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09-07-2009 07:40 PM

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Newbie trying to set up my garage for some woodworking projects, along with general storage and some lawn and garden equipment.

My next purchase is going to be an air compressor, problem is which one to buy. Mostly going to be using it for blowing sawdust, nailer, and very rarely mechanic use. Largest CFM tool I would use would be a die grinder or air rachtet.

Noise is a issue, have a newborn baby so I don’t want anything that will rattle the walls. Must be 120v. Would prefer an oil filled compressor for the noise factor. Would like to keep it under $400.

Was kinda looking at the Makita Mac2400

Or any of the dewalt models. One dewalt has a 15 gallon tank but I think it’s oil free anybody have one of these.

Sears also has a 25 gallon oiled belt driven compressor but it’s a little expensive rated at 5.8 cfm

Chicago Pneumatic has a 26 gallon that is 7.1 cfm but it’s $550
Any help would be great thanks.

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#1 posted 09-07-2009 10:56 PM

Jwm, if you can find a belt drive it will be a lot quieter, than the direct drive. I have a sears direct 12gal, and a dewalt belt drive portable that I got to run my framing nailer for a shed project, and the dewalt chugs along and is way quieter, pricier, but its nice. My dewalt is not an oil filled compressor, but I have heard good things about the Makita compressors, though not sure about their noise level.

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#2 posted 09-07-2009 11:34 PM

why buy new their tons of good used ones on craigs list i would get a name brand though brian

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#3 posted 09-07-2009 11:41 PM

I always watch craigslist and have bought and traded many things on there, but just havent seen many quality compressors. If one comes up I will jump on it in a hurry.

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#4 posted 09-08-2009 03:27 AM

I just bought the Mac2400 and it is as quiet as they say. Love it.

I bought mine refurbed for $179 (which is a ridiculously low price) on ebay from user “RAFSupply” (Item 350184834936) Came in perfect condition. Great deal and had it in less than a week!

They have six left at that price apparently…

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#5 posted 09-08-2009 05:56 AM

I have a Makita compressor and love it. I did a tool review on it if you care to look.

God Bless

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#6 posted 09-08-2009 06:42 AM

I have a Craftsman 33 gal upright and its not oil filled. It is LOUD and I would stay away from it. There are a lot of used compressors out there and most can be had fairly reasonably. I also have a small C-man 2 gal oil filled and its nice for small things like nail gun. I wouldnt try to spray with it or run an air ratchet but for the small tasks its pretty nice

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#7 posted 09-08-2009 06:59 AM

I think for what you’re talking about you’re going to need to get one with at least a 15 gallon tank, larger would be better but cost is always an issue. Larger means it won’t be running as much, those noise is less of an issue. If you don’t need to move it around a lot, you could always make a padded storage area for it to reduce the noise more. Also, if you can spring for a larger one, some are able to be kept outdoors. My father has one with a 50 or 60 gallon upright tank and he has it sitting outside his shop and just ran air lines through his shop. Just thought I’d mention it.

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#8 posted 09-08-2009 07:52 AM

my advice is buy the most air compressor you can afford a compressor is usually a once in a life time purchase and i have often wished mine was larger, if you buy thinking of only what you’ll be using it for today and later want to do more then it can handle you’ll have to buy another compressor just my 2 cents

Good luck in what ever you decide

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#9 posted 09-08-2009 11:41 PM

Thanks for all the advice, I think I will go with the makita. Looked at the reconditioned model on ebay, but shipping is $70 to Iowa. I’ll probably just buy new. Gonna go with the portable model for now and upgrade if need be. Thanks for all your guys help.

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#10 posted 09-08-2009 11:56 PM

If you can get a dental design of compressor used by dentists then these are quiet, very quiet .Please don’t buy from a dental company that will cost you big time. Try a similar type easy to find will be just as quiet just like refridgerator.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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