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As was basically already said, if you want real stuff, get a Rolair...if you want something to get you through a few months to a year, get the Kobalt. There's really no way of telling you how long it'll last you, depends on what you're using it for, how hard you're using it, etc...take care of a nice Rolair and you'll have it for a decade...or two...
 

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The air compressor selection at lowes is getting pretty thin these days. They no longer carry the hitachi or blue emglo twin tanks.

I do want to try that blue hawk twin tank hotdogger.
 

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The air compressor selection at lowes is getting pretty thin these days. They no longer carry the hitachi or blue emglo twin tanks.

I do want to try that blue hawk twin tank hotdogger.

The entire tool section at Lowes seems to be lacking these days. I think they are turning into Sears. Seems all the Lowes around here want to push Kobalt and everything else is an after thought.
 

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I needed one right away and the selection locally sucked so I bought this:http://www.lowes.com/pd_57655-30449-0200382_0__?productId=4686711&Ntt=air+compressors&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3Dair%2Bcompressors&facetInfo= Granted I don't use it daily but I'm surprisingly happy with it. Normally I wouldn't buy anything with a Kobalt name on it except mechanics tools.

I was actually looking to buy this:http://www.amazon.com/Makita-MAC700-Big-Bore-Compressor/dp/B0001Q2VK0/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1399677410&sr=8-2&keywords=makita+air+compressor or a Rolair.
 

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I needed one right away and the selection locally sucked so I bought this:http://www.lowes.com/pd_57655-30449-0200382_0__?productId=4686711&Ntt=air+compressors&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3Dair%2Bcompressors&facetInfo= Granted I don't use it daily but I'm surprisingly happy with it. Normally I wouldn't buy anything with a Kobalt name on it except mechanics tools.

I was actually looking to buy this:http://www.amazon.com/Makita-MAC700...9677410&sr=8-2&keywords=makita+air+compressor or a Rolair.

The reviews on the Kobalt are pretty good. Just curious, how loud would you say it is, or isn't?
 

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The reviews on the Kobalt are pretty good. Just curious, how loud would you say it is, or isn't?
It's not bad, around here a lot of guys have the pancake style Porter Cable which I find annoyingly loud I don't hear that with the Kobalt. It doesn't take long to refill during use either.

For the price it was worth keeping and giving it a try. I've had it since August and have been using it the last 2 months in a basement. I also bought this: http://www.amazon.com/Legacy-HFZ3850YW2-Flexzilla-Zilla-Green/dp/B001C6NC7O/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1399702641&sr=8-3&keywords=flexzilla+air+hose and this:http://www.amazon.com/Milton-715BK-Style-Quick-Coupler/dp/B0000225EC/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1399702836&sr=8-7&keywords=air+coupler+quick+connect I think the couplers and hoses available locally are crap.
 

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It's not bad, around here a lot of guys have the pancake style Porter Cable which I find annoyingly loud I don't hear that with the Kobalt. It doesn't take long to refill during use either.

For the price it was worth keeping and giving it a try. I've had it since August and have been using it the last 2 months in a basement. I also bought this: http://www.amazon.com/Legacy-HFZ3850YW2-Flexzilla-Zilla-Green/dp/B001C6NC7O/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1399702641&sr=8-3&keywords=flexzilla+air+hose and this:http://www.amazon.com/Milton-715BK-Style-Quick-Coupler/dp/B0000225EC/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1399702836&sr=8-7&keywords=air+coupler+quick+connect I think the couplers and hoses available locally are crap.
I've had a P-C pancake and Bostitch pancake, and they were real noisy for interior work.
 

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I needed one right away and the selection locally sucked so I bought this:http://www.lowes.com/pd_57655-30449-0200382_0__?productId=4686711&Ntt=air+compressors&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3Dair%2Bcompressors&facetInfo= Granted I don't use it daily but I'm surprisingly happy with it. Normally I wouldn't buy anything with a Kobalt name on it except mechanics tools.

I was actually looking to buy this:http://www.amazon.com/Makita-MAC700-Big-Bore-Compressor/dp/B0001Q2VK0/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1399677410&sr=8-2&keywords=makita+air+compressor or a Rolair.
I've got two of those little compressors---nice design--no parts to get smashed off--light and small enough to pack into a full truck.

at 2.6 CFMs it will run most nailers on a smaller job--reasonable sound level.

I do have a couple of big dual tank compressors for larger jobs---
 

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That MAC700 is a really good compressor. I have had mine for a few years now. Only downside is the weight. It's oil lube and low RPM, so will likely last a long time. Keeps up with anything I do, but I don't do production framing or roofing.
 
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