Air Compressor

I need to purchase a new air compressor for my air brush.
Any suggestions would be welcome.
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Dick...
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Ron Smith
Suggest instead a 20 pound bottle of CO2 from a welding supply place (~$45) and a CO2 welding regulator from Harbor Freight (~$35).
Tom
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Tom
Seconded. I have a Campbell Hausfeld as a backup but haven't used a compressor in years.
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Al Superczynski
Thanks for your inputs. I purchased the TC 5000 from Dixie. My location in a semi remote section of Maine precludes the use of a CO2 tank. Dick...
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Dick
I'd like to give it a try. But I know that the CO2 regulator is different than my air regulator (different threads? Higher input pressure?). What exactly must I get to have a regulator that works with the CO2?
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Don Stauffer in Minnesota
I have a Badger airbrush compressor and an air tool compressor. Nothing wrong with the Badger compressor, except I don't like the noise it makes while trying to airbrush. I recently bought a 7 gallon CH portable air tank at Walmart. It costs $20. I fill the portable with 120 psi from my air tool compressor and use the portable tank to paint. The tool compressor has a water trap and the portable has a pressure regulator, bought separately. The only noise it makes is the sound of the spray from the airbrush. It holds enough air to paint several models.
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Willshak
You touch on the only problem that I've had when I replaced my CO2 regulator after about 25 years. My original one had an airbrush compatible male threaded output of the regulator welded onto the regulator. When I bought a new CO2 regulator from Harbor Freight its output is "welding compatible". What I ended up doing was cutting off my ~ 1/8" ID 6 foot rubber airbrush hose up close to the input connector and using the spike adapter provided with the regulator along with a screw-tightened hose clamp. Since the jury-rig is on the low pressure side of the regulator, there have been no problems at all.
Tom
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Tom
I bought a bottle of helium to use with my airbrush. The only problem was that all the spray paint rose to the ceiling and made a mess. The above is all a joke!
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Willshak
My setup (which I've been using for about 12 years) is: CO2 cylinders (three) A CO2 regulator with pressure gauge (Tap Rite brand) A 2" long 1/4" NPT pipe nipple A air regulator with pressure gauge (Sears brand) A reducing pipe nipple from 1/4" NPT to 1/8" to accommodate the airbrush hose. Teflon tape throughout
I found the straight CO2 regulator (available at many welding supply houses or any 'on tap' beer retailer) couldn't regulate the flow of gas as closely as I wanted. It also couldn't show me the working pressure, just the remaining pressure in the cylinder, which virtually remains constant until the gas runs out. So, a $15 air regulator (with gauge) was installed on one of the side taps of the CO2 regulator, providing me control from 0-40 PSI and everything in-between. I have a twenty-pound cylinder (which I found!) and two five-pounders, converted from CO2 fire extinguishers for more short-term use. Pressure and internal inspections are mandated every five years and my refills are $12 for the big cylinder, $8 for the five-pound ones. Pics can be made available to anyone who'd like to see it but I'm pretty sure it's a common setup...
Frank Kranick
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Francis X. Kranick, Jr.
HarborFreight.com has very good prices on a variety of compressors. I bought one from them -- a tankless, diaphragm, 1/8 hp model manufactured by Central Compressor -- at least 10 years ago for $65.00. I figured at that price, what the hay if it only lasts a year or two. It's still running just fine and is just fine for airbrushing models. Virtually the same compressor (looks like it's been upgraded slightly) is available now for $79.99. Here's a link to the item; below it is a link to HarborFreight's home page. There's a keyword search field; just type in compressor and you'll get 6 pages of listings.
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in article lbSdnRj5IozaxpvYnZ2dnUVZ snipped-for-privacy@adelphia.com, Dick at snipped-for-privacy@adelphia.net wrote on 9/12/06 3:01 AM:
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Pip Moss
Received my new TC-5000 last week. Works great, very satisfied with the selection. Ron, thanks a bunch. Dick...
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Dick
You're welcome Dick. I've had mine 6 years and it's the best "airbrush" compressor I've owned. Nice thing is I can fire it up anytime and not disturb the wife.
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