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Murgatroy
06-22-2015, 05:48 PM
Let's talk.

For general use, running a nailer, a DA, maybe an impact. I doubt I will run a sprayer.

Price is a concern. 120v to run off a regular outlet.

I am looking at this:

http://www.lowes.com/pd_470443-30449-0332041_1z10d76__?productId=50129760&Ns=p_product_price|0&pl=1

Thoughts?

4thgenceli
06-22-2015, 06:17 PM
I have this old 30 gallon Craftsman compressor. I have no clue what the specs are on it. All I know is I have to crank the regulator to 110psi to take off axle nuts, 90psi to use the framing nailer and 75psi for the brake bleeder.

That being said I have no clue what the specs are on this compressor. My father inlaw gave it to me after he bought a more compact & portable Rigid when he became tired of putting this compressor in & out of his truck.

Murgatroy
06-22-2015, 06:19 PM
The 30 gallon is the one I am looking at, I updated the link.

4thgenceli
06-22-2015, 06:28 PM
I'll get the info off mine tonight when I get home. It does what I need it to. Sometimes I could use some more umpf on it but that could just be the impact I'm using as well.

Murgatroy
06-22-2015, 06:30 PM
Well I found this Craftsman (http://www.sears.com/craftsman-26-gallon-air-compressor-with-impact-wrench/p-00916471000P?prdNo=36&blockNo=36&blockType=G36) for $100 more, but it comes with a ratchet and impact.

MCcelica
06-22-2015, 07:02 PM
Murg, that Craftsman that you posted is pretty similar to mine. I forget the specs on it, but could look at it tonight if you'd like.

Caveat for it. It does run on the 110 but... it takes up literally every amp on that circuit. So it pops breakers a lot. If your breakers are in a convenient place, it's NBD. But if your breakers are in like, the basement or something, that'll be a pain in the balls.

Also, the oilless compressors are loud as fuuuuuuck. Mine still makes me jump when it clicks on if I'm not expecting it. (But then again, I'm a little girl).

Otherwise, it does well enough to blow out my sprinklers. Won't quite keep up with a paint gun, but it will blow out the sprinklers and take shit off the car. So it'd definitely run a nail gun etc. I don't care about the noise cause I suffer from CHS, and my breakers are in a convenient place.

Murgatroy
06-22-2015, 07:28 PM
I just want to make sure that the compressor is capable and I don't wind up spending money on something that can't do what I need it to do.

MCcelica
06-22-2015, 09:29 PM
30 Gallon ought to do.

locker
06-23-2015, 08:08 PM
costco usually has some good deals on compressors as well.
I have a 50 gallon myself and its just about the right size. If I had room I'd go a bit bigger just for those times you need to use the cut off wheel or the die grinder so it wasn't constantly running.
30 gallon will do you fine though.
After you buy your compressor you will wonder how you lived without it.

Nitro_Alltrac
06-24-2015, 12:05 AM
I miss my garage and having the compressor there.

Luni
06-25-2015, 12:38 AM
We had a craftsman for awhile. Then we upgraded to a Porter Cable. Not sure how much the Porter Cable was over the Craftsman but the performance was definitely better.

MCcelica
06-25-2015, 08:54 AM
We had a craftsman for awhile. Then we upgraded to a Porter Cable. Not sure how much the Porter Cable was over the Craftsman but the performance was definitely better.

This is true. Craftsman, like it or not, is no longer the defacto standard of tools anymore. And I'm speaking strictly in general here. I love my Craftsman compressor, however... I was on a budget when I bought and it seemed like the best "bang for the buck" when I did. For ratchet handles I've had better luck from Kobalt and even freakin' Stanley than I have from Craptsman. I do like my Craftsman compressor but it's entirely possible that a Porter Cable compressor would kick the ever-living shit out of it. Either way, 30 Gal is probably enough for anything you might want to do. Well... I shouldn't say that. The most compressor strenuous thing I do with it is blow out the sprinklers. The 30 gal is enough for that. But it DOES have to re-charge between every zone.

Hopefully that gives you an idea what you're looking for.

