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Old 11-14-2014, 11:22 AM   #11
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I wouldn't bother with the expense of Oil-less. I have winterize both my Class A and My roo for 10 years now with a standard garage-type compressor. The amount of oil they put out in the airstream is miniscule.

Oil-less is really only for breathing applications (you don't want to inhale ANY oil vapor) and for certain processes (laboratory) where oil could contaminate samples or such.

But to satisfy yourself, take a compressor, let the tank fill, and use a blow nozzle and shoot the whole tank of air at a clean sheet of paper. Then notice how much oil is actually on it. If my garage compressor put out anything more than negligible oil levels, I wouldn't have to oil my air tools.

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Old 11-14-2014, 12:01 PM   #12
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I have to disagree with cowracer. Oil free compressors actually cost less that the oiled types. They require almost no maintenance and weigh substantially less. The only reason advantage to an oil lube compressor is that it is a little quieter and will last a lot longer than oil free. If you want something light and easy for filling tires and blowing out lines, oil free is the way to go
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Old 11-14-2014, 02:03 PM   #13
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I have to disagree with cowracer. Oil free compressors actually cost less that the oiled types. They require almost no maintenance and weigh substantially less. The only reason advantage to an oil lube compressor is that it is a little quieter and will last a lot longer than oil free. If you want something light and easy for filling tires and blowing out lines, oil free is the way to go

Disagree.

From Home Depot:

2HP compressor with 6.3 gallon tank $142
2HP Oil-less compre with 4.6 gallon tank $299

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Same brand and everything.

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Old 11-14-2014, 08:14 PM   #14
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I have a 12 volt Puma with a small tank. Shuts off at 135 psi. Works well and is relatively small.
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Old 11-14-2014, 08:27 PM   #15
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I take a craftsman electric inflator- 6 amps. Wired in a 1000w inverter under the rear seat and as long as the truck is running and I power it up before connecting, it works great. Also thinking of ditching the cordless impact and get an electric one.


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Thanks for the recce's guys...will check 'em out.
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Disagree.

From Home Depot:

2HP compressor with 6.3 gallon tank $142
2HP Oil-less compre with 4.6 gallon tank $299

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Same brand and everything.

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The aluminum twin stack tank is the reason for the price difference. All things being equal, oil free is cheaper
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Old 11-17-2014, 06:38 PM   #18
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Just an update...I bought the compressor at Lowe's today...got their Kobalt brand with 3Gal Hot Dog Tank....Oil-less 1.5HPCompressor ... 155max psi and 2.6 cuft./min @90psi.
It was on sale for $99 which I thought was an excellent deal for the given specs.
I really was looking hard at a similar pancake style Porter Cable model at a similar price but it was a bit bigger footprint and I can stash the Koblalt upright on its frame with better space utilization. Also got their cheapie 12pc accessory kit for $15 bucks as it had the hose and basic hookup components I need. I fully expect the hose won't last...but the fittings alone were worth the price to me AND we are gonna be having a good freeze tomorrow nite so I needed to get something up and running by tomorrow!
Will be hooking up the blowout plug from post #9... and beating Jack Frost to the punch. Here's pix of the two pumps I settled on... the Porter Cable is available in a number of stores...the Kobalt is a Lowes brand.


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Old 11-17-2014, 06:50 PM   #19
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I recently picked up a Harbor Freight model that looks ALOT like that Porter Cable one. Oil-less, 3-gal, 100 PSI, adjustable line pressure, $49.99. Used it to blow out the RV and all my garden hoses, and it worked well.

BTW, that's a nice looking blow out plug, nicer than the one I pieced together with various parts from the plumbing section! Got a link to that?
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Taran...yup...I looked carefully at Harbor Freight too since they are my favorite toy store! The one you have is the 3gal 1/3HP 100PSI model which is also a heck of a deal. My problem with all the 1/3 HP models is that they're slow to do 6 big tires to 90Lbs. each so I opted for larger HP. HF also has a larger model comparable in specs to mine for the same $99 bucks inn their flyer this week in a pancake style similar to the Porter Cable. Worth a look as well for those needing more powerful.

The blowout plug is from Amazon and fits the 1/4" fitting perfectly and without any screws/fittings to leak. I is machined from a single piece of aluminum. Link:
http://www.amazon.com/Winterize-Heav...5DEBFR2A375GQX

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