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Talk to me about compressors

by Tedstor
posted 596 days ago


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Bill White

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#1 posted 596 days ago

The oil lubed ‘pressor will be more quiet. My trusty PC pancake just keeps on cookin’, but if it ever tanks, I’ll buy an oil filled.
I don’t think that you’ll go wrong with Emglo.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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crashn

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#2 posted 595 days ago

Soon, I too will need a new compressor. I have the HF unit that looks just like the Emglo you posted. It is mostly a POS, but has served its purpose. I read (here on LJ somewhere) that Cambel Hausfield has a 200psi unit that looked promising. I like the fact that it charges to 200psi, which will give you longer runs before re-fill.
I’ll keep my eye on this thread to see what you end up with :)

crashn

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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Jimbo4

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#3 posted 595 days ago

My money is on Quincy – made right here in the USA in Quincy, Illinois. I used to sell ‘em, so I know how good they are.

-- BELT SANDER: Used for making rectangular gouges in wood.

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felkadelic

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#4 posted 595 days ago

I have a Rolair JC10 that’s very quiet, although it’s not oiled

http://rolair.net/products/spec_pages/hand_carry/JC10.html#specs

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waho6o9

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#5 posted 595 days ago

I’ve used the above pictured emglo for a long time and it still works
and it’s served me well.

Not one problem with that compressor. I’ve run a Hitachi framing nailer
and a Senco finnishing nailer all day with it.

HTH

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Jerry

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#6 posted 595 days ago

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.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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hamburglar

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#7 posted 595 days ago

I would suggest this compressor Makita MAC2400

I have one and it is the cat’s meow. Looooooowwww noise level which is great because my shop is the sidewalk out in front of my apartment and I try not to piss off the neighbors too much :D

We have it’s big brother at work (MAC5200) and it’ll run two framing nailers no problem. This MAC2400 will run two framing nailers if not shooting that hard. If I start laying down sheathing though and blow and go with some 8d’s then it struggles to keep up. (Bostitch F21PL nailer)

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NiteWalker

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#8 posted 595 days ago

My money would go on the Rol-Air JC10 mentioned above. That thing is amazing.
I’m grabbin one in a few days as a second compressor.

Toolbarn has the best price I’ve found at $199 shipped.

I have the MAC2400 too and it’s a great compressor; not so much if you need to carry it around. It’s a beast!

I run mine in the kitchen and it doesn’t bother my wife sleeping in the next room over.
Don’t run your compressor and toaster at the same time…

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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BerBer5985

419 posts in 919 days


#9 posted 595 days ago

Rollair jc10, made in the USA, small and fairly light, very very quiet. It will be my next portable compressor hands down. Perfect for running nailers in the house putting trim up, etc

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One, www.qualitycarpetonecrofton.com

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Jerry

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#10 posted 595 days ago

I certainly agree the Rol-Air is the way to go for similar money. That should be a better built product. We used to own a Rol-Air also. I do disagree with the model recommended since it is oiless. No way the longevity of an oiless product can be on par with a oil lubricated model.

Toolbarn does have the next model up which is the Rol-Air FC2002 which would be super value at 239.00 shipped to your home. I do believe it is an oil lubricated pump and likely will serve all your needs for many years to come as long as it is used properly.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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Jerry

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#11 posted 595 days ago

Toolbarn also has another Rol-Air similar to the model I recommended installed on a small dolly cart for easy moving around. The shipped price for that one is 257.00. Very good deal. I do understand you have a budget and these models might be stretching your budget, I’m not sure. But if you can swing it I would go for the Rol-Air. And as mentioned before they are American made.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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NiteWalker

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#12 posted 595 days ago

Jerry, both of the other rol-airs you mentioned have a piston speed of 3400 rpms. They’ll both be a lot louder than the JC10, which is even quieter than my MAC2400, which is considered quiet by compressor standards.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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Jerry

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#13 posted 595 days ago

Yes, that may be correct.

