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    air compressor questions

    Two main ones really...this maybe a stupid one, but the voltage requirement says 120/240...that means it can run on either right? I'm trying to avoid getting a unit that requires that I install a 220V outlet. Am I correct to assume that this unit will run on a standard outlet that I have in my garage?

    Husky 2.0 Running HP 30 Gallon Vertical Compressor - VT6315 at The Home Depot
    2nd question. What's the benefit of a unit that uses oil vs one that's oil-less?

    There's a decent amount of savings going with an oil-less unit, but I don't want to skimp if it means lesser quality.

    Any advice is much appreciated

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    Yes, you can use a standard 110 outlet unless the amp draw is more than 20. The advantage to 240 is less current (amps) is needed to run the compressor as the pressure (volts) is higher. Generally a 240 machine will draw 1/2 the current of a 110 machine. To go to 240 requires a plug change and some tinkering of the wiring in the motor. The owner's manual should detail how to do that. I run mine on 110.

    As for the oil vs. oil-less units; I'll defer to others who have used both as mine is oil-less.
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    Mjncad nailed the electrical, I myself have not owned an oiless unit. However, I have not heard any good things about them. I myself would avoid the oiless. I guess my feeling is that "you get what you pay for".
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    Oiless meens LOUD! They are twice as loud as oiled units, and their life is shorter. What do you need the AC for?
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    I need one to use for an impact wrench and for a paint gun that I have yet to buy. I like reastoring old tractors and I am going to try to do more myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDogTrain View Post
    I need one to use for an impact wrench and for a paint gun that I have yet to buy. I like reastoring old tractors and I am going to try to do more myself.
    Painting takes a lot of clean DRY air. You will probably be unhappy trying to paint a tractor with a 30 gallon single stage compressor.
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    Ok, I've got to get an air compressor sometime this winter and get it installed. Am torn between a 3HP or 5HP. It will be a 240V unit. From everything I've read, it will take the larger 5HP to have the volume/pressure needed for painting?

    I know the HP is a nebulous figure, so anything more explicite (xxx cfm with a xxx gal tank) would be good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eepete View Post
    Ok, I've got to get an air compressor sometime this winter and get it installed. Am torn between a 3HP or 5HP. It will be a 240V unit. From everything I've read, it will take the larger 5HP to have the volume/pressure needed for painting?

    I know the HP is a nebulous figure, so anything more explicite (xxx cfm with a xxx gal tank) would be good.

    Pete
    5HP, 2-stage, 80 gallon tank. You won't run out of air that way. 15 to 20 CFM at 90 PSI is a good compressor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kennyd View Post
    5HP, 2-stage, 80 gallon tank. You won't run out of air that way. 15 to 20 CFM at 90 PSI is a good compressor.
    I agree Kenny. I have a 5HP 2-stage 80 gal compressor and it does everything very well except the sand blasting. Sand blasting is the real air hog.
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    Too bad for the premium price on this unit...I'd LOVE to have this in my future shop:


    Wonder who makes it...I'd like to see the OEM pricing...
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