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I'd like to have a compressor handy, in the cases that I need one. I'd be using it mostly for common wrenching applications and wire brushing, i.e., slowly but surely trying to get all that gunk and surface rust off of the places I can reach it. I'd like to do a frame off, but that is literally years and years down the road. So, in the meantime, I just need a basic compressor. Problem is, I don't know what qualifies as a "basic" air compressor.

Do I need to unload $2000 on something like this: http://www.google.com/products/cata...DyK4-IxgWtl4TeDQ&sa=title&ved=0CHIQ8wIwCDgA#p. If that's the case, it ain't in my budget, so there will be no compressor for my garage. :sad:

Or can I get by with something like this: http://www.google.com/products/cata...HrNoKswgX3r8nODQ&sa=title&ved=0CD4Q8wIwBDgA#p. $100 I can handle!

Sorry, I know nothing about these things. Appreciate your help feedback.
 

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I'd like to have a compressor handy, in the cases that I need one. I'd be using it mostly for common wrenching applications and wire brushing, i.e., slowly but surely trying to get all that gunk and surface rust off of the places I can reach it. I'd like to do a frame off, but that is literally years and years down the road. So, in the meantime, I just need a basic compressor. Problem is, I don't know what qualifies as a "basic" air compressor.

Do I need to unload $2000 on something like this: http://www.google.com/products/cata...DyK4-IxgWtl4TeDQ&sa=title&ved=0CHIQ8wIwCDgA#p. If that's the case, it ain't in my budget, so there will be no compressor for my garage. :sad:

Or can I get by with something like this: http://www.google.com/products/cata...HrNoKswgX3r8nODQ&sa=title&ved=0CD4Q8wIwBDgA#p. $100 I can handle!

Sorry, I know nothing about these things. Appreciate your help feedback.

Something like this should work great, I've got one. Well worth the investment. http://www.tractorsupply.com/tools/...-gallon-two-stage-air-compressor-5-hp-3496129

Two things one can never have enough of air and horsepower.

Good Luck
 

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Something like this should work great, I've got one. Well worth the investment. http://www.tractorsupply.com/tools/...-gallon-two-stage-air-compressor-5-hp-3496129

Two things one can never have enough of air and horsepower.

Good Luck
Just bought one of these last MONDAY! and we used it to sandblast yesterday, it worked good quiet.

they were liek 1400 dollars over a year ago, then I seen them for 1199, and happened to check there website last week and 999, spent 140 for there 3 year warranty and bam. It also hada 2 yr mfg I think



Good thing I plumbed the garage last year connecting it to the airlines was a 10min job. another 10mins after it hit 160 PSI and blew the 3/4 rubber hose off and scared the **** outta us, I think the hoseclamp actually broke, now its set to shut off at 150ish psi

 

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If you are not going to be doing any sandblasting or using air powered tools like a grinder for long periods you might consider something like this: http://www.google.com/products/cata...log_result&ct=image&resnum=3&ved=0CDIQ8gIwAg#
I bought something similar to this at Home Depot quite a few years back and it has been a great little compressor. I am not sure about the new ones but what ever you do DO NOT get and oil-less compressor. Get a good cast iron, oil lubricated pump. You might check out Craigs list or other avenues in your area for a used one. Good pumps are hard to break and an older unit might be perfect for your application.
 

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I originally had an older 2 hp sear horizontal compressor, but started to glass bead and it could not keep up, then got an upright 175 psi 2 stage oiless, this did not make it either. Now I have a 2 stage 5hp 80 gal and it can keep up! Found it brand new at a local ebay resale store for $600. Keep looking for deals on the biggest compressor you can afford and store, you will need it!
 

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OK, so oil-less compressors are a no-go. Note to self. Larry, air tools and grinding are exactly what I had in mind, so thanks for mentioning that...

I'm putting the compressor on hold for a while sicne it looks like I'll need to spend more than I though.

Thanks, all, for the input!
 

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OK, so oil-less compressors are a no-go. Note to self. Larry, air tools and grinding are exactly what I had in mind, so thanks for mentioning that...

I'm putting the compressor on hold for a while sicne it looks like I'll need to spend more than I though.

Thanks, all, for the input!
yeah, oil-less compressors are so noisy, i think it is louder than my camaro running open header
 

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If you are not going to be doing any sandblasting or using air powered tools like a grinder for long periods you might consider something like this: http://www.google.com/products/cata...log_result&ct=image&resnum=3&ved=0CDIQ8gIwAg#
I bought something similar to this at Home Depot quite a few years back and it has been a great little compressor. I am not sure about the new ones but what ever you do DO NOT get and oil-less compressor. Get a good cast iron, oil lubricated pump. You might check out Craigs list or other avenues in your area for a used one. Good pumps are hard to break and an older unit might be perfect for your application.
IMO, unless you need the portability, I would step up to one of their 60 gallon vertical units. It is essentially the same pump and motor, but the extra tank capacity will save on wear and tear on the compressor pump and motor. I don't think they are that much more expensive than the portable ones. X2 on avoiding the oil-free compressors, and you should also avoid the ones with aluminum pumps.
 

