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Forum topic by Gene Howe posted 06-11-2021 03:37 PM 546 views 0 times favorited 31 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Gene Howe

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06-11-2021 03:37 PM

Topic tags/keywords: air compressor

MY 35 year old 60 gal 6 HP Campbell Hausfeld is about to bite the dust. I don’t need one that big any more. I’m looking for one that will achieve at least 125 PSI with 10 CFM at 90 PSI. Preferably one on wheels, this time.
Any and all suggestions welcome and greatly appreciated.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton


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JackDuren

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#1 posted 06-11-2021 03:40 PM

10 CFM on wheels? Continuous? Do you have a budget?

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shipwright

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#2 posted 06-11-2021 03:47 PM

Hi Gene,
I don’t know if your compressor lives in the shop with you or not bu I’m sold on California Air. They are so quiet you can hold a conversation right beside one without raising your voice. If it’s in the shop with you, you will love the difference!

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese! http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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Mark Wilson

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#3 posted 06-11-2021 03:47 PM

I took advantage of a deal at Lowe’s or HD, a long time ago, wherein I got a Porter Cable pancake compressor with three nail/brad guns and a 50’ hose for something like $250 (don’t remember). It served me well. I just sold the whole kit for $180. Also, I currently have a 25g PC compressor for sale. If you feel like driving over here to Southern California, I’d be happy to sell it to you.

-- Mark

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lew

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#4 posted 06-11-2021 04:32 PM

10 cfm at 90 psi, that’s a pretty hefty requirement, Gene!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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GR8HUNTER

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#5 posted 06-11-2021 04:38 PM

i love my job boss PORTER CABLE ….. 6 @ 90 is plenty power to run my big nailer :<)))))))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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OldBull

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#6 posted 06-11-2021 04:44 PM

Make sure you do not get one to small, you will be dissapointed. What tools do you need to run ?

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Kudzupatch

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#7 posted 06-11-2021 05:14 PM

I would suggest rebuilding the old compressor and getting more hose. It’s quality will be FAR SUPERIOR to anything new you buy. You will not get 30 years out of a new one.

-- Jeff Horton * Kudzu Craft skin boats* www.kudzucraft.com

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Gene Howe

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#8 posted 06-11-2021 05:52 PM

Thanks guys.


Make sure you do not get one to small, you will be dissapointed. What tools do you need to run ?

- OldBull


Nail guns of all types and, several different types of air powered rotary carvers. at least one of them require the 10 CFM to operate well.

I would suggest rebuilding the old compressor and getting more hose. It s quality will be FAR SUPERIOR to anything new you buy. You will not get 30 years out of a new one.

- Kudzupatch


I was considering rebuilding it but, many of the parts are no longer available.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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JackDuren

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#9 posted 06-11-2021 05:59 PM

You might want to check with auto body forums or sand blasting forums . There air is king…

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splintergroup

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#10 posted 06-11-2021 06:06 PM

I’m in a similar situation. I have an upright 60 gallon 5hp DeVilBiss oiless that serves my needs, just that it is getting long in the tooth.

Noisy as ‘ell, but a rebuild fixed that, but there are a few parts that were showing wear and are no longer available and/or expensive (shoulder washer, parts list price $5 (N/A) some places have it for $90).

Anyhoo, no a big fan of the oiless, (too noisy), but this one has served me for the past 30 years.

I’d rather replace with a oiled 60 gallon upright when I have the time to consider and shop around versus buy out of immediate need.

Sorry to seem like I’m hijacking your thread Gene, but I think we are in the same boat 8^)

For a compressor on wheels, it’ll probably need to be a horizontal. I have a typical 20 gallon/2hp and personally for when I need the portability, a pancake could do the job easier. The fixed location beasties required to get the CFM are never going to get truly portable.

Gene, have you checked into a complete pump versus a rebuild?

All the box store large compressors I’ve seen look like what I have now, but I’d rather not spend $1k if I can avoid it.

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sansoo22

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#11 posted 06-11-2021 07:25 PM

Campbell Hausfeld has a horizontal 20 gallon that meets your specs but its going to get loud when it runs. The dba rating is somewhere around 85 I thihnk. I looked into it at one point to get a decent compressor under $1k that could power the blasting cab.

Here’s a link for it:
https://www.aircompressorsdirect.com/Campbell-Hausfeld-VT6271-Air-Compressor/p87.html

I wanted a little more CFM for blasting so I changed my mind and am holding out for a decent used compressor or I’m going to spring for the Quincy QT-54 in the future.

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darthford

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#12 posted 06-11-2021 07:27 PM

Rotary screw compressor.

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splintergroup

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#13 posted 06-11-2021 07:37 PM



Rotary screw compressor.

- darthford

I see these on auction sites all the time for plant closings, nice, but a tad on the large size 8^)

I’d love one of them old ones that live in a back closet of some old facility, never touched in years, forgotten, built to last forever…..

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splintergroup

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#14 posted 06-11-2021 07:41 PM


Here s a link for it:
https://www.aircompressorsdirect.com/Campbell-Hausfeld-VT6271-Air-Compressor/p87.html

- sansoo22

That class of compressor all use the same pump I believe. I’m surprised at the price being so up there, but then again I haven’t shopped for one in 30 years.
It meets Gene’s CFM need, a two stage would be better, but obviously more $$$

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sansoo22

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#15 posted 06-11-2021 08:26 PM


That class of compressor all use the same pump I believe. I m surprised at the price being so up there, but then again I haven t shopped for one in 30 years.
It meets Gene s CFM need, a two stage would be better, but obviously more $$$

- splintergroup

I’m pretty green to big compressors in the 10+ CFM range and will admit I had quite a bit of sticker shock. Kind of why I’m looking for used if I can. Issue I’m having is the unit is going in my basement and I don’t think I will survive anything larger than a 60 gal going down the stairs. Most of the used ones are coming in at larger sizes so far. I recently found an 80 gal 7.5 HP NorthStar with an air cooler unit for $1800 on CL. The whole setup looked to be maybe a year old. I almost bought it but there was no way I was getting down the stairs with it.

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