|Forum topic by Rex B||posted 02-08-2013 08:07 PM||1078 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
02-08-2013 08:07 PM
Jocks, I need your help picking out an air compressor. I have been doing some research, but there are a lot of varying applications for compressors and I need some woodworker-specific advice.
The initial reason for this purchase is to paint a few interior doors using a spray gun. I see myself using it to spray paint and finishes, run a few different nailers (mostly smaller ones), and general homeowner stuff like filling tires. I want to buy a nice unit that will last me for a good long while. The ideal price range would be up to around $300.
A big consideration is noise level. My dad has an 8 gallon Campbell Hausfield that is just obnoxious. I work in a small garage shop and would like to keep the noise level as low as possible. From what I’ve read I should steer clear of oil-free compressors for this reason?
The second consideration is size. It will spend most of its life under a workbench, but it would be nice to be able to bring it in the house to hang trim, etc. every once in a while. I think the sweet spot would be somewhere around 5-6 gallons.
What SCFM ratings would you guys recommend? I have heard great things about Rolair compressors, and they seem to have units that meet my criteria (like this one). Any other good brands to look for?