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ScaredyCat
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PostPosted: 20:11 - 06 Nov 2017    Post subject: Air compressor. Reply with quote

I'd like to get an air compressor but I don't know a lot about them tbh. I want something that's fairly quiet and at a reasonable cost. Usage would be primarily for nail guns ( they appear to need 70-120 PSI ) and a blowy bit to blow out sawdust.

I've never used one, so any usage tips would be helpful too Smile

Any recommendations for the compressor?
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PostPosted: 20:18 - 06 Nov 2017    Post subject: Reply with quote

70psi should be more than enough for just about anything. Pretty sure you can run a plasma cutter on that.

It will be loud and it will be expensive to run.
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PostPosted: 21:14 - 06 Nov 2017    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a 2.5bhp 25 litre one. It was reasonably expensive but it replaced an Aldi one that was stolen.
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PostPosted: 21:58 - 06 Nov 2017    Post subject: Reply with quote

i have a little 6 litre electric compressor, good for changing my own tyres and cleaning shit off of shit, will put out about 110psi but wont last long, fills pretty quick but its far from quiet.
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PostPosted: 08:43 - 07 Nov 2017    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a small 8 litre one that will run air nailers, inflate tyres etc, but is noisy as hell, and has to run a lot. I have run a couple of small cfm air tools off it, but it doesn't really like it much.
I got it second hand off ebay and it is somewhat portable (heavy, but you can carry it).

I reckon a 25 litre small compressor will cover your needs without breaking the bank.

I also hacked together an old 50 litre gas cylinder and fridge motor to make a low current draw compressor for use in my lock up with my small generator. It's near silent, doesn't bog the genny down, and works well for airing up tyres and blowing out dust etc.
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PostPosted: 08:55 - 07 Nov 2017    Post subject: Reply with quote

The tank size is very important, or they just run out of air, whatever your pressure.
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PostPosted: 09:28 - 07 Nov 2017    Post subject: Reply with quote

bugeye_bob wrote:
The tank size is very important, or they just run out of air, whatever your pressure.


So is your air pipe diameter if running tools.

I have a 25 litre one from Aldi or Lidl, can't remember which but it's a Parkway brand and was under £100. It's absolutely fine for 90% of what I need and the other 10% I have proper power tools for. It would certainly do what you want.
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PostPosted: 09:39 - 07 Nov 2017    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've just thrown away a portable compressor, it was getting on my tits, just sitting there all orange an shit plus every time i went in my shed i wacked my shins on the fucker

I know this doesn't help you at all, but it makes me feel better. Carry on
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PostPosted: 09:54 - 07 Nov 2017    Post subject: Reply with quote

this is the one i`ve got
...https://www.amazon.co.uk/AIR-COMPRESSOR-5-7-230V-LITRE/dp/B018KAE854/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1510048270&sr=8-1&keywords=6l+compressor&dpID=41PhdweiUpL&preST=_SY300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

its not quiet though and i only use it for tyres..
bought because the tire inflator burnt out doin my transit van`s tires
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PostPosted: 10:00 - 07 Nov 2017    Post subject: Reply with quote

Polarbear wrote:
bugeye_bob wrote:
The tank size is very important, or they just run out of air, whatever your pressure.


So is your air pipe diameter if running tools.

I have a 25 litre one from Aldi or Lidl, can't remember which but it's a Parkway brand and was under £100. It's absolutely fine for 90% of what I need and the other 10% I have proper power tools for. It would certainly do what you want.


I have an Aldi one with the Euro style couplings. Even though the CFM figure was good and the tank large enough, it couldn't cope with a lot of high air use tools.

I ended up going to Screwfix and buying a load of male and female 1/4" BSP air couplings and a couple of thicker 10mm rubber air hoses. It transformed it and quite happily spayed all my Campervan project furniture in 2Pac paint with a couple of spray guns.
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PostPosted: 14:03 - 07 Nov 2017    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you can afford a quiet one, go for it. It might well have a bit less grunt than a similarly-priced normal one, but your eardrums will thanks you for it.
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PostPosted: 14:59 - 07 Nov 2017    Post subject: Reply with quote

nowhere.elysium wrote:
If you can afford a quiet one, go for it. It might well have a bit less grunt than a similarly-priced normal one, but your eardrums will thanks you for it.


Or buy a 20M hose! Wink
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PostPosted: 21:05 - 07 Nov 2017    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought one of these earlier this year

https://www.machinemart.co.uk/p/clarke-tiger-11510-2-5hp-50-litre-air-compres/

My previous compressor had a crack in the con-rod part as well as a badly scored piston sleeve,so would not generate the pressures that I was used to,hence the strip down to ascertain the problem.

At about the same time that my old one,which I had owned for many years,went u/s I had one of those VAT free day cards through the door from Machinemart and so on the relevant day I popped down to my local shop near Sidcup and,thirty minutes later,I had a new one in the back of my car and was on my way home.

I not only use the compressor for installing new tyres and topping up existing fitted ones,but also to pressurise my grit blaster and my air tools.The 1/2" air ratchet works much better now Thumbs Up Very Happy Thumbs Up
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PostPosted: 18:40 - 08 Nov 2017    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could always go down the second hand route for a compressor. I fitted my own tyres, but always put off having a compressor, as I felt £120 for the 25 litre ones weren't worth it due to not being certain if they could handle certain tools. The larger ones were too expensive for not knowing if air tools were for me.

I ended up getting a second hand stanley air compressor for £50. It's a 2.5hp, 25 litre one. Now I have it, I definitely see myself upgrading in the future and getting a fair few air tools.

Main maintenance things are:

drain the tank every use (easier with an easily opened valve sort of drain) The drain is at the bottom.

Change the oil as per the manual (maybe every year?)

If it's belt run then you might need to eventually change the belt.

Don't run it on an extension lead (I'm guilty of this, but I'm going to get myself a long hose!)

and as previously pointed out, I would wear ear defenders when using it. It's a good habit to get into when using certain tools too.

Here's a good video of why you should drain your tank:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElQH4FrhDvY
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PostPosted: 17:05 - 14 Nov 2017    Post subject: Reply with quote

I changed the shitty thin coil hose that came in one of the cheap accessory kits and it improved the power but my 25l tank isn't big enough for sustained high cfm tools.

Whatever you get, go for the biggest tank possible. Chuck a horse blanket over the top to dull down the noise but beware of blocking off the cooling fins etc.
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