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#1 Conrad The Jellyfish

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 12:34 PM

Afternoon Ladies and Gents,

Starting out on my beetle project and looking to invest in a compressor, but it has to be big enough to run an orbital sander.

The debate started when i went into my local machine mart to get a budget air orbital sander for my current (30L) compressor, he said i had no chance of running it and i would need at least a 150L Compressor, then he started the hard sales pitch trying to get me to buy a £1000 compressor....NOT LIKELY.

So my question is, ive seen that Airmaster Do a Tiger 100L 3HP Compressor, will this do eveythign i need? Spray, Air Chiesel, Impact Wrench and most importantly orbital sand?

Cheers Guys, Any Help is much appreciated :)

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 12:41 PM

100l minimum for a DA to work affectively mate, I'm afraid machine mart man is right a 150l + one will be what you need but obviously for a one car project you have to drow the line.

My 50ltr compressor really struggles with a DA and is constantly charging.

Air chisel's I've not a clue bud.

Hth :)

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 12:50 PM

Cheers Dude, so a 100L would suffice?

You think this would be cool Shakey? :)

http://www.machinema...ath/airmaster-2

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 03:01 PM

We've got this one, runs a DA fine - might be a bit too much ££ for a project though.

http://www.machinema...mpressors-elect

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 04:08 PM

Honestly, Thats the one id love but unfortunately, too much Wonga. Back in the day when they used to have the accounts where you could pay monthly, weekly i could of done it?

Also Whats the deal, if you i get someone whos in the trade to buy it for you VAT Free?

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 06:40 PM

Cheers Dude, so a 100L would suffice?

You think this would be cool Shakey? :)

http://www.machinema...ath/airmaster-2


That'll do you mate for a home project :)

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 11:27 AM

hey mate,
check out screw fix, i bought one of their electric DA's 125mm pads (they do bigger)
its just as easy as the air ones i have, quicker setup and consistant speed variant too.

if you try running one off a too small compressor it just gets annoying as it doesnt run at good speeds and then you spend double the time doing everything as you wait for it to charge.

mines been used on 4 cars so far and is a clean and smooth as the day i bought it, but at like £35 if i use one a year im happy.

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 11:45 AM

JJ?

Get an electric one, work just the same, cheaper, don't have to wait to charge and prob better on the energy if you were thinking green ;) ha ha

random obital sander

http://www.machinema...ers-consumables

or a flat orbital sander

http://www.machinema...ers-consumables

I used both

JT

Edited by J.T., 13 February 2011 - 11:46 AM.


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Posted 13 February 2011 - 01:14 PM

i did my golf project in my garage a few years ago and my 50l compressor REALLY struggled with the DA.And REALLY struggled when we primed the car ended up with quite a few runs. Just about got the job done but im pretty sure a 100l 3hp will be much more adequate. My 50l is fine with air chisels. Hope this helps.

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 02:24 PM

why don't u get a good second hand 150l comp? it'd be worth it in the long run if u wanna do any spraying or anythin. and u don't wanna be waiting all the time for it to fill up.

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 09:31 PM

now then JT hows tricks fella ??

really want to run everything in my garage on air, only things i really need on electric is my jigsaw and grinder. i would buy a second hand one, but your unsure of its history or use?

for £359 you can get a 100L Air Master tiger 3HP and a 150L Clarke for £505 but £500knicker is alot, too much im not rich enough.

id love a 150L but 2nd hand isnt looking likely?