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  • #659576
    MrFid
    Pro
    Sudbury, MA

    I really like my Senco PC0968. I also don’t probably put it through its paces like some people on here, but for a shop machine it does the trick.

    #659630
    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    Dewalt / Emglo 4 gallon – Extremely loud, very poor in cold weather.d valves and regulator freeze up easily and it is a cold start. without heat on the notor and valves, it is no good in cold weather

    I have this one and it love it here in the subtropics.

    emglo/ dewalt.. yah junk

    Mines be going for about ten years now

    Probably had mine at least that long, but it only a summer compressor or a shop machine. mine is not a cold weather unit. You are fortunate not to have to deal with the weather extremes we do. other than the noise, it works fine in warm weather

    I just replaced the check valve, pressure switch and head gasket.

    Dirty

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    Member since January 26, 2013.

    #659632
    Warren6810
    Moderator
    Akron, OH

    I have been through a lot of compressors. I would generally go for the cheaper ones, and then just buy another when they wear out. I have owned as many as 8 at one time. My best, which is still running, is my Craftsman Professional twin cylinder. It is about 10 years old and been fixed a few times, but it is currently our go to for large frames. Unfortunately, most parts are no longer available, so I will have to let her go the next time a main component goes.

    If it went out tomorrow, I would likely look to a Cali air or Rolair, as they seem to give a decent bang for the buck.

    #659633
    kurt@welkerhomes.com
    Moderator
    Owatonna, MN - Minnesota

    my personal compressor is the hitachi, but the company ive been with for 9 years has 4 rol airs.. you pretty much have to plug into a 20 amp breaker with them.. if they dont start up full tilt immediately they will trip…

    we do not even use them on an extension cord, I have my guys plug the compressor right into the temp power panel. most compressors pull to many amps to have them on a cord unless it is at least a 10 gauge.

    #659637
    madman_us
    Pro
    Palm Springs, CA

    For the shop I have a Ingersoll Rand Garage Mate 20gal, 2 HP, Vertical, 5.5 CFM.
    For the job site, 4gal twin stack porter cable, but that piece is heavy as fu##.
    Might gonna grab this one here one day -> Ingersoll Rand Twin-Stack Portable Electric Air Compressor — 2 HP, 4-Gallon, 4.3 CFM, Model# P1IU-A9
    Definitely less weight than my Porter Cable.

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    #659645
    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    we do not even use them on an extension cord,

    Mine will not run off a extension cord. It will trip the breaker every time unless it’s a short 20 foot cord.

    Dirty

    A Working Pro since 1988!

    Member since January 26, 2013.

    #659677
    Doobie
    Moderator

    we do not even use them on an extension cord,

    Mine will not run off a extension cord. It will trip the breaker every time unless it’s a short 20 foot cord.

    A good reason I tend to install some 20A recepticles and breakers in shop/work areas. You pay a bit more, but less tripping issues.

    #659691
    theamcguy
    Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    Mine will not run off a extension cord. It will trip the breaker every time unless it’s a short 20 foot cord.

    On compressors it is better to use more air hose and keep the extension cord as short as possible. Plus with more air hose you can put the compressor farther away and cut down on noise.

    Automotive Pro
    Fayetteville, NC
    (and also the World's Fastest Poster)

    #659699
    kurt@welkerhomes.com
    Moderator
    Owatonna, MN - Minnesota

    Mine will not run off a extension cord. It will trip the breaker every time unless it’s a short 20 foot cord.

    On compressors it is better to use more air hose and keep the extension cord as short as possible. Plus with more air hose you can put the compressor farther away and cut down on noise.

    If the hoses get to long, an air tank up close to the work area will help a lot with pressure and air capacity

    #659738
    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    Mine will not run off a extension cord. It will trip the breaker every time unless it’s a short 20 foot cord.

    On compressors it is better to use more air hose and keep the extension cord as short as possible. Plus with more air hose you can put the compressor farther away and cut down on noise.

    If the hoses get to long, an air tank up close to the work area will help a lot with pressure and air capacity

    I have a FAT lead hose just for that reason.

    Dirty

    A Working Pro since 1988!

    Member since January 26, 2013.

    #659755

    Mine will not run off a extension cord. It will trip the breaker every time unless it’s a short 20 foot cord.

    On compressors it is better to use more air hose and keep the extension cord as short as possible. Plus with more air hose you can put the compressor farther away and cut down on noise.

    If the hoses get to long, an air tank up close to the work area will help a lot with pressure and air capacity

    I definitely try not to use any extension cords,
    I have been happy with my cheaper king Canada compressors, and if they fail, doesn’t hurt the pocket to much, but actually they have been pretty reliable,
    But I have been using another contractors Makita at the riding arena build, I can honestly say, it’s been remarkably quite.
    And they are reliable to.

    #659760
    Doobie
    Moderator

    Mine will not run off a extension cord. It will trip the breaker every time unless it’s a short 20 foot cord.

