Help choosing an air compressor...

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  1. jekbrown

    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    Hey guys. For years I had a crappy HF air compressor. It was great for airing things up and light air tool use, but that was about it. Now that I have my TX house, I want a real air compressor. I want to be able to do everything, from sand blasting to painting. What I don't want to do, though, is any more electrical system upgrades, so I'd like something that runs off regular juice. I'm not a pro that will be using/abusing this thing daily, just need a decent set up.

    Questions:

    1. Specs required for those uses?

    2. Recommended makes/models?
     
  2. 76zimmer

    76zimmer Flyin Rat Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Anything worthwhile will run on 240v single phase which is regular household juice, but a receptacle will most likely need to be installed. I have a 60 gal upright husky one that has served me well for 18 years.
     
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    imiceman44 Hoarder extraordinaire Premium Member

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    I will add my voice to at least 60 gallons, it's what I now have.
    2 stage is better but you can still do good with single stage
     
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    220 volt if you can . 2 stage if you can / oil lube is best .

    3 big points of noise level i have read on and found first hand .

    #1 = rpm speed of motor . low = less noise like less rpm in a engine .

    #2 harmonics of the whole unit running . i build my 2 setups from mix-n-match parts and mounted it all with rubber pads . this helps a TON . read it from a guy on garagejournal.com who took a new I.R. and redid the mounting with rubber pads and cut the noise level a LOT .

    #3 is intake filter setup . lots of the noise you here is the intake pulses of the pump . think cold air intake or flipped lid on the old 4 barrel carb . . . read some old school guys would plump the intake threw a small 4 cyl car engine exhaust muffler for even less . but now these days there is no need a the filter/muffler combos work so good and chepper . my small unit you needed ear muffs or plugs when running . installed the intake muffler / filter unit for 20 bucks off ebay and WOW no ear protection required now if you wish unlike before .

    also rubber pads for the tank feet to floor .

    my build thread https://ck5.com/forums/threads/shop-air-system-upgrade-yet-again.318408/
     

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