I'm looking for a small stationary compressor for my small garage/shop.
These don't look too bad, but haven't seen any reviews. The 2hp looks pretty
good for my applications. Fairly quiet. Any experience?
That looks like another practically useless website.. maybe they insist in
accepting their cookies or some other BS.
I couldn't get it to show/list any air compressors.
Apparently, these commerce morons will never understand/realize the
importance of allowing potential customers to see their merchandise and
Weird, seems tobe working fine now.. and nothing's changes as far as the
The specs indicate it's imported, not likely a good sign.
Piston pumps are generally better than diaphram pumps.
I have some oil-less piston pumps that haven't been used much since I've had
'em but they were used when I got 'em, and they still perform well any time
I need them.
They're 1/4 or 1/3 HP and have a single cylinder on one end with maybe a 2"
piston (or slightly larger).
The valves are reed types and the rings are a slippery synthetic material..
the upper ring being a wide band rabbet-notched at the gap and the lower
being a width more comparable to a cast iron ring.
Similar units were sold under the brand Thomas (one is Pneumotive).
The one unit was presumably used a lot.. the centrifugal weight assembly was
badly worn but a local motor shop had a replacement.
The smaller capacity California unit doesn't have much air delivery, and
would be problematic with many air tools, but might be OK for a brad nailer
The 2HP unit has better secs for $400+ but specs are commonly exaggerated.
For a 1/2" impact wrench, most sanders and other common shop air tools, the
2HP unit may be barely adequate.
A larger displacement belt-driven air compressor would better serve future
tool expansion and also last longer.. maybe $100-200 more, approx $600 range
although some deals may be available in the $400-500 range.
The aluminum tanks aren't a valuable feature, IMO.. they're probably only
slightly lighter than steel (if lighter), and steel tanks will typically
last for decades if kept properly drained.
Without pics of the motor and pumps, they aren't revealing much.
I have not heard of that brand but it seems that everyone is putting their
name on a compressor built by some one else these days. I assume you have
actually heard it run and are OK with the noise it puts out and are not
simply trusting the ultra quiet description. Next thing you should
consider is if it will have the CFM that you will need. Compressors this
size are typically good for nail guns, air nozzles, and filling tires.
To me, "contractor grade" these days means when the help drops it off
the roof, the contractor isn't out much. Certainly haven't seen many
quality tools in the stores with that description plastered on their
While I do like Woodworker Supply, a "much" better choice would be
something along these lines:
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
Note this is a oil lubed cast iron unit. It is heavy as a mud fence
(61 lbs) but it is quiet and should last you a very long time.
There are other besides Makita but look for similar features.
The oil lube and cast iron are the big deals for any compressor.
Not bad, and if their claimed 3,000 Hours can actually be reached...
Good luck with that. I'd want to know who they're buying their bare
motor and compressor units from and research that claim.
If you plan to use it a lot (and getting 2,000+ hours between
compressor rebuilds actually matters) this isn't the one. They claim
1680 RPM which is quite a bit of slip for an 1800 nominal RPM motor.
And with a direct-drive compressor there isn't much flywheel, just the
They claim an Aluminum tank is better because "it won't rust" - true,
but it still corrodes. And if it gets started it can fail even faster
than steel - especially if it develops a crack from the pressure
You want an oil-lubed compressor running on a belt reduction (they
live much longer at ~800 RPM) with a nice big flywheel to smooth out
the operation. Run that pump from a real Compressor Duty motor,
feeding into a much larger receiver tank.
For small shops the classic 2-HP on a 30-gallon tank is the bare
minimum, a horizontal will fit under the workbench. If you plan to
use an impact a lot, sandblast or paint, 5-HP (3.5 if you do the math
- they like to lie a lot) on a 60 or 80-gallon receiver tank.
A two-stage crams more air into the tank, so it goes longer between
starts. And if you run an industrial shop where it's running most of
the day, that's when you step up to a screw-type constant run
compressor - which is a whole 'nother discussion.
If you get reputable units they'll be rated for expected run life from
10,000 to 25,000 hours. Hook up an hour meter and keep them honest -
and it makes it far easier to follow the manufacturers advise to
change the oil in the compressor every 100 to 250 hours.
And when it starts having a hard time getting up to 120 or 175 PSI
(two-stage) it's time to search down a rebuild kit.
--<< Bruce >>--
There is no company "California air tools" that actually makes
compressors in California. "California air tools" is a brand of an
importer. Manufacturer of these compressors is not known and does not
want to attach its own name.
That tells me about enough, these are unlikely to be quality
compressors, because quality costs money and is not worth that in a no
name brand discount product.
You do realize that just because the manufacturer puts the name on the
tool that the reseller wants does not make the tool unlikely to be a
Most compressors are made by a few manufacturers, very few name brand
compressors are actually manufactured by the company with its name on
the product. Take SpeedAir for instance.
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