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#1 posted 02-26-2010 09:51 PM

It’s the CFM and duty rating to watch out for. HP is not a good indicator. Just make sure your compressor’s CFM output is higher than the requirement of tools you want to use.

If you’re using it to run nailers only the pancake will be fine. But I’ve owned a Stanley Bostitch pancake before, and the one thing I really really hate about it is how heavy, awkward to carry, and unbelivablely noisy it is. You can hear it running in the basement from 2 floors up.

I would suggest buying a small and quiet one that is easy to carry around. You only need a small one if you’re using nail guns or blowing off sawdust in shop. And you’ll be thankful that you’re lugging around a 20 lb compressor rahter than a 60lb monster when you’re doing trims in your house.

The 1HP 3 gallon one will really struggle to run most air tools anyway, including spray guns. When you do need to run air tools in your garage later on, then you go buy a bigger 5hp horsepower one. You’ll still be able to use the small compressor for home renovations.

I have the dewalt 55140 and it’s very quiet for an oilless. I would also suggest the Dewalt 55141, Senco 1 gal trim compressor, and the Maxus or Ridgid aluminum ones. For bigger ones the low RPM Makitas are quiet also. From what I heard newer PC nailers are overrated anyway, so I’d rather get an ideal copmpressor and buy a much cheaper but still fucctional no-name-brand nailer.

-- Ed

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