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Forum topic by knotscott posted 05-31-2012 12:37 PM 6443 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-31-2012 12:37 PM

I’m looking for an inexpensive compressor for general house/shop use…brad nailer, HVLP sprayer, tire inflation, blowing out dust, etc. There’s a reconditioned Hitachi EC510 6 gallon 1.1 hp 145 PSI compressor on sale for $80, which seems like an attractive price to me….new ones sell in the $180-$190 range and gets pretty good ratings. Any thoughts and comments on it would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 05-31-2012 01:17 PM

Scott, it gives 2.8cfm @40 psi, which is not great for spraying unless it’s really small projects.
I have the qualspray QS-125WB detail gun that uses 4 cfm and it makes my makita twin stack run a decent amount, but not a ton. The same gun would probably have the hitachi running more often, but I’ve read that some guys use that gun with a porter cable pancake with no problems.

So in short, it will run nailers just fine, but hvlp would be ok with only a small gun and small projects.

Good price btw.

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#2 posted 05-31-2012 01:39 PM

Thanks NW. Right now I’ve got a little 1/2hp 2 gallon HF compressor that usually does fine with nail guns, but runs out of gas in about 2 minutes of spraying with the $15 HF sprayer. I don’t spray very much, and don’t even use it a lot, but was hoping the Hitachi would do a little better for minimal cash outlay….not counting on it running with the more expensive “big dogs”, just don’t want it to be a total waste of money.

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#3 posted 05-31-2012 01:42 PM

These units are noisy. They also don’t like long run periods of time.

I would hold off and get something quieter.

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#4 posted 05-31-2012 01:55 PM

Overall, that is a pretty decent compressor. I have had good luck with reconditioned pneumatics, both using and selling (I mainly use a reconditioned Porter Cable pancake purchased for ~$90). It will be a significant step up from the little HF you are using now, but as NW mentioned, not great for spraying. Any oil-less is going to be loud and heat up quickly if run very much.

In an ideal world, I would get one of the low rpm compressors from Makita, but that would be a significant increase in cost. For $80, this is a good buy. Double check on the warranty, just in case. Usually 1 year for most recon, but I don’t recall if Hitachi has the same.

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#5 posted 05-31-2012 03:07 PM

It looks like a good compressor but I think its more for trim carpentry.

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#6 posted 05-31-2012 03:12 PM

Thanks everyone. It sounds like this isn’t a great compressor, but it sounds like it’s decent enough for what I’ll be doing. Order placed.

Anyone want to buy a small HF compressor cheap?! ;-)

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#7 posted 05-31-2012 03:15 PM

As long as it has the CFMs you’re looking for, go for it.

Let’s us know how you like it.

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#8 posted 05-31-2012 03:22 PM

Good luck on your purchase Scott let us know what you think of it once you’ve used it.

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#9 posted 05-31-2012 04:41 PM

My biggest concern now is whether it not it’ll show up without my wife noticing it! :-D

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#10 posted 05-31-2012 10:11 PM

Just tell her you sold some tools to make room for new ones. :)

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#11 posted 05-31-2012 10:53 PM

I have an Ingersoll Rand 5hp (230v single phase) 80gal very fast recovery compressor that is barely up to the task of spraying. I mainly gor it to keep up with large air tools and body saws. Of note, I have only used this (to date) for automotive spraying applications so I’m not sure how much it takes to spray finishes.

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#12 posted 06-12-2012 07:15 PM

Thought I’d follow up and let you all know that I did purchase the Hitachi EC510 for $79.95 plus s/h from Big Sky Tools. It arrived in good shape, looks new, runs well, builds pressure faster than my HF, and is quite loud as Lumberdustjohn pointed out. I’ve haven’t used it enough to know how well it sprays yet, but I don’t spray much and I’m sure it’ll do better than the little HF (which I sold for $25, so my out of pocket costs were pretty reasonable, so my wife is happy!). After I’ve had it for a while I’ll post a more detailed review.

Since there have been a number of customer service posts lately, I thought I’d also share that I received an email from Big Sky stating that this unit was on sale for $69.12 this week. I fired off a note asking Big Sky if they’d refund the difference. This morning I got an email saying the difference would be refunded back to my PayPal account. In checking their policies, they normally do not refund for price changes like this, but I’m grateful for their effort in this case. They’ve kept a customer happy, and I’ve responded by telling you fine folks!

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#13 posted 06-12-2012 10:13 PM

Thank you for the great info knotscott. Does the EC510 come with a hose or any accessories, or just the compressor?

I am conflicting between the EC510 and this deal on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Factory-Reconditioned-Bostitch-CPACK1850BN-18-Gauge-Compressor/dp/B0031ZDYTU?tag=dealswoot-20

It would run $47 more, but includes a hose and a basic nailer.

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#14 posted 06-12-2012 10:20 PM

Nothing but the compressor on the Hitachi refurb… a hose was < $6.

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#15 posted 06-15-2012 12:54 PM

I think I am going to pick up the Hitachi EC510 air compressor, one to run a framer nailer and a roofing nailer. I dont think my Bostitch 1.5 gal trim air compressor will run those guns.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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