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Old 10-12-2010, 08:50 AM   #1
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air compressor question

I don't know jack about air compressors or air tools but I would like to get one to make taking the wheels off/on my truck easier, and they are plain bad ass. Is this one up to the job of running all the air tools I'd likely ever want for working on my truck and my house? Is $70 a decent price? I want something cheap but I can wait for the right deal to pop up on craigslist. I just realized I need to change out a front wheel bearing this weekend on my truck so it would be cool to be able to take the wheels off and put em back on fast.

Craftsman 7 ˝ Gal. Air Compressor

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Sears Craftsman 1hp. 7 ˝ Gallon air compressor. 5.0 s.c.f.m. at 40 psi and 3.3 s.c.f.m. at 90 psi. The compressor is used but works fine.

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Old 10-12-2010, 08:55 AM   #2
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Or maybe this one if that one isn't good?

3 HP, 10 Gallon, 115 PSI Air Compressor


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Description of Central Pneumatic 90234
This 10-gallon compressor is rated at 3 HP, with 4 HP peak, and is powered by a heavy-duty motor with thermal overload protection. A clear-view window lets you see when it's time to refill oil. Easy-to-read pressure/regulator gauges indicate CFM and PSI. High-impact ABS shroud.
  • 4-HP Peak/3-HP Rated
  • Air delivery: 5.6 CFM @ 90 PSI, 7.2 CFM @ 40 PSI
  • Auto shutoff (115 PSI) and restart (85 PSI)
  • 10-gallon air tank
  • Overweight Item subject to $89.95 additional Freight Charge
<table class="data-table" id="product-attribute-specs-table_1"> <col width="100%"> <tbody><tr class="first odd"> <td class="data last">120 volts, 15 amps, 60 Hz, 3400 RPM</td> </tr> <tr class="even"> <td class="data last"> 115 PSI max. working pressure</td> </tr> <tr class="odd"> <td class="data last"> Air outlet: 1/4"-18 NPT</td> </tr> <tr class="even"> <td class="data last"> Cord length 6 ft.</td> </tr> <tr class="last odd"> <td class="data last"> Overall dimensions: 24-5/8" L x 13-1/4" W x 28-1/4" H</td> </tr> </tbody></table>
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Old 10-12-2010, 09:12 AM   #3
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The biggest thing to look for is the s.c.f.m and the tools you want to run. Some tools require more than others. The second biggest thing to look for is the tank size. If it's a smaller tank it will almost constantly be running.

The Central Pneumatic is from Harbor Freight. I would probably avoid that as it might be more trouble than it's worth. I was recently looking at getting an air tool setup, but a decent Craftsman compressor new was going to run me $300.
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Old 10-12-2010, 09:25 AM   #4
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Well, if you already have the craftsman, why not rent an air gun and see if it works to your liking?

Sometimes Lowes/Home Depot rent tools, and if they dont try a rental place. Give it a whirl.

Now, if you are looking for NASCAR speeds though...your compressor isn't going to cut it.

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I re-read your post. Looks like you don't own the craftsman. In that case, I'd say for the weekend rent a setup from a rental place and see if that fits your liking. You can either upgrade/downgrade based on your experience.
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i ahd one very similar to the craftsman one you posted, i used it for eveything, except painting. I built my entire show truck using it. Like the other guy said i would try various tools with it and see what it will push.
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3.3 cfm @ 90psi is a little low I think. I have a Crafsman and it's around 4.8 or 5 cfm @ 90 psi and it does an OK job. You'll also need to invest in a good air gun. That will have more to do with how fast your lugs come off than the compressor. If the compressor can't keep up, you'll end up waiting for it to fill the tank to get pressure for another shot with your gun. 4.5-5cfm @90psi works pretty good for impact guns and such, but if using somthing that has a lot of flow, like a die grinder or cutoff tool, you'll find you need to stop and let pressure build every few minutes. That's when a bigger tank really pays off.
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I have this compressor, and it works for most stuff. It's about the best cheapie small compressor I've seen. If you use an impact with it, or any real air tool, be prepared to wait for it to complete it's fill cycle. With mine, I get about 2 lugnuts per fill cycle. It's pretty fast though, and it won't blow a 15a breaker like some small compressors! If you're smart, you'll wait for an old belt drive compressor to come up on craig's list. Much quieter, more air, and bigger tank.

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Yeah, if you really want to be able to run an impact you need to step up in tank size...I bought a TSC kit that had compressor, tank, and several air tools. Yeah, the compressor hardly runs the impact. It will but its not great. There is just no substitute for a large tank on hi-flow tools.
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Yeah, if you really want to be able to run an impact you need to step up in tank size...I bought a TSC kit that had compressor, tank, and several air tools. Yeah, the compressor hardly runs the impact. It will but its not great. There is just no substitute for a large tank on hi-flow tools.

What size tank is large enough that I should be able to rotate my tires without getting too frustrated with waiting for it? I'm fine with waiting but if it ends up taking an hour its not worth it.
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if it's just for tires and you're not going to use it much, Harbor Freight has an electric impact drill that works pretty good......usually on sale around $40.

might get you thru till you find a really good deal on a bigger compressor.......cuz you'll always want a bigger one sooner or later.....
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