    On compressors it is better to use more air hose and keep the extension cord as short as possible. Plus with more air hose you can put the compressor farther away and cut down on noise.

    If the hoses get to long, an air tank up close to the work area will help a lot with pressure and air capacity

    I have a FAT lead hose just for that reason.

    Wjat’s a FAT lead hose? Never heard of it.

    #661543
    GTokley
    Pro
    Madoc, ON

    I do for another compressor. The one I have has a leak somewhere. I need to look at. I thought about checking out a Pawn Shop for a used compressor. Not sure if it is good idea.

    Greg
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    #661554
    smallerstick
    Pro
    North Bay, ON

    Mine will not run off a extension cord. It will trip the breaker every time unless it’s a short 20 foot cord.

    On compressors it is better to use more air hose and keep the extension cord as short as possible. Plus with more air hose you can put the compressor farther away and cut down on noise.

    If the hoses get to long, an air tank up close to the work area will help a lot with pressure and air capacity

    I have a FAT lead hose just for that reason.

    Exactly. An air hose acts just like an extension cord; the longer it is, the larger diameter it must be to maintain pressure under load. A large diameter hose leading to the job, then step down to a smaller, lighter hose to the tool.

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    #661564
    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    Wjat’s a FAT lead hose? Never heard of it.

    I was responding to Kurt saying about the long hose and the air pressure will be reduced. So with a FAT lead hose that lets more air get to the gun.

    If the hoses get to long, an air tank up close to the work area will help a lot with pressure and air capacity

    Dirty

    A Working Pro since 1988!

    Member since January 26, 2013.

    #661578

    I do for another compressor. The one I have has a leak somewhere. I need to look at. I thought about checking out a Pawn Shop for a used compressor. Not sure if it is good idea.

    It all depends on what and how you will be using it, is it for framing, or just finishing, will you use it with a air impact to remove lug nuts, air tools / drill and grinders,
    Do you want oil or oil less?
    Are you looking for portable or will it be fixed in your garage / shop?

    #661603
    Doobie
    Moderator

    Wjat’s a FAT lead hose? Never heard of it.

    I was responding to Kurt saying about the long hose and the air pressure will be reduced. So with a FAT lead hose that lets more air get to the gun.

    If the hoses get to long, an air tank up close to the work area will help a lot with pressure and air capacity

    I thought when you capitalized FAT, it was a brand or hose format I’d never heard of. OK, I see what you were referring to, simply having a hose with a ‘FATter’ inside diameter to mitigate air pressure loss over distance.

    Speaking of air hoses, I have an old red rubber air hose I first got 20 years ago. I never use it anymore, but was wondering whether anybody on job sites still prefers those old thick and stiff old rubber hoses?

    #661629
    theamcguy
    Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    I thought about checking out a Pawn Shop for a used compressor. Not sure if it is good idea.

    That can be risky. What is the budget for a new compressor? Maybe the guys can give you some recommendations if we know what the budget is.

    Automotive Pro
    Fayetteville, NC
    (and also the World's Fastest Poster)

    #661651
    GTokley
    Pro
    Madoc, ON

    I do for another compressor. The one I have has a leak somewhere. I need to look at. I thought about checking out a Pawn Shop for a used compressor. Not sure if it is good idea.

    It all depends on what and how you will be using it, is it for framing, or just finishing, will you use it with a air impact to remove lug nuts, air tools / drill and grinders,
    Do you want oil or oil less?
    Are you looking for portable or will it be fixed in your garage / shop?

    Those are all good questions. The compressor I have now does hardly run airs. Air Tools came with when I bought. I don’t have a garage. So I don’t need a big compressor yet. So I think I might get portable one to use in my basement shop. That way as long aa my old works I will leave it in my shed. I would used it blowing up tires and kids balls etc. It run framing nailer. I do have framing nailer.

    I thought about checking out a Pawn Shop for a used compressor. Not sure if it is good idea.

    That can be risky. What is the budget for a new compressor? Maybe the guys can give you some recommendations if we know what the budget is.

    Yeah I sure could be risky. I guess my budget would be around $300.00.

    Greg
    Do More of What Makes You Happy

    #661654
    kurt@welkerhomes.com
    Moderator
    Owatonna, MN - Minnesota

    Wjat’s a FAT lead hose? Never heard of it.

    I was responding to Kurt saying about the long hose and the air pressure will be reduced. So with a FAT lead hose that lets more air get to the gun.

    If the hoses get to long, an air tank up close to the work area will help a lot with pressure and air capacity

    I thought when you capitalized FAT, it was a brand or hose format I’d never heard of. OK, I see what you were referring to, simply having a hose with a ‘FATter’ inside diameter to mitigate air pressure loss over distance.

    Speaking of air hoses, I have an old red rubber air hose I first got 20 years ago. I never use it anymore, but was wondering whether anybody on job sites still prefers those old thick and stiff old rubber hoses?

    i have 3 0r 4 of them hanging in my shop that have not been touched in 10 years. I should just throw them as I never really see them on jobs.

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