FWIW, I am using the Devilbiss (or however it is spelled) that I purchased
from Lowes. 4hp-20 gal tank.
For *most* of the work I do, the compressor is adequate--impact wrench, air
wratchet, air hammer...things like that. However, when doing jobs that
require extended use, such as sanding or cutting, I find that I spend a lot
of time waiting around for the pressure to build up.
If I were to do it again, I would lay out some more $$$ and just go ahead
and buy one of those 60 gal vertical tank jobs that I've seen around...with
a larger motor.
As an aside, one of the most frequent mistakes I make when buying tools is
trying to "save money" by buying a lower capacity or rated unit.
Consequently, I end up two tools...one that I use and the cheap one that
sits in a box in the corner of the garage.
Anyone want to buy some junk air tools?
Union CIty, MI
90 Jaguar Sovereign
60 Jaguar MK II (under restoration...year 1 of 3)
At 09:24 AM 4/7/96 -0400, you wrote:
> I am seeking advice regarding the purchase of an air compressor. I am
>budgeting around $400 for compressor and a few basic air tools. I have looked
>at severall 5HP models, including Campbell Hausefield (Walmart), Devilbiss
>(Lowes), Black something or other (SAMS), and the Sears models in their
>The compressor I buy is strictly for my car hobby. It will not see heavy
>sustained use at all. Some spray painting, impact wrench, cleaning, sanding,
>etc - all at a very leisurely pace (unfortunately as my real job permits). I
>have noted that the models with alumium compressors are less expensive than
>cast iron equivalents. Are these likely to satisfy my needs or should I fork
>out for a cast iron compressor. I like the Lowes Devilbiss model - anyone
>any experience with this model or the Walmart model? Any advice regarding
>compressors or air tools would be appreciated as I am very ignorant in this
>74 MG Midget