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Posted: 12/9/2013 5:06:31 PM EDT
I found this thread but its in the archives :http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_1_139/1022815_.html

I am tired of my 12v mini compressor that takes 30m to fill one tire. Wife was given me approval to buy a small electric compressor for no more than $150. Is there anything around that fits that criteria and puts out decent CFM?
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 12:02:15 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/12/2013 12:07:29 PM EDT by jasoncar40]
I bought this one: Craftsman Air Compressor

It has a 3 gallon tank, 1HP, oil lube compressor for under $80.

Considering I'm used to a massive air compressor growing up on the farm, this one as worked well for blowing out my sprinkler system and airing up the tires on my trailers and F-250.

Edited to add: Not sure what you mean by decent CFM, it's not even close to being able to run air tools, but good for small tasks around a house.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 4:08:30 PM EDT
I had the same Craftsman (3 gallon 125 psi) and happened to purchase the product protection plan. Well the pressure gauge froze up with 2 months left and I called them. They swatted the last 6 inches of the power cord. I sent it in and got a gift card which I used to buy the same 3 gallon but with 135 psi which is $90 now (http://www.sears.com/craftsman-3-gallon-portable-air-compressor/p-00915362000P?prdNo=5&blockNo=5&blockType=G5),

Never had a problem doing any tire filling, using it Asa. Blower when cleaning the guns or lawn equipment nor running the trim nailer installing my crowne and baseboard along with other projects.

I also Headed to Lowes and bought a new gauge for $8 and a new plug for $3 and repaired the old one. As long as you change the oil and watch the level it will last you just fine.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 4:29:08 PM EDT
We have been running this one for a couple of years now with no problems.


Do have to let it catch up when filling the pick up tires but it is not super slow.
Link Posted: 12/20/2013 11:55:41 PM EDT

i have this one. like it a lot.
Link Posted: 12/21/2013 1:17:45 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/21/2013 1:21:45 AM EDT by 94TBlazer]
If it were me, I'd watch Craigslist with $150 cash in hand. You might find a decent 20 gallon machine or larger that someone wants to get rid of. Yes, bigger is better. As for Made in USA, you're at a pretty low price point for that. Be happy with a used, sizeable machine.

ETA: Want the ideal, American-made compressor that will still be running 100 years from now? Get a Saylor-Beall for $2300. Buy once, cry once.
Link Posted: 12/21/2013 5:57:41 AM EDT
Spend a little more and get a Makita Big Bore MAC700.
Link Posted: 12/22/2013 10:28:57 AM EDT
As a trim carpenter who uses a small portable compressor almost daily, I suggest an oilless pancake style compressor. They can be found in your price range. I would stay away from bostich, I have had trouble with the quality of their compressors.

I just got a senco on sale at menards for just over $100 and have been very pleased with it so far. Fairly lightweight, compact, isn't too loud, and does not leak air at all.


Link Posted: 12/27/2013 4:13:58 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/27/2013 4:14:38 PM EDT by ScottyPotty]
I bought this one 7 years ago and it has been great. I know its out of your price range but its been a good unit.

Link Posted: 12/27/2013 4:46:26 PM EDT
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Spend a little more and get a Makita Big Bore MAC700.
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Read the reviews on amazon, makita makes great small compressors. I have the 5200 and love it.
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