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posted: Aug. 23, 2007 @ 2:43a
The CFM @ 40 PSI is worthless. No tools use 40PSI, except maybe a tire inflater.
The CFM @ 90 PSI is just barely enough for power tools. With that in mind, a good impact wrench that can take off a lug nut takes from 8 to 12 CFM depending on the impact wrench.
If you are blowing up tires, this will work. It may be good for a nail gun. For an impact wrench, you can just barely get by but you will need to spend more on the wrench to get a really good one, and even then, your pump will be running full time just to keep up with the demand of the wrench.
I would do more research but stay away from Harbor Freight.
posted: Aug. 23, 2007 @ 4:51a
$98 is about the regular price (or regular sale price). It doesn't come with any accessories, so figure another $20 for cheap hose and $10 for the tire nozzles stuff. For comparison I've seen a Husky unit at Home Depot that included tools and such for $200. I think WalMart also sells a 20G version of this w/ some tools but otherwise similar specs.
Mine is sensitive to what outlet I connect it. Directly connected it'll fill up the tank fine the first time but only works to re-pressurize again on certain outlets. Where I'd like to keep it, is where it putters out on the second fill. Not sure if it's the motor build quality or my household wiring that's the problem, but, I guess the former is more of a factor.
I bought it as a replacement for a portable DC compressor I had previously been using. That thing took like 30minutes to top off 4 tires and was very loud. This takes about 1 minute to fill up and I can hit 12 tires around the driveway area no problem in a few minutes. Filling up rafts and air toys for kids, no comparison... well worth the price imo. For the cars, it saves me ~$.50/fill at a gas station (free ones are hard to find) and lots of time. Probably wasn't a great investment but I'm happy with it overall.
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posted: Aug. 23, 2007 @ 8:14a
Wont run big tools but should be fine for a home improvement compressor. Should run nailers and a grinder. Not a sandblaster or big auto tools. Big tank. Oiled so it should be reasonable on the noise front.
If you want something in the same price/capability range but not as big, try this, its the one I have. Works fine for blowing stuff out and up, nail guns, etc.
You can find 'packages' around the same price that look good, but if you check the cfm ratings you'll find a lot of them top out around 2.8-3.5 at 90PSI. You cant run a framing nailer or some finish nailers at that cfm rating.
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