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I noticed this deal at the local Home Depot, there is also the same deal at Lowes but more on that later. $399 Husky Air Compressor http://www.homedepot.com/Tools-Hardware-Air-Compressors-Tools-Accessories/h_d1/N-5yc1vZ1xr5Zb8mr/R-100083906/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053 Its a single stage 240volts, 15amp unit with a running 3.2hp motor (5hp peak), 1070rpm pump speed, and flows 10.2scfm @ 90psi / 11.5scfm @ 40psi. Best of all is the price of the unit. I figure for this price its probably going to be fairly loud but thats nothing an air compressor cabinet can't fix. I plan to use it mostly for impact wrenches, air ratchets, and air hammers. However later I might want to do some panel painting. My father owns a 33 gal 6hp Craftsman (2hp running) oil less compressor. It works but its extremely loud and I think they inflated the 6scfm rating, also it cost about the same as this unit. Seems like it would be hard to argue with the flow of this unit for the price. Most of the tools I plan to run require in the range of 4-6 scfm but I would like room to grow without spending too much. I would love to have an two stage but at this point I just can't afford it, besides its more of a want than a need. What do you guys think?

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Well... I went to Harbor Freight a few years back and got a good deal on my 21 gallon up right OILED compressor. Even though it a but slow on the CFM rate it does quite well will impact guns and such. But you right desn't matter if there OILED or OIL LESS they are both loud. I need to relocate mine into a cabinet in the shop.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=94667

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Oil-less ones seem to be the most exaggerated thing on ratings I've ever seen. We had one and it was junk. The pistons are only like 2.5" diameter and are just plastic crap. They sure don't provide any cfm. I have a little compressor I been wanting to rebuild but it's so old I doubt they have parts. I got pics of it, I think you guys will find it as neat as I did. It's only maybe 10" long, just a little 4 cyl. http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t303/ISXX/100_3190.jpg http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t303/ISXX/100_3191.jpg

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Well it was seized up and I tore it apart and the oil was just, tar really. I can't remember what all else I did to it, think I got some power service er, acetone and dumped it all over and let it eat the crap out. I will take some pics of it all apart. It has a little oil pump that goes off the cam and everything.

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Mike that the same compressor that i got 2 years ago and have't any trouble with it in my home shop. paid $125.00 w coupon that i found online w 20 % off

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they sale that there too. Heard they won't take coupons after the 1st. Want us to join their club. Think it going to hurt bussiness!

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Once you have a 2 stage, you'll never go back!!!It is just as important to me though, to get a quality name brand unit, and not oiless.You'll be ok until you start running a die grinder/drill/cut off, or other high consumption tools.I used to work in a heavy equipment shop, and we always ran out impacts at the shop pressure of 165 psi or so.I still do that to this day with no ill effects, but I do regulate it for most everything else.Oil bath, belt driven it just tried and true IMO.

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A big compressor is on my short list of tools I need, along with air tools. For my woodworking, framing, etc., I have a little oil-lubricated Makita compressor. Like this: http://www.makita.com/en-us/Modules/Tools/ToolDetails.aspx?ID=460 This little thing has been an amazing compressor. Not only did it move enough air to build roof trusses, roof my house, frame and build my garage, roof the garage, and roof my aunt's house, finish my dad's basement (framing and lots of tongue and groove nailing), it has run tirelessly for countless woodworking projects for over 5 years. For a tough little compressor that you can pick up and carry, this thing is quiet and has paid for itself time and time again. If it every finally dies, I'll go buy another one. -Chuck

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