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    Default Compressor recommendation

    I've been meaning to get one for ages but finally decided to get a compressor.
    I wasn't sure how handy it would be so got a relatively inexpensive one, it's from Machine Mart, the Clarke Ranger 7/240 2hp 24L.

    By golly its a useful little thing.
    I only use it for little jobs but runs air tools ok, spray gun and is incredibly useful for blowing off crap when you're doing jobs. It's also pretty compact too.

    Anyway, not much more to add but if you're thinking of getting one then its pretty good for what it is IMHO.


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    Default Re: Compressor recommendation

    Yup, I have a small compressor I got from Aldi or Lidl about 15 years ago. I mainly use it to fit tyres and clear drains but have used ti to spray decking and fence panels. I got a puncture in my ZX9r years ago and had to leave it at work. Popped up that evening with a plug set and the compressor fully charged in the boot and plugged the tyre and inflated it and rode it home whilst the Mrs drove the car back!

    Its not something I use that often, but if it dies it'll be replaced straightaway.

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    Default Re: Compressor recommendation

    I use mine a lot. I have a 24l and a 100l.

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    Default Re: Compressor recommendation

    I'm now at 3 running compressors and 2 "project" ones. I wouldn't want to go back to not having air on tap.

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    Default Re: Compressor recommendation

    I've had a Clarke Ranger 46 for a while in my home workshop. Handy as you say, although no good for high usage such as sandblasting or continuous use tools.

    I got one of those cheap nail guns from Aldi (or Lidl) and surprised by how much use it gets.

    First thing to do was change the outlet tap, it can now be foot operated. http://village.photos/images/user/dd...94f249d598.JPG

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    Default Re: Compressor recommendation

    I currently have 4:
    60gal Devilbiss
    21gal Horrible Fright (on wheels)
    Some ancient small thing that I can pick up with one hand for running airbrushes, $10 at a yard sale.
    Much newer small thing for running supplied air respirator when painting with the good shit.

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    Default Re: Compressor recommendation

    Change the drain on the bottom. Fit a 90deg elbow, a bit of pipe long enough to poke out from the elbow so you can see it & fit a ball valve to the end.

    One of the advantages to this set up is that it makes it easier to drain...

    The other is that you can see the valve & won't have to reach under the tank & risk grabbing hold of a Black Widow.... May not apply to your location though

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