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Tool folks - gather round - need your counsel . . .

1046 Views 12 Replies 9 Participants Last post by  j.r. guerra in s. tx.
My wife and I went shopping this weekend at Big Lots and have come across what we consider a 'deal' - an electric air 'pancake' compressor for $88.

The specs. are as follows: 3 HP Peak, 4 gallon, 120 volt / 60 Hz. Weighs 57 #s, fits in an 18" square cube of space. 1/4" NPT outlets. 6.78 CFM @ 40 PSI, 5.29 SCFM @ 90 PSI, 115 PSI Max.

We aren't running a shop, nor do we have big construction plans. What we were anticipating is having a compressor for quick work, which might spring up. Don't know squat about air tools - thats where you folks (hopefully) come in.

What tools can this thing handle? I don't need pneumatic jack hammers - I'm looking at impact wrenches, air hammers (nail gun), that sort of thing. Should I pass on it or run over there and snap one up - there were eight or nine on display, as it was.

Thanks in advance for the advice.
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I have a buddy in the constuction industry who swears by those el cheapo type compressors for his nail guns his first one lasted 2 years and cost $99 he figures it would have gone longer if one of his bozos had checked the oil when he did a huge job. He bought another one for $68 identical to the first. He does say it wont run air wrenches or a paint sprayer because the tank is too small. He can buy a couple more before he has as much money into it that a brand name unit would cost.

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