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Old 12-30-2013, 10:00 AM
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I've considered building a Compressor "shed" outside on the back wall to house it. Save me the floor space and the noise. My neighbor may not be impressed however

Insulation goes a long way to keeping happy neighbors. It's a good fences kinda thing.

Unless of course you wanna make em mad.
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Old 12-30-2013, 12:27 PM
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I got this one (or something pretty close to it) in the last couple of years after my cheap, old compressor finally died.

http://www.aircompressorsdirect.com/...FfJxOgodNiQA4g

I picked it up at Murdoch's when they were having a sale - I think it was just under $400 with the sale. Decent machine, runs relatively quietly, and does most everything previously mentioned for the 120v machines. I think all these 120v compressors that have been mentioned are similar in spec and capacity, and seem to be around $400 at the cheapest. I'm not sure there is really much of a difference unless you can increase the budget and spend $700 or more for an American made product or a 240v compressor.

One thing I've noticed is that running one of these machines on a standard 15A breaker tends to trip the fuse fairly often unless I am very careful about what else is running on the circuit. I'd like to upgrade that breaker on the panel to 20 or 25A, but it's a project for another time. For now, it just pisses me off when it happens.
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Old 12-30-2013, 01:48 PM
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One thing I've noticed is that running one of these machines on a standard 15A breaker tends to trip the fuse fairly often unless I am very careful about what else is running on the circuit. I'd like to upgrade that breaker on the panel to 20 or 25A, but it's a project for another time. For now, it just pisses me off when it happens.

just be careful upsizing a breaker. You gotta make sure it's the right wire size to handle a 20amp+. Otherwise it's like putting a bigger fuse in your cruiser just cause your headlight keeps popping.

I think I'm going to put in a dedicated circuit for my compressor.
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60 gal, 5 horse, upright, 220v, oil-type. $479 at Home Depot type places. You can't outrun this compressor unless you do a lot of sandblasting (without stopping) or use a giant impact wrench on 8-lug trucks as fast as you can. I have had mine almost 20 years (a Coleman) - never done anything except drain water out of it. I have used it extensively in that time, although as a hobbiest. Oil type are quieter than oilless and uprights take up less room. 220v start quickly/briskly and after it's wired, you have an welder outlet you can use if you don't feel like adding another 220v outlet.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Powermate...6056/202636579
Lots of good advice here already. My .02 is get the largest 220V unit you have space for and fits your budget. For most folks the Home Depot/Lowes units are everything you will ever need. No need to spend the bucks on the high end professional style units unless you are going to be using it daily for HD business use. Stay away from the oil-less 120V units unless you need a really portable unit that will only get occasional use. They work OK but are very noisy, will wear out much sooner than an oiled compressor, and you will get tired of resetting the breaker.
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Old 01-02-2014, 09:18 AM
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Question for folks with the big (10+ gallon) compressors. I have a little Makita 2.6 gallon oiled compressor. I drain the air off it after each use because the manual and several friends have told me this is a good idea.

So, folks with the big units: How often do you drain the air? And how long does it take?
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Thanks guys. I'm leaning toward this: http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...2355_200612355 or something similar. 12.8 CFM @ 90 PSI should do all I would ask it to do. Seems like the high end of the home user type compressor. More expensive than a HomeDepot but I like "made in USA". I need to check Big R locally. Seem to remember walking by something there domestically produced.

Now to go build some more barriers to fund this.
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Old 01-02-2014, 05:48 PM
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Question for folks with the big (10+ gallon) compressors. I have a little Makita 2.6 gallon oiled compressor. I drain the air off it after each use because the manual and several friends have told me this is a good idea.

So, folks with the big units: How often do you drain the air? And how long does it take?
I drain the water out of the tank once or twice a year. Its so dry in Colo. I rarely get more than a few drops. I do run an inline separator and regulator too. This is a good item to have so you can fill the tank to maximum capacity/pressure but keep the line pressure to around 90 psi. I always leave my compressor aired up but I use it frequently too.
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For under a grand and already being wired up for 220v in the garage I'd be looking at a Quincy or Ingersol Rand with a vertical tank. Longer hoses are easier to mess with than a portable tank IMHO.
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Is there a "most common"
220v receptacle for air compressors,
I know that's a loaded question but I have an electrician coming out to do a bunch of work I was going to have him add a 220 for my welder while he is here
and also a 220 for an air compressro that I have yet to buy.
????


most installation manuals that I can find for various 220/230 compressors call for a 15 amp like this:
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but then some like the quincy above that Corbet mentions (manual here: http://www.northerntool.com/images/d...uals/39564.pdf )
don't even specify
....
so maybe the only answer is buy the compressor I want then wire up the plug after,
I'm trying to put the cart before the horse here, since the cart (the electrician) will be on premise anyway and the horse has yet to arrive.

let me know if anyone has any other ideas other than buying the desired compressor first
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Old 05-01-2014, 10:59 AM
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One of your links doesn't work Mike. I'd say putting the circuit in first is like buying the horse first. You could just have him rough-wire it to a 240V junction box and buy the actual outlet later.
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