air compressor

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Postby riverracer » Thu Jan 30, 2014 8:11 pm

i have been using my neighbours belt driven air compressor for my shed work the past month or so

same as this 3hp-50ltr-251L/min fad (around 750$)
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thought it was bout time i bought my own, but dont need anything that big... (read expensive)

are the direct drive units any good?

thinking 2.5hp-40ltr-131L/min fad (approx. 150$)
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haven't any plans to do any spray painting, just small air tools, tyres, blowing out etc.

what do other people have/use?
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Postby DOC » Thu Jan 30, 2014 8:26 pm

Got a great old unit, (Belt drive) from a Fellow forum user. (Thanks Geoff).
You need enough power to run an air wrench when you need to get that diff pinion nut off. Don't go to small.
If your poor like me, Look for a used unit.

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Postby riverracer » Thu Jan 30, 2014 9:28 pm

just seen a tv ad, supercrap have a sale on, found this on their website catalog

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Postby 68ragtop » Fri Jan 31, 2014 8:12 am

Ive got one of those the bro in.law didnt need anymore. Has been ok for the light stuff I've done but runs reasonably loud.

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Postby australi » Fri Jan 31, 2014 11:03 am

I have 2 direct drive ones; a smaller one I bought new from the hardware shop, & a much larger one I bought from an auction.

My informed opinion is DON'T waste your money on the supercheap ones;
(I don't know your budget): YES they will pump up your tyres, or run a sandblaster in bursts, but very little else!

I used the small compressor to touch up both Jaguars I had AND respray the caravan we sold. Yes, it did the job, but it constantly was refilling and you had to wait for it. Get the biggest capacity you can comfortably afford (Maybe from trade tools or similar); you may not want to use it for painting NOW, but down the track, who knows!

I used the big one to repaint my landcruiser and it was NICE to have all the air to the gun that I needed!

Also as Doc said; you need something with guts to run air tools; the smaller ones simply don't have ENOUGH grunt to cope with their limited free air delivery.

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Postby Trudgeo » Fri Jan 31, 2014 12:37 pm

Mate! My opinion ids the same as Docs'....Look on Gumtree and Ebay or your local paper for a 2nd hand one in good condition, go bigger NOT smaller, this way it doesn't work hard to keep up and you have plenty of air to run whatever. :o :)

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Postby riverracer » Fri Jan 31, 2014 3:42 pm

gumtree around here is either small units like above or industrial/petrol units

guess i'll just keep using next doors :)
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Postby DOC » Fri Jan 31, 2014 6:13 pm

Keep using the neighbours, But keep your ear to the ground!

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Postby TroppoVette » Fri Jan 31, 2014 9:22 pm

Talking about cheap shit....I bought a " Superworks" Rotary hammer drill....10YRS AGO!!!! I use it every day for hardcore jobs in concrete and it is still going!!!! $69 compared to the Ramset $1200 Job. Must have got a freak one I think!
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Postby Steve » Sat Feb 01, 2014 2:14 pm

go for the biggest capacity air compressor you can get hold of ,there is only one thing worse that running out of air when working and that is moisture coming through the lines as you are using it

Keep using neighbours one as suggested until you find what you are after


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