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Old May 18th, 2013, 12:52 AM   #1
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I am in need of a small inexpensive air compressor to do a few things, clean off my rc cars, inflate normal car/bike tires and maybe run an impact every once in a great while but mostly to clean my rc cars. It will be inside my house so noise is a concern as well as size, thinking something in the 1-3 gallon area and around or less than $100.
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Old May 18th, 2013, 07:47 AM   #2
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All of the cheaper air compressors I have seen are Very loud.. You are going to need a belt driven compressor if you want a quiet one.
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Not belt driven....oiled. Makita makesnone that is almost silent but its a little pricey.

http://www.autotoolworld.com/product...FeF9OgodY1cAZw

Harbor freight sell larger units on wheels that would work for your impact but not sure how loud.

The makita because of size would probably not due well for the impact.
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I have a cheap husky from home depot. It's a 25 gallon or so upright. It sucks for running an impact for more than a few tires worth of lugnuts. I can't imagine trying to run it on 1-3 gallon compressor, that thing would be running constant
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I would just go get a small basic pancake / hot dog compressor. They are all going to be noisy. I have some whatever-brand hot dog that I bought at home depot 15 years ago, for about $70. Used it over the years for all the things you mentioned, and it still works well. Nice to be able to carry them out to where you need to work (say the Jeep 200ft from the garage with flat tires....).

In the under $100 range, just grab one you think looks good. There isn't going to be anything really that stands out for the money in that price range.
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I would just go get a small basic pancake / hot dog compressor. They are all going to be noisy. I have some whatever-brand hot dog that I bought at home depot 15 years ago, for about $70. Used it over the years for all the things you mentioned, and it still works well. Nice to be able to carry them out to where you need to work (say the Jeep 200ft from the garage with flat tires....).

In the under $100 range, just grab one you think looks good. There isn't going to be anything really that stands out for the money in that price range.
Thanks, pretty much what I figured but thought I'd ask. Yes I realise running an impact will be gey on a small compressor but not as gey as a 4-way.
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cheap = loud.
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Don't get an oilless compressor, it will explode after not much use.
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100 bucks and you can have mine.
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Thanks, pretty much what I figured but thought I'd ask. Yes I realise running an impact will be gey on a small compressor but not as gey as a 4-way.
I've done it, for times that I wasn't near my big one, it gets the job done. An impact isnt so bad, as they don't use a ton of air, and its intermittant use, and the small compressor recharges fast. Other things like a die grinder are not very practical due to the air draw.
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I've done it, for times that I wasn't near my big one, it gets the job done. An impact isnt so bad, as they don't use a ton of air, and its intermittant use, and the small compressor recharges fast. Other things like a die grinder are not very practical due to the air draw.
Yup, I have a nice oiled 100% duty cycle 5scfm 27gal for grinding and whatnot but it's just not practical to use it on what I want a smaller one for.
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just 1-3 gal? Get a cheap pancake compressor, put it under your work bench, and build a stryofoam box around it.
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Don't get an oilless compressor, it will explode after not much use.
Oil less pumps are ok as long as you understand and are ok with the duty cycle, if you over work one the Teflon piston/rings overheat and fail quickly. My dad had a huskey oil less compressor for 5 years with no problems untill he decided to paint his deck with it, about an hour of continuous running and it was done, wouldn't go over 40psi.
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Got a 3 gal harbor freight hotdog one for $40,got it home fired it up and after it shut off hiiiiiisssssss leak at the shutoff switch good thing harbor freight has a great return policy (because they know 9/10 of there stuff is shit lol) I'll try the next one out before I leave the store.
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One thing they told me at HD, look at the tools you will be using and look for a compressor that is higher then that. Example impact 4.0 cmf? @ 90psi. You would want a compressor that is 4.0 or higher. It'll run less.
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try this one(other members post)... just build a box around it or put it in a cabinet, just make sure the heat can get out and air can get it, i guess just dont seal it in to tight
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I have a 20 gallon husky. It makes me wish I could afford an oiled compressor.
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ive got a craftsman 6hp 30 gallon horozontal.
its about 20 years old, and i have never once had an issue with it.
i have drained the water from it mabey 3 times?
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try this one(other members post)... just build a box around it or put it in a cabinet, just make sure the heat can get out and air can get it, i guess just dont seal it in to tight
Wish i could get that one but too far from me.
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I have a direct drive porter cable pancake compressor that has been going strong for like 10 years. granted i dont use it much because i have the 60 gallon beast. I bought that when i moved and had yet to run 220 out to the garage for the big one.
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