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Re: Need air compressor recommendations

On Sun, 5 Apr 1998 Richard_Funnell@nai.com wrote:

>      I've been considering adding an air compressor for home automotive and 
>      woodworking use.  I just saw an ad for a Craftsman 5HP, 22 gallon 
>      vertical, oilless model on wheels for $289.  If I'm reading the fine 
>      print right it produces 6.4 scfm at 90 PSI, with 130 PSI max.  Is this 
>      a good deal?

	I would suggest you watch the classifieds for a few weeks.   I 
bought an upright a few years ago for 200 bux that produces ~120psi (it 
is a single stage, so 120 psi is the max) and it will flow about 12 cfm 
at that rate.   This is the bare minimum that I could tolerate in my 
shop.   I actually have a big angle grinder that will load down that 
compressor.   For personal use in a garage, I would recommend at least 10 
cfm.   The pressure is not a big issue, since very few of us need more 
pressure.  Then, don't skimp on air tools.   Get decent quality tools.   
I have 1/2" and a 3/8" impacts, and a 3/8" ratchet that I use alot.   I 
use my die grinder so much, I wore it out.  I also use an air 
hammer/chisel occasionally - very handy - and my air drill is positively 
luxurious.  My work on the 5KCSTQ has been alot easier because I have 
air.  That's the first priority in any shop.

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