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Old 02-23-2006, 08:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Newbie - Air Compressors oil vs oilless for weekend wrencher

I have looked around at some posts about air compressors but have not found all the info I was looking for. So here are some more questions I had.

I'm looking to purchase my first air compressor. I would like to be able to run an impact gun, air ratchet, and air chisel. I have looked at some of the post here about oilless and oil air compressors. I know that oilless can be loud but outside of that do they have any other downfalls? I have not heard any negative experiences with oiled air compressors.(also I have only used oilless) How is the oil changed? Is it changed? I'm guessing it is. What kind of CFM and PSI should I be looking at for the tools I have listed. I'm going to be using the compressor for brakes, oil changes, and the suspension that is waiting to go on my Runner.

Thanks in advance. Let me know if I did not list all the info necessary to make a complete decision about a compressor
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id go with oil lubricated for the following reasons:
1. quiter
2. cooler running
3. more reliable(oiless use self lubing bushings, they will eventually wear out, new compressor)
with oil compressors, there will be a oil fill port, a drain plug, and a sight glass for oil level, use oil specifically for compressors(you can find it at any autozone/oriellys/pepboys/home depot/lowes

as far as air requirements, it really depends on the exact tools you plan to use. you would be suprised at the different air requirements for just impact wrenches, let alone everything else. i would consider a 2hp 8-10gallon the minimum. im a hobyist wrencher, and i got a 5hp 20gallon from harbor freight for 150, and im glad i didnt go smaller.
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get at least a 20 gallon or it will run ALL the time. i got an old (20 or so years old) craftsman compressor that sat in storage for 13 years and plugged it in and it works great. but its a 20 gallon and runs pretty often with power tools going
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id go with oil lubricated for the following reasons:
1. quiter
2. cooler running
3. more reliable(oiless use self lubing bushings, they will eventually wear out, new compressor)
with oil compressors, there will be a oil fill port, a drain plug, and a sight glass for oil level, use oil specifically for compressors(you can find it at any autozone/oriellys/pepboys/home depot/lowes

as far as air requirements, it really depends on the exact tools you plan to use. you would be suprised at the different air requirements for just impact wrenches, let alone everything else. i would consider a 2hp 8-10gallon the minimum. im a hobyist wrencher, and i got a 5hp 20gallon from harbor freight for 150, and im glad i didnt go smaller.
I concur. Oiless are waaaaaay to noisy....
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I'll 3rd that. I had an oil less Crapsman that I borrowed from work. The thing wasn't loud, it was effing loud!

I ended up getting hold of a tank and some compressor parts and putting one together for almost free. I used it for several years but it did run quite frequently. After I built the garage, I got a used 60 gallon for $200 from a local shop that was upgrading. I ended up putting another $60 into later for rebuild parts but it was still worth it.
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If you are looking for some cheap air compressors take a look at this website.
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