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Old 05-16-2012, 04:01 PM   #1
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Best inexpensive compressor?

I have searched but don't see what I'm after. Just wondering what people recommend for a good all around air compressor.
-setting motorcycle tire beads
-topping up car and bike tires
-yeah, that's about it. Not gonna use t for tools

Any popular favorites from craftsman or home depot?
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Old 05-16-2012, 04:12 PM   #2
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I have a small craftsman. It has a cast iron cylinder.--- Most small cheap compressors have a plastic piston that doesn't last very long. These are the oil less.--- I have had this compressor for 6 or 8 years and it works as good as the day i bought it. I paid $99. I have seen them on sale cheaper than that. it will pump up to 120 PSI.
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Old 05-16-2012, 04:48 PM   #3
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Good to know. What's the volume on yours in gallons? My sense is that I don't need a huge tank. Just enough to pop set a tire bead and then from there it's just slow filling etc. 120 is more than enough pressure obviously.
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Old 05-16-2012, 05:29 PM   #4
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The storage tank volume is what will seat your tires...
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Old 05-16-2012, 05:30 PM   #5
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Small compressor comparo here...........

http://toolmonger.com/2011/06/01/tm-...-test-part-ii/
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Old 05-16-2012, 05:57 PM   #6
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The storage tank volume is what will seat your tires...
Yep. Don't go too small if seating tires is on your checklist...
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Old 05-16-2012, 06:11 PM   #7
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Ive got a 21 gallon Harbor freight compressor. 110 volt, stand up, as long as youre not expecting to be rotating your truck tires in under a minute itll run air tools just fine. I use my 1/2" and 3/8" guns and ratchets, die grinder, drill, riveter and a few other things on it, seat moto tires, fill trailer and car/truck tires. Does all of them with varying degrees of efficiency.

Its served me very well for the last year and half or so.
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Old 05-16-2012, 07:28 PM   #8
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It's a mistake to buy too small a compressor. Air tools are where it's at.
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Old 05-16-2012, 07:50 PM   #9
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Avoid "oilless" compressors and get something with a cast iron cylinder and oil-filled crankcase. Break it in according to the manual, keep the oil topped up and it will run forever.

I paid right around $100 for a little 3 gallon 2HP oil-filled unit last year. Works awesome for my minimal needs.
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Old 05-16-2012, 07:54 PM   #10
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Go used.

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Old 05-17-2012, 12:13 AM   #11
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Got a recon Porter Cable oilless150 psi pancake for $100 a few years back.

Great portable compressor for nailguns, filling tires, small garage air tools.

Don't know about seating beads, though.
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Old 05-17-2012, 05:42 AM   #12
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The small carpenter type direct drive oil type compressor I got several years ago from Harbor Freight works just fine. Think I paid about $60 for it. I've seen the same one with different names on it like Craftsman for a lot more money.
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Old 05-17-2012, 06:05 AM   #13
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I'll second Nailhead.

I've used my Porter Cable for framing & trimming, roofing, tires, the occasional air tool since 2005.

Buy a kit ( HomeDepot,etc) sell the guns & keep the compressor.
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Old 05-17-2012, 07:57 AM   #14
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Not sure about best, but certainly inexpensive.


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Old 05-17-2012, 08:29 AM   #15
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Thanks, Guys!

Exactly what I was after Great input all around. I think I'm going to pay a little more for a good sized oil / steel setup that should cover me for a while.
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