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Old 07-20-2009, 03:23 PM   #1
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buying compressor/gun. Any advice?



I'm looking to buy a compressor and a gun for my garage. Any advice on what brand and where to get the best deals? I'm not looking for cheap stuff, need a reliable setup that can handle at least 450 ft.lb torque consistently.

Any advice is appreciated!
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Old 07-20-2009, 03:40 PM   #2
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Do you want to run 110 or 220?
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Old 07-20-2009, 03:47 PM   #3
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Ingersol rand. reliable and much less then blue point or snap on.
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Old 07-20-2009, 03:51 PM   #4
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Do you want to run 110 or 220?
I'd rather 110, but 220 is no problem. Laundry room is close to the garage and I think our dryer is 220 so I can use the same plug.
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Old 07-20-2009, 04:12 PM   #5
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so far I have my eyes set on this gun: http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/brows...%252B2-in..jsp

& this kit (damn good deal!): http://www.canadiantire.ca/browse/pr...=1248120129416

still undecided on the compressor..
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Old 07-23-2009, 12:38 AM   #6
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as for a compressor, get the bigger the better. Do not buy the 3 gallon stuff as they will never turn off when you're using them.

Sears has some good ones. See if they can sell you a floor model or something

As for the sockets n stuff, CT isnt bad because if anything breaks, the clueless girls at the cust.service desk would exchange no problem.
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Old 07-23-2009, 01:08 AM   #7
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I just had to buy one last week, so this i what i found; If you want something with a lot of power (200psi) and still portable (and stand up, so saves a LOT on space!), you can go with the Dewalt 15 galon unit from Home Depot. They have the same a Lows, but $50 more expensive! Most other compressors go to 125psi, but this one really has the power to take off even the worst rusty bolts, FAR more then would be needed at any home garage. Not cheap, at just under $500, but worth every penny IMO!

For the gun, if you want power, check Lows and Parts Source...Nothing else comes close (unless you go high end like Snap On etc at X2 the price!)
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Old 07-23-2009, 07:13 AM   #8
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My 2 cents is that in Canada, you should buy used, there are no good deals new. I lucked out and got an awesome gun at Harbor Freight. Think about it this way - when did you ever hear a mechanic say that his air gun has crapped out and he had to throw it away? Most of them are still using the IR gun they bought 20 years ago. Just oil it after every use and it'll never quit. So go on classifieds, and look for a high end gun for sale used. You'll save hundreds.

For the compressor, same deal. Try to find a good used one, but there are good options available new too. Don't get suckered in by big tank compressors for cheap (a few hundred). The most important thing is not volume but flow rate. The big half inch guns develop their advertised max torque at high PSI. Most of the cheaper compressors have a 90 psi operating pressure which won't cut it. Beyond that, get the biggest tank you reasonably can - since the really powerful guns will consume air like mad. It's not THAT bad really, I mean you're not using the air gun for shaving - just one or two brrrrrrraps with it to get an axle or subframe nut off and you go back to the ratchet.
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The last impact gun you will ever buy.
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Old 07-23-2009, 12:13 PM   #10
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My compressor is the campbell hausfield 8 gallon, It's worked great so far.
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Old 07-23-2009, 01:46 PM   #11
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I just had to buy one last week, so this i what i found; If you want something with a lot of power (200psi) and still portable (and stand up, so saves a LOT on space!), you can go with the Dewalt 15 galon unit from Home Depot. They have the same a Lows, but $50 more expensive! Most other compressors go to 125psi, but this one really has the power to take off even the worst rusty bolts, FAR more then would be needed at any home garage. Not cheap, at just under $500, but worth every penny IMO!

For the gun, if you want power, check Lows and Parts Source...Nothing else comes close (unless you go high end like Snap On etc at X2 the price!)
That was my first choice actually, but figured since it's oilless it would be too loud or unreliable, but yeah this one is actually one of the better deals out there right now. Are you currently using it?
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The last impact gun you will ever buy.
I'm picking up a brand new IR 2135QTI for $250 today.. hopefully. the guy bought it from new york, doesn't come with a box but i don't care. he apparently has more of them so I'll keep you guys posted.
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Old 07-23-2009, 02:18 PM   #13
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My 2 cents is that in Canada, you should buy used, there are no good deals new. I lucked out and got an awesome gun at Harbor Freight. Think about it this way - when did you ever hear a mechanic say that his air gun has crapped out and he had to throw it away? Most of them are still using the IR gun they bought 20 years ago. Just oil it after every use and it'll never quit. So go on classifieds, and look for a high end gun for sale used. You'll save hundreds.

For the compressor, same deal. Try to find a good used one, but there are good options available new too. Don't get suckered in by big tank compressors for cheap (a few hundred). The most important thing is not volume but flow rate. The big half inch guns develop their advertised max torque at high PSI. Most of the cheaper compressors have a 90 psi operating pressure which won't cut it. Beyond that, get the biggest tank you reasonably can - since the really powerful guns will consume air like mad. It's not THAT bad really, I mean you're not using the air gun for shaving - just one or two brrrrrrraps with it to get an axle or subframe nut off and you go back to the ratchet.
I've been looking into used stuff. very hard to come across a good used compressor for sale, they're usually crappy ones that people buy and they're unhappy with after 1 year or so nd they wanna get rid of it. still looking though, I was going to go check this one out tonight: http://toronto.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-s...AdIdZ143317789

looks like a good deal.
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That was my first choice actually, but figured since it's oilless it would be too loud or unreliable, but yeah this one is actually one of the better deals out there right now. Are you currently using it?
My old compressor was oilless and it lasted 8 years, no bad for a $350 CH!!! The DeWalt runs at much lower RPM, so NOT loud at all, much less then my old one. I have been using it for about a week, and very happy with it; on ONE charge of the tank i was able to take out a full rear end (full subframe and all!) with rusty bolts, and still had enaugh to do another small job after that! Not bad for only 15 galon!!!
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Old 07-24-2009, 01:19 AM   #15
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My old compressor was oilless and it lasted 8 years, no bad for a $350 CH!!! The DeWalt runs at much lower RPM, so NOT loud at all, much less then my old one. I have been using it for about a week, and very happy with it; on ONE charge of the tank i was able to take out a full rear end (full subframe and all!) with rusty bolts, and still had enaugh to do another small job after that! Not bad for only 15 galon!!!
Glad to see you like it. I just picked one up from the home depot 2 hrs ago, can't wait to try it out! any idea what kind of paint gun I can use with it for auto body work?
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