|Forum topic by altendky||posted 02-22-2015 02:20 AM||1188 views||0 times favorited||19 replies|
02-22-2015 02:20 AM
I am considering purchasing an air compressor and a brad and finish nailer for replacing some bathroom trim and then continued general woodworking use. After reading around, the California Air Tools 1610A seems like a good option. Light weight and quiet despite being an oil-free pump. The 3000 hour life will likely last me decades so I am not as concerned about that (compared with oil lubed life’s closer to 10,000 hour I think). A basic calculation off the RIDGID brad nailer yields ~1.5CFM even at a 2 second cycle time (I doubt I would keep that up for long). That’s less than the rating of 2.35CFM @ 90psi. My concern with this choice lies with the 70-120psi operating pressure of the RIDGID nailers and the 120psi max for the 1610A. My gut tells me that if I want the full power of the tool I should have a compressor that turns on above the max operating pressure of the tool rather than shutting off at that pressure (certainly with a regulator in the middle to maintain the steady 120psi to the tool). But, I have little practical experience. Is that silly thinking or should I be looking at higher pressure compressors? I know I won’t be able to air-sweep or run sanders, etc off this compressor.
Second question is about the selection of the nailers. I sort of default to RIDGID because of the LSA (and at least a few posts from people that have liked them) but I also like buying at Costco and they have a NuMax 3 piece/4 function set on sale for $100 (back to regular $140 after Sunday)... roughly 1/3 or less the price of the RIDGID. Normally I would just write it off as cheap but the NuMax seem to have good reviews and it is Costco with their guarantee. Would you care to share any opinions? The RIDGID provides a 15ga rather than 16ga finish nailer and down to 3/4” length vs 1”, RIDGID is 5/8”-1-3/8” vs 1/2”-1” for the pinner, and RIDGID is 5/8”-2-1/8” vs 3/8”-2” for the brad nailer. Should I save a few hundred and give NuMax a shot? Or perhaps neither is actually a good choice?
Thanks for taking the time to read this far and for any helpful comments you share.