Brand Names - select type of air compressor

by Paul
(CA)

Hello, great info on your website! It's helped me tremendously. I'm getting ready to purchase, now I just need an opinion as to a few brand names that you feel deliver the best product for the price.


I'm a DIY guy and need a compressor for home use (i.e. blowing off lawn equip., using an impact for changing tires, maybe some light duty spray painting, finish nail gun/stapler).

I'm most likely going to go with an oiled motor as it seems like most are saying they last longer. As far as names, I'm leaning toward Makita, but would like your input as to some others such as Campbell Hausfeld, Porter Cable, DeWalt, and Crafstman. Can you advise? Are any of them made in USA anymore?

Thanks so much for you help,

Paul

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Bill says...

Hey Paul. Nice to hear from you and good questions.

Here are my thoughts. The vast majority of DIY type air compressors are made in China. Yes, they have varying levels of quality, but the levels don't vary much.

If you are looking for low cost, pick the one that gives you the pressure and flow you want with the best warranty. Odds are you may need it.

If you want long life, and real support, find a compressor company that sells European or North American manufacture air compressors, with a parts supply and service network where you are, and one that will back their warranty.

Cheers,

Bill


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Do you need filters on compressed pipework if you are using it as a food process

by Lynn Hawkins
(uk)

Currently have a filter on the inlet & outlet, but do i need to filter the pipework legs if i am using as part of the process to blow seasoning on food.

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Bill says...

It seems to me, that if debris, compressor oil, perhaps pipe scale, and certainly contaminated water, all of which can blow out of any compressed air line, were blowing onto my food, I'd want to make sure that I treated it.

I don't know your process, nor do I know if you have inspectors visiting your plant.

My suggestion is, if you want to play square, ask the inspector.

Or, make sure you have a general purpose filter, upstream from a coalescent filter, on any outlet that blows onto food.

I'd be happier knowing you were doing this! :-)

Cheers,

Bill

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how to use compressed air recovary system in blow molding machines?

by Muhammad Umair
(mumunir_ssuet@yahoo.com)

Dear Sir,

how can i use compressed air recovary system in blow molding machines?

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Bill says...

Hello Muhammad:

There are too many variables involved with a project like this to try and tackle via a website. You need to contact vendors of compressed air recovery systems wherever you are in the world, provide them the details of your molding machines, and ask for proposals, including cost justification.

Cheers,

Bill

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