I guess it is just a thing I have with a bad experience. I purchased the dewalt, it featured 5.2 CFM at 90 psi, I think had a 4.5 gallon tank on a fixed dolly with max PSI at 210 lbs. I paid around 400.00 brand new. And it was a great compressor but when it was 15 months old it gave up on me. So if there is such a thing as a bad buy, that was it. No way should anyone have those kinds of issues with any compressor in 15 months. In hind sight, I know I could have probably used a rebuild kit for the pump and got the compressor working again. But how often would I have been faced with rebuilding an oiless pump on the dewalt?

I do think if you only plan to run an occassional nail gun, you are probably going to be fine no matter what you buy. But we sprayed with our compressor and we needed to be able to depend on the compressor. Now we use an 80 gallon, 7.5 up SpeedAire, but it is not very portable. ;)

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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dhazelton

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#14 posted 595 days ago

You got maybe 4 years of service out of a $50 compressor INCLUDING a gun and accessories! You say it was a POS but has been great and paid for itself many times over. You could go look for another deal like that and save the $174 for another tool. Just saying…

I don’t believe Quincy makes small compressors, so I wouldn’t look there. My craftsman was made be DeLaval, who makes milking parlor compressor systems and it’s a very good unit.

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Tedstor

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#15 posted 594 days ago

Well; it leaks, takes forever to fill, the regulator has never worked particularly well, and it’s noisier than hell.
It was a good value, all things considered but I’m not sure it belongs in the compressor hall of fame. All that said, I feel I got my money’s worth and it’s time for an upgrade.
Apologies if I offended you by insulting my compressor. Lol.

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JayT

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#16 posted 594 days ago

This blog article does a pretty good job of evaluating/comparing quite a few compressors in the size range you are looking at, including fill and recovery times and decibel readings.

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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Bertha

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#17 posted 594 days ago

I’ve got the big 1-tank DeWalt Emglo.
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I don’t believe it performs up to the specs on the box. It fizzles out on sanders pretty quick, although they’re known to be air hogs. It’s also loud as the devil. It scares me to death when it comes on. Other than that, I’ve been really pleased with it. Drains easy, moves easy, clear gauges, etc. Bit on the expensive side, if I’m remembering correctly.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Tedstor

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#18 posted 594 days ago

Those Quincy compressor look solid. If money/space were no object, I probably get a 20 gal. Unfortunately, I can’t justify $500+ or allocate the required space. I’m stuck in the 4-6 gallon, sub $300 range.

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Jimbo4

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#19 posted 594 days ago

Quincy also has a pancake style compressor, and a twin tank.

-- BELT SANDER: Used for making rectangular gouges in wood.

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dhazelton

1099 posts in 796 days


#20 posted 594 days ago

Oh, I’m not insulted…

For portability you can’t beat the pancakes – Hitachi makes a nice one. My Porter Cable is okay, really loud and oil free so it won’t last forever. Make sure you get one with twin outlets – wish I had that so I don’t have to go back and forth with guns.

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Jerry

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#21 posted 594 days ago

Have you decided or any compressor your leaning towards. I had a pancake rol-air in the past and loved it myself. Wish I still had it. My next portable compressor will be one of the rol-air models. Let us know what you choose and how well you like it whenever you get it.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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Tedstor

1369 posts in 1132 days


#22 posted 594 days ago

Well Jerry, I had it narrowed down to the Emglo and a similar sized Makita. But I just HAD to ask you guys for an opinion. Now I have to consider Rolair too. Haha.
Honestly I will likely get the Emglo since I can buy it locally. I avoid buying these kinds of things online if possible. In the event I need to return it, I dont want to deal with return shipping. I can also plug In the Emglo at my local lowes and make sure I like what I see and hear.

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derosa

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#23 posted 594 days ago

I bought a husky compressor from HD about 6 years ago, one of those kits with the framing gun and 18g brad along with a double tank and oil lubed compressor. I’ve flogged it pretty badly with the impact wrench and working on cars and have done a lot of nailing with it as well. Not too noisy and does fine at keeping up with what I need it to do. I made the mistake of buying the 20gal dewalt thinking I needed something better, gave the dewalt to my dad and kept the husky; should have saved for bigger and better and oiled. So for cheap husky gets my vote, wait till black fri and they always seem to have the special like I got; I just walked in after noon to avoid the crowds and there were still plenty left.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse


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