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Pilot said:
Well you get what you pay for!

Patrick

MY OPINION/SUMMARY:


<$50 Cheap disposable 12v compressor. Available at most Targets and autoparts stores. Fractional CFM rating.


$150-450 Many manufacturers produce these for 4x4 and air bag use. Higher dollar within this range gets you more CFM and duty cycle rating. Use with larger onboard tanks will allow intermittent air tool usage at a duty cycle depending on your setup. From fractional CFM to 4 CFM. (quickair, viair, arb, extremeaire)


$500-1000 York based compressors either 12v, 24v, or engine belt driven. Great for off roaders and air tool usage. You can set a bead on a tire w/ these. Tanks are recommended, but optional. Duty cycle is constant for some, but a non-issue in most cases due to high CFM ratings in the 4-25 range. http://www.onboardair.com I've been looking at the XD2000 made by oasis off road, but I probably won't purchase for another year.


In the more $$$ than I can afford or justify category is professional compressors. By professional, I mean you should be making money using one of these. They are expensive, but may be a better alternative than towing a compressor to run a jackhammer.


$300-600 Liquid CO2 - I have one of these setups from http://www.powertank.com I've used it successfully for a few years now. Pros: Very portable, can run w/o electricity & engine, high CFM Cons: needs to be filled up peiodically, not good if left out of cab in freezing temps


Home brew inverter/120v systems: Better than the disposable 12v compressors.
 
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