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#1 posted 08-30-2012 02:31 AM

We have sure had our share of small compressors, wore them all out for one reason or another. Some was user error though.

Things I consider:
1. Needs to be oil lubed pump as you have listed.
2. weight and portability, I always enjoyed the pnuematic wheels on some compressors, saves on the back.
3. The 4 cfm at 90 PSI should be sufficient.

If you do this professionally and use a compressor you might spend a little more for a better compressor. However, if you do this for fun or on the side, then the compressor you are considering should be a good option if it is an oil pump. Just stay away from the oiless pumps and you should be fine.

Things I have done in the past that have shortened the life of the compressor: (things not to do)
1. used my portable compressor to clean off shop equipment, allowed motor to run excessively without a chance to catch up. Even if you get a compressor with a high pressure output, such as 200+ PSI, but the tank is only 4 gallons, then your compressor can run too much to keep up.
2. Ensure no leaks in any of your connections.
3. If the compressor shuts off, look for a reset button.

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