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Trying to decide on a portable air compressor, any recommendations? DeWalt and Porter-Cable do not seem to be getting good reviews.
-- Jack, Albuquerque
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#1 posted 09-24-2012 03:27 PM
Depends, what the main function of the compressor? If you’re looking for something to run finish nailers, brad nailers, and occasionally framing nailer, then I highly recommend the Rolair JC10. It’s lightweight, made in the USA and well built, and only 60 db loud and that’s incredibly quiet! If you need something a little more powerful and sound isn’t the biggest concern, their larger compressors are very nice too. I just got the JC10 and sold an older campbell hausfeld dual stack and I lost some CFM because of it, but what I gained is incredibly quiet and lightweight and for the occasional trim work that I do, it’s worth it!
-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One, www.qualitycarpetonecrofton.com
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#2 posted 09-24-2012 07:52 PM
Why not post the question in the main forum, as opposed to a blog….much more traffic.
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#3 posted 09-26-2012 01:22 AM
That first comment is probably good advice. Decide what you want it for. A couple years ago, I bought the Bostitch air compressor that Lowes sells (6-Gallon 2.0 Peak HP Oil-Free Compressor). It was on sale, and I got an additional discount on top of that for some reason. It came with a finish nailer, a brad nailer, and a stapler. This year, I bought a pin nailer. A couple weeks ago, I bought a framing nailer. I wouldn’t recommend the compressor if you’re framing a house or putting on a roof, but it powers everything I need to use. The framing hammer came in handy when I was framing an opening to install a pull-down attic ladder recently (there wasn’t enough room to swing a hammer). That was an extravagant solution to a problem, and it ate up my profit on that job. But, I hope to have a need for it in the future. If not … well, my sons won’t have to buy many tools. The compressor is loud, but I use plenty of hose, and it’s not often in the room where I’m working. Besides, it only makes noise when it’s running, and that’s not very often. Putting in a few finish nails or pins doesn’t take enough air to make the compressor run much. Bottom llne … I’m happy with the Bostitch air compressor. Also, all the Bostitch nailers and the Hitachi framing nailer work great.
-- Michael T, Pittsburgh, PA
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