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Myz
10-11-2010, 10:19 PM
Would an 8Gallon, 125psi (max) compressor suffice for the purposes of working on my personal vehicle @ home.
Looking to respray my car as well as use air wrenches for the rest of the build
Is it worth buying for convenient use @ home or will it barely serve my needs & offer more frustration than pleasure.
The compressor in question is in the passed weekend's Canadian Tire flyer.

project240
10-11-2010, 10:50 PM
Pay attention to CFM when buying a compressor.

What tools do you plan to use at home? As long as you don't plan to do any spraying/air sanding then you should be fine with a cheaper 8 gallon, though you may have to wait for it to cycle occasionally.

Myz
10-11-2010, 11:02 PM
I'm mainly looking to re-spray a project car so i guess a spray gun is part of the tool list.
Add to that some impact/air wrenches & ratchets.
That's about it.
What should i be looking for in CFM & what should i stay away from?

I don't intend buying another compressor so pls help me make the right decision in order to offer me project pleasure.
I work alone & therefore looking for wasy ways to do big jobs efficiently

project240
10-11-2010, 11:13 PM
Assuming you're meaning this compressor...

http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/browse/6/Tools/1/CompressorsAirTools/Compressors/PRDOVR~0588119P/Campbell%252BHausfield%252BAir%252BCompressor%25252C%252B1.3%252BHP%25252C%252B8%252BGallons.jsp?locale=en

If you take a look at the specs you'll see it is rated at 3.7 cfm @ 90 psi. The average spray gun probably needs 6+cfm and a much larger tank than 8 gallons unless you plan to spray for 30 seconds then wait 3 minutes and continually repeat this process.

To be honest, when I spray finishes, I hate using anything smaller than 20 gallons, otherwise your compressor will be constantly running.

project240
10-11-2010, 11:16 PM
You're probably much better off shopping around for something used (like this) http://calgary.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-sell-tools-equipment-PRO-AIR-II-20-GAL-5HP-AIR-COMPRESSOR-W0QQAdIdZ235221038 than buying new unless you're willing to spend close to $1K.

This one is 5.5 cfm and 20 gallons. It still won't keep up if you want to spray for 10 minutes in a row, but you'll spend much less time waiting on it.

Myz
10-12-2010, 12:07 AM
Thanks project

project240
10-12-2010, 07:48 AM
:thumbsup:

funkytuqe
10-12-2010, 03:28 PM
I use the Craftsman 33gal 1.6hp compressor. It's on sale now at sears for $100 off. Ive sprayed a few cars with it and it works great for me.

http://www.sears.ca/product/craftsman-md-33-gallon-vertical-tank-style-air-compressor/609-000489187-WLB1683321

BerserkerCatSplat
10-12-2010, 03:37 PM
Originally posted by project240
Assuming you're meaning this compressor...

http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/browse/6/Tools/1/CompressorsAirTools/Compressors/PRDOVR~0588119P/Campbell%252BHausfield%252BAir%252BCompressor%25252C%252B1.3%252BHP%25252C%252B8%252BGallons.jsp?locale=en

If you take a look at the specs you'll see it is rated at 3.7 cfm @ 90 psi. The average spray gun probably needs 6+cfm and a much larger tank than 8 gallons unless you plan to spray for 30 seconds then wait 3 minutes and continually repeat this process.

To be honest, when I spray finishes, I hate using anything smaller than 20 gallons, otherwise your compressor will be constantly running.

I have that exact compressor, and while it's great for light automotive work, I wouldn't even consider using a paint sprayer with it.

Tik-Tok
10-12-2010, 03:48 PM
Keep looking, don't bother with that C.T. one.

I picked mine up from Sears in Montana years ago, when the dollar was still around $.85, I got my 33 gallon, electric 2hp, 8.6 [email protected], and 6.8 [email protected], for $360 ALL IN, that included exchange, and gst when I crossed the border.

95teetee
10-12-2010, 09:45 PM
Originally posted by funkytuqe
I use the Craftsman 33gal 1.6hp compressor. It's on sale now at sears for $100 off. Ive sprayed a few cars with it and it works great for me.

http://www.sears.ca/product/craftsman-md-33-gallon-vertical-tank-style-air-compressor/609-000489187-WLB1683321 at that price, definitely a better option if any painting is to be involved.

Mibz
10-12-2010, 09:53 PM
Originally posted by BerserkerCatSplat
I have that exact compressor, and ... it's great for light automotive work

Rui M
10-12-2010, 10:07 PM
Originally posted by Myz
Would an 8Gallon, 125psi (max) compressor suffice for the purposes of working on my personal vehicle @ home.
Looking to respray my car as well as use air wrenches for the rest of the build
Is it worth buying for convenient use @ home or will it barely serve my needs & offer more frustration than pleasure.
The compressor in question is in the passed weekend's Canadian Tire flyer.

No

get at least a 60 gallon compressor, either that or don't use air tools.

Myz
10-13-2010, 12:16 AM
Wow...thanks for the responses guys.
Points well noted....I've stepped away from the CT compressor :)