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Old 11-04-2013, 06:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question DeWalt 30 gallon compressor for painting

Hello guys, I need a compressor for my home weekend garage projects.
My needs:
#1 Paint motorcycle fenders/tank etc.
#2 tighten lug nuts and primary ( not so often).
#3 Has to be 110 V system( I do not have 220 V in the garage).
#4 Has to oil lubricated ( no oil less stuff as they tend to be loud and do not last very long).

What are my option? I read some good thing about Dewalt 30 Gallon?
Most of all the Spray guns are 5.7 CFM ar 40-60 PSI...so this should work?
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I painted quite a bit with my old 33 gallon oilless craftsman. My guns run at 40 psi so it was fine keeping up during painting.

The main thing bigger compressors are useful for are sanding. Blasting, running grinders or other constant air type things.

I looked at this Dewalt you mentioned just now and it seems expensive for what you get...
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oil less last plenty long. my 20 gallon campel hausfield is still running long. I got it used at a garage sale 10 years ago missing its air filter, and it still works like that to this day, always left on with a leaky hose so it kicks on and off, the damn thing wont die. but it is loud as shit, and I am excited to step up to a oiled quiet unit.
I wouldnt pay that for the dewalt, I would go used instead and get more compressor for the money.
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OK they have that Dewalt at Northern for 729. I know you can probably find it better but I want to stick to one website for comparison's sake.

For just a bit more dough I would prefer this Quincy:
Quincy Single-Stage Air Compressor 2 HP, 26-Gallon Vertical Tank, Model# Q12126VPQ | 2 - 9 CFM Air Compressors| Northern Tool + Equipment

Or this Chicago Pneumatic:
FREE SHIPPING Chicago Pneumatic Reciprocating Air Compressor 2 HP, 26 Gallon, 115/230 Volt, 1-Phase, Model# RCP-226VP 115-230V/1 | 2 - 9 CFM Air Compressors| Northern Tool + Equipment
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oil less last plenty long. my 20 gallon campel hausfield is still running long. I got it used at a garage sale 10 years ago missing its air filter, and it still works like that to this day, always left on with a leaky hose so it kicks on and off, the damn thing wont die. but it is loud as shit, and I am excited to step up to a oiled quiet unit.
I wouldnt pay that for the dewalt, I would go used instead and get more compressor for the money.
Mine lasted 13 years. Bought it new in college.

It has been replaced with a 60 gallon 15.8 cfm @ 90 psi ass kicker. It's not a whole lot more quiet but having that kind of air power is amazing.

If you can get 220v I would highly recommend it. Of course between my 2 welders and the plasma I have to have it but now adding the compressor to the mix makes the shop that much better than before with the Craftsman.
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I painted quite a bit with my old 33 gallon oilless craftsman. My guns run at 40 psi so it was fine keeping up during painting.

The main thing bigger compressors are useful for are sanding. Blasting, running grinders or other constant air type things.

I looked at this Dewalt you mentioned just now and it seems expensive for what you get...
Thanks 44Runner, I see there is Husky 33 gallon at home depot but the reviews are not too promising. What brand did you have?
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Sears has 33 Gallon Craftsman.

Craftsman 33-Gallon Portable Air Compressor: Power To Go from Sears
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33-Gal. Portable Electric Air Compressor-C331H at The Home Depot
This is only $299....
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Both those are oil free. I think you are right to avoid oil free pumps. They also have crappy scfm ratings. Both the compressors I posted are about as good as it gets scfm-wise for a 120V compressor. Obviously the price is way different.
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I looked at this Dewalt you mentioned just now and it seems expensive for what you get...
Yes, the Dewalt does look more expensive compared to what is basically the same unit with different paint.

Dewalt 30 Gallon
$590.63
Max pressure 155 psi
5.7CFM @ 90 PSI

Craftsman Professional 27 Gallon
$479.99
Max pressure 150 psi
5.8CFM @ 90 PSI

Kobalt (Campbell Hausfeld) 30 Gallon
$459.99 ($414 w/10% off coupon)
Max pressure 155 psi
5.5CFM @ 90 PSI

It has been discussed many times that the Kobalt units from Lowe's are reliable for garage use, and the best bang for the buck when looking at new compressors this size.
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Adding Kobalt to the mix as well.
Shop Kobalt 2-HP 30-Gallon 155-PSI Electric Air Compressor at Lowes.com

I'm now leaning towards Kobalt. This is oil based and decent CFM (6.5 at 40 PSI)
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Also, a warning about Husky brand 33 Gallon oil-less Compressor. Since I started researching( about a month ago), I read the reviews on home Depot site for 33 gallon Husky and it had more negative reviews than positive ones. As of last evening when I checked, that particular 33 gallon compressor #Model # F3S33VWD is no longer available, instead they have this Model # C331H
33-Gal. Portable Electric Air Compressor-C331H at The Home Depot
the old one that has bad reviews. #Model # F3S33VWD
Husky 33-Gal. Portable Electric Air Compressor-F3S33VWD at The Home Depot

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I have the crapsman pro. I'm very happy with it. It will not keep up with a spray gun if you want to paint a truck in a single pass. However, it works great for small to medium size prices.

I'm not a proffesional painter. In the time it takes me to move around and get situated the way I want to for each pass and coat the compressor usually has caught up.

I'm not a crapsman fan, but this tool has been used abused and keeps on kicking. I actually have to recommend it quite highly. It even went underwater during sandy and just kept on kicking.

I didn't look at your location before I started typing, but if you are west coast OSH used to put them on sale regularly.
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