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Old 12-21-2005, 11:42 AM   #1
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Default choosing an air compressor

ok, i'm finally in the market for an air compressor. this will be a general purpose use compressor, meaning it will see duty from auto repair to home improvement. i'm looking to stay under $300 if possible

what do you guys/gals recommend and what should i be looking for?

so far, i've heard that i should get one that is at least 25 gallon and has a scfm of at 4.5/90 psi

by the way, i need a horizontal compressor
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Old 12-22-2005, 02:13 PM   #2
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I would not buy an oilless unit. They do not hold up as well as the traditional iron block piston type. They also have a funky sound when running. But, they are cheaper.

I have an old Craftsman 240V 2 HP unit, 20 gal tank, 125 psi max, 7.4 SCFM at 90 psi. It keeps up easily with my impact wrench when rotating tires.

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Old 12-22-2005, 03:02 PM   #3
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I listed the compressor I use. Speaking of oiless/oiled, good luck locating a 115v 15amp oiled compressor for less than $300. I also prefer a compressor that runs on oil for less sound and longer life but they are quite a bit more expensive.
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Old 12-22-2005, 09:37 PM   #4
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