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Well I am looking at purchasing a compressor and some airtools in the next week or so. Was wondering what people would reccomend. I am getting the compressor from Home Depot, I have about 150-200 worth of gift certificates there. Unless someone wants to buy them for face value Anyways I am looking at the 199 that looks like this. compressor And a tool kit like this one tool kit.

Anyone have opinions and such on this?

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That should do pretty well for most jobs. Wish I'd seen that toolkit when I first bought my compressor, I didn't get nearly that much for those $$$. I'd also recommend a hose reel (helps a lot if you're not a neat freak in the garage) and some impact sockets if you can fit them in the budget.
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Yes I forgot those. I am thinking of a airhose and reel combo from harbor freight made by central pneumatic. $30 for 50 ft capacity reel and 30ft of hose. Also the impact sockets a few come in the kit and then I was looking at a 35 piece socket set for $30. Includes metric and SAE 3/8" and 1/2" sockets with 3 extension bars and a 1/2" to 3/8" adapter...

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Sounds like you're set...

Got a fridge for the beer?
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Sounds like you're set...

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Got the beer and refrig all ready... No calendar though Now just need to get the garage cleaned out...

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What are you planning on using these tools for?

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For now, install underdrives, grind some stuff, help take apart my bronco more, grind som of my bronco off, paint a fence in back yard, etc... Small stuff really, well excep the bronco. That is the neverending task, kinda like the never ending story, but with no plot and no direction...

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Looks like you made some good choices.
My only advice would be to make sure that the compressor is a quiet running one. I have a direct drive one (cambell hausfeld I think) that is so loud that I can't work with it in the garage with me.
The old belt driven ones were real quiet, but no one around here sells them that I know of.

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Something to look for, I appreciate that. Although working in the garage with the noise won't be a problem because the garage is full of boxes, so all work is done on the street...

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Yeah, mines the same. Can barely get the nose in to work on the engine out of the rain.
But I would still test the noise level because mine is real loud. I mean so loud that I put it around the back of the house and still complain. I know several other people that have this same problem with these type of compressors.
You won't be sorry for making the salesman plug it in to see. If it's like mine you'll get everyones attention and be the star of the store for a minute.

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I have always wanted to be the star of a home depot, even if just for a minute... Guess I will have to do it this way, the other option was to run around the store with cans of spray paint labelling things as I went... Figure I could run for at least a minute before some clerk tripped me up...

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Very funny, what altitude you at in CO. Just kidding. I just bring my kids (4 of them) and that usually does the trick.

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I live right about 5400ft I believe, will have to check the GPS tonight... The track here in Denver is at 5800ft. I blame my 16.9x V8 on altitude

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Any single stage compressor of any size will be loud, period. Two stage compressors are much better, but still loud. That's all there is to it. As far as using it, I wouldn't count on using the die grinder or cut-off or D/A sander, or anything like that on it. It just won't handle it. Each air tool has a specific required SCFM at usuable pressure, and the compressor will have the same ratings. Check the ratings and see how they compare. A two stage compressor will have a higher rating than a single as well. I use a ton of air tools, and they are a valuable tool, but I will say that you are much better off buying a few things at a time as you can afford them and get nicer things rather than trying to buy everything at once. It will work out much better in the long run. And, buy the best compressor you can possibly afford up front. You will be much better off that way.

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Ok so I stopped by Home Depot to look/purchase a compressor. I have decided to get a good compressor, and get tools as I need them (other than the air kit thing from Sams). I was looking at the SCFM ratings of the compressors and then went to look at the specific tools I would be wanting to use. Well, none of the tools actually listed the SCFM requirements, they only listed the gallon reccomendations for intermittent and continous use. I was looking at a couple different models. One is a 60 gallon model and the other is a 26 gallon model. (I left the paperwork at home so going by memory since they are not on home depot's website.) The 60 gallon had a max psi of 135 while the 26 gallon has a max psi of 150. The 60 gallon has a 7 HP oil driven compressor while the 26 has a 5.5 HP electric compressor. The 60 gallon has a 3 year warranty while the 26 has a one year warranty. The 60 gallon requires a 220 volt outlet while the 26 can run on 120 volt. The 220 volt would require me to upgrade the outlet in the garage. So basically whatcha guys think? The 26 is 299ish while the 60 is 399ish... Obviously the 60 gallon is better, but is it worth the extra hundred bucks? Thanx for the help.

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max pressure is not that important really...what are the ratings of each compressor? That will tell a lot. I am guessing that they are both single stage compressors. Is that correct?

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The 60 gallon is for sure a single stage compressor, the other one doesn't say... And are you wanting SCFM ratings?

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yes, and the pressures at which the ratings occur

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I believe the 26 gallon was 5.6 at 90 and 6.2 at 40. and the 60 gallon was above 10 I believe ( I don't remember). Forgot the brochure thing at home and can't find any Husky compressors on the web...

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Direct drives are basically throw aways. Use them and when the die you throw them out.

Belt driven is the Heavy Duty and for just a few $$$ more they will last alot longer.

Figure what tools you are going to buy and what tools you might eventually buy and check the cfm rating. Make sure the compressor cfm is higher.
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