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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 12-12-2010 11:35 PM

What ever you get, I would recommend an oil sump air compressor over an oil less one. The oil less ones are terribly noisy- I had one given to me and it will drive me out of the barn when I fire it up.
As far as brand goes, it depends on how much you want to spend. You can get a small (non name brand)oil sump compressor for $80. I have one I bought 5 yrs ago at Big Lots and it is still going strong. I use it for air nailers and staplers in the shop and occasionoally spraying lacquer. It has a small tank so it runs down pretty quick for spraying big jobs. It is portable and can be used on jobs away from home, too.

That Husky one with a framing nailer does not sound like a bad deal at $200. A framing nailer is easily $100.

Look at Consumer Reports on the best buy for the money. They usually have a good range of brands for comparison. Good Luck….......

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