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  • Member since
    April 2004
  • From: Windy city, US
Posted by keilau on Thursday, June 10, 2010 7:05 AM

jschlechty

Well, asan update last month I bought one of the generic compressors from Harbor Freight.  It was a 1/3 hp, 100 psi with a 2 gal storage tank on sale for $39.99! (had a special coupon for it in Flying magazine...)   I also got the 2 yr replacement warrnaty for an extra 10 bucks so if it fails in the next 2 yrs - just go get a new one.  All this for a tad under $50!

So far I've been very pleased with it.  Yes - it is noisier than the Paasche, but thats the only gripe.  i was able to use the moisture trap from the old one, (could have used the pressure gauge as well, but it came with one on it), and all the attachements work fine.  It's very easy to adjust the pressure on, and its nice to be able to crank it up to 60 psi or more for quick cleaning sessions.  Its nice to have the tank filled up and ready to go at a moments notice.

All in all, I think its a good deal - especially for that price!

If it works for you, it is a good compressor for your need. Can't argue with the price and extended warranty.

How loud would you describe the noise? How do you deal with it?

  • Member since
    September 2006
  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Thursday, June 10, 2010 11:54 AM

keilau

 jschlechty:

Well, asan update last month I bought one of the generic compressors from Harbor Freight.  It was a 1/3 hp, 100 psi with a 2 gal storage tank on sale for $39.99! (had a special coupon for it in Flying magazine...)   I also got the 2 yr replacement warrnaty for an extra 10 bucks so if it fails in the next 2 yrs - just go get a new one.  All this for a tad under $50!

So far I've been very pleased with it.  Yes - it is noisier than the Paasche, but thats the only gripe.  i was able to use the moisture trap from the old one, (could have used the pressure gauge as well, but it came with one on it), and all the attachements work fine.  It's very easy to adjust the pressure on, and its nice to be able to crank it up to 60 psi or more for quick cleaning sessions.  Its nice to have the tank filled up and ready to go at a moments notice.

All in all, I think its a good deal - especially for that price!

 

If it works for you, it is a good compressor for your need. Can't argue with the price and extended warranty.

How loud would you describe the noise? How do you deal with it?

I wear a pair of ear-protection "earphones", you should be able to find them at Harbor Freight or at any other hardware store.  They look like earmuffs or old-school stereo headphones.  You could probably use earplugs, too.

 

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  • Member since
    October 2004
  • From: Mesa, AZ
Posted by jschlechty on Thursday, June 10, 2010 12:15 PM

I don't think the noise is anywhere near needing earplugs while it's runnning.  It's louder than the Paasche, but then again the Paasche was 1/10 hp, and this one is 1/3.  I can hear it running two rooms away if the door is open.  Trying to identify the noise level is difficult -  maybe about the same as a vacumn cleaner? But more of a sharper, pulsating type noise.

  • Member since
    April 2004
  • From: Windy city, US
Posted by keilau on Thursday, June 10, 2010 12:30 PM

the Baron

 

 keilau:

 

 

 jschlechty:

Well, asan update last month I bought one of the generic compressors from Harbor Freight.  All this for a tad under $50!

So far I've been very pleased with it.  Yes - it is noisier than the Paasche, but thats the only gripe.

All in all, I think its a good deal - especially for that price!

 

How loud would you describe the noise? How do you deal with it?

 

 

I wear a pair of ear-protection "earphones", you should be able to find them at Harbor Freight or at any other hardware store.  They look like earmuffs or old-school stereo headphones.  You could probably use earplugs, too.

I use a Paasche DA400 which is quiet enough to be used next to my workbench. It costed the extra amount of a large ship/aircraft kit or two 1/48 aircraft kits. It is worth the expenses to me.

I tried a small DeWalt tools compressor once. It is reasonably quiet for a tools compressor and is like vhispering when compared to those Harbor Freight ones. But it was too noisy to me. Different people has different tolerance to noise. No, I cannot wear noise isolating earmuff while doing my hobby. It is too uncomfortable to me. Again, I understand you feel that it is ok.

Just curious about what people do. It is good to hear different solutions to the noise problem when modeling.

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