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best air compressor for light duty home use?

I am in the market for an air compressor. I will be using it for the generic house hold things, powering small brad nailers, inflating tires, etc. I don't need nor want a large tank as it would take up more space than I need and I want something I can pick up and carry.

I would like to keep the budget under $200 if possible. I saw a porter cable kit @ Home Depot that includes a brad nailer, another small nail gun and a stapler for around $260. Is that a decent brand?

http://www.homedepot.com/Tools-Hardw...atalogId=10053

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Idk about the nailers but I like the pancake compressor.
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Porter Cable is a good brand.
Get an upright not a horizontal tank
I have a Husky from HD and its been flawless for 6 years although I did have to add a longer shutoff valve to drain the tank. It was a pain trying to unscrew the tiny little screw they use

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Or what about this model?

http://www.homedepot.com/Tools-Hardw...3#BVRRWidgetID

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the porter cable will do what you want it to no problems
same with teh ridgid

if you start getting air tools like rachets or impact guns you will quickly exceed that tank/compressors capabilities

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Porter Cable is a good brand.
Get an upright not a horizontal tank
I have a Husky from HD and its been flawless for 6 years although I did have to add a longer shutoff valve to drain the tank. It was a pain trying to unscrew the tiny little screw they use
an upright like you bolt into the ground? I want something I can pick up and move easily. I will be using this for things like finish nailers (to install trim) as well as in the garage to fill tires, etc.

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he is talking about the bigger tanks that you arent looking at, the uprights drain more effectively than the horizontal tanks because of shape, the pancake compressors are just really really short vertical tanks

its more of an issue with the big tanks where water can accumulate in greater amounts is not drained off effectively

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my dad has the P.Cable twin tank compressor. Great machine. Its 2 small horizontal stacked tanks. I dont see it on the HD website right now. any of the pancake models will be ok for a nailer and filling tires but as noted above, you get into any garage air tolls and it wont keep up. Keep in mind these things are louder than hell normally

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wear ear plugs when using those oil less compressors. I probably lost my hearing when I had mine.
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I am in the market for an air compressor. I will be using it for the generic house hold things, powering small brad nailers, inflating tires, etc. I don't need nor want a large tank as it would take up more space than I need and I want something I can pick up and carry.

I would like to keep the budget under $200 if possible. I saw a porter cable kit @ Home Depot that includes a brad nailer, another small nail gun and a stapler for around $260. Is that a decent brand?

http://www.homedepot.com/Tools-Hardw...atalogId=10053
i got that exact combo on black friday for stupid cheap, works great, comp is loud, other than that no complaints, nailers work well, use the comp all the time to inflate tires when i dont want to run the big comp.
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I have a sears 33gal upright 6hp. Easy to move around, takes up a whopping 2'X2' square. Has 2 wheels to roll it around on. Was around $300.

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Porter Cable is a good brand.
Get an upright not a horizontal tank
I have a Husky from HD and its been flawless for 6 years although I did have to add a longer shutoff valve to drain the tank. It was a pain trying to unscrew the tiny little screw they use
Tell me more. I have the same unit and the little screw is a PITA.

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Tell me more. I have the same unit and the little screw is a PITA.
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the best and your price range for what your asking is not gonna work.

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I have a small one I'm looking to get rid of. My parents got it for me for Christmas but I can't use impact tools with it. It's a 3.5 gal from Farm and Fleet, works great for the few times I've used it - still pretty much brand new. Shoot me a PM if you're interested.

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the best and your price range for what your asking is not gonna work.

just go buy the one you want to afford.
Ken,

If I wanted a better unit, but still a small unit, what would you recommend? I don't want one of those big 6HP units. I have limited amounts of electricity in my detached garage (one circuit) so running a high draw unit wouldn't work anyway. Additionally, I don't plan to do anything that involves a lot of heavy tools that I need a large tank.

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I have a small one I'm looking to get rid of. My parents got it for me for Christmas but I can't use impact tools with it. It's a 3.5 gal from Farm and Fleet, works great for the few times I've used it - still pretty much brand new. Shoot me a PM if you're interested.
Adam, I am interested, PM me with the information and a price, I am interested.

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Ken,

If I wanted a better unit, but still a small unit, what would you recommend? I don't want one of those big 6HP units. I have limited amounts of electricity in my detached garage (one circuit) so running a high draw unit wouldn't work anyway. Additionally, I don't plan to do anything that involves a lot of heavy tools that I need a large tank.
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