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Since I started this thread I've been diligently checking around locally for a used compressor. I found one that I'm ready to pounce on, but wanted to run it by the gurus first.

I don't have the exact model number yet, but the seller says it's a 7hp, 60 gallon Campbell Hausfeld. It's upright and oil-fed.

Anyone running this compressor, or had any experience with the brand in general?

Thanks!
 

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Can you post a picture?

If it's a 2 cylinder compressor, and one cylinder is noticeably smaller than the other, it's likely a 2 stage, which is good. 2 cyl single stage will have 2 cyls the same size. And they can be OK - it's what I have - but 2 stage is more better(er)
I'm going to check it out tomorrow, so don't have any pictures yet. My plan was to eyeball it, get the model number info, google it, see if it's what I need.

Was wondering about the single stage v. two stage, though. Good to know before I get out there and start haggling.
 

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Since I started this thread I've been diligently checking around locally for a used compressor. I found one that I'm ready to pounce on, but wanted to run it by the gurus first.

I don't have the exact model number yet, but the seller says it's a 7hp, 60 gallon Campbell Hausfeld. It's upright and oil-fed.

Anyone running this compressor, or had any experience with the brand in general?

Thanks!
I have a 60 gallon Campbell Hausfeld, but it's only 3 h.p. You may want to make sure of the specs. I've not seen a 7 h.p. in this size tank and it's gonna cost ya a ton to wire it up if it is 7 h.p..
 

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I have a 60 gallon Campbell Hausfeld, but it's only 3 h.p. You may want to make sure of the specs. I've not seen a 7 h.p. in this size tank and it's gonna cost ya a ton to wire it up if it is 7 h.p..
Crap. So one that size won't be something I can just plug into the wall, ay? Didn't even think about that.
 

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I'm going to check it out tomorrow, so don't have any pictures yet. My plan was to eyeball it, get the model number info, google it, see if it's what I need.

Was wondering about the single stage v. two stage, though. Good to know before I get out there and start haggling.
After you get the specs, you better be sure it's output can handle all you can throw at it now and in the future for your needs. 7HP is peak, not actual. CFM output is low. Everyone's requirements vary.
I have a 60 gallon Campbell Hausfeld, but it's only 3 h.p. You may want to make sure of the specs. I've not seen a 7 h.p. in this size tank and it's gonna cost ya a ton to wire it up if it is 7 h.p..
The one he is looking at may be this one but it's uncertain. It does not produce much CFM. and operating rpm is not stated. I would not expect much for the price. Running a 220 outlet is not expensive and anyone can do it. If one can build a car, one can do elementary wiring. http://www.shopping.com/Campbell-Ha...5396-7-Hp-60-Gallon-Cast-Iron-Compressor/info
 

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Rather than wasting gas, I had the seller give me the model number. He said is VT 6310. Unfortunately, I can't find any for sale to compare. I did find this auction from a couple of years ago though: http://www.purplewave.com/cgi-bin/mnlist.cgi?091208/4080

Still looking around on line, but I htink it's a single phase?

I was researching howto install a 220V outlet. Seems pretty straight forward if you've got a dedicated outlet. Or am I completely missing something?
 

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I have a craftsmen 1.5 with a 20 gallon tank and I run grinders and an occasional orbital sander... It runs often and sometimes I have to let it catch up.... But since I basically use it for air rachets, cutting wheel and impact gun it works fine.....

If you feel you cant deal with letting it catch up...You can alway plumb in a bigger storage tank....(seen people use rows of 3" PVC pipe tied together)







I'd like to have a compressor handy, in the cases that I need one. I'd be using it mostly for common wrenching applications and wire brushing, i.e., slowly but surely trying to get all that gunk and surface rust off of the places I can reach it. I'd like to do a frame off, but that is literally years and years down the road. So, in the meantime, I just need a basic compressor. Problem is, I don't know what qualifies as a "basic" air compressor.

Do I need to unload $2000 on something like this: http://www.google.com/products/cata...DyK4-IxgWtl4TeDQ&sa=title&ved=0CHIQ8wIwCDgA#p. If that's the case, it ain't in my budget, so there will be no compressor for my garage. :sad:

Or can I get by with something like this: http://www.google.com/products/cata...HrNoKswgX3r8nODQ&sa=title&ved=0CD4Q8wIwBDgA#p. $100 I can handle!

Sorry, I know nothing about these things. Appreciate your help feedback.
 
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