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Old 01-09-2012, 11:32 PM   #1
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Small Portable Compressors


I'm in the market for a small compressor I can throw behind the seat of my truck..

portable and light... Just to shoot some pins and brads nothing big.

What about those hotdog tanks?

Senco, makita and rolair has some decent looking ones... what do you think?
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Senco is the one you want.

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Got one, good little compressor for trimming windows.
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Yeah the makita is not lightweight. You won't be "throwing" that thing anywhere. But it still may be the one you want depending on your needs. It fills and cycles very fast, has a much larger cfm than the senco, and is oiled so it will last a very long time. It will keep up for small framing.
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The makits does look nice... Quiet @ 80 decibles. And fast recovery.. but 52 pounds!!!!!!!

The senco is 20 pounds...

How loud is the senco?
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It is quiet. It is small. The recovery time on the tank is a bit slow but if you are only using it for a trim gun it will keep up without a problem. This is the kind of setup you want if you don't want the big compressor.
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I'm in the market for a small compressor I can throw behind the seat of my truck..

portable and light... Just to shoot some pins and brads nothing big.

What about those hotdog tanks?

Senco, makita and rolair has some decent looking ones... what do you think?

What about battery operated instead of pneumatic? I have the DeWalt 18v finish nailer which is great for that stuff, IMO. I've never had an issue.
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I actually need it only for about 20 brads and pins for a job

I have a d55146 4.5 gallon dewalt that can handle the bigger stuff..

I just don't want to drag that around for a couple nails....

Looks like the senco it is!!!
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What about battery operated instead of pneumatic? I have the DeWalt 18v finish nailer which is great for that stuff, IMO. I've never had an issue.
I have the 16ga gas operated paslode...

Wish they made a battery operated pinner....
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That would be sweet, a gas operated 23ga pinner.
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I have the 16ga gas operated paslode...

Wish they made a battery operated pinner....
They do make electric; would that work better for you?
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They do make electric; would that work better for you?
What do you mean? A gas or battery pinner?

Or those plug in Stapler/brad guns
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CO2 tanks... Will run ANY of you air tools, no need to buy the same tools in cordless versions. a 2.5# will probably give you 500-1000 shots of trim nails. (I can get over 200 framing nails through 1 fill)
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CO2 tanks... Will run ANY of you air tools, no need to buy the same tools in cordless versions. a 2.5# will probably give you 500-1000 shots of trim nails. (I can get over 200 framing nails through 1 fill)
How much for the set up? And then what's the cost of a new filled tank? Sounds interesting.. I've seen it before but never was interested...
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What do you mean? A gas or battery pinner?

Or those plug in Stapler/brad guns
I meant the plug-in type. I've never used any but I know they're available.
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Usually you can get them filled at a paintball place. The compressors to fill the tanks are ridiculously expensive topping $4K
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I meant the plug-in type. I've never used any but I know they're available.
They all look like all DIY pos
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That little Senco compressor is great! I also have the Makita MAC700, and it's HEAVY for its size. The Senco is also less noisy. Pins and brads and the occasional 15/16g - Senco all day!

If I need to shoot a lot of 15g, the MAC700. It even keeps up with my framer without a problem. My pace with a framer is more slow and steady, though.
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Usually you can get them filled at a paintball place. The compressors to fill the tanks are ridiculously expensive topping $4K
Best place to fill is a welding supply house. CO2 is filled as liquid with a specialty setup from a LARGE tank (100's of gallons) OR you can fill a small tank (2.5#) from a larger tank (20#) but it can be kind of dangerous if not done properly.

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