4thgenceli
06-25-2015, 03:12 PM
This is true. Craftsman, like it or not, is no longer the defacto standard of tools anymore. And I'm speaking strictly in general here. I love my Craftsman compressor, however... I was on a budget when I bought and it seemed like the best "bang for the buck" when I did. For ratchet handles I've had better luck from Kobalt and even freakin' Stanley than I have from Craptsman. I do like my Craftsman compressor but it's entirely possible that a Porter Cable compressor would kick the ever-living shit out of it. Either way, 30 Gal is probably enough for anything you might want to do. Well... I shouldn't say that. The most compressor strenuous thing I do with it is blow out the sprinklers. The 30 gal is enough for that. But it DOES have to re-charge between every zone.

Hopefully that gives you an idea what you're looking for.

I have tools from pretty much every major brand except for the tool trucks (MAC, SnapOn). I have the Porter Cable, Pittsburgh, Craftsman, Kobalt, etc. Generally speaking I like them all. I thought the wrenches I bought from Harbor Freight were going to be single use tools (as most of their stuff is) but surprisingly enough I still have the whole metric set of wrenches and have no issues with them (stripping, breaking, etc). I ended up buying a ratchecting set of metric wrenches from there and haven't had any issues with the ratcheting aspect of them. I have a full set of 3/8 and 1/2 impact sockets from there as well. The case fell to shit, but the sockets are in good condition.

The thing I like about Sears (Craftsman) and the Harbor Freight (Pittsburgh) hand tools is the 100% no questions asked exchange policy. To your point Seth...I've only had to exchange Craftsman ratchets. I don't have any other brand ratchets so I don't think that's a real fair comparison. I've used my 1/2 ratchet as a hammer, prybar, wedge...yeah. Wasn't really nice to it.

MCcelica
06-25-2015, 11:26 PM
I have tools from pretty much every major brand except for the tool trucks (MAC, SnapOn). I have the Porter Cable, Pittsburgh, Craftsman, Kobalt, etc. Generally speaking I like them all. I thought the wrenches I bought from Harbor Freight were going to be single use tools (as most of their stuff is) but surprisingly enough I still have the whole metric set of wrenches and have no issues with them (stripping, breaking, etc). I ended up buying a ratchecting set of metric wrenches from there and haven't had any issues with the ratcheting aspect of them. I have a full set of 3/8 and 1/2 impact sockets from there as well. The case fell to shit, but the sockets are in good condition.

The thing I like about Sears (Craftsman) and the Harbor Freight (Pittsburgh) hand tools is the 100% no questions asked exchange policy. To your point Seth...I've only had to exchange Craftsman ratchets. I don't have any other brand ratchets so I don't think that's a real fair comparison. I've used my 1/2 ratchet as a hammer, prybar, wedge...yeah. Wasn't really nice to it.

That's what I'm saying. I've had Kobalt ratchets. I haven't had to exchange them despite also not being nice to them. They still work perfectly. It's only the craftsman ones that break. How's that not a fair comparison when I've used all my ratchets the same way and only one brand breaks?

At either rate, Tim, you act like I'm trash talking a brand, when all I'm saying is I don't have brand loyalty. I said I like my compressor, but just because I like it doesn't mean there isn't something out there that wouldn't beat the piss out of it. It's called "relaying personal experiences" not, "I have to be fair to a brand".

Luni
06-25-2015, 11:58 PM
Worth mentioning only Craftsman hand tools have that no questions asked exchange. If you break a drill, compressor, whatever electric, it doesnt have a lifetime warranty on it.

Also, yeah, their warranty is the ONLY thing that makes em worth a shit. Ive broken them as well, and Id quit buying them if they didnt have that warranty on em.

Murgatroy
06-26-2015, 02:03 AM
The cat at Lowe's said that he couldn't in good conscience sell me the $200 Kobalt compressor. He suggested either Porter Cable or the Craftsman.

MCcelica
06-26-2015, 05:25 AM
The cat at Lowe's said that he couldn't in good conscience sell me the $200 Kobalt compressor. He suggested either Porter Cable or the Craftsman.

That's fair.