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Old 11-25-2012, 01:47 AM   #1
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Hey guys so for Black Friday I bought this 10 piece set of craftsman air tools cheap. So now I need an air compressor. I don't know a lot about them so what's a good brand and like how many gallons and hp is good for working on cars

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Bostich makes a reasonable priced one that's called a pancake compressor. Craftsman makes one just like it cheap. Campbell Hausfield sell really good ones that are cast iron. It really depends on your budget. Cfm is what your want to go by, just buy the highest Cfm compressor you can afford. For a hobbyist, I'd go with a pancake style.

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That looks like a nice starter set.
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Bostich makes a reasonable priced one that's called a pancake compressor. Craftsman makes one just like it cheap. Campbell Hausfield sell really good ones that are cast iron. It really depends on your budget. Cfm is what your want to go by, just buy the highest Cfm compressor you can afford. For a hobbyist, I'd go with a pancake style.

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That looks like a nice starter set.
Well I don't need a big industrial one just one that can get the job done on cars and some house upgrades. My budget is like 200 bucks. And yea I've seen some called pancake ones ill look into those. Yea I'm starting to build my garage with tools so air tools is a must
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Pancake style is good for small jobs. if you plan on doing any type of grinding which can take time it's very frustrating waiting for the tank to refill over and over again.

If you are on a $200 budget then check out item #3 in the link.
http://www.harborfreight.com/air-too...mpressors.html
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Pancake style is good for small jobs. if you plan on doing any type of grinding which can take time it's very frustrating waiting for the tank to refill over and over again.

If you are on a $200 budget then check out item #3 in the link.
http://www.harborfreight.com/air-too...mpressors.html
Think I might go get one now.
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Pancake style is good for small jobs. if you plan on doing any type of grinding which can take time it's very frustrating waiting for the tank to refill over and over again.

If you are on a $200 budget then check out item #3 in the link.
http://www.harborfreight.com/air-too...mpressors.html
That's not bad. Never heard of that brand though
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That's not bad. Never heard of that brand though
I've used the crap out of their pancakes and they just keep going. They don't fill up as fast as you'd expect but they are decent, especially for the price.
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Here is mine, it is a Campbell hausfeild, 20 gallon 5 hp. Use it all the time, it's great. you have to take care of them though, drain them. This one is old and we have never had a problem with it, even when it sat and a mouse built a nest in the belt.
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Here is mine, it is a Campbell hausfeild, 20 gallon 5 hp. Use it all the time, it's great. you have to take care of them though, drain them. This one is old and we have never had a problem with it, even when it sat and a mouse built a nest in the belt.
I've used it to paint with. The main use is pumping up tires though. You should get an inline water filter to remove the water in the air if you use it for painting though.
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Here is mine, it is a Campbell hausfeild, 20 gallon 5 hp. Use it all the time, it's great. you have to take care of them though, drain them. This one is old and we have never had a problem with it, even when it sat and a mouse built a nest in the belt.
Thanks I've seen some of them on Craig's for a good price. And no no painting for me
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Thanks I've seen some of them on Craig's for a good price. And no no painting for me
Yeah unless you are doing heavy duty work or running more than one tool at once you don't need a big one.
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