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Mark2457

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12-28-2014 02:26 PM

Hi All

i have bostitch compressor that works great with my framing nailer and smaller guns, but it is pretty heavy, loud and has a really stiff hose. I’m looking for something small with retractable hose (can obviously buy separately) that I can just leave on and use for cleaning (miter tracks, inside saw cabinet, etc.) and maybe a brad nailer.

Are there any that can be left on all the time (or at least all the time I’m in the shop) that don’t need draining everyday? Do these exist?

Was thinking about spending about $100 for one

Footprint is important as my shop is very small. Ideally, I’d like to wall mount it

Thanks

Mark


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mtenterprises

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#1 posted 12-28-2014 02:33 PM

Use a Nebulizer., one of those medical units that administers liquid medication. You can often pick these up free or cheap. Seen them at the thrift stores for like under $10. Great for blowing off things.

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Mark2457

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#2 posted 12-28-2014 02:58 PM



Use a Nebulizer., one of those medical units that administers liquid medication. You can often pick these up free or cheap. Seen them at the thrift stores for like under $10. Great for blowing off things.

- mtenterprises

Thanks for tip. Will see what I can find

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MrUnix

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#3 posted 12-28-2014 06:03 PM

I leave my C-man (made by DeVilbiss) compressor on 24×7 out in the garage so it’s ready to go whenever I need it. I only drain the tank maybe once a year if I remember.. sometimes longer. Only problem I have is when it startles the crap out of me kicking on when I’m not expecting it :)

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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Mark2457

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#4 posted 12-28-2014 08:10 PM



I leave my C-man (made by DeVilbiss) compressor on 24×7 out in the garage so it s ready to go whenever I need it. I only drain the tank maybe once a year if I remember.. sometimes longer. Only problem I have is when it startles the crap out of me kicking on when I m not expecting it :)

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix

Thanks Brad. Good to know. I’ll assume I can do the same with anything I buy. If it’s under $100, I don;t mind if I have to replace after a few years. (Shop will have changed a lot by then :-))

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dhazelton

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#5 posted 12-28-2014 08:54 PM

The Porter Cable pancake is to me one of the better bang for the buck compressors, and Lowes and HD had it for $90 or so this holiday season. I really would like the Makita oil compressor but at 70 lbs I can’t see moving it around that much. The PC is only 30-35 lbs and can run a framing nailer.

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Bill White

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#6 posted 12-28-2014 11:03 PM

I will NEVER leave my compressors on all the time (any more). Had one start leaking from the pressure relief valve one night. Woke up to a shop filled with smoke, and a very hot compressor.
Just too many chances for a real problem.
Bill

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MrUnix

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#7 posted 12-29-2014 12:01 AM

Thanks Brad. Good to know. I ll assume I can do the same with anything I buy. If it s under $100, I don;t mind if I have to replace after a few years. (Shop will have changed a lot by then :-))

I think you should get a little more than just a few years.. I plugged mine in at it’s current location over 12 years ago and only turn it off on the rare occasions when I do drain the tank. If you are paranoid about something happening to the compressor like Bill suggests, another alternative (besides the small portable compressor) is to get an external air tank. I have an 11gal one that I keep filled up and use for light cleaning as well as a portable air supply for pumping up tires and other stuff away from the house:

I put a quick connect on the tank and added a 20 foot hose (also with a quick connect) which makes it quite handy for lots of stuff.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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Loren

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#8 posted 12-29-2014 12:51 AM

I have an old fire extinguisher I keep in the shop. I have
it full of water, but it holds air to compress the water
to make it squirt out. It holds the air charge for
a really long time, so it stands to reason it could
be used to spray compressed air only and of course
it’s made of stainless steel in order not to rust out.

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Mark2457

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#9 posted 12-29-2014 04:48 PM



I will NEVER leave my compressors on all the time (any more). Had one start leaking from the pressure relief valve one night. Woke up to a shop filled with smoke, and a very hot compressor.
Just too many chances for a real problem.
Bill

- Bill White

I don’t mind turning it on and off, just don’t want hassle of draining it every time I use it

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Mark2457

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#10 posted 12-29-2014 04:48 PM



I have an old fire extinguisher I keep in the shop. I have
it full of water, but it holds air to compress the water
to make it squirt out. It holds the air charge for
a really long time, so it stands to reason it could
be used to spray compressed air only and of course
it s made of stainless steel in order not to rust out.

- Loren

How would you refill it (with air)?

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Mark2457

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#11 posted 12-29-2014 04:55 PM



Thanks Brad. Good to know. I ll assume I can do the same with anything I buy. If it s under $100, I don;t mind if I have to replace after a few years. (Shop will have changed a lot by then :-))

I think you should get a little more than just a few years.. I plugged mine in at it s current location over 12 years ago and only turn it off on the rare occasions when I do drain the tank. If you are paranoid about something happening to the compressor like Bill suggests, another alternative (besides the small portable compressor) is to get an external air tank. I have an 11gal one that I keep filled up and use for light cleaning as well as a portable air supply for pumping up tires and other stuff away from the house:

I put a quick connect on the tank and added a 20 foot hose (also with a quick connect) which makes it quite handy for lots of stuff.

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix

looks pretty good. Just need to find a suitable hose and some kind of nozzle with a trigger for cleaning

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