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03-20-2012 12:50 AM
BigTxRdnck Will the compressor work--yes. Will it work efficiently--no. Depends on how tight the lugs are, but generally you're probably gonna have to try to break one loose at a time, letting it build pressure back up, and then go back and spin them off. Another thing to consider is quality of tools--I have two cheap impacts that wont break a lugnut loose from 120ftlbs, one of them is a Devilbiss and the other came from one of those Cummins truckload sales and was supposed to have 450ftlbs of torque.

Was at AutoZone yesterday and they had a Great Neck 24 volt cordless impact for 99.99, didn't check to see what it was rated for torque though.
03-19-2012 11:18 PM
absolutescottie
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Originally Posted by jgorm View Post
It will work. I have a small porter cable 2.5gallon in my front garage and I'll run the impact off of it if I'm too lazy to run the hose from my big compressor and its a small job. It will do one or 2 lugs before it kicks on. I switch between my mini dewalt impact gun for getting them close, then go to the impact for the final tightening. It sucks because its super loud and runs all the time. I was filling my 35s from 0 to 30 psi and it would kick on before the tire hit 10 psi and run until long after the tire was full. One of my projects is to run 100+' of air line from my real compressor to a 5 gallon buffer tank in my front garage so I don't have to hear the compressor run.
X1000000000 it'll work fine, not ideal for a shop of course but Not many people need an air chisel and grinder for non shop use haha but for working on your jeep,loosen bolts, running a finish, roofing and framing nailer and a palm nailer is a great thing to pick up too, but you should be fine. I wouldn't say you need much else taking up space you havent been using one this long into your life
03-19-2012 09:55 PM
jerryj Ok I looked today and heres what I found My Bostitch 6gal compressor is 3.4cfm at 40psi and 2.7 cfm at 90psi and is a 100psi max. The 25gal is 9.1cfm at 40psi and 7.1cfm at 90 psi and 125psi max and a 3/8 drive impact is 4.0cfm for 75 lbs of tork at 90psi.That should give you an idea.
03-19-2012 10:13 AM
jgorm It will work. I have a small porter cable 2.5gallon in my front garage and I'll run the impact off of it if I'm too lazy to run the hose from my big compressor and its a small job. It will do one or 2 lugs before it kicks on. I switch between my mini dewalt impact gun for getting them close, then go to the impact for the final tightening. It sucks because its super loud and runs all the time. I was filling my 35s from 0 to 30 psi and it would kick on before the tire hit 10 psi and run until long after the tire was full. One of my projects is to run 100+' of air line from my real compressor to a 5 gallon buffer tank in my front garage so I don't have to hear the compressor run.
03-19-2012 12:07 AM
jerryj Ill check the one at the shop tomorrow I think its a 15 gal still portable one guy can load it in a truck has wheels That works decent Ill make sure thats what it is.Im not trying to be negative at all I have just dealt with the frustration of trying to do a job and having to wait for air the whole time.We use a whole range of compressors every day at work from 2 gal to 150 gal.I use a 2 and 4gal the most just not with real air tools.The dream is to find a nice stationary compressor thats 110v if your really gonna use it their on Craigs list but dont last long.If its just occasional maybe the 15gal.Again thats my opinion and I will check the one at the shop because weve had it a long time and it works great.Sears or Harborfreight or just about any where sell nice little air tool sets the last one I got had a gun grinder air chisel and dremil type grinder for like 100$ which covers most jobs grab one of those sets and give her a try.
03-18-2012 11:29 PM
Hammerdown So show me the picture of a minimum size compressor I need.
03-18-2012 10:43 PM
jerryj Effin a it will spin loose lug nuts all day just not tight ones.Not with a 2 gallon tank and max 100 psi.It also wont run a air chisel or grinder for much longer then 20 or 30 seconds and gets weaker with each passing second at least mine wont.
03-18-2012 10:14 PM
absolutescottie Yes your compressor is effing fine. You'll be able to break (read: loosen) lugs off and spin them while the compressor is refilling, most likely per tire.
03-18-2012 09:59 PM
UnlimitedLJ04
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Originally Posted by Hammerdown View Post
I have never owned any air tools but since I bought a small 2 gallon, 100psi air compressor I have been thinking of getting a few. My minimum requirement is to be able to at least take lug nuts on and put them back on. Is my compressor powerful enough? What brand/size air tools?
no, your compressor isn't powerful enough. I've got one like that and I gave my air tools to friend since the small compressors won't run air tools well.

Do what I did...buy an electric impact wrench. I found a lightly used Dewalt on craiglist for around $80, IIRC.
03-18-2012 09:51 PM
Border Dave
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I have never owned any air tools but since I bought a small 2 gallon, 100psi air compressor I have been thinking of getting a few. My minimum requirement is to be able to at least take lug nuts on and put them back on. Is my compressor powerful enough? What brand/size air tools?
Aren't you putting the cart before the horse?

If you really want to run an impact wrench, you'll need a compressor that will supply at least 5 cfm at 90 psi.
03-18-2012 09:46 PM
jerryj Probably not those are good for pumping up tires or running nail guns lugs are tough you need psi and capacity and usually have to break them loose any way.We had a small compressor like that we took to races and it wouldnt run a air grinder or any thing else with enough power to be effective.
03-18-2012 09:36 PM
Hammerdown
What do I need to know about air tools?

I have never owned any air tools but since I bought a small 2 gallon, 100psi air compressor I have been thinking of getting a few. My minimum requirement is to be able to at least take lug nuts on and put them back on. Is my compressor powerful enough? What brand/size air tools?

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