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Old 02-01-2015, 10:36 AM
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Question Looking for an Air Compressor and Impact Wrench Recommmendations

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I'm in the market for an air compressor and impact wrench. This will be my first time shopping for an air compressor that can handle auto work. From what I've read I should look for a compressor that has at least 5 CFM.

I was considering the following Dewalt unit:
D55146 1.6 HP Continuous, 200 PSI, 4.5 Gallon Compressor | DEWALT Tools

It's priced around $300. Curious if others had experience with the model, and/or can recommend an air compressor around the $300 price mark.

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Hi, I'm in the market for an air compressor and impact wrench. This will be my first time shopping for an air compressor that can handle auto work. From what I've read I should look for a compressor that has at least 5 CFM. I was considering the following Dewalt unit: D55146 1.6 HP Continuous, 200 PSI, 4.5 Gallon Compressor | DEWALT Tools It's priced around $300. Curious if others had experience with the model, and/or can recommend an air compressor around the $300 price mark. Thanks
Consider looking in Craigslist. I managed to get an 80 gallon air compressor for free, simply because the guy said it didn't work and he wanted it gone. All it needed was a new motor. I paid $200 to replace that, and ended up with a $2,000 compressor.

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A compressor set is a valuable tool, but still has limitations. For flexibility try this:
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The most important thing about buying a compressor is making sure you've got enough CFM @ 90psi to properly operate the tool you want to run. That little compressor you posted won't run an impact wrench outputting only 5 CFM. You need something closer to 7-9 CFM to run a 1/2 - 3/4 impact wrench. Not to mention, even if you do get the wrench spinning, it will only go for about 10 seconds on that small tank and won't have enough torque to do the intended work.
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See if you can get a 30+ gallon compressor. You can go to Lowes, etc, and haggle on a floor model. CL is also a good place to find a good used one for a lot less money.

I used one of those Lowes 60 gallon for years along with a cheap set of air tools from HF. I then got lucky and scored a dental air compressor off of CL and have had it for longer than I can remember.

The problem with cheaper compressors is that you'll run out of air quicker especially for certain air tools that eat up a lot of air. If it's just for taking wheels off with an impact and using an air ratchet, a cheaper compressor will do. If I can recommend a powerful impact wrench for the money, it will be this one. You can find them for less than 100 bucks and it will be the last you'll buy. Craftsman 1/2 Heavy Duty Impact Wrench: Find the Power at Sears
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