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Forum topic by Woodbum posted 11-20-2013 07:45 PM 708 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Woodbum

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11-20-2013 07:45 PM

Does anyone own one of these California Air Tools: 2 hp, ultra quiet compressors? How do you like it? Time for a replacement for my 16 yr. old Craftsman.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/California-Air-Tools-4-6-Gal-2-HP-Ultra-Quiet-and-Oil-Free-Aluminum-Twin-Tank-Air-Compressor-4620A/202977405?N=c27pZ1z0v5qk#.Uo0QWZ3naot

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b2rtch

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#1 posted 11-20-2013 08:29 PM

I bought a used Speedair air compressor on my local classified for $75.00(only the pressure switch was broken , It cost me $17.00 to replace it) the exact same compressor new at Grainger is over $500.00.
I recommend that you buy a used heavy duty cast iron compressor in your classified.

-- Bert

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joeyinsouthaustin

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#2 posted 11-20-2013 09:49 PM

Try this for $299.00. It is quiet and It is a VERY good and strong compressor. Why pay more for an off and little known brand?

g!

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#3 posted 11-20-2013 09:57 PM

Joe – Is there supposed to be a link in that reply? The pic is too small to even recognize as being a compressor, let alone tell who made it.

Woodbum, sorry no – never heard of them. They look like decent reviews as far as loudness is concerned, and they have a website here

If you get it then let us know pleaes what you think. I need to step up to something a little bigger so I can do some soda-blasting and my Hitachi sounds like a jet airplane.

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#4 posted 11-20-2013 10:37 PM

Joeyinsouthaustin’s picture is of a Makita MAC2400. I bought one from Amazon about 6 months ago, but at that time it was $299 with free shipping.

It is an awesome little compressor. I too looked at the California Air Tools compressor and decided to go with the Makita because it is known for being a durable workhorse. Also, I think the CFM specs on the California Air Tools compressor are exaggerated; the Makita has a 2.5 hp motor and quotes slightly less CFM.

The unique thing about these compressors is that they use a large bore piston with a 1725 rpm motor (instead of 3500 rpm) which makes them much quieter. I will say that mine is the quietest compressor I have every personally heard.

-- Rex

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Rex B

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#5 posted 11-20-2013 10:40 PM

Another note: the Makita is oil-lubed, while the California Air Tools is oil-free. So the Makita will probably have a longer life span.

-- Rex

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Woodbum

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#6 posted 11-21-2013 12:22 PM

So I guess the answer to my original question is no.

-- Improvidus, Apto quod Victum-- Improvise, Adapt, Overcome

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joeyinsouthaustin

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#7 posted 11-21-2013 02:08 PM

Sorry, the pic is small and I missed on the link. Yes it is the MAC and it is VERY good. If you take care of it it will last forever. I have 4, and have abused them, and they still last forever. And yes OP answer is no to ever owning the California. So no real input there.

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waho6o9

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#8 posted 11-21-2013 02:13 PM

No

In the specifications the pistons are reconditioned? Kinda of weird.

Pump Type Dual Piston Reconditioned No

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bigblockyeti

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#9 posted 11-21-2013 02:13 PM

Oil free is guaranteed to fail at some point. The question is how much will a new piston/rod and cylinder cost. These are wear items and typically can be changed out fairly easily, but they can be expensive. If you’re looking for quiet, go for a belt driven cast iron pump compressor. Certainly takes up more room, but will last much longer than even a direct drive compressor given the same attention to maintenance. I have an aluminum pump on my compressor in the garage and it’s a little noisy. I have a cast iron Quincy pump on my compressor in my shop and it’s nearly silent.

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#10 posted 11-21-2013 03:54 PM

I’m torn between the Makita and this one. I need as quiet as possible because I want it for my basement:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTZ5dPsJCYg

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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