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Air Compressor Shopping

Post by love2flymn » April 21st, 2016, 12:31 pm

I'm looking in to which air compressor to get. I'll be running a Thermal Dynamics Cutmaster 35 plasma cutter, and I think I'll be buying a paint gun eventually.

I'm looking to spend about $1000 on an air compressor. Any recommendations?

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Post by love2flymn » April 21st, 2016, 12:39 pm

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/ ... _200455343
Considering this?
Ingersoll Rand has similar ones for a little more money. Are Pumas decent quality? Motor and pump made in USA, I read.



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Post by Pete Mazz » April 21st, 2016, 5:54 pm

You need to look at CFMs more than PSI. It helps to have a large tank. A 2 stage pump will be better in respect to cycling as they can generate higher pressure. Paint guns can use a lot of air. If you go with a HVLP gun they're easier on air volume. Some require as little as 7-8 CFM. If you're thinking of die grinders and such they consume large amounts of air.


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Post by Squiggle » April 21st, 2016, 6:03 pm

:yth: & if could add anything it would be to get something belt driven, the direct driven compressors are good & cheap but they just don't match up to the belt driven ones for reliability :kewl:


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Post by love2flymn » April 21st, 2016, 9:39 pm

That puma is belt drive, two stage, 14cfm @175psi. I'm actually looking at the 60gal, will save a few bucks. I read the plasma cutter needs 11cfm to run constant. I use an electric grinder.



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Post by Big T » April 21st, 2016, 10:28 pm

I don't know anything about this brand but the specs seem pretty good. I agree with the other guys that volume of air and recovery time are the 2 most important factors when buying a compressor. I don't believe in buying the biggest and best thing available but I try to get something a little better than I currently need because once you have a compressor you'll probably find more uses for it. jm2cw


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Post by Dirtytires » April 22nd, 2016, 12:40 am

My 2 cents....60 gal is a great size as it holds enough air for even the big consuming tools without running constantly. Mine is a 60 gal craftsman....single stage, 220v, around 12 cfm at 125psi if I recall. I've had it 15 years and it has preformed without a flaw.

One thing I will add is get a quality water filter/adjustable pressure regulator for it. All tools run better dry and not everything needs full pressure all the time.



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Post by mp4 » April 22nd, 2016, 5:31 am

I've had a single stage 60 gallon Puma for 20 years...it's been terrific. No issues at all. I do wish I had the two stage version because it is short on capacity when using my air guzzling tools (die grinder, da sander, spray gun). If you can afford it and have the space an 80 gallon tank would be a plus too.

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Post by Rodcrafter » April 22nd, 2016, 7:25 am

A good cast iron pump will last a life time. Motors will come and go, I have one in our shop that has been here long before me and I have been here 23 years.


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Post by love2flymn » April 22nd, 2016, 10:56 am

I might spring for the Puma.
Ebay has the 60 gallon for $700, and the 80 gallon is $1250 (both free shipping w/free liftgate service).

I think I'll spend the extra $550 for the 80 gal. I do have room for it. The 80 gal also only runs 985 RPM, whereas the 60 gal was around 3000.

Thanks for helping me pick out a compressor, everyone!



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