors, it just depends on what your needs are. The best advice I can offer is to get a few basic personal needs such as: CFM requirements of your tools, preferred tank size, 110 or 220 volts, single phase or 3 phase power, and price range. Once you can figure out those few things, go shopping and ask a lot of questions before you buy anything. Go to local shops and ask them about their compressors, and what kind of service they have gotten from different brands. Hope some of this helps you a little.

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Welcome aboard woozy...I hope your not still woozy from Katrina. It sounds as though you know what you need and Kelly gave you some great advice. Prices for quality always seem to be more, until the one that was a good deal 2 years ago craps out. Keep us informed and if we can help, we most certainly will

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Be advised a well known US brand (Ingersol Rand) has gone to China for their compressors. You can buy a very good compressor from Harbor Freight that is not Chinese by the name of Quincy. Also be aware that some unscrupulous compressor manufacturers will market their compressors with abnormally large tanks to appear more capable than another. One very important statistic to take into consideration is the duty cycle ( the percent of time a compressor can run). There has been some very good information about buying compressors posted in this forum. I suggest you do a search and lots of reading before you buy.

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Hi again guys.
Thanks for the advice and help.
I didn't give too much information in my initial post. I will try to be more to the point now. I know there are cheap compressors to be had and then there are the cheap, cheap compressors. I also know there are really the high end commercial/industrial compressors.
Here's what my intentions are, I do not own a shop nor do I use a compressor a lot. I do have all the air tools for bolts and nuts plus the air chisels. I do not do body work nor do I own any body work tools. What I would like to be able to do is the occasional sand blasting. For instance, I have a roller cabinet with a 6 drawer top chest that went through Katrina. I have purchased two new roller cabinets and chests. I would like to sand blast the one that went through Katrina and repaint it. Plus the other little sand blast things that come up from time to time.
Therefore, I believe, a compressor capable of holding about 11-14 CFM would suffice my needs. I don't need a 2 stage. Most air tools operate at 100 - 110 pounds max., painting would be around 40-50 PSI for the typical suction cup. I don't need an expensive machine. I need one that runs relatively cool and 5 - 10 years is still working good. I may not be alive then but it would be something nice to hand down to my son. So, with everything being said, It seems the inexpensive compressors with good ratings have Italian Pumps. I think a BALDOR or A.O. SMITH motor would be good. Right now, the PUMA from NORTHERN TOOL is attractive.
I don't know who makes that pump and motor.
Holy Mackerel, I didn't realize the size of this post. Sorry.
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The italian air pumps are pretty much OK. Baldor is still a good motor but be wary of A.O Smith as they have gone offshore for their motors.

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Sandblasting is about the worst thing you could put a compressor through as far as stressing it. For that, you'd want a high quality unit. My Northern Tool 27.5 CFM two-stage 80 gal tank unit is barely adequate, and by that I mean it takes 15 minutes to do 1 square foot to bare metal. Be prepared to be disappointed...

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Beautiful day here in southern Mississippi - If you like heat, LOL
I thank Vince and Russ for their information about my compressor questions.
Very Helpful and very informative. I had NO IDEA sandlbasting took that much air. With the information Russ provided about CFM for blasting, I don't believe I will ever sandblast. I can't afford a compressor that size.
Along those same lines, about how much air would a "blasting cup" with beads use? Not a cabinet. Just curious.
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