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Old 01-19-2009, 01:07 PM   #1
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i'd like to find a nice portable compressor to use in the garage and at the track. searched a previous post and this thing seems like a champ:

http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...3+90401+527575

it's 120V 15amp. i have a generator:

http://www.hondapowerequipment.com/p...elid=EU2000IAN

it's 120V 16.7amp.

i should be in good shape, right?

any other compressor recommendations? from what i've found, bigger is better. i think this is the biggest thing my generator will handle. and should handle just about anything.

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Old 01-19-2009, 03:02 PM   #2
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That compressor rules. It is the same one I have and I haven't found anything that it can't handle yet.

I'd suggest something smaller for track use though as this thing is pretty big and heavy. I wouldn't want to haul it around even in an enclosed trailer.

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Old 01-19-2009, 03:14 PM   #3
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score. as long as my generator can handle it, i'll be happy.
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Old 01-19-2009, 05:40 PM   #4
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I don't know a damn thing about generators other then I love paddocking next to the guys with the Hondas as I know its not going to be loud
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Old 01-20-2009, 10:07 AM   #5
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I'm worried that the generator is too small. It is rated at 16.7amp max and the compressor is 17.5amp. Also, electric motors typically draw more current for the instant they start up. When I was researching backup generators for my sump pump, many homeowner sites recommended generators with double the pump's rated power draw.

I'm no expert, but maybe you can find someone who has done this and they can tell you what works for them.

EDIT: check out the "How much power do I need" link on the Honda generator site. They mention 3 x running watts for startup. They also have an example page (http://www.hondapowerequipment.com/p...set=gg_wattage) that lists a 1hp compressor as needing 4500 watts to start.

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Old 01-20-2009, 10:53 AM   #6
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What about getting a nitrogen bottle for the track and not lugging the compressor all over the place.
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Old 01-20-2009, 11:13 AM   #7
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I'm worried that the generator is too small. It is rated at 16.7amp max and the compressor is 17.5amp. Also, electric motors typically draw more current for the instant they start up. When I was researching backup generators for my sump pump, many homeowner sites recommended generators with double the pump's rated power draw.

I'm no expert, but maybe you can find someone who has done this and they can tell you what works for them.

EDIT: check out the "How much power do I need" link on the Honda generator site. They mention 3 x running watts for startup. They also have an example page (http://www.hondapowerequipment.com/p...set=gg_wattage) that lists a 1hp compressor as needing 4500 watts to start.


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I'd suggest something smaller for track use though as this thing is pretty big and heavy. I wouldn't want to haul it around even in an enclosed trailer.

-Tom

+1 Both right.

I would think you would want at least a commercial grade generator to run that compressor.
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Old 01-20-2009, 01:51 PM   #8
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Luke,

Look into something like this:
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00916760000P
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Luke,

Look into something like this:
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00916760000P
No offense, but that compressor is a piece of ****. Its oil-less, not cast iron, loud as all hell, and doesn't have enough power or put enough air through for a good shop/garage. Also the tools that come with it suck at life.

-Tom
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I'm worried that the generator is too small. It is rated at 16.7amp max and the compressor is 17.5amp. Also, electric motors typically draw more current for the instant they start up. When I was researching backup generators for my sump pump, many homeowner sites recommended generators with double the pump's rated power draw.

I'm no expert, but maybe you can find someone who has done this and they can tell you what works for them.

EDIT: check out the "How much power do I need" link on the Honda generator site. They mention 3 x running watts for startup. They also have an example page (http://www.hondapowerequipment.com/p...set=gg_wattage) that lists a 1hp compressor as needing 4500 watts to start.
Could use a UPS to handle the startup load amperage.
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Old 01-20-2009, 04:50 PM   #11
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i bought the generator for hurricane use. then i thought, it would be sweet if i could run my compressor off this thing and do nascar pitstops at lemons. looks like that's not going to happen.

i guess i'm back down to compressor for the garage, battery stuff at the track.

a small portable compressor would likely work, but i think i'll save my money for now. either that or lug the monster to the track and hope they'll let me plug it in.

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Old 01-20-2009, 05:15 PM   #12
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No offense, but that compressor is a piece of ****. Its oil-less, not cast iron, loud as all hell, and doesn't have enough power or put enough air through for a good shop/garage. Also the tools that come with it suck at life.

-Tom

I guess it's like anything in life. You can get good ones and bad ones.

I agree with the tools.

My dad has one that's lasted years, is quiet, and handles my 1/2" titanium impact just fine. *shrug*
Now, I have a 7 horse 60 gallon at my house that IS cast iron and oiled.......and I wouldn't trade it for anything.

I just figured for the track, it's relatively small and portable, will handle some air tools as needed at the track,..........but it is oiless.

*shrug*
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