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Bought A New Tool Today

I bought a new tool today. It's a 2 hp. 5 gal. air compressor. I have wanted one for a while and haven't been able to afford a new one so I picked this up from a friend who's husband recently died. I may end up with a few more tools, but I don't know for sure.
It will definately help when working on the truck!
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looks like a nice compressor...those always come in handy!
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Impact tools are your friend, use them....LOL
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nice buy...

it will defiantly be helpful
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Very cool, it will help in what you need to do but will not last long for air pressure as the tank is not huge. It will still work none the less.
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Very cool, it will help in what you need to do but will not last long for air pressure as the tank is not huge. It will still work none the less.
I don't have any experience with impact tools but I'd like to at least get an impact wrench to help with "disassembly".

What's the minimum size compresser needed to operate an impact wrench, fairly short duration, like taking off wheels, ball joints, etc.

Anyone?
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I have a nice size compressor for my house and a LOT of air tools but when I work on stuff at my house I prefer my cordless 19v IR Impact. It's a lot of money but its stronger then any 1/2 air impact gun (450ft lbs), comes with 2 batteries and a 1/2 hour quick charger. The compressor you have there is meant for pneumatic nailer's. Save your money and just get an electric or GOOD cordless impact gun. It's better than messing with air and a lot cheaper.
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CFM is what you need, dont need a huge tank, if the pump can keep up to the use of air on the impact who cares about the tank? but a decent tank size will help. 5 gallon or more...
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CFM is what you need, dont need a huge tank, if the pump can keep up to the use of air on the impact who cares about the tank? but a decent tank size will help. 5 gallon or more...

very true, Some of the best don't even have tanks. Like rotory units. I've seen rotory compressors the size of a bread box that can power a paint gun with no tank at all.
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I work with, and sell alot of air tools and I dont think you will be able to do al the you expect to do with it.

When choosing tools you will need to look for a label saing what the SCFM is for that compressor. There is usually 2 numbers #.#@40 PSI and #.#@90 PSI. You need to look for tools that fall UNDER those numbers. For example, if your compressor puts out [email protected] and the impact gun you want requires [email protected], your compresser wont give the impact all the power (torque) it needs. You may be able to snug up lugnuts with it, but Id definately hit them again manually.

I own a small compresser also, and I thought it would be great when I went to replace my tranny, I couldnt even take a lugnut off with it though.

That compressor looks like it is designed for builders. It will run anything that requires a quick burst of air (nail guns) better than it would do a tool that uses alot of air to run (spray guns, impacts, sanders, sandblaster etc.) It will fill tires nicely, but Id bet the motor will kick on before you get one tire filled all the way. Like I said though, you should be able to snug up bolts with it, but I wouldnt trust that as enough.

Im sorry if that bursts your bubble. Id take it anyway, even if you are paying for it, to help the lady out. It will come in handy, but I wouldnt go sinking a bunch of $ into air tools until you know the facts.
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Very cool, it will help in what you need to do but will not last long for air pressure as the tank is not huge. It will still work none the less.
I didn't need anything to big. I need it for like rotating wheels & assembly & disassembly. I had to borrow one when I moved my towhooks before I put my WAAG Bar on. I am think I am going back tomorrow to look at getting a few more tools. My friend had a nice wood workshop and his wife doesn'twant or have any use for any of the tools.
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small or big air tools are air tools and they make the job so much easyier
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small or big air tools are air tools and they make the job so much easyier
Stink ya buddy!
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My shop uses 4, 100 gallon tanks with three phase, 15hp, 2 stage compressors and just 4 guys spraying and sanding at the same time will use them enough that they all dont shut off till we stop. Some tools will drain the heck out of a tank like a DA sander or a high speed sander.
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I didn't need anything to big. I need it for like rotating wheels & assembly & disassembly. I had to borrow one when I moved my towhooks before I put my WAAG Bar on. I am think I am going back tomorrow to look at getting a few more tools. My friend had a nice wood workshop and his wife doesn'twant or have any use for any of the tools.
Then it should accomplish all your needs.
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I praise my air tools. I've got a nice 20 gallon digital compressor and have air lines run through the garage, with a wall-mounted auto-retract spindle in the middle. My air tools accomplish so much more than I've ever wanted to do by hand, and makes for rotating tires a real quick job!
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the more cfm it provides, the more u can do with it. btw, that lil compressor wont even run craftsman sandblster. but like others said, if u need a quick shot of air those work, but if you want to do bigger projects, like automotice work, get a real air compressor. something with a true 5hp motor and a 100gallon tank will do anything youll ever want.
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I have a nice size compressor for my house and a LOT of air tools but when I work on stuff at my house I prefer my cordless 19v IR Impact. It's a lot of money but its stronger then any 1/2 air impact gun (450ft lbs), comes with 2 batteries and a 1/2 hour quick charger. The compressor you have there is meant for pneumatic nailer's. Save your money and just get an electric or GOOD cordless impact gun. It's better than messing with air and a lot cheaper.
I looked at the cordless drill you have.. Sweet! But costly. I found a decent price on a Craftsman Pro Electric impact wrench and got that. For the few times I use one I can get by with it instead of buying everything needed for a good air setup.
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very nice.........i want one
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Good luck with it, I'm sure it will do the job.
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Good for you.
It will do a lot things for you. Glad to see you got a dual tank, it won't run as much to catch up.
I don't think it's going to do much good with air tools like air ratchets and tools like that. Just not enough air volume (cfm). Mine doesn't. I use mine for tire pressure and running air nailers and spray guns at low pressure. Air nailers don't require continuous air to work. I can drive 6-8 roofing nails before the compressor refreshes.
When you are ready to use an air tool like an air ratchet you need to move up to something bigger, as others have said. When you buy an air rachet read the spec sheet and make sure you can ratchet with it. A lot of the low priced air ratchets say not to ratchet them. I am not sure what damage it will do but if you can't fix it yourself it has to go to a shop and may end up cheaper to buy another..
I would have to agree with the guy that has the battery impact gun or even an electric plug in type to do the things you are talking about.
Get yourself a nice filter to keep the water out of the tools. Remember to oil your rachets and other air tools ech day you use them. Oil them before you store them for extended times.
Hope this helps. I ran portable pneumatic air drills for boring up to 6-1/2" holes in up to 9" of HY-80 steel for 20 years. Drilled sheetmetal, NiCu, Titanium and a lot of other material.
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buy a 100 gallon tank and create a system
that unit will not run an impact wrench or even a rachet with any force
put it behind a 100 gallon tank with 3/8" connectors and you are all set
and put a dryer and extra intake filter on also
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