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Old 13th November 2008, 01:56 PM
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Which Air Compresor to buy?

Ok,l i'm looking at air compressors and I thought i'd dulve into the forum knowledge to help me out.

at this stage $300 is the absolute max I want to spend, $200 or under would be better. Majority of it's use will be tyre inflation, spray painting, and the occasional other air tool like a die grinder, impact wrench etc etc.

The one's i can find at the moment are...

At Nubco they have peerless units which seem to be high quality.

00085, Direct Drive, 2.5 hp, 40L, 175 l/min@100psi. $299

compact 2500, direct drive, 2.5 hp, 30L, 154l/min@100psi. $219

At Bunnings they have trade air by spear and jackson

TD2540, Direct drive, 2.5 hp, 40L, free air 126 l/min. $189

at supercheap

SCA, belt drive, 2.75 hp, 50L, free load 250l/min . $299

black ridge, direct drive, 2.5 hp, 40L, 112l/min. 6-8 bar, $199
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Old 13th November 2008, 02:08 PM
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Ok,l i'm looking at air compressors and I thought i'd dulve into the forum knowledge to help me out.

at this stage $300 is the absolute max I want to spend, $200 or under would be better. Majority of it's use will be tyre inflation, spray painting, and the occasional other air tool like a die grinder, impact wrench etc etc.

The one's i can find at the moment are...

At Nubco they have peerless units which seem to be high quality.

00085, Direct Drive, 2.5 hp, 40L, 175 l/min@100psi. $299

At Bunnings they have trade air by spear and jackson

TD2540, Direct drive, 2.5 hp, 40L, free air 126 l/min. $189

at supercheap

SCA, belt drive, 2.75 hp, 50L, free load 250l/min . $299

black ridge, direct drive, 2.5 hp, 40L, 112l/min. 6-8 bar, $199
What about a second hand one? I bought a HUGE ex railways compressor for $100 from a garage sale. Twin piston, and the tank is about 1.2m long!

Alternately, how about fitting a york AC compressor to one of the landies? I have one on my IIA, and I have used it for all sorts of things, running air tools (put up a 20m x 2m timber fence using an industrial nail gun), painting, etc... At 2000 rpm it delivers about 10cfm.
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Old 13th November 2008, 02:15 PM
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Hi Mate , I have the spear and jackson 40l 2.5hp compressor . I have used it flat out . painted goblin with it and have used heaps of air tools on it . Great little unit . i'm very happy with mine .
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Not much of a 2nd hand market down here isuzurover

not ideal to have vehicle exhaust around when painting either.
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Ok, i've added Ok, i've added another one from Nubco with good specs for the price.

Is it really worth going belt drive (SCA is the one one in this price bracket) over direct drive, and should I be more concerned with the size of the tank, or the l/min stats?

the big SCA one is about $200 off on sale at the moment, so if I want to get that one better do it soon!
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not ideal to have vehicle exhaust around when painting either.
You can get a very long air hose with the money you save
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Ok, i've added Ok, i've added another one from Nubco with good specs for the price.

Is it really worth going belt drive (SCA is the one one in this price bracket) over direct drive, and should I be more concerned with the size of the tank, or the l/min stats?

the big SCA one is about $200 off on sale at the moment, so if I want to get that one better do it soon!
Belt drive is great if either the motor or the compressor dies. But for these bottom end compressors, if anything stuffs up you would probably buy a whole new one (as it would be cheaper).

e.g. a pressure switch is $30 trade. A decent oil/water separator is $60 - thise 2 small items are 1/3 the price of the entire compressor!!!
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The thing with some of the smaller units is unless you have an exceptionally good dryer, you will get moisture coming thru the line. I get this with mine sometimes when painting and all the time with the sandblaster. Mine is a 40L Airworks which is multi brand of the small 40l type units that you get at Supercheap, Repco etc etc.
Even with an uprated dryer/regulator, I still get problems with moisture.
I have had mine for a few years now and it works fine with the above exceptions, but it some times struggles with the rattle gun also.
For general purpose though, is OK.

Why not hook up a York A/C compressor to a separate motor and a tank?? this has crossed my mind once or twice but dont have the bits or the time atm.....
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Anybody else have any thoughts?
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