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Forum topic by treesner posted 05-11-2016 07:06 AM 568 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-11-2016 07:06 AM

Looking to get one of the cheap harbor freight, porter cable compressors. wondering if the 6gal is a better option than the 3. my thought is that these might leak a bit meaning it would need to run longer with the 6 gal than the 3 gal which is more noise in the shop..

will be running brad nailer, would like to run air sanders but i know thats not really an option for a sub 30 gal tank.


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#1 posted 05-11-2016 07:27 AM

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#2 posted 05-11-2016 11:46 AM

I cannot answer your direct question 3 vs 6, but I can tell you that if/when my current 8gal Husky dies, I will replace it with a California Air Tools. Current compressor just way too loud in my shop.

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#3 posted 05-11-2016 03:02 PM

I have a Porter Cable 3 gallon air compressor that works great. The only problem is I have to wear hearing protection when I use it or put it at the far end of a 50 foot hose. When it wears out, I will certainly seek out a quieter machine. I may just replace it anyway. It takes almost no air to run a nailer of any kind. The capacity isn’t relevant unless you are operating multiple guns at once.

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#4 posted 05-11-2016 03:21 PM

Generally speaking air compressors don’t leak. Your fittings leak.
Tighten fittings
Add Teflon tape or (better yet compound)
Disconnect leaky tools when not in use.
A little time spent on this will make for a considerable reduction in compressor cycling.

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#5 posted 05-11-2016 03:31 PM



Generally speaking air compressors don t leak. Your fittings leak.
Tighten fittings
Add Teflon tape or (better yet compound)
Disconnect leaky tools when not in use.
A little time spent on this will make for a considerable reduction in compressor cycling.

- shipwright

sounds like sound advice, thank you

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#6 posted 05-11-2016 03:33 PM



I cannot answer your direct question 3 vs 6, but I can tell you that if/when my current 8gal Husky dies, I will replace it with a California Air Tools. Current compressor just way too loud in my shop.

- ste6168

after looking further into it i think i’m going to go with the quieter husky 4.6, its actually discontinued now but it was being made by california. now home depot just carries the california brand (and its more expensive) amz still has a few

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#7 posted 05-11-2016 03:56 PM

I have several small air compressors. I got them free, but I did buy a PC. They are all VERY noisy. I got sick of all the noise and bought a California Air Tools compressor; super QUIET. I use it for a brad and pin nailer.

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#8 posted 05-11-2016 05:06 PM

I have a pancake (PC) and they are fine for nails/staples only. I have a 30 gal that still won’t drive a good sander because of its cfm rating. If you want to run powertools these are not a real option. Also non oil fillled will be loud loud loud.

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#9 posted 05-11-2016 05:20 PM

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#10 posted 05-11-2016 05:50 PM

I have a CA Air Tools 4.6 gal, 1 HP. Works great. Super quiet (relatively). No need for hearing protection unless you were to spend a lot of time next to it, or had it in a small space like a tiled bathroom.

Though I actually use hearing protection any time I use a nailer. As I understand it, there is a very high peak sound pressure from a nailer, but we don’t register it as that loud because it is so short.

I run brad and finish nailers and the 4.6 gal is more than large enough for that. Only time it wimps out on me is when I’m blowing air to clean things off, that runs it down pretty fast.

Coincidentally, I have plans to drive some lag screws with a borrowed air wrench later today. Should work fine since I won’t be driving screws in quick succession.

P.S., I also like the aluminum tanks I got. Much lighter unit that way.

-- Clin

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#11 posted 05-11-2016 06:17 PM

You probably end up getting what you pay for. If you don’t want to spend much you won’t get much.

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