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Looking for some direction on buying an air compressor. Don't have a ton of $$ to spend...prolly less than $200. Gonna go electric and something small as I don't have a ton of room.
Looking for something for basic compressor work...filling tires and some light tool work mostly.
Since I've never bought or owned one was wondering what sort of spec's I should be looking for.

Here's a couple from The Depot I was looking at:
http://www.homedepot.com/Tools-Hardware-Air-Compressors-Tools-Accessories-Portable-Compressors/h_d1/N-5yc1vZbb2v/R-202516601/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

http://www.homedepot.com/Tools-Hardware-Air-Compressors-Tools-Accessories-Portable-Compressors/h_d1/N-5yc1vZbb2v/R-202018100/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

Thanks much!!!
 

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I would get one that has the biggest tank. Also depending on what type of air tools your going to be using. Try to match up the cfm of the tools to what the compressor can handle. Having the larger tank also helps.
 

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What kind of tools do you plan on using? that is going to be the most important part of choosing a compressor. If you are just airing up tires, anything will be fine, but if you want to use an air chissle or impact gun, you will need something more substantial.

I'd say check out craigslist. I got a 20 gallon compressor on there for $100 and it does almost everything I want. I can run a gun and chissle in short bursts (a couple minutes) before it needs to recharge.
 

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Thanks much...I really appreciate your input.
Guess I need to first figure out what it is I'm really gonna be using it for in order to decide.
 

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I've been impressed with Smittybilt's dually air compressor, approx $160 from 4wd.com (http://www.4wd.com/productdetails.aspx?partID=14194) plenty of enough ummph for inflating 35" tires.
That's a rebadged Q Industries Q-89G compressor. Not a bad compressor at all, especially for the price (we sell them for around $121). However, it's not got enough output to run air tools. Easy enough to turn into an on board air package as well.

Ditto x2 on Spartan's suggestion on a used compressor off CL for your garage.
 
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