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My compressor had a bad day a few weeks ago (got smashed between 2 cars), and I'm looking for a new one. The old one was a 3 HP portable and was OK for small jobs. I'm looking to do some more extensive work and was wanting some opinions on what you folks are using. I want to be able to use normal air tools and also paint with it. Do I also need an automatic oiler, water trap, etc???Thanks in advance.

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Jake, I'm using a 6 hp, 60 gal vertical tank, single stage Campbell Hausefield and so far it does well. It runs all my air tools, even the DA sander. I live at 7000' so performance is less than lower elevations. I bought it at Home Depot 2 years ago for around $350.

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i have the a portable one from ears, 5.5 hp and a 30 gallon tank works great but havn't tried painting with it i doubt if i could paint a car without stopping everyonce in a while for more air, the air ratchet on 100 psi works great and has never failed, impact too.

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I just purchased the 6/60 Campbell Hausefield from Post Tool here in Calif. $397.00. No oiler, or electrical plug. BTW its 240 volts.
So with wire , block valve, fittings and regulator/water knockout I've got about $500.00 in it.
Its a good unit, not real loud either.

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Painting a car doesn't take that much out of your air compressor. Now sandblasting...that requires alot of air. As does a good bit of air tools like impact wrenches, sanders, etc. They like alot of air too.

In this case, bigger is better. Get the most you can afford.



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If you do a lot of work with an air sander or painting then a two stage air compressor is best. However, you can get by with a single stage by reducing the length of time you stay 'on the air'. The two stage has a quicker recovery than a single. Sanders die out quicker w/single stage. I have an 80gal single that works quite well due to the large capacity.
Auto oiler...NO-NO-NO!!! Especially if you plan on painting. Oil will get in the air lines. Oil your tools not the line.
Painting...Air drier & water trap will be needed. I mounted mine at the compressor. You'll always have minor air leaks. Install a Gate Valve on the compressor to prevent it from going off & on all the time while your away. It's not good for the tank to expand & contract from empty to full all the time. It'll still leak-down even if you flip the power off.

Simply shuting it off won't work because air will always leak

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